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WTCC Race of Portugal facts and stats

WTCC Race of Portugal facts and stats

17/06/2017 12:00

WTCC Race of Portugal takes place at the legendary Vila Real street circuit from 23-25 June. Here are essential facts and stats ahead of the hugely popular – and very challenging – FIA World Touring Car Championship counter.

TRACK ESSENTIALS
Name: Circuito Internacional de Vila Real
Location: Av. Carvalho Araújo 7, 5000-651 Vila Real
Website: www.civr.pt
Length: 4.785 kilometres
Opening Race distance: 11 laps (52.635km)
Main Race distance: 13 laps (62.205km)
Lap record (qualifying): Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC), 1m56.633s (147.6kph), 25/06/16
Lap record (race): Rob Huff (Honda Civic WTCC), 1m58.385s (145.5kph), 26/06/16
WTCC appearances: 2 (WTCC Race of Portugal also took place at Estoril, Portimão and Porto)
Time zone: GMT +2 hours
Sunrise/sunset: 05h57/21h08 (25 June)
Average temperature: 13-23°C (June)

PREVIOUS WINNERS
2016: Opening Race: Tom Coronel (Chevrolet Cruze); Main Race: Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic)
2015: Race 1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Ma Qing Hua (Citroën C-Elysée)
2013: R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: James Nash (Chevrolet Cruze)
2012: R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze)
2011: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
2010: R1: Tiago Monteiro (SEAT León); R2: Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT León)
2009: R1: Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT León); R2: Augusto Farfus (BMW 320)
2008: R1: Rickard Rydell (SEAT León); R2: Tiago Monteiro (SEAT León)
2007: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Lancetti); R2: Augusto Farfus (BMW 320)

FIVE FACTS
1: Vila Real played host to F3 single-seaters in the 1960s before sportscar racing came to the fore. Chris Craft and David Piper won a six-hour event in 1969 driving a Porsche 908.
2: During the 1980s touring car racing thrived at the circuit before a fatal accident in 1991 forced the authorities to intervene due safety concerns. Racing resumed on a shortened layout in 2007, with a revival meeting attended by Stirling Moss, who competed at Vila Real in period.
3: The name Vila Real (Royal Town) comes from King Denis of Portugal founding it in 1289.
4: Although Portuguese WTCC star Tiago Monteiro was born in nearby Porto, he had never raced at Vila Real prior to 2015 but has likened the track to a Macau/Nürburgring Nordschleife cross.
5: Monteiro’s Main Race win in 2016 helped him to a career-high third in the final WTCC table.

PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AND STATISTICS
Drivers (after 8/20): 1 Catsburg 127; 2 Monteiro 125; 3 Björk 119; 4 Chilton 106; 5 Huff 102; etc.
Manufacturers (after 8/20): 1 Volvo Polestar 404; 2 Honda 364
WTCC Trophy (after 8/20): 1 Huff 60; 2 Chilton 59; 3 Bennani 55; 4 Guerrieri 47; 5 Coronel 35; etc.
WTCC Teams (after 8/20): 1 SLR 74; 2 Münnich 54; 3 Campos 51; 4 Roal 43; 5 RC 33; etc.
All-time race wins (top 5): Y Muller 48; López 29; Huff 28; Menu 23; Tarquini 22
All-time pole positions (top 5): Y Muller 29; López 21; Tarquini 17; Menu 15; Huff 12; Farfus 11
All-time fastest laps (top 5): Y Muller 38; López 29; Huff 28; Tarquini 24; Menu 20
All-time laps led (top 5): Y Muller 571; Huff 345; López 301; Menu 297; Tarquini 295

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With climbs and dips, sweeping turns, blind corners and fast straights, the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real provides a big challenge for the FIA World Touring Car Championship drivers. Home hero Tiago Monteiro is your guide to the 4.785-kilometre lap.

Néstor Girolami will be hungry for a change of fortune when the FIA World Touring Car Championship heads to Vila Real later this week.

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