FIA WTCC https://www.fiawtcc.com Real cars, real racing Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:48:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Get set for some fantastic WTCC racing, says Huff https://www.fiawtcc.com/get-set-for-some-fantastic-wtcc-racing-says-huff/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:44 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=256643

Rob Huff is preparing for some “fantastic racing” when the FIA World Touring Car Championship hits Monza this weekend.

World champion in 2012, Huff is one of favourites to win WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy having triumphed at the legendary venue on two previous occasions and gone fastest in all four tests sessions during testing at Monza in mid-March.

“It’s brilliant, just spectacular, I love it,” he said. “When you drive in through the park it’s just beautiful. It’s been sorely missed and it’s going to provide some fantastic racing – it always did and always will.”

Huff drives a Citroën C-Elysée WTCC for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and will face opposition from a host of drivers, including Honda and Volvo Polestar factory racers and fellow privateers Mehdi Bennani and Tom Chilton.

Tickets for the event can be be downloaded for free at OSCARO.it.]]>

Rob Huff is preparing for some “fantastic racing” when the FIA World Touring Car Championship hits Monza this weekend.

World champion in 2012, Huff is one of favourites to win WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy having triumphed at the legendary venue on two previous occasions and gone fastest in all four tests sessions during testing at Monza in mid-March.

“It’s brilliant, just spectacular, I love it,” he said. “When you drive in through the park it’s just beautiful. It’s been sorely missed and it’s going to provide some fantastic racing – it always did and always will.”

Huff drives a Citroën C-Elysée WTCC for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and will face opposition from a host of drivers, including Honda and Volvo Polestar factory racers and fellow privateers Mehdi Bennani and Tom Chilton.

Tickets for the event can be be downloaded for free at OSCARO.it.]]>
Polestar WTCC team admits the pressure is on https://www.fiawtcc.com/polestar-wtcc-team-admits-the-pressure-is-on/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:00:26 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=256621

Polestar Cyan Racing admits the pressure is on to continue its impressive start to its second season in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Volvo's factory team bagged a podium brace in Morocco earlier this month and its super-fast Volvo S60 Polestar World Touring Cars are set to fly at high-speed Monza, venue for WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy this weekend.

“Monza is the very opposite to the tight track in Morocco and should suit us a lot better with its high-speed layout,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar. “If Morocco was an away game where we escaped with a draw, Monza is the return home game; we must succeed it if we are to become world champions. The pressure is on us now.”

Long-term Polestar driver Thed Björk is aiming high following his second-place finish in the Opening Race in Marrakech. “We started the season on the level needed for a title assault. We won WTCC MAC3 and got a bit of winner’s feeling in the team – that is important for everyone. We need to be ahead of Honda at Monza and let’s not forget the Citroëns. They are really strong as well. This track should suit us better than Marrakech and Hungaroring for example and we need to deliver where we are strong. My dream scenario this weekend is a 1-2-3 in the Main Race.”

WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy takes place 28-30 April. Download tickets for free at OSCARO.it.]]>

Polestar Cyan Racing admits the pressure is on to continue its impressive start to its second season in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Volvo's factory team bagged a podium brace in Morocco earlier this month and its super-fast Volvo S60 Polestar World Touring Cars are set to fly at high-speed Monza, venue for WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy this weekend.

“Monza is the very opposite to the tight track in Morocco and should suit us a lot better with its high-speed layout,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar. “If Morocco was an away game where we escaped with a draw, Monza is the return home game; we must succeed it if we are to become world champions. The pressure is on us now.”

Long-term Polestar driver Thed Björk is aiming high following his second-place finish in the Opening Race in Marrakech. “We started the season on the level needed for a title assault. We won WTCC MAC3 and got a bit of winner’s feeling in the team – that is important for everyone. We need to be ahead of Honda at Monza and let’s not forget the Citroëns. They are really strong as well. This track should suit us better than Marrakech and Hungaroring for example and we need to deliver where we are strong. My dream scenario this weekend is a 1-2-3 in the Main Race.”

WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy takes place 28-30 April. Download tickets for free at OSCARO.it.]]>
Monteiro fears hard WTCC weekend in store https://www.fiawtcc.com/monteiro-fears-hard-wtcc-weekend-in-store/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:00:49 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=256601

FIA World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago Monteiro is braced for a “hard weekend” when Monza hosts WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy from 28-30 April.

Although Monteiro tops the title table for the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team, the Portuguese admits he’ll be at a disadvantage when the track action begins on Saturday morning.

“We arrive at Monza in the best possible position; leading the championship and with a car free of compensation weight,” said the one-time Formula One podium finisher. “But this could be a hard weekend because, by default, a hatchback, like the Civic, is at a disadvantage to the saloon-bodied cars at tracks like Monza with very long straights. We’ll just have to take every point we can get and be satisfied. But the team have worked incredibly hard over the winter to improve the aero package, and develop the engine into the best it’s ever been.”

