FIA WTCC https://www.fiawtcc.com Real cars, real racing Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:49:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WTCC Race of Italy key timings announced https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-race-of-italy-key-timings-announced/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:00:58 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=254510

The key timings for FIA WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy have been revealed as Monza’s highly-anticipated return to the World Touring Car Championship calendar gets closer.

Taking place at the legendary Italian Grand Prix track from 28-30 April, the event will be one of the highlights of the season with fans able to apply for free tickets at OSCARO.it.

Monza last hosted the WTCC in 2013 but World Touring Cars were back on the track at the venue north of Milan earlier this month for official timetable. The key timings appear below.

Saturday 29 April

09h00-09h45: Free Practice 1
12h00-12h45: Free Practice 2
From 14h15: Qualifying
15h25: WTCC MAC3

Sunday 30 April

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

Click here to view the full timetable.

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The key timings for FIA WTCC OSCARO Race of Italy have been revealed as Monza’s highly-anticipated return to the World Touring Car Championship calendar gets closer.

Taking place at the legendary Italian Grand Prix track from 28-30 April, the event will be one of the highlights of the season with fans able to apply for free tickets at OSCARO.it.

Monza last hosted the WTCC in 2013 but World Touring Cars were back on the track at the venue north of Milan earlier this month for official timetable. The key timings appear below.

Saturday 29 April

09h00-09h45: Free Practice 1
12h00-12h45: Free Practice 2
From 14h15: Qualifying
15h25: WTCC MAC3

Sunday 30 April

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

Click here to view the full timetable.

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The WTCC’s F1 connections https://www.fiawtcc.com/the-wtccs-f1-connections/ Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:00:39 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=254508

The new FIA Formula One World Championship season began in Australia earlier today. Here are 10 things that link F1 to the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Expert voices: Watch F1 coverage in Hungary and The Netherlands and you might get to hear Norbert Michelisz and Tom Coronel’s expert commentary. The WTCC racers are regulars behind the microphone in their respective countries.

Podium visitor: Honda factory star Tiago Monteiro took part in 37 Formula One grands prix prior to his WTCC switch in 2007. A podium in the 2005 US Grand Prix at Indianapolis proved the highlight for the Portuguese ace.

Brothers in arms: While Tom Chilton was making a name for himself in the WTCC following his step up from the British Touring Car Championship, his younger brother Max was making 35 starts in F1 between 2013-2014.

Great tracks: The current WTCC calendar includes visits to two active F1 venues, Hungaroring and Monza, where the championship is returning following a three-year break.

Son of the famous: WTCC rookie Aurélien Panis is the son of Olivier Panis, famous for his exploits in Formula One – including his victory in the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix – and commentating on Eurosport France’s coverage of the WTCC, no less.

Middle East finale: Like F1, the WTCC season concludes in the Middle East with Qatar hosting the WTCC action on 1 December.

When Loeb came close: Back in 2009, world rallying legend Sébastien Loeb was a super licence away from making a shock Formula One debut in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of that year, driving for Toro Rosso in place of compatriot Sébastien Bourdais. Successful tests for Red Bull and Renault was as good as it would get for Loeb, who was a race-winning WTCC driver in 2014 and 2015. He co-owns Sébastien Loeb Racing, which is entering three cars in this year’s WTCC.

Racer turned WTCC team boss: While Loeb missed out on racing in Formula One, Adrián Campos is a veteran of 21 grands prix who also co-founded his own F1 team for the 2010 season. His Campos Racing organisation is a mainstay of the WTCC.

Moroccan milestone: This year’s FIA WTCC AFRIQUIA coincides with the 60th anniversary of the first Moroccan Formula One grand prix, which took place at Casablanca in 1957.

Thirty years on: Gabriele Tarquini, WTCC champion in 2009, made his F1 debut 30 years ago, racing and retiring for Osella in the 1987 San Marino Grand Prix. He was still going strong in 2016 when he claimed the Opening Race honours for LADA in Qatar.]]>

The new FIA Formula One World Championship season began in Australia earlier today. Here are 10 things that link F1 to the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Expert voices: Watch F1 coverage in Hungary and The Netherlands and you might get to hear Norbert Michelisz and Tom Coronel’s expert commentary. The WTCC racers are regulars behind the microphone in their respective countries.

