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AUDI TAKES PODIUMS AND POLE POSITIONS IN MOROCCO

The first weekend of the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) can be considered a success for both Comtoyou Team Audi Sport and Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport. Having been on the pace all weekend Vernay duly took the podium finish, however, he retired from the final race of the day with a mechanical failure that sent him heavily […]

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Gabriele Tarquini wins the second race in Marrakech as Catsburg crashes out

Reigning champion Gabriele Tarquini claimed the victory in the second race of the weekend at Marrakech, capitalising after his BRC Racing Team Hyundai team-mate Nicky Catsburg crashed out of the lead at half-distance. Catsburg started from pole position and made a good getaway in his Hyundai i30 N TCR, with Tarquini second with Jean-Karl Vernay […]

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SHELDON VAN DER LINDE CONFIRMED AS SIXTH BMW DRIVER

There’s a saying in motorsport: if you’re quick enough, you’re old enough. For 19-year-old Sheldon van der Linde, announced as an official BMW DTM driver for the 2019 season, that old adage has once again proved to be true.The young South African, who graduates from the ADAC GT Masters series, was one of four drivers […]

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Leuchter confirmed in the fourth Volkswagen

Benjamin Leuchter has been confirmed for the fourth and final seat at Volkswagen team Sébastien Loeb Racing in the 2019 World Touring Car Cup alongside Rob Huff, Johan Kristoffersson and Mehdi Bennani. “The World Cup is a childhood dream come true for me,” said said Leuchter. “I am delighted to be given the seat with […]

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Rallycross world champion Kristoffersson to compete in the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in WTCR 2019

–    Two-time rallycross world champion Johan Kristoffersson (S) switching fields –    Volkswagen and Sébastien Loeb Racing will be competing with four Golf GTI TCR –    Rob Huff (GB) and Mehdi Bennani (MA) also confirmed as 2019 drivers Volkswagen is extending its partnership with the Sébastien Loeb Racing team into 2019. A new addition to the […]

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TOYOTA TO MAKE MANUFACTURER RETURN WITH NEW COROLLA AND SPEEDWORKS MOTORSPORT

Two time British Touring Car Independent Champions Speedworks Motorsport have today confirmed that they will become a full manufacturer entry in the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship following backing from Toyota GB. The team will in turn be renamed Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport.This deal also sees Speedworks wave goodbye to the Toyota Avensis it has used since […]

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Alex Fontana wins the season finale at Shanghai, Kia take title

Alex Fontana has won the final round of the 2018 China Touring Car Championship at Shanghai, with his Dongfeng Kia Racing team securing the coveted manufacturers’ title. Fontana launched between the front row sitters, Rodolfo Avila’s Volkswagen and his Kia team-mate Leo Yi at the start, with Pepe Oriola following him through in the Changan […]

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Jean-Karl Vernay secures Macau win as title fight goes to Tarquini and Muller

Jean-Karl Vernay stole a surprise Macau victory away from race favourite Rob Huff, as the WRT Audi stormed around both Rob Huff’s Volkswagen and later Yvan Muller’s Hyundai to grab his first touring car victory at the circuit.At the start, Vernay quickly made his way past the Münnich Honda of Esteban Guerrieri, with the Argentinian […]

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Zanardi completes first BMW M8 test in Rolex 24 prep

Alex Zanardi has completed his first test in the BMW M8 GTE as he prepares for the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Zanardi has been racing BMW cars since 2003, but earlier this year – and essentially by accident – he began driving without his prosthetic legs. BMW M Motorsport has made extensive modifications to Zanardi’s cockpit, […]

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Two vs one in Mercedes’ final DTM season finale

The 2018 DTM season finale takes place at Hockenheim this weekend in what is the final race for Mercedes-AMG before they depart after 30 years in the series. The German manufacturer is in a strong position to secure the drivers’ title with manufacturer colleagues Paul di Resta and Gary Paffett being 30 and 26 points […]

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Ogier feels he showed full-time DTM potential