As well as fearing a possible performance disadvantage, Monteiro admits Monza isn’t among his favourite tracks.

“Racing at Monza is a fantastic experience because of the fans but I’m not particularly a big fan of the long straights, hard braking and chicanes,” he said. “I love the story behind Monza and the park location but we might not be as competitive as we are at other tracks.”

Tickets for WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy can be downloaded for free at OSCARO.it.]]>

FIA World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago Monteiro is braced for a “hard weekend” when Monza hosts WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy from 28-30 April.

Although Monteiro tops the title table for the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team, the Portuguese admits he’ll be at a disadvantage when the track action begins on Saturday morning.

“We arrive at Monza in the best possible position; leading the championship and with a car free of compensation weight,” said the one-time Formula One podium finisher. “But this could be a hard weekend because, by default, a hatchback, like the Civic, is at a disadvantage to the saloon-bodied cars at tracks like Monza with very long straights. We’ll just have to take every point we can get and be satisfied. But the team have worked incredibly hard over the winter to improve the aero package, and develop the engine into the best it’s ever been.”

As well as fearing a possible performance disadvantage, Monteiro admits Monza isn’t among his favourite tracks.

“Racing at Monza is a fantastic experience because of the fans but I’m not particularly a big fan of the long straights, hard braking and chicanes,” he said. “I love the story behind Monza and the park location but we might not be as competitive as we are at other tracks.”

Tickets for WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy can be downloaded for free at OSCARO.it.]]>
US racer Gleason steps up to WTCC https://www.fiawtcc.com/us-racer-gleason-steps-up-to-wtcc/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:00:18 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=256572

Kevin Gleason will make his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut at WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy at Monza this weekend, becoming the first American to compete in the modern TC1 era.

Gleason, 30, has signed to drive RC Motorsport’s second entry alongside fellow rookie, Frenchman Yann Ehrlacher. He will test for his new team at Magny-Cours in France today, Tuesday, prior to heading to Italy for the second weekend of the wide-open WTCC season when he will bring the total number of nationalities represented in this year’s all-action championship to 10.

“I have followed the series closely for a few years now and have been along to a few of the races,” said Gleason. “I have been very impressed at the levels of professionalism and of course the quality of the drivers so when the opportunity came along to join RC I jumped at the chance. I’m looking forward to joining all of the top-level drivers in this highly competitive series; the only downside is that things have come together very late and I will only sit in the car for the first time today so I am managing my expectations for Monza.

“Up until last weekend we were still working on a deal to return to the TCR International Series so to be taking the grid a week later in the WTCC is a bit of a surprise! I have to thank all those involved in pulling this together including RC Motorsport and BAM Motorsport Promotions who have gone the extra mile to get me into the championship.”

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “We’re very pleased Kevin is stepping up to the WTCC having proved his ability in lower-level categories. It will be a big step for him but if he displays the same level of commitment and enthusiasm he has throughout his career, then there’s no reason why he can’t establish himself at world championship level.”

Gleason, from Pennsylvania, has been racing since 2010 and placed fifth in the 2015 TCR International Series with two wins. His partial programme in the series last season netted one win. Following WTCC Race of Italy it is hoped Gleason will complete the entire world championship season. The Velocity channel, which has 62.3 million subscribers in the USA and Canada, will show highlights of all WTCC races.

Tickets for WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy can be downloaded for free at OSCARO.it.]]>

Kevin Gleason will make his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut at WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy at Monza this weekend, becoming the first American to compete in the modern TC1 era.

Gleason, 30, has signed to drive RC Motorsport’s second entry alongside fellow rookie, Frenchman Yann Ehrlacher. He will test for his new team at Magny-Cours in France today, Tuesday, prior to heading to Italy for the second weekend of the wide-open WTCC season when he will bring the total number of nationalities represented in this year’s all-action championship to 10.

“I have followed the series closely for a few years now and have been along to a few of the races,” said Gleason. “I have been very impressed at the levels of professionalism and of course the quality of the drivers so when the opportunity came along to join RC I jumped at the chance. I’m looking forward to joining all of the top-level drivers in this highly competitive series; the only downside is that things have come together very late and I will only sit in the car for the first time today so I am managing my expectations for Monza.

“Up until last weekend we were still working on a deal to return to the TCR International Series so to be taking the grid a week later in the WTCC is a bit of a surprise! I have to thank all those involved in pulling this together including RC Motorsport and BAM Motorsport Promotions who have gone the extra mile to get me into the championship.”

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “We’re very pleased Kevin is stepping up to the WTCC having proved his ability in lower-level categories. It will be a big step for him but if he displays the same level of commitment and enthusiasm he has throughout his career, then there’s no reason why he can’t establish himself at world championship level.”

