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WTCC leader Björk facing “biggest challenge”

WTCC leader Björk facing “biggest challenge”

14/11/2017 06:00

Thed Björk is facing the “biggest challenge of the season” as he aims to hold on to his FIA World Touring Car Championship lead on the streets of Macau this week.

Björk heads the standings by 16.5 points but has zero experience of the demanding Circuito da Guia, venue for WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau from 16-19 November.

“Macau is the biggest challenge of the season – it’s the penultimate round of the season and I have never have driven there before,” said Polestar Cyan Racing’s Swedish ace. “I am the chased driver of the championship, but that is something I will use as a strength. I am right where I want to be – at the front of the pack – and we are in our strongest position yet with the development of the car. I feel confident, but of course we need to be on our toes all weekend and try not to make any errors. The consequences of mistakes in Macau can be significant.”

With Néstor Girolami another Volvo-driving rookie, both he and Björk will look to team-mate Nicky Catsburg for guidance. The Dutchman made his Macau debut last season in the FIA GT World Cup event.

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.