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Temperature drop raises the challenge at WTCC Race of Argentina

Temperature drop raises the challenge at WTCC Race of Argentina

16/07/2017 19:58

Low ambient and track temperatures will add to the challenge facing the FIA World Touring Car Championship drivers at WTCC Race of Argentina this afternoon.

With the ambient temperature 13 degrees centigrade and the track temperature 16 degrees centigrade ahead of the Opening Race at Circuito Termas de Río Hondo, drivers and their engineers have had to make a host of set-up changes.

“The difference is massive,” said Tom Chilton, who starts the Opening Race from the front row of the grid alongside Yann Ehrlacher. “I am actually nervous for the first time this year because I really don’t know what’s going to happen. I feel we’re on a bit of a hot set-up but my engineer has assured me it’s going to be really good and I’m going to win the race. And I trust him.”

Chilton (pictured), who is driving a Citroën C-Elysée WTCC for Sébastien Loeb Racing, said the biggest challenge will be to maintain the pressure and temperature of his Yokohama tyres in the cold conditions.

“It’s maintaining the pressure and temperature throughout the race and ultimately about the balance being correct,” Chilton explained. “It needs to be the perfect amount of understeer and oversteer on all the corners. You’ve got such a big temperature shift, 20 degrees cooler track temperature than last year, so it’s a big difference. Anything can happen.”

The Opening Race begins at 15h00 local time and takes place over 11 laps with extensive live broadcasting around the world and across Argentina and South America.

Zsolt Dávid Szabó completed his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut in Argentina last weekend by underlining his desire to return to the track when WTCC 2017 resumes in China in mid-October.

Yann Ehrlacher was applauded and praised by his rivals following his maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship victory.

Mehdi Bennani reckoned he over-achieved at WTCC Race of Argentina by scoring his third podium of 2017 to remain firmly in the hunt for the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller isn’t surprised that his nephew, Yann Ehrlacher, is a winner in the FIA World Touring Car Championship – revealing that he always expected the 21-year-old would reach the top of the podium.

The chase for WTCC Trophy title success intensified when the FIA World Touring Car Championship visited Argentina last week.

Esteban Guerrieri used his home rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship to deliver one of his best weekends in the WTCC so far with a third and a fourth in the two races at Circuito Termas de Río Hondo.