Gleason, from Pennsylvania, has been racing since 2010 and placed fifth in the 2015 TCR International Series with two wins. His partial programme in the series last season netted one win. Following WTCC Race of Italy it is hoped Gleason will complete the entire world championship season. The Velocity channel, which has 62.3 million subscribers in the USA and Canada, will show highlights of all WTCC races.

Tickets for WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy can be downloaded for free at OSCARO.it.]]>
WTCC racer Catsburg prepares for a legend at a legend https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-racer-catsburg-prepares-for-a-legend-at-a-legend/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:00:54 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=256558

Nicky Catsburg’s focus might be on all things Monza this week as the legendary venue prepares to host FIA WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy but it was another legendary track that kept him occupied last weekend.

Catsburg, part of the factory Polestar Cyan Racing team in the WTCC, was in action at the world-famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, taking part in the qualification race for May’s ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen.

Prior to finishing P11 in a ROWE Racing BMW, Catsburg represented the FIA World Touring Car Championship at a press conference to promote next month’s twice-round-the-clock classic and WTCC Race of Germany, which takes place over two three-lap contests on 27 May just ahead of the 24-hour race getting underway.

Ahead of the WTCC Race of Germany, Dutchman Catsburg will be one of the contenders to win the World Touring Car Championship events in Italy and Hungary in his Volvo S60 Polestar.]]>

Nicky Catsburg’s focus might be on all things Monza this week as the legendary venue prepares to host FIA WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy but it was another legendary track that kept him occupied last weekend.

Catsburg, part of the factory Polestar Cyan Racing team in the WTCC, was in action at the world-famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, taking part in the qualification race for May’s ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen.

Prior to finishing P11 in a ROWE Racing BMW, Catsburg represented the FIA World Touring Car Championship at a press conference to promote next month’s twice-round-the-clock classic and WTCC Race of Germany, which takes place over two three-lap contests on 27 May just ahead of the 24-hour race getting underway.

Ahead of the WTCC Race of Germany, Dutchman Catsburg will be one of the contenders to win the World Touring Car Championship events in Italy and Hungary in his Volvo S60 Polestar.]]>
eSports WTCC multiplayer races are go! https://www.fiawtcc.com/esports-wtcc-multiplayer-races-are-go/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:00:30 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=256477

The line-up for the inaugural eSports WTCC multiplayer races at Monza today (23 April) has been revealed.

Forty-eight drivers split into two divisions will battle for online glory with the live broadcast beginning at 17h00 GMT and available by clicking here.

James Kirk and Robert Wiesenmueller will provide commentary on what is expected to be a wide-open virtual contest, just like the real-life 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship.

A total of 2934 drivers attempted to qualify for the online races with the battle at the front between Honda drivers Alexander Dornieden (Impact Racing Team) from Germany and Argentina’s Juan Manuel Gomez (Factory Assault Team). Dornieden came out on top with a 1m49.647s as Tim Heinemann, Jan Stange and Nikodem Wisniewski rounded out the top five.

Further back, the race for the final place on the grid was even more dramatic with Cristian Moisescu from Romania pipping Elisson Nazario to the final spot by 29 thousandths of a second.

All five types of car built to the WTCC’s TC1 regulations will be represented on the eSports WTCC grid at Monza, while countries represented include Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and UK.

The full Division 1 and Division 2 line-ups can be found by clicking here. Meanwhile, the real FIA WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy takes place from 28-30 April. Tickets are available to download for free at OSCARO.it.]]>

The line-up for the inaugural eSports WTCC multiplayer races at Monza today (23 April) has been revealed.

Forty-eight drivers split into two divisions will battle for online glory with the live broadcast beginning at 17h00 GMT and available by clicking here.

James Kirk and Robert Wiesenmueller will provide commentary on what is expected to be a wide-open virtual contest, just like the real-life 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship.

A total of 2934 drivers attempted to qualify for the online races with the battle at the front between Honda drivers Alexander Dornieden (Impact Racing Team) from Germany and Argentina’s Juan Manuel Gomez (Factory Assault Team). Dornieden came out on top with a 1m49.647s as Tim Heinemann, Jan Stange and Nikodem Wisniewski rounded out the top five.

Further back, the race for the final place on the grid was even more dramatic with Cristian Moisescu from Romania pipping Elisson Nazario to the final spot by 29 thousandths of a second.

All five types of car built to the WTCC’s TC1 regulations will be represented on the eSports WTCC grid at Monza, while countries represented include Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and UK.