By: Jamie Klein Co-author: Julia Spacek World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier believes his performance on his DTM debut last weekend at the Red Bull Ring has shown he has the potential to race in the series full-time in future. Ogier joined the German tin-top series as a Mercedes guest driver in Austria, qualifying 19th and last in […]

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Golden times ahead as China prepares for double action from WTCR Oscaro racers

The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO is back on track in China next week with the first part of a double-header that could begin to shape the outcome of the inaugural title battle that has produced 11 different winners from 18 action-packed races. Gabriele Tarquini is three points in front […]

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MICK SCHUMACHER WAS HAVING FUN IN THE DTM CAR

Mick Schumacher has completed a few demonstration laps with the Mercedes-AMG DTM race taxi at the Nürburgring on Friday. For the son of septuple Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, it was the first time behind the wheel of a touring car. “I had great fun. It was quite an experience. Many thanks to Gerhard […]

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Alex Zanardi: “They always believed that I could do it”

Alex Zanardi turned around a difficult DTM debut weekend in the treacherous conditions of the Misano night race weekend by finishing fifth in the final race. “Fifth place is the payoff for the whole weekend. I am very happy with this result and at my age, I won’t get too many more opportunities to celebrate […]

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Alessandro Zanardi: “I’m looking forward to starting a spectacular race weekend”

Racing legend Alex Zanardi will be making his DTM debut this weekend in the seventh round of the season at Misano, which will also be the first ever series’ night races. The Italian and BMW Motorsport have prepared intensively for a special weekend of ‘firsts’ for both parties – with Zanardi delighted to hve the […]

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WTCR – The second half of the season begins at Slovakia Ring

A late addition to the calendar for replacing the Argentine round, this week’s WTCR event at the Slovakia Ring marks the beginning of the second half of the season for the FIA World Touring Car Cup. It takes place three weeks after Vila Real that produced the most catastrophic incident in four years of TCR […]

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Race against time for Sébastien Loeb Racing ahead of Slovakia

Both Sébastien Loeb Racing cars of Rob Huff and Mehdi Bennani were destroyed in the massive multi-car crash in the previous round at Vila Real, a smash that has left the team in a race a.gainst time to get two brand new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR race cars ready for the Slovakia races “We missed out on […]

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Newcomer to the ADAC GT Masters: The Honda NSX GT3

Honda is about to embark on its first ADAC GT Masters campaign. Team Honda Racing will field two NSX GT3s.The NSX made its race debut in North America towards the end of 2016, sporting the badge of Honda subsidiary Acura. Last year, in its first full season, the supercar registered several victories. This year, the […]

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Sebastien Loeb Racing enter WTCR with two Golf GTI TCR

 ENTRUSTED TO ROB HUFF AND MEHDI BENNANI After securing the 2016 and 2017 titles in the World Touring Car Championship Trophy category, capped with a third place finish overall in the WTCC Drivers’ Championship last year, Sébastien Loeb Racing has decided to extend its involvement at the highest level of international touring car racing by […]

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Hyundai Motorsport deliver first i30 N TCR race cars to teams

Hyundai Motorsport has delivered the first i30 N TCR race cars to customer teams in the form of Italian team BRC Racing Team and Korean team KMSA.“The first deliveries of i30 N TCR to customers is obviously a major step in this very important project,” said Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing manager Andrea Adamo. ”It marks […]

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World Touring Car Cup made official as WTCC, TCR combine in two-year deal

The new FIA World Touring Car Cup has been officially confirmed after a deal was reached to bring the World Touring Car Championship and the TCR International Series together. Approved at the latest meeting of the FIA’s World Motorsport Council in Paris, the new series will run for at least the next two years after […]

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Thed Bjork wins WTCC title

Thed Bjork has won the 2017 World Touring Car Championship after a tough weekend for his only title challenger, Norbert Michelisz, in the final round in Qatar. Tom Chilton won the Opening Race after prevailing in a battle with team-mate Mehdi Bennani. The two Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroens ran one-two after passing pole-sitter Kevin Gleason […]

