Sábado, 10 de Dezembro de 2016

WTCC track Vila Real voted the best

WTCC track Vila Real voted the best

 

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 10/12/2016 06:00

 

Past and present FIA World Touring Car Championship street tracks Macau, Pau and Vila Real appear on Redbull.com’s list of 10 best street circuits with Vila Real topping the lot on an online fan vote.

Vila Real in northern Portugal, which hosted FIA WTCC Race of Portugal for the first time in 2015, pooled more votes than legendary Formula One venues including Adelaide, Long Beach, Monaco and Montjuïc Park.

This is Redbull.com’s Vila Real verdict: “Sir Stirling Moss described Vila Real in Portugal as one of his favourite tracks – and who are we to argue? Vila Real is a crazy rollercoaster rush through the town of the same name in the north of Portugal, which included a narrow bridge over a vertiginous ravine in its original layout. The track is still used now for the World Touring Car Championship, although unsurprisingly the bridge over the sheer drop has gone. Nonetheless, the current track maintains the spirit of the original with blind crests, next to no run-off, and some buttock-clenching corners – a bit like an urban Nordschleife.”

Click here to view the full article. Vila Real hosts WTCC Race of Portugal from 23-25 June 2017. Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech and the Circuito da Guia also appear on next season’s WTCC calendar

https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/10-best-street-circuits-formula-1-motorsport-worldwide

 

 

 


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Quinta-feira, 24 de Novembro de 2016

Qatar WTCC

Qatar WTCC

 

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Volta à pista com os "patrões" da Honda! Aqui no Qatar última corrida do ano, vamos com tudo tentar trazer o Vice Campeonato 👊🏻🏆👊🏻 para 🇵🇹. Amanhã temos treinos livres, depois 6ª qualificação e as duas corridas!

Track walk with my Honda family! We are in Qatar🇶🇦 last race of the season, we will push hard to get the vice championship 👊🏻🏆👊🏻
We test tomorrow and then we qualify and we race on Friday! #wtcc #qatar#tiagosworld18 #honda #thepowerofdreams

Foto de Tiago Monteiro.

 

 

 

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LADA SPORT ROSNEFT intends to score more in 2016 WTCC finale in Qatar


LADA SPORT ROSNEFT’s drivers will continue fighting for points to solidify their positions in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) standings as the curtain falls on the 2016 season at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar (24-25 November). 

Nick Catsburg of the Netherlands currently lies seventh in the Drivers’ Championship on 171 points and has every chance of finishing inside the top five, with only a five-point deficit to Mehdi Bennani in sixth and a nine-point shortfall to Rob Huff in P5. 

The ‘Flying Dutchman’ easily progressed into Q3 during the WTCC’s Qatar debut in 2015 and is surely capable of taking his ROSNEFT-liveried LADA Vesta TC1 to strong qualifying and race results at the end of a victorious season.

Italy’s Gabriele Tarquini and Frenchman Hugo Valente are currently ninth on 116 points and 11th on 78 points respectively as they travel to the Losail International Circuit, which is located 20km north of Qatar’s capital, Doha. 

The track, which has hosted a wide array of high profile motorsports since 2004, provided spectacular action for the 8000 World Touring Car fans who filled the grandstands and the 19million television viewers who tuned in to watch the sun set on the 2015 season. 

The FIA WTCC Race of Qatar will once again be held as day turns to an Arabian night, with the Opening Race at 21.20 and the Main Race at 22.35 local time. 

Live coverage will be presented by Eurosport and streamed on WTCC Premium TV on the official www.fiawtcc.com website.  

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is a racing team, participating in the World Touring Car Championship in 2015-2016 with specially designed LADA Vesta WTCC cars. The General Sponsor of the team is a global energy company Rosneft. Supporting the Russian team in the World Championship, Rosneft together with the leader of the Russian automotive industry – LADA – joined their efforts to promote Russian brands at the world markets. 
 
 

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Última foto da família Honda em 2016📷
Amanhã duas últimas corridas do ano aqui no Qatar as 18:15 no Eurosport! Vamos👊🏻🇵🇹👊🏻

Last 2016 Honda family photo📷.
Tomorrow we race here in 🇶🇦 #honda#thepowerofdreams #tiagosworld18 #selfie #qatar#wtcc
a sentir-se determinado em Losail International Circuit.
 
 

P1 in Free Practice here in Qatar🇶🇦! Tomorrow we push to get the vice championship 👊🏻🏆

Fui o mais rápido hoje nos treinos livres aqui no Qatar🇶🇦! Amanhã é com tudo para trazer p Vice Campeonato para Portugal 👊🏻🇵🇹🏆👊🏻

Foto de Tiago Monteiro.
 

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 A fantastic 1-2 for Honda Racing WTCC in free practice ahead of the FIA WTCC Race of Qatar with Tiago Monteiro fastest, Michelisz Norbert right behind and Rob Huff looking strong in P6. Qualifying and both races tomorrow.
Honda Racing WTCC

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Acabámos agora a quali! Hoje ainda vou largar de 4º na primeira corrida e de 7º na segunda. Vamos dar tudo para fechar bem a época! As duas corridas hoje em directo no Eurosport a partir das 18:15 (Hora 🇵🇹)

It´s race day and I just finished qualy. I will start 4th for the first race and 7th for the second one. Let´s push! Races live later today in Eurosport! #tiagosworld18 #honda #thepowerofdreams

 

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 Wish me luck for Qualy in a minute. #wtcc #Qatar

 

Na corrida de abertura.

Tiago fora da corrida ....

 

Tarquini em primeiro 

Chilton

Huff

Muller

Michelisz

Bjork

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Na segunda corrida 

Depois de partir do 7º lugar e com um carro longe de estar nas melhores condiçõe ainda termina em  5º lugar e assim alcansar o terceiro posto do campeonato WTCC. Parabens.

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Depois de ter abandonado na primeira corrida devido a um acidente os meus mecânicos fizeram um grande trabalho e conseguiram recuperar o carro para a segunda corrida, onde recuperei até 5º. Acabo em 3º no Campeonato do Mundo, estou orgulhoso do que junto com a minha equipa e segunda família Honda conseguimos obter. Para o ano há mais e quero ser Campeão do Mundo!

After a difficult first race my mechanics did a fantastic work to repair the car for race 2 and we did managed to take 5th. We finished 3rd in the FIA WTCC championship and I am proud of what we achieved together with my fantastic team and seconf family Honda Racing WTCC. Next year we will come for the World title!

 

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LADA SPORT ROSNEFT bring the curtain down on WTCC participation with victory in Qatar


LADA SPORT ROSNEFT history in the FIA World Touring Car Championship stretches back to 2008-2009 when the Russian Manufacturer first entered the Worlds premier Touring Car championship with the LADA110 model. The evolution through the series has been astonishing, culminating, fittingly, in a deserved victory for the team, its Lada Vesta TC1 model and Gabriele Tarquini at the final round of the 2016 season at the Losail International Circuit, Qatar yesterday (25th November) to crown what has easily been the teams most successful year to date.