The full Division 1 and Division 2 line-ups can be found by clicking here. Meanwhile, the real FIA WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy takes place from 28-30 April. Tickets are available to download for free at OSCARO.it.]]>
Remembering when… (Dirk) Müller made WTCC history https://www.fiawtcc.com/remembering-when-dirk-mueller-made-wtcc-history/ Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:00:47 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=256455

Dirk Müller made FIA World Touring Car Championship history on 10 April 2005 when he won the first race of the new WTCC era at Monza.

BMW driver Müller led from pole position to beat home hero Gabriele Tarquini into second place with Tarquini’s Alfa Romeo team-mate Augusto Farfus fending off Andy Priaulx, the eventual champion, for third.

And by finishing second in the second race of the day, Müller left Monza leading the championship with a six-point advantage ahead of race two winner James Thompson.

Monza hosts rounds three and four of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship, WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy. Tickets are available to download for free at OSCARO.it.]]>

Dirk Müller made FIA World Touring Car Championship history on 10 April 2005 when he won the first race of the new WTCC era at Monza.

BMW driver Müller led from pole position to beat home hero Gabriele Tarquini into second place with Tarquini’s Alfa Romeo team-mate Augusto Farfus fending off Andy Priaulx, the eventual champion, for third.

And by finishing second in the second race of the day, Müller left Monza leading the championship with a six-point advantage ahead of race two winner James Thompson.

Monza hosts rounds three and four of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship, WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy. Tickets are available to download for free at OSCARO.it.]]>
Preview: WTCC set for fast and furious Monza return https://www.fiawtcc.com/race-preview-wtcc-set-for-a-fast-and-furious-monza-return/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:21 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=256432

Some of the world’s best touring car drivers are set for a fast and furious adventure when the legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza hosts FIA WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy from 28-30 April.

The most open FIA World Touring Car Championship season for nearly a decade fired up in style on the narrow streets of Marrakech, Morocco earlier this month when Esteban Guerrieri and Tiago Monteiro shared the wins. But it’s the long straights and sweeping turns of the legendary Italian Grand Prix venue that provide the latest challenge on the WTCC’s flat-out global tour.

With speeds of 200kph-plus in store, Monza offers a high-speed ride like no other as the all-action WTCC returns to Italy – and the famous 5.793-kilometre track – for the first time since 2013, when four-time world champion Yvan Muller claimed a victory double. Now a development driver for Cyan Racing, the team behind Volvo Polestar’s world championship challenge, Muller is delighted that Monza is back on the schedule. “It’s the temple of motor racing in Italy so it’s good to go on this kind of circuit,” said the seven-time Monza WTCC winner.

The WTCC’s return to Monza in 2017 is fitting as, 30 years ago, it hosted the first race of the inaugural World Touring Car Championship season. Roberto Ravaglia was the eventual champion back in 1987 and his connection to the WTCC remains strong to this day: he co-owns race-winning team ROAL Motorsport and even completed a handful of laps in driver Tom Coronel’s Chevrolet Cruze during official testing at Monza last month. “Winning the title was a long time ago but I really enjoyed this moment of my racing career,” said the Italian.

While the series reverted back to European-only status for 1988, the foundations had been laid and the WTCC name would be revived for 2005 when Andy Priaulx won the first of three straight titles.

Rob Huff is another former champion and is a big Monza fan having won twice at the venue as well as topping all four test sessions in mid-March. “It’s brilliant, just spectacular, I love it,” he said. “When you drive in through the park it’s just beautiful. It’s been sorely missed and it’s going to provide some fantastic racing – it always did and always will.”

Following Free Practice, Qualifying and the Manufacturers Against the Clock (WTCC MAC3) team time trial on Saturday 29 April, Sunday’s Opening Race covers nine laps from 12h15 local time with the 11-lap Main Race following at 14h15. There’s extensive live coverage on Eurosport and other networks around the world, while free admission tickets are available to download at Event Presenting Partner OSCARO’s Italian market website, OSCARO.it.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS
*Second event of the season and the first of four in Europe. Tiago Monteiro tops the standings, seven points ahead of Honda team-mate Norbert Michelisz followed by Volvo Polestar’s Nicky Catsburg and top privateer Mehdi Bennani. It’s closer in the makes’ standings with Honda and Volvo Polestar equal on 96 points, while Bennani and Sébastien Loeb Racing team-mate Tom Chilton are level-pegging in the WTCC Trophy for independent racers
*The Monza weekend marks the official launch of eSports WTCC, the championship’s inaugural esports competition organised in partnership with RaceRoom
*The WTCC’s established feeder series, the FIA European Touring Car Cup, plus the FIA Formula 3 European Championship top the support bill