Podium visitor: Honda factory star Tiago Monteiro took part in 37 Formula One grands prix prior to his WTCC switch in 2007. A podium in the 2005 US Grand Prix at Indianapolis proved the highlight for the Portuguese ace.

Brothers in arms: While Tom Chilton was making a name for himself in the WTCC following his step up from the British Touring Car Championship, his younger brother Max was making 35 starts in F1 between 2013-2014.

Great tracks: The current WTCC calendar includes visits to two active F1 venues, Hungaroring and Monza, where the championship is returning following a three-year break.

Son of the famous: WTCC rookie Aurélien Panis is the son of Olivier Panis, famous for his exploits in Formula One – including his victory in the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix – and commentating on Eurosport France’s coverage of the WTCC, no less.

Middle East finale: Like F1, the WTCC season concludes in the Middle East with Qatar hosting the WTCC action on 1 December.

When Loeb came close: Back in 2009, world rallying legend Sébastien Loeb was a super licence away from making a shock Formula One debut in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of that year, driving for Toro Rosso in place of compatriot Sébastien Bourdais. Successful tests for Red Bull and Renault was as good as it would get for Loeb, who was a race-winning WTCC driver in 2014 and 2015. He co-owns Sébastien Loeb Racing, which is entering three cars in this year’s WTCC.

Racer turned WTCC team boss: While Loeb missed out on racing in Formula One, Adrián Campos is a veteran of 21 grands prix who also co-founded his own F1 team for the 2010 season. His Campos Racing organisation is a mainstay of the WTCC.

Moroccan milestone: This year’s FIA WTCC AFRIQUIA coincides with the 60th anniversary of the first Moroccan Formula One grand prix, which took place at Casablanca in 1957.

Thirty years on: Gabriele Tarquini, WTCC champion in 2009, made his F1 debut 30 years ago, racing and retiring for Osella in the 1987 San Marino Grand Prix. He was still going strong in 2016 when he claimed the Opening Race honours for LADA in Qatar.]]>
In safe hands: Argentina’s WTCC prospects bright in post-Pechito era https://www.fiawtcc.com/in-safe-hands-argentinas-wtcc-prospects-bright-in-post-pechito-era/ Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:00:23 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=254495

More Argentine success in the FIA World Touring Car Championship is expected this year – even though three-time title winner José María López won’t be on the grid.

Pechito López is embarking on parallel FIA Formula E and FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns in 2017, having completed his hugely successful first stint in the WTCC, paving the way for Néstor Girolami (pictured left) and Esteban Guerrieri (right) to stake their respective claims for glory and uphold national honour in the process.

Girolami, the double Súper TC2000 champion, will drive for Volvo’s factory team, Polestar Cyan Racing, while Guerrieri lines up for top WTCC Trophy squad Campos Racing.

“López did a very good job in the WTCC,” said Girolami. “He put the category to another level and for me he’s a very good driver. I have a big opportunity like he did so it will be very interesting and I will do my best.”

Guerrieri will start the season safe in the knowledge that no WTCC driver has lapped Termas de Río Hondo, venue for WTCC Race of Argentina in July, faster than he has after he impressed during his WTCC debut weekend last August. “I will try to maximise my chances and I am sure we will battle side by side many times during the year,” he said.]]>

More Argentine success in the FIA World Touring Car Championship is expected this year – even though three-time title winner José María López won’t be on the grid.

Pechito López is embarking on parallel FIA Formula E and FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns in 2017, having completed his hugely successful first stint in the WTCC, paving the way for Néstor Girolami (pictured left) and Esteban Guerrieri (right) to stake their respective claims for glory and uphold national honour in the process.

Girolami, the double Súper TC2000 champion, will drive for Volvo’s factory team, Polestar Cyan Racing, while Guerrieri lines up for top WTCC Trophy squad Campos Racing.

“López did a very good job in the WTCC,” said Girolami. “He put the category to another level and for me he’s a very good driver. I have a big opportunity like he did so it will be very interesting and I will do my best.”

Guerrieri will start the season safe in the knowledge that no WTCC driver has lapped Termas de Río Hondo, venue for WTCC Race of Argentina in July, faster than he has after he impressed during his WTCC debut weekend last August. “I will try to maximise my chances and I am sure we will battle side by side many times during the year,” he said.]]>
Monza WTCC tickets available for free at OSCARO.it https://www.fiawtcc.com/monza-wtcc-tickets-available-for-free-at-oscaro-it/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:00:22 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=254490

Fans attending the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s eagerly-anticipated return to Monza next month are in for a double treat.