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Preview: The most exciting WTCC finale lies ahead in Qatar

This Friday, everything is set for the most exhilarating season finale of the World Touring Car Championship to-date, when the short-lived TC1 era cars race under the floodlights at the Losail circuit in Qatar, as Volvo’s Thed Björk and Honda’s Norbert Michelisz go head-to-head for the 2017 drivers’ title. No matter what happens, we’re guaranteed […]

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WTCC and TCR series set to merge in 2018

The FIA World Touring Car Championship and the TCR International Series are set to merge in 2018, with talks between TCR promoter the FIA and WTCC promoter Eurosport believed to be nearing completion after months of discussion. The WTCC has been looking for an alternative technical regulation after the loss of two manufacturers at the […]

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DTM TEST FOR ABERDEIN

South Africa’s Formula 4 UAE champion and ADAC German Formula 4 frontrunner Jonathan Aberdein has been selected as one of six international drivers to test an Audi RS 5 DTM at the annual DTM Young Driver Test at the Lausitzring 24-26 October. Aberdein, whose father Chris will be remembered as an Audi driver in the […]

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Néstor Girolami wins his maiden WTCC race in China

Néstor Girolami won his maiden WTCC race in very wet conditions at Ningbo International Speedpark in China as Thed Björk has claimed the World Championship lead by a mere half point for Polestar Cyan Racing. Pouring rain all day meant that the main race was started behind the Volvo V60 Polestar Safety Car and later […]

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2017 WTCC season start brings podiums and championship lead for Polestar Cyan Racing

Polestar Cyan Racing drivers Thed Björk, Néstor Girolami and Nicky Catsburg secured a double podium finish and a joint World Championship lead for manufacturers in the Morocco season start of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Following a victory in the pre-race MAC3 contest, Polestar Cyan Racing is now tied for the lead […]

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Mehdi Bennani confirmed for third year at Sébastien Loeb Racing

Mehdi Bennani will continue with Sébastien Loeb Racing in the 2017 World Touring Car Championship, after the Moroccan put pen to paper on a new deal with the team.Bennani will enter his ninth consecutive year in the WTCC, his eight full-season, and his third with the French team, in 2017.   The 33-year-old has consistently […]

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Audi teams offered extra incentive to participate in GT Asia

Competitors in the one-make Audi R8 LMS Cup have been given some additional incentive to extend their 2017 competition schedules. Motorsport Asia Limited – the promoter of the GT Asia Series – will offer travel support including freight to and from the Series’ blue ribbon event in September. The program has attracted entries from within […]

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Yvan Muller signs off his career in the WTCC

Yvan Muller ended his World Touring Car Championship career in Qatar, securing second in the drivers’ championship behind his Citroën team-mate José María López, and added he has no regrets about his decision to retire from racing. The four-time WTCC drivers’ champion, also a ten-time Trophée Andros Ice Racing champion but also well known for […]

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Honda gets weight advantage for Qatar

Honda will benefit from a 30kg weight drop in the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship finale in Qatar next week. The weights are calculated on an average lap time calculation over three events, and for the finale, Honda are the only manufacturer to benefit from a reallocation of weight.Citroën will remain, as they have […]

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Lada set to leave the WTCC at the end of this year

Lada Sport are set to call time on their WTCC programme after five years, with the manufacturer pulling out of the championship after this year’s finale in Qatar, according to reports in the Russian media. The about-turn in Lada’s commitment to the championship is due to a change in the Russian marque’s global strategy, which […]

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Unfinished business for Ekstrom at Bathurst 1000

The newly crowned FIA World Rallycross champion and two-time DTM title winner made his Great Race debut in 2013 when he guided a Triple Eight wildcard entry alongside Brit Andy Priaulx to 10th place. Since then the 38-year-old has finished second, third and seventh in the DTM touring car series, while expanding his racing commitments […]