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017
*Factory teams from Honda and Volvo Polestar go up against leading privateer entrants
*Revamped calendar features return to iconic venues Monza and Macau, a new track for WTCC Race of China, plus a mid-July date for WTCC Race of Argentina
*Reduced schedule – 10 weekends only – means every result counts
*Main Race longer than before with more points on offer to the top 10 (new scale: 1=30 points; 2=23; 3=19; 4=16; 5=13; 6=10; 7=7; 8=4; 9=2; 10=1)
*WTCC MAC3, the Tour de France-inspired time trial, continues with two more points for winning
*FIA World Rallycross-style ‘joker’ lap planned for WTCC Race of Portugal in Vila Real
*New two-day format to reduce costs (Free Practice 1 and 2 now 45 minutes, no Friday testing)
*Renewed social media push with several innovations coming during the season
*Use of 360-degree camera to give viewer the impression they are in-car with the driver

DRIVER NEWS
*Factory teams Honda and Volvo Polestar both feature tweaked driver line-ups for 2017. Japanese racer Ryo Michigami replaces Rob Huff at Honda where he will partner Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro. Thed Björk gets two new team-mates: Nicky Catsburg and Néstor Girolami, while Yvan Muller has signed as a development driver for partner team Cyan Racing
*Huff has returned to ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport after three years away to drive the German team’s Citroën C-Elysée WTCC. Mehdi Bennani and Tom Chilton continue in Sébastien Loeb Racing-run Citroëns and welcome new team-mate John Filippi
*There will be family pride at stake for rookie racers Yann Ehrlacher and Aurélien Panis. Ehrlacher is the nephew of four-time world champion Yvan Muller, while Panis’s father Olivier won the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix and commentates on Eurosport France’s WTCC coverage
*Panis will partner Dániel Nagy at Zengő Motorsport, while Ehrlacher joins new team RC Motorsport
*Esteban Guerrieri has secured a partial programme with Campos Racing with work underway to make it a full-season deal following his maiden win last time out in Morocco
*Like Guerrieri, Tom Coronel will be Chevrolet Cruze-mounted in 2017 after he extended his long-term agreement with inaugural WTCC champion Roberto Ravaglia’s ROAL Motorsport team]]>

Some of the world’s best touring car drivers are set for a fast and furious adventure when the legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza hosts FIA WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy from 28-30 April.

The most open FIA World Touring Car Championship season for nearly a decade fired up in style on the narrow streets of Marrakech, Morocco earlier this month when Esteban Guerrieri and Tiago Monteiro shared the wins. But it’s the long straights and sweeping turns of the legendary Italian Grand Prix venue that provide the latest challenge on the WTCC’s flat-out global tour.

With speeds of 200kph-plus in store, Monza offers a high-speed ride like no other as the all-action WTCC returns to Italy – and the famous 5.793-kilometre track – for the first time since 2013, when four-time world champion Yvan Muller claimed a victory double. Now a development driver for Cyan Racing, the team behind Volvo Polestar’s world championship challenge, Muller is delighted that Monza is back on the schedule. “It’s the temple of motor racing in Italy so it’s good to go on this kind of circuit,” said the seven-time Monza WTCC winner.

The WTCC’s return to Monza in 2017 is fitting as, 30 years ago, it hosted the first race of the inaugural World Touring Car Championship season. Roberto Ravaglia was the eventual champion back in 1987 and his connection to the WTCC remains strong to this day: he co-owns race-winning team ROAL Motorsport and even completed a handful of laps in driver Tom Coronel’s Chevrolet Cruze during official testing at Monza last month. “Winning the title was a long time ago but I really enjoyed this moment of my racing career,” said the Italian.

While the series reverted back to European-only status for 1988, the foundations had been laid and the WTCC name would be revived for 2005 when Andy Priaulx won the first of three straight titles.

Rob Huff is another former champion and is a big Monza fan having won twice at the venue as well as topping all four test sessions in mid-March. “It’s brilliant, just spectacular, I love it,” he said. “When you drive in through the park it’s just beautiful. It’s been sorely missed and it’s going to provide some fantastic racing – it always did and always will.”

Following Free Practice, Qualifying and the Manufacturers Against the Clock (WTCC MAC3) team time trial on Saturday 29 April, Sunday’s Opening Race covers nine laps from 12h15 local time with the 11-lap Main Race following at 14h15. There’s extensive live coverage on Eurosport and other networks around the world, while free admission tickets are available to download at Event Presenting Partner OSCARO’s Italian market website, OSCARO.it.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS
*Second event of the season and the first of four in Europe. Tiago Monteiro tops the standings, seven points ahead of Honda team-mate Norbert Michelisz followed by Volvo Polestar’s Nicky Catsburg and top privateer Mehdi Bennani. It’s closer in the makes’ standings with Honda and Volvo Polestar equal on 96 points, while Bennani and Sébastien Loeb Racing team-mate Tom Chilton are level-pegging in the WTCC Trophy for independent racers
*The Monza weekend marks the official launch of eSports WTCC, the championship’s inaugural esports competition organised in partnership with RaceRoom
*The WTCC’s established feeder series, the FIA European Touring Car Cup, plus the FIA Formula 3 European Championship top the support bill