In a fitting way to bring the project to a conclusion the Italian former World Champion and veteran of over 200 WTCC starts converted his front row start into a commanding victory which saw the yellow Vesta stretching away for what was a comfortable and emotional victory.

“My Vesta was very good especially on the first few laps, said Tarquini. - Unfortunately, I was on the dirty part on the inside and was not able to do a very good start. However, on the first few corners I felt my car was working very good and probably better than Tom’s [Chilton]. On the restart, I got the chance. I was completely on the outside, he went a little too long and I used my chance, and this was key for the victory because on this track, especially with the sand around the kerbs, it’s very difficult to follow another car. After it was quite an easy race. My pace was very good and on a certain point, I got an eight-second advantage”.
 
‘I want to give this fantastic victory to all the guys in LADA SPORT ROSNEFT team who work day and night, and to all Russian fans! We had a great car and great potential. The team has grown a lot!”
 
The win was the third in the 2016 for the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT team and the second for Tarquini in a memorable season, which will be the last for the Russian Manufacturer in the World Championship, choosing instead to build on the experience, gained in on the International stage to focus and develop national championships in the domestic Russian market.

LADA and ROSNEFT would like to extend warm thanks to the drivers, Gabriele Tarquini, Nicky Catsburg and Hugo Valente and to the team for what has been an outstanding season in the FIA WTCC.

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is a racing team, participating in the World Touring Car Championship in 2015-2016 with specially designed LADA Vesta WTCC cars. The General Sponsor of the team is a global energy company Rosneft. Supporting the Russian team in the World Championship, Rosneft together with the leader of the Russian automotive industry – LADA – joined their efforts to promote Russian brands at the world markets. 

 


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Domingo, 25 de Setembro de 2016

Circuito Internacional de Xangai.

Race Internacional of Xina - Xangai

Circuito Internacional de Xangai.

2016 WTCC Shanghai - China

2016 EVENT: Race of China TRACK: Shanghai International Circuit TEAM: Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team CAR: Honda Civic wtccDRIVER: Rob Huff, Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro

 

 A front-row start for Honda for Sunday's opening race courtesy of Michelisz Norbert, plus ninth on the main race grid and victory in MAC3 too for the sixth time in 2016. A challenging qualifying session for Tiago Monteiro andRob Huff, who just missed out on Q2 in traffic and start 14th and 15th for each of the races.

 

 

Honda ended Saturday at FIA WTCC Race of China on a high note with victory in Manufacturers Against the Clock (MAC3) at the Shanghai International Circuit.

The Japanese marque had a difficult qualifying session in China, but showed the value of great teamwork to claim a sixth win in the Tour de France-inspired team time trial competition.

Drivers Tiago Monteiro, Norbert Michelisz and Rob Huff outpaced the LADA trio of Hugo Valente, Gabriele Tarquini and Nicky Catsburg by 0.295 seconds around two laps of the Shanghai circuit from a standing start.

Citroën was unable to make an attempt in MAC3 after the car of Mehdi Bennani slowed on the warm-up lap with a throttle issue

 

Qualifying flash: López celebrates Citroën WTCC title* with China pole

 Jose Maria "Pechito" Lopez made sure that Citroën Racing provisionally clinched the FIA WTCC manufacturers’ title* in style with pole position for WTCC Race of China!

Sensational Main Race front row for LADA SPORT ROSNEFT and Catsburg in China


In the 10th round of the 2017 FIA WTCC Championship in Shanghai China today (24th September) LADA SPORT ROSNEFT delivered their best qualifying result since the front row lockout in Moscow with Nicky Catsburg just pipped to pole position in the dying moments of a tense Q3 by the Citroen of triple World Champion Jose Maria Lopez.

Running first in the Q3 TOP5 shootout, the Dutchman’s pace was nothing short of breathtaking as he pushed his Rosneft backed Lada Vesta to the limits in a near perfect lap to record a time of 1.49.500, the best time of the weekend and a very high benchmark for the others to chase.

In the end, Lopez had to work extremely hard trading fastest sector times until he edged the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT driver into P2 by just one tenth of a second.

It was a day of close calls as team mate Gabriele Tarquini just missed out on a Q3 appearance, his loss being Catsburgs gain as he came in P6 for two strong starting positions for tomorrows (25th September) races of the World Championship, whilst the luckless Hugo Valente finished in the dreaded P13 of Q.

Catsburg: “For the first time in my WTCC career I am disappointed to be in P2, I thought when I did the time it was good enough for pole position but I guess if I am going to be beaten by someone with a lap like I did it would be him (Lopez) I am worried a little bit about the races tomorrow but hopefully I will get two good starts and it will be ok”

Tarquini” We were very good today, car is quick and we made the others have to work hard.  I have two good starting positions so we can have a good chance in the races. I am pleased for Nicky even though he knocked me out of Q3!"

Team Principal Victor Shapovalov was also happy with the result for his team; “This is a good track for us so I expected a strong performance from the team, last year in qualifying we were P3 with Nicky so P2 is a step forward, Nicky did a nice lap”.

Tomorrows races take place at the Shanghai International Circuit, China in the FIA WTCC’s 10th round of the 2017 World Championship at 14.35 and 15.50 respectively and can be watched live on Eurosport or via the WTCC Premium TV Channel at www.fiawtcc.com.

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is a racing team, participating in the World Touring Car Championship since 2015 with specially designed LADA Vesta WTCC cars. The General Sponsor of the team is a global energy company Rosneft. Supporting the Russian team in the World Championship, Rosneft together with the leader of the Russian automotive industry – LADA – joined their efforts to promote Russian brands at the world markets. 
 

 

Second place for Michelisz Norbert and an eighth podium of the year in today's opening FIA WTCC race in China; a fantastic result after fending off his rivals until just a handful of corners from home. 🏆 Ninth and 10th for Rob Huff and Tiago Monteiro, both progressing nicely from 15th and 14th on the grid.

We push tomorrow. I want this so much!!! Tomorrow races live on Eurosportat 07:30 and 08:30. #tiagosworld18 #honda #thepowerofdreams

Amanhã é ataque sem medos. Quero muito este vice-campeonato!!! Amanhã as corridas dão em directo no Eurosport, a primeira às 07:30 e depois a segunda às 08:30! Vamos lutar!

Foto de Tiago Monteiro.

 

 A primeira vitória da Volvo no WTCC 

 

What a race! Winner: Thed Björk Bang-Melchior 🏆🎉🏁 First victory this season. Big bravo to Polestar Cyan Racing 👏🏼

P2. Michelisz Norbert
P3. Yvan Muller

 

 

Thed Björk Bang-Melchior claimed a dramatic maiden FIA WTCC victory, taking the lead two corners from the finish in his Volvo S60 Polestar TC1.

What was also a first WTCC win for Chinese-owned Volvo was part of a weekend of celebration, which began with Citroën Racing provisionally landing the WTCC Manufacturers’ crown for a third year in succession on Saturday and ended with Mehdi Bennani Officiel winning the WTCC Trophy title subject to final confirmation.