As well as getting to watch top-of-the-range TC1 World Touring Cars battling for glory at the legendary Italian track, Event Presenting Partner and WTCC Official Series Partner OSCARO is offering members of the public the chance to apply for free tickets to the event from 29-30 April to signal its arrival in the Italian market.

By visiting OSCARO’s Italian-language website at www.oscaro.it, fans can complete the online application process to receive free tickets for the event, which also includes races for the the FIA European Touring Car Cup and FIA Formula 3 European Championship.]]>

Fans attending the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s eagerly-anticipated return to Monza next month are in for a double treat.

As well as getting to watch top-of-the-range TC1 World Touring Cars battling for glory at the legendary Italian track, Event Presenting Partner and WTCC Official Series Partner OSCARO is offering members of the public the chance to apply for free tickets to the event from 29-30 April to signal its arrival in the Italian market.

By visiting OSCARO’s Italian-language website at www.oscaro.it, fans can complete the online application process to receive free tickets for the event, which also includes races for the the FIA European Touring Car Cup and FIA Formula 3 European Championship.]]>
Drivers gear up for “unpredictable” WTCC title fight https://www.fiawtcc.com/drivers-gear-up-for-unpredictable-wtcc-title-fight/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:09 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=254343

Leading FIA World Touring Car Championship drivers are refusing to get too confident about winning the WTCC title due to the extremely open nature of the competition they expect to face.

Eight drivers have been earmarked as genuine contenders for the prestigious FIA world crown as one of the most unpredictable WTCC seasons for nearly a decade prepares for lift-off at WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.

Rob Huff, WTCC champion in 2012, will drive a privateer Citroën for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport. He said: “WTCC 2017 will see the closest competition we have seen for many years with many drivers, teams and manufacturers able to fight for race wins in the overall championship.”

Tiago Monteiro, who finished third in the 2016 points, said: “The championship looks very promising but we know it’s not going to be easy this year. The Volvo guys are very strong and getting stronger and we still have four Citroëns on the grid, so we’re going to have to fine-tune every single detail to be as strong as possible. It will be a big fight.”

Monteiro’s factory Honda team-mate Norbert Michelisz, who is starting his second season as a factory driver after twice winning the WTCC Trophy, said: “I strongly believe there can be six to eight drivers fighting for the championship to the end.”

Thed Björk scored his maiden victory in 2016, which was also the first WTCC triumph for Volvo and the Polestar Cyan Racing team. He has high hopes for the year ahead. “The fact that so many drivers can win the championship shows we have really good drivers in the WTCC, so that’s great and I’m really excited.”

New Polestar Cyan Racing recruit Néstor Girolami, a double touring car champion in Argentina, said: “The championship will be the most unpredictable in years. Nobody knows who will win this year. I will fight with the Honda guys and the guys in the Citroëns will push hard.”

Other drivers set to challenge for WTCC title glory in 2017 include Mehdi Bennani, Nicky Catsburg and Tom Chilton.

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “Any promoter would be happy to get eight or nine drivers genuinely going for the world title. Like many other world or international championships in 2017, the WTCC’s entry list is down slightly in terms of numbers but certainly not in terms of quality and it looks like we have the right spread of forces for a very good season. The fans will be looking for a good fight and for the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ championship titles to go to the final night race in Qatar, and that’s what we hope we can provide.”

The 2017 WTCC season begins at Marrakech, Morocco, from 7-9 April. The championship also includes visits to Monza, Nürburgring Nordschleife, Vila Real, Twin Ring Motegi and Macau.]]>

Leading FIA World Touring Car Championship drivers are refusing to get too confident about winning the WTCC title due to the extremely open nature of the competition they expect to face.

Eight drivers have been earmarked as genuine contenders for the prestigious FIA world crown as one of the most unpredictable WTCC seasons for nearly a decade prepares for lift-off at WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.

Rob Huff, WTCC champion in 2012, will drive a privateer Citroën for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport. He said: “WTCC 2017 will see the closest competition we have seen for many years with many drivers, teams and manufacturers able to fight for race wins in the overall championship.”

Tiago Monteiro, who finished third in the 2016 points, said: “The championship looks very promising but we know it’s not going to be easy this year. The Volvo guys are very strong and getting stronger and we still have four Citroëns on the grid, so we’re going to have to fine-tune every single detail to be as strong as possible. It will be a big fight.”