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017
*Factory teams from Honda and Volvo Polestar go up against leading privateer entrants
*Revamped calendar features return to iconic venues Monza and Macau, a new track for WTCC Race of China, plus a mid-July date for WTCC Race of Argentina
*Reduced schedule – 10 weekends only – means every result counts
*Main Race longer than before with more points on offer to the top 10 (new scale: 1=30 points; 2=23; 3=19; 4=16; 5=13; 6=10; 7=7; 8=4; 9=2; 10=1)
*WTCC MAC3, the Tour de France-inspired time trial, continues with two more points for winning
*FIA World Rallycross-style ‘joker’ lap planned for WTCC Race of Portugal in Vila Real
*New two-day format to reduce costs (Free Practice 1 and 2 now 45 minutes, no Friday testing)
*Renewed social media push with several innovations coming during the season
*Use of 360-degree camera to give viewer the impression they are in-car with the driver

DRIVER NEWS
*Factory teams Honda and Volvo Polestar both feature tweaked driver line-ups for 2017. Japanese racer Ryo Michigami replaces Rob Huff at Honda where he will partner Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro. Thed Björk gets two new team-mates: Nicky Catsburg and Néstor Girolami, while Yvan Muller has signed as a development driver for partner team Cyan Racing
*Huff has returned to ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport after three years away to drive the German team’s Citroën C-Elysée WTCC. Mehdi Bennani and Tom Chilton continue in Sébastien Loeb Racing-run Citroëns and welcome new team-mate John Filippi
*There will be family pride at stake for rookie racers Yann Ehrlacher and Aurélien Panis. Ehrlacher is the nephew of four-time world champion Yvan Muller, while Panis’s father Olivier won the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix and commentates on Eurosport France’s WTCC coverage
*Panis will partner Dániel Nagy at Zengő Motorsport, while Ehrlacher joins new team RC Motorsport
*Esteban Guerrieri has secured a partial programme with Campos Racing with work underway to make it a full-season deal following his maiden win last time out in Morocco
*Like Guerrieri, Tom Coronel will be Chevrolet Cruze-mounted in 2017 after he extended his long-term agreement with inaugural WTCC champion Roberto Ravaglia’s ROAL Motorsport team]]>
Essentials: WTCC Race of Italy https://www.fiawtcc.com/essentials-wtcc-race-of-italy/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:00:42 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=256354

It's FIA WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy time next week (28-30 April). Here's everything you need to know ahead of Monza's high-speed spectacular.

TRACK GUIDE IN 100 WORDS
Built in 1922, Monza is not only the spiritual home of Italian motor racing but also the WTCC: the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship event took place at the track north of Milan in 1987, while the first race of the WTCC’s new era in 2005 was also held on Monza’s high-speed layout. With the legendary parkland venue missing from the World Touring Car schedule since 2013, its return for 2017 will be keenly felt when famous turns like the Curva Grande, Lesmo and Parabolica will resonate to the sound of TC1 World Touring Cars for the first time.

TRACK ESSENTIALS
Name: Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Location: Via Vedano, 5, 20900 Monza MB, Italy
Website: www.monzanet.it
Length: 5.793 kilometres
Opening Race distance: 9 laps (52.137km)
Main Race distance: 11 laps (63.723km)
Lap record (qualifying): Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze), 1m56.486s (179.03kph), 23/03/13
Lap record (race): Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze), 1m59.000s (175.25kph), 11/03/12
WTCC appearances: Eight (WTCC Race of Italy took place at Imola in 2009)
Time zone: GMT +2 hours
Nearest airport: Milan Linate (26 kilometres)

PREVIOUS WINNERS
2013: Race 1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); Race 2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
2012: R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
2011: R1: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
2010: R1: Andy Priaulx (BMW 320si); R2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
2009: R1: Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT León); R2: Yvan Muller (SEAT León)*
2008: R1: Yvan Muller (SEAT León); R2: Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT León)
2007: R1: Yvan Muller (SEAT León); R2: Jordi Gené (SEAT León)
2006: R1: Andy Priaulx (BMW 320si); R2: Augusto Farfus (Alfa Romeo 156)
2005: R1: Dirk Muller (BMW 320i); R2: James Thompson (Alfa Romeo 156)
*Event took place at Imola