 
 

Fizemos o melhor que conseguimos hoje mas partindo de 14º ia sempre ser difícil, além da estranha falta de performance que tivemos aqui na China. Um 10º e um 8º lugares dão-nos alguns pontos mas não é o que queremos. Vamos trabalhar forte com a equipa para terminar a época em grande na última dupla corrida do ano! #tiagosworld18 | Honda Racing WTCC | FIA WTCC.

We did our best today but starting P14 was always going to be difficult adding this to our lack of pace here in China. P10 and P8 gave us some points but not what we want. We will work to come back stronger for the last double race of the year! Never give up!

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Tiago Monteiro

 

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Still two races to go and we will not give up. Still possible to get Yvan so we will work hard and the word in Qatar will be one: ATTACK!

Ainda faltam duas corridas e apesar de estar muito difícil não vamos desistir, vamos lutar para chegar ao Yvan e ao vice-campeonato. No Qatar a palavra de ordem é uma: ATAQUE!

 
 

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT get back to the front in FIA WTCC Race of China


LADA SPORT ROSNEFT left the FIA WTCC Race of China in Shanghai today (25th September 2016) with a decent points haul after two competitive races once again pushing for the podium positions.

In the day’s Opening Race, Gabriele Tarquini got away well to run P3 in his Rosneft backed Lada Vesta whilst Catsburg and Valente were battling forward in the pack behind, improving well from there respective grid positions.

Whilst Tarquini was closing in to pass Chilton in the Citroen for P2 Catsburg had moved up to P6 and Valente doing a sensational recovery job had propelled his Vesta through the pack to run in P8. Eventually on lap 8 of the 15 lap race Tarquini fell foul of Chilton when trying to pass and was forced to retire with damage, his loss again being Catsburg’s gain as the Dutchman inherited two positions to run P4. Valente also benefiting to move into P6.

It remained this way until the final lap when Catsburg picked up debris from a collision between Bjork’s Volvo and Michelisz’s Honda allowing Lopez to push past on the final corner to snatch a place from the Dutchman.

The team eagerly anticipated the Main race as Catsburg would take up his front row position earned from his impressive qualifying performance. The start was not as was hoped for however as Catsburg slipped back into the clutches of the Citroens to run P4 on the conclusion of the first lap. Tarquini behind in P5 and Valente getting away less impressively in his second start to be battling down the field.

Nick Catsburg “I had a great qualifying but once again I fell victim to my race starts both in race 1 and the main race. Starting P2 I had the pace to win or at least be P2 but losing positions again off the line cost me. In the end P5 and P4 are good for points but I think it could have been so much better”

Gabriele Tarquini “It was disappointing not to finish the Opening Race after contact with Tom, if I had got past him I could have won I am sure, but making the pass we had some contact broke my wheel and that was it. In the Main race I couldn’t really push and held the Volvo’s behind me for a decent P5 behind Nicky”

Hugo Valente “I was very disappointed after the qualifying, it is really effecting my race results and I need to get on the pace quicker. We made some suspension changes after qualifying and I think it made the car much better. In the first race it was really satisfying to race to 6th  from P13 on the grid. I did some nice clean overtakes. Race 2 was a little disappointing as I got bogged down in a battle with Norbert (Michelisz) and Rob (Huff)  in the Hondas but didn’t have the car to compete to pass them”

With the penultimate round in Thailand seemingly in the balance the team now wait to reconvene in Qatar for what could prove to be the finale of LADA’s strongest WTCC season to date.

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is a racing team, participating in the World Touring Car Championship since 2015 with specially designed LADA Vesta WTCC cars. The General Sponsor of the team is a global energy company Rosneft. Supporting the Russian team in the World Championship, Rosneft together with the leader of the Russian automotive industry – LADA – joined their efforts to promote Russian brands at the world markets. 
 

 

68 MULLER Yvan (fra) Citroen C Elysee team Citroen TOTAL WTCC action during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship at Shanghai, China, September 23 to 25 - Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

 

 

 

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Sexta-feira, 2 de Setembro de 2016

Twin Ring Motegi Circuit Japão

 

 

 Twin Ring Motegi Circuit Japão

 

The #WTCC took a family photo at the Motegi circuit of the 19 cars and drivers entered this weekend.

Front row: Lopez (Citroen), Monteiro (Honda), Catsburg (Lada), Bjork (Volvo).

Row 2: Tarquini (Lada), Girolami (Volvo), Muller (Citroen), Huff (Honda).

Row 3: Michelisz (Honda), Valente (Lada), Michigami (Honda), Bennani (Citroen).

Row 4: Coronel (Chevrolet), Ficza (Honda), Filippi (Chevrolet), Chilton (Citroen).

Row 5: Nagy (Honda), Demoustier (Citroen), Thompson (Chevrolet).

Japan 

 

Jetlag is not the best thing... But there are always positives to be taken... A 5:30am run in the empty wet streets of Utsunomiya #workhardplayhard#postivesofjetlag #running

O jetlag é difícil de gerir... Mas tem o seu ponto positivo, são 05:30 e aqui vou eu dar uma corridinha pelas ruas de Utsunomiya!

 

Today's job helping my mechanics to unpack all stuff. #tyreman #teamspirit#wearefamily #tiagosworld18

Hoje foi dia de ajudar os meus mecânicos a tirar tudo do camião! Porque espírito de equipa é fundamental ✌🏻

 

 

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Shakedown done here in Motegi. All set for tomorrow. We have Free Practice and Qualy. Now it´s time for some rest! #tiagosworld18

Shakedown feito aqui em Motegi. Tudo pronto para amanhã, temos treinos livres e qualificação. Agora é tempo para descansar.

 

LADA feel the heat in qualifying for the FIA WTCC Race of Japan


The heat and humidity that welcomed the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT team as they arrived at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit in Japan for Round 17 and 18 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship did not relent as the hottest conditions of the year created new challenges for the team’s drivers.

With the track temperature at 54 degrees, the trio of Lada Vesta TC1 cars set out in Q1 hoping for enough speed to progress into Q2 for the twelve fastest cars having had reasonable pace through the day's earlier practice sessions.

Nicky Catsburg who had led the trio on the timesheets in two practice sessions was again quickest of the three in Q1, posting a time good enough for P7 to progress into Q2. Unfortunately, luck was not on the side of his teammates on this occasion particularly for Gabriele Tarquini as a mandatory weight check in the session by the stewards interrupted the Italian’s plans and prevented him from setting a time on new tyres at the end of the session as planned. The result - a place outside the TOP12 and no progression. Hugo Valente did not fare much better also just missing out having opted not to make the final run on new tyres.

Catsburg pushed hard in Q2 and was rewarded with P4/P7 starts for tomorrows two races (4th Septmeber) which pleased the Dutchman "It was seriously hot in the car, so much so that the gear shifter was burning my hand through the glove, the temperatures and humidity are extremely high. I am quite happy with the job today, a second row start in the Opening race is better than Argentina and we are still carrying quite a lot of ballast. I am hoping for some cooler conditions and good races tomorrow and maybe a lighter car for the next round in China".

Gabriele Tarquini " It was very hard. My plan was to go with new tyres at the end of Q1 but the weight check took longer than usual so I lost the chance of a third run. It is a shame as the car was really good with some changes we had made from free practice, tomorrow in dry conditions from where we start will be very hard".

