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Volkswagen Golf tweaked ahead of WTCR 2018

Volkswagen Golf tweaked ahead of WTCR 2018

04/01/2018 12:00

The title-winning Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR will have a new look when it hits the tracks in 2018 with its front end reworked to match the appearance of its road-going equivalent.

Shown to the public during the Essen Motor Show in Germany last month, the tweaked machine will be ready for delivery to customer teams during January ahead of the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for TCR cars getting underway in Morocco from 7-8 April.

Sven Smeets, Volkswagen Motorsport Director, explained the design change: “The new look for the Golf GTI TCR resulted from close cooperation with Volkswagen Design. This helps us to underline just what a close relationship exists between the production model and the racing version. For example, the engine comes directly from series production and only requires minimal adjustment for competitive racing. This is proof that the Golf GTI provides the perfect foundation for our customer racing cars.”

The Golf GTI TCR enjoyed considerable success in 2017. Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay won the TCR International Series drivers’ title, Kantadhee Kusiri took the TCR Asia Crown, Francisco Abreu claimed top TCR Iberico honours, while the Golf GTI TCR was Model of the Year in TCR International.

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.