Sexta-feira, 26 de Maio de 2017

Race of Portugal 24 e 25 de Junho

Race of Portugal 24 e 25 de Junho 

 

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Quarta-feira, 5 de Abril de 2017

Honda Racing 2017

Honda Racing 2017

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Tiago Monteiro 18 

“We start the season with the aim of capturing the WTCC drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles and have worked incredibly hard over the winter with the developments on the Civic to give us the best chance of doing this. A year ago I said it was the biggest step forward in performance I’d witnessed in the WTCC. Twelve months on, we’ve made an even bigger progression with an improved aero package and a more driveable engine, which should help us on every kind of circuit. Of course, I know our rivals haven’t been standing still during the winter, and I’m expecting a really close battle for position in every race from Norbi and Ryo, who I’m sure will be tough rivals, and from some of the drivers in the other teams too.”

 

Castrol Honda WTCC

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Norbert Michelisz 5

“My target is simple; to become World Champion this year, and that has to start with a good points score in Morocco, especially while the Civic isn’t carrying any compensation weight. Last year we were very fast at the revamped Marrakech circuit, which features a lot of low-speed corners and rewards a car that is well-balanced under braking and has good traction. Several upgrades to the car were made at our final pre-season test at the Hungaroring and I think we’ve taken a significant step forwards compared to where we were even a few weeks ago, so everyone in the team can feel confident of a strong performance.”

 

Castrol Honda WTCC

 

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Ryo Michigami 34

 

“I am very excited about competing in a full World Championship for the first time. I enjoyed my debut as a wild-card at Motegi last year, but was very aware that I needed to learn the subtleties of a front-wheel-drive touring car after spending the past 20 years in single-seaters and GT cars. But the team and drivers have been incredibly welcoming and have worked hard to help me get up to speed. I’m setting realistic expectations for myself ahead of Marrakech, a circuit I’ve never driven on except on Honda’s simulator, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

 

Honda Racing Team JAS

 

The 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship kicks off in Morocco this weekend with Honda and drivers Tiago Monteiro, Norbert Michelisz and Ryo Michigami targeting nothing less than the title.

An exciting season-opener is in store on the 3.0km Circuit Moulay El Hassan, which combines a permanent first half of the circuit – introduced last year – with a temporary portion that usually serves as part of the city’s road network.

Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team drivers Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz finished third and fourth in the 2016 points and are the highest-placed finishers from last year’s championship who return to battle for the title this season.

Tiago, 40, became the first Portuguese driver to lead an FIA World Championship last year and provided the most memorable moment of the entire season with the podium ceremony following victory in front of his home crowd on the streets of Vila Real.

After completing his most successful WTCC campaign to date by winning twice and finishing third overall, he has now set his sights even higher.

Norbert, 32, is Hungary’s biggest motor racing star and last year led home a Honda podium lock-out in Japan to add to seven other podium finishes.

New signing Ryo, 43, leaves behind a championship-winning career in Japan’s prestigious Super GT and Super Formula series to become a full-time WTCC driver for the first time.

Unlike his team-mates, the Honda Racing Team JAS racer has never driven on the Marrakech circuit, but has been learning several of the other tracks on the calendar during winter testing as he has acclimatised to the latest evolution of the Civic WTCC.

A number of regulation changes will play a part in deciding the destiny of the title in 2017 with increased points for MAC3 victories and longer Main Races (Nurburgring excepted) with five extra points on offer to the winners compared to last season.

The Civic WTCC will compete in both the Marrakech and Monza rounds free of compensation weight; the rolling system to ensure performance parity between rival cars not coming into force until the Hungaroring event in May.

 

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Terça-feira, 14 de Março de 2017

A Lista de inscritos do WTCC 2017 16 inscritos confirmados no WTCC 2017

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A Lista de inscritos do WTCC 2017 16 inscritos confirmados no WTCC 2017

16-car entry confirmed for 2017 WTCC season

The World Touring Car Championship will field a 16-car full-season entry for the 2017 season.

Honda Racing Team JAS will as previously announced run three cars, with Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz joined by Ryo Michigami, who replaces Rob Huff at the squad.

Polestar Cyan Racing expand to three cars this year, and already confirmed their driver line-up of Thed Björk, Néstor Girolami and Nicky Catsburg two weeks’ ago, with four-time champion Yvan Muller also announced as the team’s test and development driver.

Sébastien Loeb Racing will run three Citroën C-Elysée WTCCs as last year, with Tom Chilton and Mehdi Bennani now joined by John Filippi, who effectively replaces Grégoire Demoustier.

Münnich Motorsport will field one car for Rob Huff, who rejoins the team with which he raced in 2013, now running the exact Citroën C-Elysée which Yvan Muller raced last season.

ROAL Motorsport will be back with their Chevrolet Cruze, driven by Tom Coronel, who, along with Huff, enters his 13th season in the championship.

Zengő Motorsport will field a pair of Honda Civic WTCCs, one for newcomer Aurélien Panis and one for Hungarian Daniel Nagy.

Campos Racing will field a single Chevrolet Cruze as last year, which for the start of the year will be driven by Argentina’s Esteban Guerrieri, with former driver John Filippi now having joined SLR.

RC Motorsport will make their WTCC debut with two ex-factory Lada Vestas, with Yann Ehrlacher already confirmed as the team’s first driver, with the young Frenchman third fastest in today’s test, with the team yet to confirm their second driver.