Hugo Valente was left disappointed "We are a bit heavy in terms of success ballast but I did expect to be in Q2, in the end we didn’t do the third run as sitting in 6th spot with three minutes of the session to go you are safe, it was not expected that so many others would improve. In the end it was a mistake to stay in the pit".

Tomorrow’s two races take place at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit 4th September and can be watched live on Eurosport at 07.30 (CET) and 08.30 (CET).

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is a racing team, participating in the World Touring Car Championship since 2015 with specially designed LADA Vesta WTCC cars. The General Sponsor of the team is a global energy company Rosneft. Supporting the Russian team in the World Championship, Rosneft together with the leader of the Russian automotive industry – LADA – joined their efforts to promote Russian brands at the world markets. 

 

 

 Foto de Tiago Monteiro.
 

Fui 4º na qualificação, melhor Honda por isso largo de 7º e 4º amanhã para as duas corridas. Vamos procurar pontos e pódios! Acompanhem em directo as duas corridas no Eurosport a partir das 06:30! #tiagosworld18 #honda#thepowerofdreams

4th in qualy and best Honda so tomorrow I will start 7th and 4th for the two races. I will look to get the most possible points with an eyey on the podium. Follow live on Eurosport tomorrow morning 06:30!

 

Double podium for me today! P3 x 2. Happy man! #tiagosworld18 #honda#thepowerofdreams

Duplo podium para mim hoje com dois 3ºs lugares. 💪🏻👊🏻💪🏻

 
 
 
 
 
Foto de Tiago Monteiro.
 

 

 

Os 80 quilos no seu Honda Civic não  impediu Tiago Monteiro de sair da sétima e quarta posição e conseguir  ir ao terceiro lugar do pódio.

 

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT made to fight for points in FIA WTCC Race of Japan


The hot Japanese weather spilled over to deliver heated racing for the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT WTCC team in today’s two races (4th September) as the Russian Manufacturer’s drivers were made to fight hard to salvage points in difficult conditions.

Catsburg starting the opening race in P4 found himself dropping into the pack after a sluggish start but emerged in P5 after a hard fought first lap which saw the Dutchman brave out a move around the outside of the Citroen of Tom Chilton. Behind, Tarquini made the better start of the three Lada Vesta TC1 cars to move forward to the cusp of the top ten. The team’s third driver Hugo Valente fared less well sustaining damage from contact with Gregoire Demoustier's Citroen forcing the French LADA SPORT ROSNEFT driver to retire from the race after just one lap.

Catsburg was in the thick of a battle for most of the race with the Volvo of Ted Bjork in front and the two factory Citroens of Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller behind. As the race progressed Catsburg moved to pass Bjork only to find Lopez, who had not been able to pass the Lada to that point taking an opportunist chance and passing the Dutchman pushing him wide in the process and helping his teammate Muller to squeeze through at the same point.

Tarquini had made it into the TOP-10 and the points whilst an angry Catsburg brought his car home in P7 for points to maintain his Championship position.

Race 2, the Main Race saw much of the same. Catsburg fell back in the pack at the start, ceding his place to Tarquini who again made good progress from his grid position. The pair of Lada Vesta cars then became embroiled in a battle with James Thompson's Chevrolet for 10th. 11th and 12th positions in a race long tussle that eventually fell in the favor of the Lada pair, Gabriele taking 10th and the Championship point. Valente just behind after an equally battling race in P13.

Catsburg was far from happy despite taking the highest finish for the team in P7 "Not a very good weekend for me, I lost some pace at the start in both races, and the driving standards of some drivers today left much to be desired, I got pushed wide in both races. However, I had a good fight with James (Thompson) in the Main Race and finally overtook him. I was also struggling with the heat in the car. I think we could have gained more points today. Anyway, we can be happy with the progress we make compared to the previous season".

Gabriele Tarquini "I could overtake in both races but it was very hard. I was happy with the set-up and the race pace of Vesta. This race showed how important the starting position is. We must make a progress in qualifying. Yesterday we could have 6th or 7th position in qualifying but due to the lack of flying laps we finally got starting positions outside the TOP-10.  But the positive thing is that we won’t have a big ballast next round in China. I am still very optimistic, because the car is much better than in Argentina. I am very happy with the balance of my car. Now we have to find a very good set-up for Chinese round and I am sure we can fight for the podiums in the rest of the season".

Hugo Valente like Catsburg was less than pleased with some of the driving standards "I am disappointed with the Opening Race, I had to retire after Demoustier pushed me wide. I am looking forward to China. I guess we should have a good pace there, because we will have less ballast. It should be interesting for us, there are long straights that could be good for LADA Vesta. These two weekends in Argentina and Japan were really hard for me so I hope for better results in China".

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is a racing team, participating in the World Touring Car Championship since 2015 with specially designed LADA Vesta WTCC cars. The General Sponsor of the team is a global energy company Rosneft. Supporting the Russian team in the World Championship, Rosneft together with the leader of the Russian automotive industry – LADA – joined their efforts to promote Russian brands at the world markets. 
 

 

 

 

 


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Domingo, 7 de Agosto de 2016

Termas de Rio Hondo

Termas de Rio Hondo 

Qualy day! Let's go for it 💪🏻👊🏻💪🏻 ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬ ‪#‎honda‬‪#‎thepowerofdreams‬

 
Foto de Tiago Monteiro.

 

Good morning from 🇦🇷. It's race day and I want gold in race 1. Full attack 💪🏻👊🏻💪🏻 ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬ ‪#‎wegoforgold‬ ‪#‎honda‬ ‪#‎thepowerofdreams‬

Bom dia aqui da Argentina, é dia de corrida e quero lutar pela vitória. Vamos com tudo!

 

 

 

 

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT suffer an early exit in qualifying for the WTCC Race of Argentina


After the FIA WTCC season’s longest journey from Russia to Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina for the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT team came the season’s shortest qualifying session today (6th August 2016) as all three of the Lada Vesta TC1 cars were eliminated after Q1 for the first time this season.

A combination of circumstances including 50kg of “success ballast” for the Rosneft backed cars and an uncharacteristically strong performance from the lighter Chevrolet Cruze’s pushed the Lada’s down the ranking and outside of the all-important Top -12. In the process creating a difficult prospect of race success tomorrow in rounds 15 and 16 of the FIA World Championship.

Best placed of the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT trio was Hugo Valente (P13) who was unlucky to be edged out of Q2 in the final moments of the session. Next up was Nicky Catsburg (P14), who so far has had the best qualifying record in the team but struggled to get the desired pace from his Vesta sighting the need to overdrive the limits of the car to attempt to extract a time.

Gabriele Tarquini was the final of the three (P15) which was to be expected after an engine change was needed after a problem in Free Practice curtailed his running and put the experienced Italian on the back foot with the work to his Vesta being completed just moments before the start of the Qualifying session. The result for Gabriele being somewhat immaterial, as he will take a mandatory penalty for the Opening Race relegating him to the back of the grid in any event. This was additionally frustrating for Gabriele as his early FP1 pace had seen him running as high as p4 before being sidelined by his engine issues.

