In numbers: WTCC Race of Morocco

In numbers: WTCC Race of Morocco

16/04/2017 12:00

WTCC AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco opened the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship last week amid plenty of on-track action and drama on the streets of Marrakech. Here are some of the highlights in numbers.

10: Tiago Monteiro’s victory in the Main Race was WTCC win number 10 for the Portuguese

96: Honda and Volvo Polestar left Marrakech with 96 points apiece in the battle for the World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers

30: Argentina has now celebrated 30 WTCC wins with Esteban Guerrieri’s debut triumph adding to the 29 notched up by three-time champion José María López

10: Aurélien Panis marked his debut by claiming his first world championship point with P10 in the Opening Race

1: Ryo Michigami was also in the points for the first time in Morocco, finishing P10 in his third WTCC start

2: Dániel Nagy and Esteban Guerrieri claimed their first WTCC fastest laps in Marrakech. Nagy set the pace in the Opening Race with Guerrieri quickest of all in the Main Race to land the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy

2: A two-second Main Race penalty demoted Mehdi Bennani from first to second in the WTCC Trophy

16: Defending champion Bennani and Sébastien Loeb Racing team-mate Tom Chilton are level on 16 points following the North African double-header

5: Rob Huff’s P9 in the Main Race means he’s now scored WTCC points in five different makes of car

12: Yann Ehrlacher’s capture of P12 in the Main Race was his first WTCC finish and the first for the new RC Motorsport team

Norbert Michelisz has received yet more silverware. Twenty-four hours after picking up his trophy for finishing runner-up in the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the FIA Prize Giving event in Paris, the Hungarian was honoured a little closer to home.

The top three drivers in the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship were honoured in Paris on Friday evening when the stunning Château de Versailles hosted the annual FIA Prize Giving ceremony.

FIA World Touring Car Championship promoter Eurosport Events has broken with tradition by awarding the prestigious WTCC Nürburgring Nordschleife Best Driver Trophy to not one but two drivers after Polestar Cyan Racing’s factory duo, Thed Björk and Nicky Catsburg, tamed planet earth’s toughest race track in spectacular fashion back in May.

Jean Todt has been re-elected as President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) at the organisation’s General Assembly in Paris today.

Thed Björk will be crowned FIA World Touring Car champion for 2017 at the FIA Prize Giving in Paris this evening. Here are some facts about Polestar Cyan Racing’s swift Swede.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will be replaced from 2018 with new technical regulations, a new format and a new name following a vote of approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris yesterday (6 December).