ITALY FAST FACTS
*The inaugural WTCC season began in 1987 with the controversial Monza 500. BMW drivers, including eventual champion Roberto Ravaglia, filled the top six places but were excluded when their M3s were found to be underweight. Allan Moffatt and John Harvey (Holden VL Commodore SS) inherited the outright win but as they were not eligible for WTCC points, Italians Walter Voulaz and Marcello Cipriani top-scored in their Alfa Romeo 75.
*German BMW driver Dirk Müller made history when he won the first WTCC race of the new era at Monza in April 2005, taking the honours in the first of two races. James Thompson won Race 2 for Alfa Romeo, while Andy Priaulx, who would go on to win the championship, came away with a fourth and fifth place.
*Thompson was in the wars when the WTCC visited Monza for the last time in 2013 after his then LADA team-mate Aleksei Dudukalo missed his braking for the first chicane during qualifying and slammed straight into the side of the Briton’s car.
*While Monza’s famous banking hasn’t been used in race mode since 1969, it still gets an airing thanks to the annual Monza Rally Show, won in 2016 by MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi.
*The 1971 Italian Grand Prix is famous for its dramatic finish when the top five were separated by sixth tenths of a second. Peter Gethin beat Ronnie Peterson to victory by 0.01s.

KEY TIMINGS
Saturday 29 April
09h00-09h45: Free Practice 1
12h00-12h45: Free Practice 2
14h15-14h35: Qualifying Q1
14h40-14h50: Qualifying Q2
15h00 (pit lane opens): Qualifying Q3
15h25-15h45: WTCC MAC3

Sunday 30 April
12h15-12h40: Opening Race (9 laps)
14h15-14h45: Main Race (11 laps)

STANDINGS AND STATISTICS
Drivers (after 2/20): 1 Monteiro 43; 2 Michelisz 36; 3 Catsburg 28; 4 Bennani 26; 5 Guerrieri 25; etc.
Manufacturers (after 2/20): 1 Honda 96; 2 Volvo Polestar 96
WTCC Trophy (after 2/20): 1 Bennani and Chilton 16; 3 Guerrieri 13; 4 Coronel 11; 5 Huff 6; etc.
WTCC Teams (after 2/20): 1 Sébastien Loeb 18; 2 Campos 14; 3 ROAL 14; 4 Zengő 8; 5 Münnich 6
All-time race wins (top 5): Y Muller 48; López 29; Huff 28; Menu 23; Tarquini 22
All-time pole positions (top 5): Y Muller 29; López 21; Tarquini 17; Menu 15; Farfus and Huff 11
All-time fastest laps (top 5): Y Muller 38; López 29; Huff 27; Tarquini 24; Menu 20
All-time laps led (top 5): Y Muller 571; Huff 344; López 301; Menu 297; Tarquini 295

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It's FIA WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy time next week (28-30 April). Here's everything you need to know ahead of Monza's high-speed spectacular.

TRACK GUIDE IN 100 WORDS
Built in 1922, Monza is not only the spiritual home of Italian motor racing but also the WTCC: the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship event took place at the track north of Milan in 1987, while the first race of the WTCC’s new era in 2005 was also held on Monza’s high-speed layout. With the legendary parkland venue missing from the World Touring Car schedule since 2013, its return for 2017 will be keenly felt when famous turns like the Curva Grande, Lesmo and Parabolica will resonate to the sound of TC1 World Touring Cars for the first time.

TRACK ESSENTIALS
Name: Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Location: Via Vedano, 5, 20900 Monza MB, Italy
Website: www.monzanet.it
Length: 5.793 kilometres
Opening Race distance: 9 laps (52.137km)
Main Race distance: 11 laps (63.723km)
Lap record (qualifying): Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze), 1m56.486s (179.03kph), 23/03/13
Lap record (race): Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze), 1m59.000s (175.25kph), 11/03/12
WTCC appearances: Eight (WTCC Race of Italy took place at Imola in 2009)
Time zone: GMT +2 hours
Nearest airport: Milan Linate (26 kilometres)

PREVIOUS WINNERS
2013: Race 1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); Race 2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
2012: R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
2011: R1: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
2010: R1: Andy Priaulx (BMW 320si); R2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
2009: R1: Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT León); R2: Yvan Muller (SEAT León)*
2008: R1: Yvan Muller (SEAT León); R2: Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT León)
2007: R1: Yvan Muller (SEAT León); R2: Jordi Gené (SEAT León)
2006: R1: Andy Priaulx (BMW 320si); R2: Augusto Farfus (Alfa Romeo 156)
2005: R1: Dirk Muller (BMW 320i); R2: James Thompson (Alfa Romeo 156)
*Event took place at Imola

ITALY FAST FACTS
*The inaugural WTCC season began in 1987 with the controversial Monza 500. BMW drivers, including eventual champion Roberto Ravaglia, filled the top six places but were excluded when their M3s were found to be underweight. Allan Moffatt and John Harvey (Holden VL Commodore SS) inherited the outright win but as they were not eligible for WTCC points, Italians Walter Voulaz and Marcello Cipriani top-scored in their Alfa Romeo 75.
*German BMW driver Dirk Müller made history when he won the first WTCC race of the new era at Monza in April 2005, taking the honours in the first of two races. James Thompson won Race 2 for Alfa Romeo, while Andy Priaulx, who would go on to win the championship, came away with a fourth and fifth place.
*Thompson was in the wars when the WTCC visited Monza for the last time in 2013 after his then LADA team-mate Aleksei Dudukalo missed his braking for the first chicane during qualifying and slammed straight into the side of the Briton’s car.
*While Monza’s famous banking hasn’t been used in race mode since 1969, it still gets an airing thanks to the annual Monza Rally Show, won in 2016 by MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi.
*The 1971 Italian Grand Prix is famous for its dramatic finish when the top five were separated by sixth tenths of a second. Peter Gethin beat Ronnie Peterson to victory by 0.01s.