Monteiro’s factory Honda team-mate Norbert Michelisz, who is starting his second season as a factory driver after twice winning the WTCC Trophy, said: “I strongly believe there can be six to eight drivers fighting for the championship to the end.”

Thed Björk scored his maiden victory in 2016, which was also the first WTCC triumph for Volvo and the Polestar Cyan Racing team. He has high hopes for the year ahead. “The fact that so many drivers can win the championship shows we have really good drivers in the WTCC, so that’s great and I’m really excited.”

New Polestar Cyan Racing recruit Néstor Girolami, a double touring car champion in Argentina, said: “The championship will be the most unpredictable in years. Nobody knows who will win this year. I will fight with the Honda guys and the guys in the Citroëns will push hard.”

Other drivers set to challenge for WTCC title glory in 2017 include Mehdi Bennani, Nicky Catsburg and Tom Chilton.

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “Any promoter would be happy to get eight or nine drivers genuinely going for the world title. Like many other world or international championships in 2017, the WTCC’s entry list is down slightly in terms of numbers but certainly not in terms of quality and it looks like we have the right spread of forces for a very good season. The fans will be looking for a good fight and for the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ championship titles to go to the final night race in Qatar, and that’s what we hope we can provide.”

The 2017 WTCC season begins at Marrakech, Morocco, from 7-9 April. The championship also includes visits to Monza, Nürburgring Nordschleife, Vila Real, Twin Ring Motegi and Macau.]]>
Ravaglia back in a WTCC car at Monza https://www.fiawtcc.com/ravaglia-back-in-a-world-touring-car-at-monza/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:32 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=254314

Roberto Ravaglia turned back the clock at Monza last week when he took to the famous Italian track in a World Touring Car.

Ravaglia, who co-owns race-winning WTCC team ROAL Motorsport, competed at Monza on his way to winning the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship title in 1987.

While Ravaglia was driving a BMW M3 in the Monza 500 30 years ago today (22 March), he was behind the wheel of the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 Tom Coronel will use to challenge for WTCC Trophy honours in 2017 when he took part in official pre-season testing on 14 March.

“I enjoyed it very much and I understand more about the car and the technology, but it was not easy,” said the 59-year-old, who last drove a touring car in 1996 during his stint racing in the British Touring Car Championship, but had never sampled a front-wheel-drive touring car prior to his run at Monza. “A touring car now looks more like a formula car and I was surprised how sensitive the steering is. As soon as you move the wheel a little bit, even on the straight, there was panic in the car and after five laps I was quite tired.”

Coronel, a ROAL Motorsport driver since 2011, said: “It was cool to see Roberto in the car but I think he was scared like hell! He told me the car was very nervous but this is what it is like in a front-wheel-drive World Touring Car. It was nice to have his feedback and it’s good when your boss has been a driver because he understands all the situations you experience. He’s not just a team boss who calculates how much money he is making. His heart is in motor racing.”

Up next for Coronel, Ravaglia and ROAL Motorsport is WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco in Marrakech from 7-9 April, one of two events they won together in 2016.]]>

Roberto Ravaglia turned back the clock at Monza last week when he took to the famous Italian track in a World Touring Car.

Ravaglia, who co-owns race-winning WTCC team ROAL Motorsport, competed at Monza on his way to winning the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship title in 1987.

While Ravaglia was driving a BMW M3 in the Monza 500 30 years ago today (22 March), he was behind the wheel of the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 Tom Coronel will use to challenge for WTCC Trophy honours in 2017 when he took part in official pre-season testing on 14 March.

“I enjoyed it very much and I understand more about the car and the technology, but it was not easy,” said the 59-year-old, who last drove a touring car in 1996 during his stint racing in the British Touring Car Championship, but had never sampled a front-wheel-drive touring car prior to his run at Monza. “A touring car now looks more like a formula car and I was surprised how sensitive the steering is. As soon as you move the wheel a little bit, even on the straight, there was panic in the car and after five laps I was quite tired.”

Coronel, a ROAL Motorsport driver since 2011, said: “It was cool to see Roberto in the car but I think he was scared like hell! He told me the car was very nervous but this is what it is like in a front-wheel-drive World Touring Car. It was nice to have his feedback and it’s good when your boss has been a driver because he understands all the situations you experience. He’s not just a team boss who calculates how much money he is making. His heart is in motor racing.”