Despite the results from Qualifying the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT team will race for maximum points in tomorrows (7th August 2016) Opening and Main races starting at 14.10 and 15.20 local time (CET less 5 hours) and can be watched LIVE on Eurosport or streamed via WTCC premium TV.

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is a racing team, participating in the World Touring Car Championship since 2015 with specially designed LADA Vesta WTCC cars. The General Sponsor of the team is a global energy company Rosneft. Supporting the Russian team in the World Championship, Rosneft together with the leader of the Russian automotive industry – LADA – joined their efforts to promote Russian brands at the world markets. 

 

 

 

 

 

Honda Racing WTCC

 Foto de Tiago Monteiro.

Acabei em 4º nas duas corridas. Bons pontos para o campeonato, onde estou 2º. Fico com o sentimento que podia ter lutado pela vitória na 1ª corrida mas o arranque e a primeira curva não me correram bem. De qualquer forma foi um bom trabalho de todos!

P4 on both races. Good points for the championship which I am second. I have the feeling that a win was possible in race 1 but things went wrong to my side on the start. Still good efoort from all the Honda Racing WTCC boys! We keep pushing! ‪#‎honda‬ ‪#‎thepowerofdreams‬

 

 

Thanks to Jose Maria "Pechito" Lopez and Tom Chilton, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC notched up two more victories to maintain its unbeaten record in Argentina. The results at Termas de Río Hondo extend Citroën's and Pechito's leads in the FIA WTCC standings. After a podium finish in the opening race, Yvan Muller is closing in on the runner-up spot.

 

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT ENDURE TOUGH WEEKEND IN WTCC RACE OF ARGENTINA


LADA SPORT ROSNEFT left the FIA WTCC Race of Argentina  at Termas de Rio Hondo today (7th August 2016) empty handed and searching for the reason for a decrease in pace in a season that has delivered so much to date.

The remote Termas do Rio Hondo Autodromo has been a happy hunting ground for the team in past years with 2014 delivering their maiden podium finish and 2015 being the debut for the all new Lada Vesta model and going on to head the timesheets through practice on its racing debut.

The loss of pace was all the more unusual and unexplained given the good results achieved recently but demonstrates the level of an FIA World Championship where small margins in time will have bigger consequences and so it proved this weekend with the teams three Lada Vesta cars a small step back from the front running pace that saw the cars finish just out of the top ten.
 
Catsburg was the best placed of the teams drivers with a hard fought 13th (Opening race) and 12th place finishes (Main race) but failing to add to his World Championship points tally on this occasion 
“Actually I am quite happy because I think I am improving as a driver, my starts are getting really good and we improved the car a lot through the races. I think if I had started Main Race in say 5th position I could have held that pace so I am looking forward to Japan (the next round of the Championship) to try and recover the ground I lost this weekend”.

Gabriele Tarquini (P14 and P13) did not enjoy the best of his WTCC championship weekends having played catch up with his car following an untimely need for an engine change in Free Practice “I think we were better than our results really showed today, we had a bad qualifying and that put us to the back and from their its always hard. I think we probably had the pace for the top 10, ok not to fight for a podium this time but better than we showed”.

Hugo Valente was disappointed with two DNF’s to show for his weekend’s efforts, which included being the quickest of the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT drivers in qualifying “It was a frustrating weekend for me with being the quickest LADA in qualifying only a very small consolation. In the first race I was battling closely with Nicky having a nice battle but on lap 5 I had a loss of power and had to pit. In Main Race I hoped for better but a puncture (probably caused through contact with Demoustier’s Citroen) saw me once again have to retire from the race”.

The words of Victor Shapovalov summed up the team’s weekend “We really need to analyze this weekend in great detail. It is hard to understand exactly what it is, one thing or more that affects our pace. The track, the extra weight for sure and perhaps the top speed of others relative to the things that affected us amplified the difference in lap times. For sure we found some things as the weekend went on so we will take these forward and see how things are at the next tracks”.

The FIA WTCC now once again crosses continents leaving South America for Asia and the Race of Japan at Twin Ring Motegi on the 3/4th September 2016.

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is a racing team, participating in the World Touring Car Championship since 2015 with specially designed LADA Vesta WTCC cars. The General Sponsor of the team is a global energy company Rosneft. Supporting the Russian team in the World Championship, Rosneft together with the leader of the Russian automotive industry – LADA – joined their efforts to promote Russian brands at the world markets. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Terça-feira, 28 de Junho de 2016

Tiago Monteiro teve em Vila Real uma corrida que vai fazer História

Tiago Monteiro teve em Vila Real uma corrida que vai fazer História

 

A segunda corrida da etapa de Vila Real do campeonato do Mundo de Carros de Turismo terminou em Vila real com a vitória de Tiago Monteiro, apoiada por milhares de pessoas durante a prova e no final celebrada ao rubro pelo piloto e pela multidão que se juntou a esta histórica vitória que projetou Vila Real no Mundo.

 

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

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46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

46º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real Domingo 2

 

 

 


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Sexta-feira, 10 de Junho de 2016

Moscow Raceway 2016

Moscow Raceway 2016 

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Fui o mais rápido hoje no treino livre. Vamos com tudo amanhã na qualificação. 12:00 no Eurosport 2.


P1 today in Free Practice! Let's push hard tomorrow in qualy 💪🏻👊🏻💪🏻 #tiagosworld18 #honda#thepowerofdreams
— em Moscow Raceway.

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Pole position for the 🇷🇺 opening race tomorrow and P10 for the Main Race. I believe we can bring it 🏆 home! Races live in Eurosport!

Estou na pole para a primeira corrida de amanhã e 10º para a segunda. Acredito que podemos trazer a 🏆 para casa, vamos com tudo! Corridas amanhã em direto no Eurosport as 10:00 e 11:00

Tiago Monteiro 

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT dominate qualifying at the Moscow Raceway with a sensational 1-2-3


LADA SPORT ROSNEFT racing at their home event in the FIA World Touring Car Championship turned on the style with a devastating display of qualifying pace to take the first three places on the starting grid for Sunday’s Main race at the Moscow Raceway today (11 June, 2016)

Nicky Catsburg, marking his 1 year anniversary with the team here in Moscow claimed his and LADA SPORT ROSNEFT’s first ever WTCC pole position with a sensational lap 1.4 seconds quicker than his teammate Gabrielle Tarquini and Hugo Valente who completed an historic 1-2-3 result for the Russian car brand supported by Rosneft.

The Russian squad were untouchable for speed on a wet track that seemed to suit the Lada Vesta TC1 car perfectly with the team finding a balance and set up that could not be faulted.

Nicky Catsburg was surprised and delighted in equal measure by his and the car’s performance: “This shows the constant progress for the team and I could not be happier than to get this result in Russia. Sometimes in the wet you have to get everything in line, tyre pressure, camber, etc., and I think we got everything right on my car today although I am surprised by the margin over our rivals. Actually we were not so quick in the wet in FP2 after being quick in the dry in FP1 but Gabriele (Tarquini) gave me some advice on the car and set up and I translated that into this result, I am super happy today!”

