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Suzuka shootout up next for eSports WTCC

Suzuka shootout up next for eSports WTCC

18/10/2017 06:00

Just like the FIA World Touring Car Championship, eSports WTCC – its online equivalent – is heading to Japan with the title finely balanced.

While the real WTCC is Twin Ring Motegi-bound from 27-29 October, its virtual equivalent is at Suzuka this Sunday evening.

Kévin Leaune was on top in pre-qualifying with an impressive margin of almost two tenths of a second. However, having collected too many penalty points in the previous events, the Frenchman will be forced to sit out the Suzuka race.

Leaune’s absence will leave Bencé Banki (Citroën), Gergo Baldi (Volvo), Nikodem Wisniewski (Honda) and the impressive newcomer Jaroslav Honzik making it four manufacturers in the top four in his Chevrolet.

Of the title contenders, Jan Stange performed best in sixth with championship leader Márk Nándori P12. Erstwhile pacesetter Alexander Dornieden was down in P20. But with Nándori picking up a five-point-penalty in Shanghai, his advantage over Dornieden has been trimmed to eighth points and 13 ahead of Stange. Belgian Jonathan Schelstraete headed Division 2.

The event will be streamed live from 19h00 CET on Sunday 22 October via the WTCC’s official YouTube and Facebook channels. James Kirk and Robert Wiesenmüller will provide their usual expert commentary.

Tiago Monteiro, a race winner and title contender during the final season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017, has received Portugal’s Sport Merit Award.

Comtoyou Racing has signed its second FIA World Touring Car Cup contender in as many days with the addition of Aurélien Panis to its WTCR line-up for 2018.

WTCR Q&A: Denis Dupont

18/01/2018 12:00 - 2017

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

Belgium’s motorsport federation, the RACB, has identified the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup as the ultimate international launch pad for its young star driver, Denis Dupont.

The man behind the Honda Civic Type R TCR project hopes several examples of the car will be on the grid when the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup begins in Morocco on 7 April.

Súper TC2000 champion Facundo Ardusso would consider racing in the FIA World Touring Car Cup when the WTCR visits his native Argentina in August – providing he received an invitation to do so.