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Ardusso wouldn’t rule out WTCR wildcard chance

Ardusso wouldn’t rule out WTCR wildcard chance

15/01/2018 06:00

Súper TC2000 champion Facundo Ardusso would consider racing in the FIA World Touring Car Cup when the WTCR visits his native Argentina in August – providing he received an invitation to do so.

While WTCR entries will be restricted to 26 cars during the inaugural season, there is an allowance in the rules for two wildcards to take part at every round, paving the way for drivers like Ardusso to potentially get an invitation to race.

With a packed programme of domestic racing in store in 2018, Ardusso’s only opportunity to showcase his talent to WTCR teams would be at the Termas de Río Hondo event from 4-5 August, which doesn’t clash with his mammoth 28-weekend schedule, his priority in the short term.

“I’d really love to test a WTCR car and my racing suit is clean and ready if I had the chance,” Ardusso said. “WTCR is moving forward but I could only think about it in the long term because I will be racing for 28 weekends at home this year so it’s not something for the short term. But a one-off at Termas, if I was invited, is something I would think about because it does not clash with my other commitments.”

WTCR 2018 begins at Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7-8 April.

Tom Coronel and twin brother Tim have finished the gruelling Dakar Rally in South America, reaching the end of the final stage in Córdoba, Argentina, yesterday just outside the top 30.

Tiago Monteiro, a race winner and title contender during the final season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017, has received Portugal’s Sport Merit Award.

Comtoyou Racing has signed its second FIA World Touring Car Cup contender in as many days with the addition of Aurélien Panis to its WTCR line-up for 2018.

WTCR Q&A: Denis Dupont

18/01/2018 12:00 - 2017

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

Belgium’s motorsport federation, the RACB, has identified the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup as the ultimate international launch pad for its young star driver, Denis Dupont.

The man behind the Honda Civic Type R TCR project hopes several examples of the car will be on the grid when the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup begins in Morocco on 7 April.