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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.

Ever-present on the FIA World Touring Car Championship calendar since 2011, the Hungaroring near Budapest hosts WTCC Race of Hungary from 12-14 May. And that will mean Norbert Michelisz fans in their thousands.

Forty-one drivers have clocked fastest laps in the FIA World Touring Car Championship since 2005. Multi-record-breaking legend Yvan Muller heads the list on 38 with new ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport signing Rob Huff third behind José María López on 27. The full list of WTCC fastest lap setters.

Forty-one drivers have clocked fastest laps in the FIA World Touring Car Championship since 2005. Multi-record-breaking legend Yvan Muller heads the list on 38 with new ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport signing Rob Huff third behind José María López on 27. The full list of WTCC fastest lap setters.

Rob Huff will do all he can to win the FIA World Touring Car Championship for a second time after re-signing with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport for 2017.

The Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team has thanked Rob Huff for his contribution to the squad’s success and progression in 2016 following confirmation that he will be returning to ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport for the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Rob Huff’s FIA World Touring Car Championship rivals better beware: the former champion will face off for a second coveted crown in a Citroën C-Elysée WTCC.

This is the moment when Mehdi Bennani punched the air in triumph after claiming FIA World Touring Car Championship race win number two in the rain of Hungary back in April 2016.