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Street track fan Girolami targets more WTCC luck in Vila Real

Street track fan Girolami targets more WTCC luck in Vila Real

19/06/2017 06:00

Néstor Girolami will be hungry for a change of fortune when the FIA World Touring Car Championship heads to Vila Real later this week.

One of the pre-season title favourites, the Argentine has non-scored in the last three races and languishes ninth in the standings ahead of WTCC Race of Portugal.

But the Polestar Cyan Racing driver has plenty of reason for optimism. He has previous Vila Real experience to call upon having scored what was then a WTCC career-high eighth on his debut at the track in 2015 and took a podium on the streets of Marrakech earlier this season. He’s also a fan of urban tracks from his exploits racing back home in Argentina.

“I raced on a lot of street circuits in Argentina and I enjoy them a lot,” he said. “You have to go to the limit – although a little bit less to avoid stupid mistakes in Free Practice – so you can push very hard in qualifying because being fastest in qualifying is 90 per cent of the weekend.”

There’s a close fight for WTCC Trophy glory brewing as several independent racers battle for top honours at WTCC Race of Portugal this weekend.

Nicky Catsburg will start WTCC Race of Portugal leading the FIA World Touring Car Championship having gone from hunter to hunted after snatching the title lead from home hero Tiago Monteiro at the Nürburgring Nordschleife last month.

Jan Stange cut Alexander Dornieden’s title lead to two points following an action-packed eSports WTCC multiplayer championship counter on Sunday.

With climbs and dips, sweeping turns, blind corners and fast straights, the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real provides a big challenge for the FIA World Touring Car Championship drivers. Home hero Tiago Monteiro is your guide to the 4.785-kilometre lap.

Tiago Monteiro got his faltering season firmly back on track with an emotional home win in the FIA World Touring Car Championship on 26 June 2016.

WTCC Race of Portugal takes place at the legendary Vila Real street circuit from 23-25 June. Here are essential facts and stats ahead of the hugely popular – and very challenging – FIA World Touring Car Championship counter.