Gabriele Tarquini, P2 said “I am very happy, I don’t know if I am a good teacher or Nicky is a good student but he beat me today in Qualifying! He deserves it he made a fantastic lap. I am satisfied with our teamwork, we are like a family and we share everything. I am very proud of this and the team!”

Hugo Valente, P3 and making his first WTCC-2016 appearance in the Q3 shootout “Thank you so much to the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT team, it is amazing to be 1-2-3 and we made history today. Thanks as well to Gabriele for his experience and sharing with us some ideas for driving the Vesta in the wet and congratulations to Nicky for pole position, he was on another planet today!”

The Russian LADA SPORT ROSNEFT squad will now be hoping that they can translate today’s qualifying pace into a similar race result in front of their home fans in tomorrow’s Main race. 

Hi-res photos are available here 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ladasportwtcc
 
LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is a racing team, participating in the World Touring Car Championship since 2015 with specially designed LADA Vesta WTCC cars. The General Sponsor of the team is a global energy company Rosneft. Supporting the Russian team in the World Championship, Rosneft together with the leader of the Russian automotive industry – LADA – joined their efforts to promote Russian brands at the world markets. 

 

 

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Story of the Day - LADA walks on water!
1,2 in the first race; 1,2 in the second race, the LADA Sport WTCC boys became real heroes for their home race in Moscow.

FIA WTCC

 

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Hoje trago para 🇵🇹 o maior número de pontos possível. 6º e 5º nas duas corridas e continuamos na luta pelo vice campeonato. Bom trabalho de toda a minha equipa / familia!

Today I bring home the most possible points. P6 and P5 and we stay on the fight for P2 on championship. Good job by my team / family Honda Racing WTCC! ✌🏻‪#‎tiagosworld18‬ ‪#‎honda‬ ‪#‎thepowerofdreams‬

 

Obrigado a todos vocês que quando corre bem ou mal estão sempre comigo! É o PORTUGUESE POWER 🇵🇹. Agora que venha o Circuito Internacional de Vila Real!

 

A LADA domíniu  no Moscow Raceway duas vitórias e duas dobradinhas na visita do FIA WTCC ao circuito moscovita. Tiago Monteiro obteve um 6º e 5º lugar nas duas corridas a contar para o Campeonato do Mundo de Carros de Turismo. 

 

 

 

Honda secured an 11th podium finish of the year and six points finishes out of six in challenging conditions at the sixth round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Moscow Raceway in Russia.

Norbert Michelisz, who had gone fifth fastest in qualifying, made a superb start to the main race and overtook two cars in as many laps to finish third in his Civic WTCC; the Hungarian managing his tyres perfectly on a damp, but drying, track surface to achieve the result.

Behind him, superb recovery drives from Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team-mates Rob Huff and Tiago Monteiro netted the pair fourth and fifth places after they started 11th and 10th on the grid.

A sudden rainshower during the opening race formation lap brought about a delayed start and a switch to wet tyres for the entire field.

In fully wet conditions, finding grip on the Moscow track surface proved difficult for all three drivers and Tiago was unable to capitalise on his reversed-grid pole position.

The Portuguese finished sixth with Rob right behind him; the pair proving the quickest drivers on the track during the race’s damp phase, but suffering with grip issues whenever fresh rain fell.

Norbert was running ahead of the pair when a drive-through penalty, issued for him starting slightly outside his grid box, dropped him to 12th. A hard charge during the second half of the race enabled him to climb to 10th – the final points-paying position – by the chequered flag.

The events of the weekend both on and off the track mean that the WTCC takes on a very different look. Tiago lies fourth in the drivers’ championship with Norbert seventh and Rob eighth; but only 15 points – the equivalent of a third-place finish – away from second overall. Honda maintained second place in the manufacturers’ championship.

The seventh round of the 2016 WTCC takes place on the streets of Vila Real, Portugal, on June 24-

26.

 

 

LADA SPORT ROSNEFT celebrate their greatest day with a double 1-2 result at the FIA WTCC Race of Russia


LADA SPORT ROSNEFT reaped the rewards of several years of participation in the FIA World Touring Car Championship with a sensational result at their home race in Moscow today (12th June 2016) with a sensational 1-2 result in both the Opening and Main races.

The Russian team were absolutely dominant with a commanding display that saw Gabriele Tarquini bring his Lada Vesta TC1 across the line first closely followed by Nicky Catsburg in second position in the Opening race despite starting the reverse grid race in 9th and 10th places respectively. The team’s third driver Hugo Valente bringing his Vesta home in P4 for an incredible result for the team.

The day’s Main race saw the trio start 1-2-3 on the grid and grasp the opportunity to capitalize with Catsburg and Tarquini never challenged from great starts as they pulled clear of the chasing pack to achieve the teams second 1-2 finish of the day, this time with Catsburg scoring his maiden win for the team.

Extraordinarily this result puts the Dutchman in his first season of WTCC in second place in the World Drivers Championship the highest position ever held by a Lada driver since the outset of their participation in the Championship.

The result was even more satisfying as it gave the chance to the home fans and the guests of Rosneft and Lada the chance to witness first hand the result of the team’s efforts with the fantastic support that they have provided.

Victor Shapovalov who has masterminded Lada Sport’s campaign in the FIA WTCC said “This is a great day. To achieve a 1-2 result at our home event is incredible and to achieve it twice in just a dream result. This is the culmination of incredible hard work from the team and all that have supported the programme along the journey. LADA SPORT ROSNEFT have firmly arrived at the top of the WTCC on merit and I am immensely proud!”

Nicky Catsburg, scoring his maiden WTCC pole position and victory this weekend and sitting 2nd in the World Championship standings “If you had told me one year ago that I would have got a P1 and P2 on the same day, in Moscow in the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT Vesta and been second place in the World Championship I would not have believed it. It is a dream result!”

Gabriele Tarquini who had the privilege of achieving the first ever victory for the Vesta and was credited by his team mates for bringing the experience necessary to the team to achieve such a result “I spent a lot of time developing the Lada Vesta in Magny Cours in the winter in similar conditions and I suggested some changes that made a big difference. Unfortunately my team mate also used this to his advantage and was quicker than me in qualifying! I am very happy to have won today, especially from P9 on the grid. The car was fantastic and everybody did a great job. Who knows if it rains every weekend then we can fight for the Championship!”

The team now hope to carry the momentum forward to the next round of the Championship in two weeks time on the streets of Vila Real, Portugal which will present and entirely different challenge for the Russian team.

Hi-res photos are available here 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ladasportwtcc
 
LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is a racing team, participating in the World Touring Car Championship since 2015 with specially designed LADA Vesta WTCC cars. The General Sponsor of the team is a global energy company Rosneft. Supporting the Russian team in the World Championship, Rosneft together with the leader of the Russian automotive industry – LADA – joined their efforts to promote Russian brands at the world markets. 

 

 


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Quinta-feira, 26 de Maio de 2016

Nordschleif Nürburgring FIA World Touring Car Championship

Nordschleif Nürburgring FIA World Touring Car Championship

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13245390_699860646819646_1238392591378093082_n.jpgEste fim de semana é em Nordschleife. Correr no fim de semana que passou em Spa Francorchamps e no próximo em Nordschleife é para poucos. Sou um sortudo. Vamos com tudo este fim-de-semana!