2017 WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY LIST

No – Driver – Nat – Team – Car
3 – Tom Chilton – GBR – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
5 – Norbert Michelisz – HUN – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic WTCC
8 – Aurélien Panis – FRA – Zengő Motorsport – Honda Civic WTCC
9 – Tom Coronel – NED – ROAL Motorsport – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
12 – Rob Huff – GBR – Münnich Motorsport – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
18 – Tiago Monteiro – POR – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic WTCC
25 – Mehdi Bennani – MOR – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
27 – John Filippi – FRA – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
34 – Ryo Michigami – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic WTCC
61 – Néstor Girolami – ARG – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1
62 – Thed Björk – SWE – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1
63 – Nicky Catsburg – NED – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1
68 – Yann Ehrlacher – FRA – RC Motorsport – Lada Vesta WTCC
TBC – TBC – TBC – RC Motorsport – Lada Vesta WTCC
TBC – Esteban Guerrieri – TBC – Campos Racing – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
TBC – Daniel Nagy – TBC – Zengő Motorsport – Honda Civic WTCC


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Segunda-feira, 23 de Janeiro de 2017

Honda announce line-up for 2017 FIA WTCC

Honda announce line-up for 2017 FIA WTCC

Tiago Monteiro, Norbert Michelisz and Ryo Michigami

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Honda are pleased to announce that Tiago Monteiro, Norbert Michelisz and Ryo Michigami will form a three-driver line-up in the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017.

The trio will race the latest development of the Honda Civic WTCC, which has undergone a programme of continued development from Honda R&D and JAS Motorsport this winter.

For Tiago, 2016 marked the best season of his WTCC career. Having become the first Portuguese driver to lead an FIA World Championship after an early-season victory in Slovakia, he finished third in the points and was a highly-popular winner at his home event on the streets of Vila Real in June.

The 40-year-old will embark on his fifth full season with Honda in 2017, having given the Civic WTCC its race debut at Suzuka, Japan, in 2012.

Hungarian driver Norbert, 32, joined the factory Honda team in 2016 after spending three seasons in privateer Civics and twice winning the WTCC Trophy for drivers of independent teams.

He led home a famous 1-2-3 finish at Honda’s home WTCC round in Japan and finished fourth in the drivers’ championship.

Ryo made his WTCC debut in a fourth Civic at Twin Ring Motegi last year and will gain further experience of the car during winter testing.

The 43-year-old triumphed in Japan’s prestigious Super GT Championship in a Honda NSX in 2000 and will become Japan’s first full-time entrant in the WTCC.

Honda’s 2017 WTCC line-up will not feature Rob Huff, who finished sixth in last season’s points and scored a debut victory at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

http://www.castrolhondawtcc.com/b23/honda-announce-line-up-for-2017-fia-wtcc/

 

 

 

 


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Sexta-feira, 20 de Janeiro de 2017

Citroën C-Elysée WTCC - Münnich Motorsport

Citroën C-Elysée WTCC - Münnich Motorsport
Huff and ALL-INKL.com Münnich Motorsport reunite for WTCC driver title fight
 Huff and ALL-INKL.com Münnich Motorsport reunite for WTCC driver title fight
 

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Rob Huff’s FIA World Touring Car Championship rivals better beware: the former champion will face off for a second coveted crown in a Citroën C-Elysée WTCC.

Huff, who beat WTCC legend Yvan Muller to the 2012 title, is returning to ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport for 2017 following three seasons away driving for the LADA and Honda factory teams. During that time, the Citroën C-Elysée notched up 50 WTCC wins, making Huff one of the serious contenders to land this year’s FIA world championship for drivers.

René Münnich’s Germany-based team has acquired a C-Elysée WTCC from Citroën Racing and Huff can’t wait to get started. “I’m overjoyed to be rejoining my very good friends at Münnich Motorsport for the 2017 WTCC,” said the 37-year-old, the championship’s most experienced competitor. “Having had a very successful year with the team in 2013, we are excited to come back together in a much stronger position, with more experience and of course with the ultra-competitive Citroën package.

“Obviously when René Münnich approached me with the idea of a Huff-Citroën/Münnich Motorsport attack on the world driver championship for 2017 it was an opportunity that I simply could not pass on. It is a year when it’s quite possible for a private team to be WTCC champions, and that is our number one goal.”

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Team Manager Dominik Greiner said: “We are very much looking forward to the new season. You can clearly feel the motivation from every single person in the team. With the Citroën C-Elysée TC1 we have the most dominant car of the past three seasons. With Rob, we also have a driver with a lot of experience and success in the past. The combination of car, team and driver makes me feel very positive for the new season. It won’t be easy but we will try our best to fight for the world driver title.”

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “If Rob and Münnich Motorsport can make their Citroën go as good as it looks then there’s no doubt they can join a growing list of title contenders during what will be a very open and competitive season. We must also recognise René Münnich’s continued support and commitment to the WTCC and the vision he has once again shown.”

The 2017 season starts at WTCC Race of Morocco in Marrakech from 7-9 April.

20/01/2017 12:00

 https://www.fiawtcc.com/huff-and-muennich-reunite-for-wtcc-driver-title-fight/

 

 

 


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