Up next for Coronel, Ravaglia and ROAL Motorsport is WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco in Marrakech from 7-9 April, one of two events they won together in 2016.]]>
Catsburg: WTCC MAC3 help is at hand https://www.fiawtcc.com/catsburg-wtcc-mac3-help-is-at-hand/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:00:22 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=254319

Nicky Catsburg plans to put his Manufacturers Against the Clock experience to good use in order to give Volvo Polestar a lift in the on-track battle of the brands.

Volvo’s factory WTCC squad, which runs under the Polestar Cyan Racing banner, is new to the Tour de France-inspired team time trial for 2017 and Catsburg’s team-mates, Thed Björk and Néstor Girolami, also have no previous experience of the format.

Catsburg represented Team LADA during the inaugural WTCC MAC3 season in 2016 and plans to pass on the knowledge gained to his new team-mates. And with two extra points going to the WTCC MAC3 winner at each event in 2017, Catsburg’s words of wisdom could be of big importance in the race for the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers.

“At LADA, we tried to think of different strategies and it’s definitely interesting to speak about that [with Thed and Néstor],” said the Dutchman.

Team Volvo Polestar will go up against Team Honda in the second season of WTCC MAC3. The Japanese make can choose from any of the five drivers racing the Civic – Norbert Michelisz, Ryo Michigami, Tiago Monteiro, Dániel Nagy and Aurélien Panis – although only Michelisz and Monteiro have previous WTCC MAC3 experience.]]>

Nicky Catsburg plans to put his Manufacturers Against the Clock experience to good use in order to give Volvo Polestar a lift in the on-track battle of the brands.

Volvo’s factory WTCC squad, which runs under the Polestar Cyan Racing banner, is new to the Tour de France-inspired team time trial for 2017 and Catsburg’s team-mates, Thed Björk and Néstor Girolami, also have no previous experience of the format.

Catsburg represented Team LADA during the inaugural WTCC MAC3 season in 2016 and plans to pass on the knowledge gained to his new team-mates. And with two extra points going to the WTCC MAC3 winner at each event in 2017, Catsburg’s words of wisdom could be of big importance in the race for the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers.

“At LADA, we tried to think of different strategies and it’s definitely interesting to speak about that [with Thed and Néstor],” said the Dutchman.

Team Volvo Polestar will go up against Team Honda in the second season of WTCC MAC3. The Japanese make can choose from any of the five drivers racing the Civic – Norbert Michelisz, Ryo Michigami, Tiago Monteiro, Dániel Nagy and Aurélien Panis – although only Michelisz and Monteiro have previous WTCC MAC3 experience.]]>
WTCC rookie to prove he’s the man for the job https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-rookie-ehrlacher-to-prove-hes-the-man-for-the-job/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:00:08 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=253863

Twenty-year-old WTCC rookie Yann Ehrlacher admits he needs to prove RC Motorsport has made the right call to sign him for his maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship campaign in 2017.

Ehrlacher, the nephew of four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller and son of ex- single-seater racer Cathy, will make his competitive debut for the Magny-Cours team at WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco in Marrakech next month, having excelled in official WTCC testing at Monza last week with the third best time in one session.

“It was quite a hard decision from the team to take me because I have no experience of front-wheel drive and I don’t know any of the tracks,” said Ehrlacher, who completed 100 laps of the Italian Grand Prix track. “They have taken the risk and I have to prove to them that I can do it.”

Frenchman Ehrlacher insists he’s not taking anything for granted despite his promising testing performance. “There is still a lot of work to do because I’m not sure that the other cars were at 100 per cent [performance at Monza], so there is a lot to do now to be ready for Marrakech and we will do some other testing in Magny-Cours.”

WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco takes place from 7-9 April.]]>

Twenty-year-old WTCC rookie Yann Ehrlacher admits he needs to prove RC Motorsport has made the right call to sign him for his maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship campaign in 2017.

Ehrlacher, the nephew of four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller and son of ex- single-seater racer Cathy, will make his competitive debut for the Magny-Cours team at WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco in Marrakech next month, having excelled in official WTCC testing at Monza last week with the third best time in one session.

“It was quite a hard decision from the team to take me because I have no experience of front-wheel drive and I don’t know any of the tracks,” said Ehrlacher, who completed 100 laps of the Italian Grand Prix track. “They have taken the risk and I have to prove to them that I can do it.”

