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WTCC Race of Italy’s five things to watch

WTCC Race of Italy’s five things to watch

20/04/2017 06:00

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.

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