KEY TIMINGS
Saturday 29 April
09h00-09h45: Free Practice 1
12h00-12h45: Free Practice 2
14h15-14h35: Qualifying Q1
14h40-14h50: Qualifying Q2
15h00 (pit lane opens): Qualifying Q3
15h25-15h45: WTCC MAC3

Sunday 30 April
12h15-12h40: Opening Race (9 laps)
14h15-14h45: Main Race (11 laps)

STANDINGS AND STATISTICS
Drivers (after 2/20): 1 Monteiro 43; 2 Michelisz 36; 3 Catsburg 28; 4 Bennani 26; 5 Guerrieri 25; etc.
Manufacturers (after 2/20): 1 Honda 96; 2 Volvo Polestar 96
WTCC Trophy (after 2/20): 1 Bennani and Chilton 16; 3 Guerrieri 13; 4 Coronel 11; 5 Huff 6; etc.
WTCC Teams (after 2/20): 1 Sébastien Loeb 18; 2 Campos 14; 3 ROAL 14; 4 Zengő 8; 5 Münnich 6
All-time race wins (top 5): Y Muller 48; López 29; Huff 28; Menu 23; Tarquini 22
All-time pole positions (top 5): Y Muller 29; López 21; Tarquini 17; Menu 15; Farfus and Huff 11
All-time fastest laps (top 5): Y Muller 38; López 29; Huff 27; Tarquini 24; Menu 20
All-time laps led (top 5): Y Muller 571; Huff 344; López 301; Menu 297; Tarquini 295

FREE TICKETS
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WTCC Race of Italy’s five things to watch https://www.fiawtcc.com/five-to-watch-wtcc-race-of-italy/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:00:19 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=256334

The FIA World Touring Car Championship is Monza-bound next week. Here are five things to watch during the WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy spectacular.

1: Lap records will fall
It will be the first time that TC1 World Touring Cars have been used competitively at Monza. That means Yvan Muller and Rob Huff’s respective qualifying and race lap records – set in older specification cars – will fall.

2: Huff to bounce back?
After a frustrating season opener in Morocco, Rob Huff will look to replicate his blistering Monza testing pace – when he topped all four sessions last month – as he seeks to get his bid for a second WTCC title firmly back on track.

3: Team-mate tussle
Sébastien Loeb Racing team-mates Mehdi Bennani and Tom Chilton are locked in combat for WTCC Trophy supremacy. Who will be the first to finish?

4: Ehrlacher, Panis bid to be top rookie
Aurélien Panis scored on his WTCC debut in Marrakech, while Yann Ehrlacher caused a stir with a rapid Monza testing performance back in March. Which rookie racer will rule next weekend?

5: Main Race master
Honda claimed Main Race honours in Morocco. On a track where its much renowned top speed will be rewarded, can Volvo Polestar land the big prize in Italy?

Tickets for WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy are free to download at OSCARO.it.]]>

The FIA World Touring Car Championship is Monza-bound next week. Here are five things to watch during the WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy spectacular.

1: Lap records will fall
It will be the first time that TC1 World Touring Cars have been used competitively at Monza. That means Yvan Muller and Rob Huff’s respective qualifying and race lap records – set in older specification cars – will fall.

2: Huff to bounce back?
After a frustrating season opener in Morocco, Rob Huff will look to replicate his blistering Monza testing pace – when he topped all four sessions last month – as he seeks to get his bid for a second WTCC title firmly back on track.

3: Team-mate tussle
Sébastien Loeb Racing team-mates Mehdi Bennani and Tom Chilton are locked in combat for WTCC Trophy supremacy. Who will be the first to finish?

4: Ehrlacher, Panis bid to be top rookie
Aurélien Panis scored on his WTCC debut in Marrakech, while Yann Ehrlacher caused a stir with a rapid Monza testing performance back in March. Which rookie racer will rule next weekend?

5: Main Race master
Honda claimed Main Race honours in Morocco. On a track where its much renowned top speed will be rewarded, can Volvo Polestar land the big prize in Italy?

Tickets for WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy are free to download at OSCARO.it.]]>