This weekend we race in Nürburgring Nordschleife. To race one weekend in Spa and now in Nordschleife is not usual, I am definetely a lucky guy! Let´s go for it! ‪#‎honda‬ ‪#‎thepowerofdreams‬ ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬

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Nordschleife preparations. Amazing atmosphere ✌🏻️ ‪#‎wtcc‬ ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬‪#‎honda‬ ‪#‎thepowerfdreams‬ ‪#‎nordschleife‬

Preparação para a Nordschleife. Ambiente incrível ✌🏻️

 

LADA SPORT hopes to run rings around WTCC rivals at ‘The Ring’


LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is targeting divine results at ‘The Green Hell’, with the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) returning to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for a second consecutive year (27-28 May). 

The Nordschleife is the world’s longest and most demanding racetrack, with a 25.27 km configuration, that officially encompasses 73 corners,  inclines of up to 17 percent and several changes in the track surface, so, to win the WTCC’s Race of Germany is no mean feat and Nick Catsburg insists that track knowledge is somewhat overrated.

“I have competed in the Nürburgring 24 Hours twice and I have also raced in five VLN events on the Nordschleife, but driving the LADA Vesta TC1 will be very different for me, since I have only raced GT3 cars on the circuit,” said  Nick Catsburg.

“For me, track knowledge is a little overrated, especially in the dry. Having a good car is really important and I won my first race on the Nordschleife primarily because I had strong machinery underneath me and a capable team. I have only completed one wet lap on the track, but I know experience counts for more in those conditions, with so many different types of asphalt.”
 
LADA SPORT ROSNEFT expects representatives from LADA fan clubs in Germany and also German dealers to turn out for the WTCC’s annual visit to the Nürburgring this weekend.

Germany has always been a key market in Western Europe for LADA and the sales were traditionally strong and stable, and, with sales of the new Vesta model booming in Russia, LADA SPORT’s participation in the WTCC Race of Germany is sure to attract a lot of interest among fans of the brand.

The attention will be no doubt be amplified by the fact that there has been more consistency in LADA SPORT’s results than ever before in 2016. Its drivers – Nick Catsburg, Gabriele Tarquini and Hugo Valente – have been a constant threat for pole positions and podium finishes in the first four rounds of the 2016 season.

It’s all to play for heading into the WTCC Race of Germany, and  Gabriele Tarquini says: “Despite my decades of experience in motorsport, I had never raced on the Nürburgring Nordschleife before last year. It is very different from a normal circuit for being so long and because it’s so difficult to remember all of the corners.

“The LADA Vesta usually works best in high-speed corners, but the Nordschleife is unique, full of bumps and it consists of every type of corner. It is very hard to predict how the car will work there, but I hope we have a good weekend and I will work hard to find the strongest possible setup.”

Hugo Valente added: “The Nürburgring Nordschleife is the most difficult circuit in the world and you have a very small margin for error. There is always something to surprise you and it’s all about treating the track with respect and learning it one step at a time. The challenge makes it very exciting and I love it! It’s super-fast and you need to find the correct rhythm without overdoing it, otherwise you will end up in the barriers.

“It’s a circuit for men, not boys! However, it’s hard to say how LADA SPORT ROSNEFT will perform, simply because it’s a unique place and setup is completely different to any other track. We will see how the LADA Vesta behaves after the first practice session, although we know the car performs well in fast turns. The forecast says it will rain and I’m not very happy about that. The weather could ruin the party!”

The WTCC made its ‘Ring’ debut in 2015 and the Championship’s Race of Germany will once again run in support of the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring on the combined Nordschleife and Grand Prix track this weekend. Some 150 cars will compete in the twice-around-the-clock endurance race and LADA SPORT’s Catsburg is becoming something of a Nürburgring 24 Hours stalwart, having entered the race twice before.  
 

 

 

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Rob Huff went P3 in FP0 with Tiago Monteiro P4 and Michelisz Norbert P6

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Jose Maria "Pechito" Lopez took top spot in Free Practice 1 for the FIA WTCC Race of Germany 2016 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife!

World champion López set a best lap of 8m44.236s early in the one-hour session, finishing up a second clear of Citroën Racing team-mate Yvan Muller in a reversal of the positions from Testing held earlier on Thursday.

WTCC Trophy competitor Tom Chilton took an impressive third, just three tenths away from Muller. Nicky Catsburg was fourth for LADA Sport WTCCin front of Rob Huff, who triggered an early end to the session with two minutes to go after he crashed his Honda due to a suspected puncture. He was reportedly unhurt in the impact, but has been taken for checks.

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13263739_1131345563596083_6110577283687214920_n.jp1er et 2e des deux premières séances d'essais sur la Nordschleife. Qualifications demain à 12h45 / 1st and 2nd of the first practice sessions at the Nordschleife. Qualifying tomorrow at 2:45 pm.

Yvan Muller

 

 

Sexta-feira

 

Honda excluída das corridas da Hungria e Marrocos.

 

Honda excluded from Hungary and Morocco results

The cars of Honda have been excluded from the results of the last two rounds of the World Touring Car Championship following an investigation by the technical delegate and the stewards at the Nürburgring, which found the team’s flat floors and rear hatch not in compliance with the technical regulations.

The investigation which was first announced in Hungary at the end of last month has continued on as the technical delegate investigated the team’s flat floor, which has now included the rear hatch in respect of Hungary’s results.

The stewards confirmed on Thursday night their decision, stating:

“Part(s) belong to car numbers 5, 12, 17 and 55, Flat floor 2015 – front section B has been found not in compliance with the regulations of the 2016 FIA WTCC as follows:

“1. It is different to the part featuring in the homologation form extension 5747 210/07 ER as well as the part presented during the homologation inspection, breach of article 263.003 and 263.004 of Appendix J.

“2. Its construction is not in compliance with the definition of composite applicable at the time of the homologation of the extension A5747 210/01 ER (Article 251.2.1.11 of the Appendix J), breach of article 263.902 of Appendix J.

“Decision: exclusion from the event(s)”

The exclusion applies to all three factory cars as well as the privateer entry of Ferenc Ficza for Zengo Motorsport. Tiago Monteiro, who is second in the championship, stands to lose his two podium results from the last two weekends while Rob Huff would lose his Morocco race victory, and all points scored during the races and qualifying.

Honda have already stated their intention to appeal the decision.

“We are total convinced that our flat floors are in full compliance with the current FIA World Touring Car Championship technical regulations,” said the team in a statement.

“Appeals will therefore be lodged against all decisions.”

 http://www.touringcartimes.com/2016/05/27/honda-excluded-from-hungary-and-morocco-results/

 

 

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Jose Maria "Pechito" Lopez took the DHL pole position for the Main Race atFIA WTCC Race of Germany 2016 with a sensational record lap of theNürburgring Nordschleife.

