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Björk steps back to rise up in the WTCC

Björk steps back to rise up in the WTCC

09/09/2017 12:00

Thed Björk hopes going back in time will help him to go forward in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Björk, 12 points behind leader Tiago Monteiro in the WTCC title battle with eight races remaining, has been spending the summer break keeping ‘match’ fit by testing a 125cc gearbox kart – 20 years after stepping up from karting to single-seater racing.

“It’s been important to have kept busy [since Argentina] so I did not lose any momentum,” said the Polestar Cyan Racing-run Swede. “I did go-karting, GT driving and some testing. The go-karting is a fitness thing and also a reaction thing. I have a 125cc gearbox kart, which is really nice and fun to drive but it’s also fast. There is a track really close to where I live in Gothenburg and I go there to practice.”

The all-new Ningbo International Speedpark in China hosts the resumption of the WTCC title battle from 13-15 October. Björk claimed his maiden WTCC victory in China last September.

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.