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Catsburg relishing “incredibly close” WTCC title scrap

Catsburg relishing “incredibly close” WTCC title scrap

14/11/2017 18:00

Nicky Catsburg starts WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau this week in the thick of the FIA World Touring Car Championship title fight.

Catsburg is third in the drivers’ table, 19 points behind Polestar Cyan Racing team-mate Thed Björk with 120 points up for grabs between Macau and the season finale in Qatar.

“The goal for everyone at Polestar Cyan Racing, including me and Thed, is to win both titles together as a team, and all of our planning revolves around that,” said Catsburg. “While there are just two race weekends left, we are still racing for 120 points and the top seven of the championship are separated by just 49 points. We are in a very strong position but it is incredibly close for the final races. I hope to be on the podium this weekend and I have an advantage of having raced here before.”

But while the Dutchman has previous Macau experience to call upon following his participation in the FIA GT World Cup event last season, he insists he’s by no means a Macau specialist.

“At Macau you just have to be close to the walls and be comfortable being close to the walls but I don’t feel I really know Macau because we had a lot of red flags last year,” he said. “I’m not the biggest fan of street circuits but I like the challenge of Macau.”

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.