Frenchman Ehrlacher insists he’s not taking anything for granted despite his promising testing performance. “There is still a lot of work to do because I’m not sure that the other cars were at 100 per cent [performance at Monza], so there is a lot to do now to be ready for Marrakech and we will do some other testing in Magny-Cours.”

WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco takes place from 7-9 April.]]>
Polestar WTCC chief reveals Muller impact https://www.fiawtcc.com/polestar-wtcc-chief-reveals-muller-impact/ Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:00:12 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=253854

Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin has spoken of the “valuable contribution” Yvan Muller is making to Polestar Cyan Racing’s FIA World Touring Car Championship preparations.

Muller, the four-time WTCC champion, is Cyan Racing’s development driver and senior advisor and took part in two days of testing at Monza earlier in the week alongside factory drivers Thed Björk and Néstor Girolami.

“We all know he has done this type of work a number of times before, with Chevrolet and Citroën, and having a third opinion is better than having two opinions on the same thing,” said Murdzevski Schedvin. “Evidently you see he is driving the car and is also working on the process itself around the testing and it’s a valuable contribution and obviously we are very happy to have him in the team.”

Murdzevski Schedvin, pictured right with Muller, continued: “He’s a very friendly gentleman, he fits in well with the team, brining in a good atmosphere and some background credibility. It’s easy for an engineer to trust driver input when that driver has done the same job with some great success with other manufacturers. But everyone in that garage is there for a reason and to add value and so is he as well.”

Meanwhile, Nicky Catsburg, who will complete the Polestar Cyan Racing WTCC challenge in 2017 had to sit out the Monza tests due to his participation in the clashing Sebring 12 Hours in the USA with BMW. Sadly, for the Dutchman, a crash put him out of the race prior to the halfway stage.

The new World Touring Car Championship season begins at WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco in Marrakech from 7-9 April.]]>

Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin has spoken of the “valuable contribution” Yvan Muller is making to Polestar Cyan Racing’s FIA World Touring Car Championship preparations.

Muller, the four-time WTCC champion, is Cyan Racing’s development driver and senior advisor and took part in two days of testing at Monza earlier in the week alongside factory drivers Thed Björk and Néstor Girolami.

“We all know he has done this type of work a number of times before, with Chevrolet and Citroën, and having a third opinion is better than having two opinions on the same thing,” said Murdzevski Schedvin. “Evidently you see he is driving the car and is also working on the process itself around the testing and it’s a valuable contribution and obviously we are very happy to have him in the team.”

Murdzevski Schedvin, pictured right with Muller, continued: “He’s a very friendly gentleman, he fits in well with the team, brining in a good atmosphere and some background credibility. It’s easy for an engineer to trust driver input when that driver has done the same job with some great success with other manufacturers. But everyone in that garage is there for a reason and to add value and so is he as well.”

Meanwhile, Nicky Catsburg, who will complete the Polestar Cyan Racing WTCC challenge in 2017 had to sit out the Monza tests due to his participation in the clashing Sebring 12 Hours in the USA with BMW. Sadly, for the Dutchman, a crash put him out of the race prior to the halfway stage.

The new World Touring Car Championship season begins at WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco in Marrakech from 7-9 April.]]>
WTCC Race of Morocco key timings announced https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-race-of-morocco-key-timings-revealed/ Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:00:20 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=253849

The key timings for FIA WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco have been revealed as the opening weekend of the 2017 World Touring Car Championship season draws near.

Taking place on the semi-permanent Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, the event runs from 7-9 April. The following timings are local:

Saturday 8 April
09h00-09h45: Free Practice 1
11h45-12h30: Free Practice 2
From 15h15: Qualifying
16h30: WTCC MAC3

Sunday 9 April
16h35-17h00: Opening Race (18 laps)
17h45-18h15: Main Race (21 laps)

Click here to view the full timetable.]]>

The key timings for FIA WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco have been revealed as the opening weekend of the 2017 World Touring Car Championship season draws near.

Taking place on the semi-permanent Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, the event runs from 7-9 April. The following timings are local:

Saturday 8 April
09h00-09h45: Free Practice 1
11h45-12h30: Free Practice 2
From 15h15: Qualifying
16h30: WTCC MAC3

Sunday 9 April
16h35-17h00: Opening Race (18 laps)
17h45-18h15: Main Race (21 laps)

Click here to view the full timetable.]]>