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Five reasons why the WTCC will thrill in 2017

Five reasons why the WTCC will thrill in 2017

09/01/2017 06:00

The 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship is set to be one of the best yet with a wide-open title battle and the return of famous tracks Macau and Monza among plenty more. Here are just some of the reasons why the WTCC will thrill in 2017.

1: The driver line-up will remain under wraps for a while yet but every indication points to a wide-open title battle with as many as 10 ace racers expected to challenge for outright glory.

2: Magical Motorsport venues Macau and Monza return to a schedule which also includes iconic tracks such as Vila Real and the Nürburgring Nordschleife (pictured).

3: The WTCC will break more new ground in 2017 with the introduction of ‘joker’ laps at selected events, a first for world championship circuit racing.

4: More points and extra laps are in store for the Main Race during WTCC weekends, making them even more significant than before.

5: It proved a hit in 2016 and now Manufacturers Against the Clock (or WTCC MAC3) will be returning in 2017 with Team Volvo Polestar competing for the first time.

Ryo Michigami returns to the scene of his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut when he contests WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan next weekend (27-29 October). Honda Racing’s home hero discusses life in the WTCC and what it means to be racing in his homeland.

Honda’s Civic WTCC will continue to carry the maximum 80 kilograms of compensation weight at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan.

Nine years since the FIA World Touring Car Championship made its first visit to Japan, the thrilling wide-open race for the 2017 title continues on Japanese asphalt next week (27-29 October) when Twin Ring Motegi north of Tokyo hosts the action.

Twin Ring Motegi north of Tokyo is the venue for the next stop of the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s global tour from 27-29 October. Here are all the essential facts and stats for WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan.

Several drivers claimed personal bests when the all-action FIA World Touring Car Championship resumed in China last weekend.

Esteban Guerrieri dedicated his wet weather-driving masterclass at FIA WTCC Race of China on Sunday to his mother, Ester.