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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.

Tiago Monteiro says there can be no slip-ups in the battle to win the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship.

WTCC 2017: the key statistics

20/08/2017 12:00 - 2017

The 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship is building up for an epic title showdown with four events remaining and eight drivers in contention for the coveted crown. Here’s a reminder of the key statistics.

Back in 2014 mainland China hosted not one but two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship after Goldenport Park in Beijing was added to the schedule in place of the planned round at Sonoma in the USA.

WTCC 2017: coming up soon

18/08/2017 12:00 - 2017

The wide-open 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship concludes in Qatar on 1 December. Here’s what’s coming up over the next few months.

Yann Ehrlacher scored a breakthrough maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship victory at WTCC Race of Argentina in mid-July, converting a career-first standing start pole position into victory number one for him and the privateer RC Motorsport team.

Mehdi Bennani and Norbert Michelisz triumphed at WTCC Race of Portugal on 25 June as world championship motor racing history was made with the introduction of the ‘joker’ lap.