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TAG Heuer Fastest Lap Trophy: WTCC consolation for Catsburg

TAG Heuer Fastest Lap Trophy: WTCC consolation for Catsburg

16/07/2017 22:08

Nicky Catsburg claimed the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap Trophy at the WTCC Race of Argentina, but it will be little more than a consolation prize after the Volvo driver lost a certain victory.

The Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo ace was holding a commanding lead in the Main Race at the Circuito Termas de Río Hondo when his S60 suffered a second left-front puncture hot on the heels of an identical failure in the Opening Race. Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team’s Norbert Michelisz inherited the lead and the subsequent race victory.

But Catsburg had already done enough to secure the TAG Heuer Fastest lap Trophy by lapping the 4.8km circuit in 1m44.480s on lap four, just three before his heartbreaking puncture.

Volvo team-mate Thed Björk had set the fastest lap of the Opening Race with a time of 1m44.727s on his way to an eventful sixth place finish.

Tom Coronel and twin brother Tim have finished the gruelling Dakar Rally in South America, reaching the end of the final stage in Córdoba, Argentina, yesterday just outside the top 30.

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.