The two-time world champion was already sitting on provisional pole when he achieved an 8m35.541s lap on his final attempt, moving 3.573 seconds clear of Citroën Racing team-mate Yvan Muller at the top of the times and bettering his qualifying record from 2015 by 1.8 seconds.

Tom Coronel produced another outstanding qualifying performance to claim third as the best WTCC Trophy runner in his ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze.

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LADA SPORT ROSNEFT’s Nick Catsburg to start WTCC Race of Germany in TOP-5

27 May

Qualifying for tomorrow’s FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Germany on the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife concluded with Nick Catsburg leading the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT charge from within the top five (Friday 27 May). 

The Dutch driver pushed his LADA Vesta TC1 to the sixth fastest time on the 25.3km circuit, which is nestled in Germany’s wild and picturesque Eifel Mountains, therefore he will start Saturday’s (28 May) Opening Race from P5 under the reversed grid rules and the Main Race from P6.

However, the strongest session for LADA SPORT ROSNEFT was undoubtedly FP2 on Friday morning, as all three LADA Vestas could be found in the top five positions, with Italian touring car star Gabriele Tarquini holding second, France’s Hugo Valente third and Catsburg fifth. 

Unfortunately, the all-important qualifying session didn’t quite go to plan. The typical three-part qualifying format has been replaced with a single hour-long session for the WTCC’s Race of Germany on what is easily the world’s longest race circuit, but the track was also shared with competitors from the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC). 

Crashes involving runners from both the ETCC and WTCC limited drivers to only a few flying laps, and Valente was one unfortunate casualty, when a tyre failure sent him spearing into the barriers at high speed close to the end of qualifying.  

The Frenchman will subsequently start both races from 13th, one place behind LADA SPORT teammate Tarquini. 

Сatsburg said: “I pulled it out of the bag at the end of qualifying! I feel good, the car feels good and the result is good, if not a little disappointing. I think I might have been able to find one second or so, but I know I’m not five seconds off Jose Maria Lopez’s pace as a driver and I feel I got the most out of the car. It was nice to have some wet running with the LADA Vesta and I’m happy in those conditions, so I’m happy!”

Tarquini added: “Perhaps we didn’t find the best possible setup for qualifying.  In FP2, we had some wet running and the car was totally different – it felt great, but the problem was there when we came back to the dry setup today. I was sure we could make the top ten at the start of qualifying and then I made mistakes while trying to deal with some understeer. We have nothing to lose by experimenting with setup changes from 12th on the grid.”

Valente said: “The LADA Vesta is behaving very well here at the Nurburgring in both wet and dry conditions and that’s why I’m so frustrated to have had two tyres blow out. I was going quite slowly when the first one let go in free practice, but the second one happened while I was pushing on at 260kph on one of the fastest parts of the track. I was a passenger on both occasions and I just feel sorry for the guys in the team, who worked so hard to repair my car overnight. Confidence counts for a lot around here and these two offs won’t help when I go into tomorrow’s races!”

 

 

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LADA SPORT ROSNEFT’s Nick Catsburg to start WTCC Race of Germany in TOP-5


Qualifying for tomorrow’s FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Germany on the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife concluded with Nick Catsburg leading the LADA SPORT ROSNEFT charge from within the top five (Friday 27 May).
 
The Dutch driver pushed his LADA Vesta TC1 to the sixth fastest time on the 25.3km circuit, which is nestled in Germany’s wild and picturesque Eifel Mountains, therefore he will start Saturday’s (28 May) Opening Race from P5 under the reversed grid rules and the Main Race from P6.
 
However, the strongest session for LADA SPORT ROSNEFT was undoubtedly FP2 on Friday morning, as all three LADA Vestas could be found in the top five positions, with Italian touring car star Gabriele Tarquini holding second, France’s Hugo Valente third and Catsburg fifth.
 
Unfortunately, the all-important qualifying session didn’t quite go to plan. The typical three-part qualifying format has been replaced with a single hour-long session for the WTCC’s Race of Germany on what is easily the world’s longest race circuit, but the track was also shared with competitors from the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC).
 
Crashes involving runners from both the ETCC and WTCC limited drivers to only a few flying laps, and Valente was one unfortunate casualty, when a tyre failure sent him spearing into the barriers at high speed close to the end of qualifying. 
 
The Frenchman will subsequently start both races from 13th, one place behind LADA SPORT teammate Tarquini.
 
Сatsburg said: “I pulled it out of the bag at the end of qualifying! I feel good, the car feels good and the result is good, if not a little disappointing. I think I might have been able to find one second or so, but I know I’m not five seconds off Jose Maria Lopez’s pace as a driver and I feel I got the most out of the car. It was nice to have some wet running with the LADA Vesta and I’m happy in those conditions, so I’m happy!”
 
Tarquini added: “Perhaps we didn’t find the best possible setup for qualifying.  In FP2, we had some wet running and the car was totally different – it felt great, but the problem was there when we came back to the dry setup today. I was sure we could make the top ten at the start of qualifying and then I made mistakes while trying to deal with some understeer. We have nothing to lose by experimenting with setup changes from 12th on the grid.”
 
Valente said: “The LADA Vesta is behaving very well here at the Nurburgring in both wet and dry conditions and that’s why I’m so frustrated to have had two tyres blow out. I was going quite slowly when the first one let go in free practice, but the second one happened while I was pushing on at 260kph on one of the fastest parts of the track. I was a passenger on both occasions and I just feel sorry for the guys in the team, who worked so hard to repair my car overnight. Confidence counts for a lot around here and these two offs won’t help when I go into tomorrow’s races!”
 

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P10 on qualy means pole for the opening race ✌🏻️ ‪#‎nordschleife‬ ‪#‎honda‬‪#‎thepowerofdreams‬ ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬

10º na qualificação o que significa que vou sair da pole para a primeira corrida!

No mais difícil e exigente circuito do mundo, Tiago Monteiro garantiu esta tarde o primeiro lugar da grelha para a primeira corrida do WTCC em Nurburgring Nordscheleife, o conhecido “Green Hell”.

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13325654_1300806443282094_1544941604354898988_n.jp MAC3 victory and pole position for Tiago Monteiro for the opening race. After a challenging weekend, that's a pretty good result in qualifying. Michelisz Norbert starts P4 for the main race and P6 for the opener. Rob Huff P8 for main race and P17 due to engine-change penalty in opener.

 

 

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 Quando ia em primeiro.. e na ultima volta, um pneu sai e o acidente acontece...

 

 

"Foi um grande susto mas felizmente não passou disso. Tanto eu como o Yvan estamos bem, vim apenas ao hospital fazer alguns exames por precaução. Volto em Moscovo mais forte que nunca 💪🏻👊🏻

That was a big moment but thankfully I am ok and Yvan as well. I'm in the hospital doing some exams just for precaution. I'll be back stronger than ever in Moscow"

Tiago Monteiro

 

 

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WINNER! 🎉 2nd victory Jose Maria "Pechito" Lopez today.
P2. Michelisz Norbert
P3. Tom Chilton

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A dramatic day with a puncture-induced high-speed crash for Tiago Monteirowhile leading - from which he emerged unscathed - plus two podiums forMichelisz Norbert and a terrific recovery drive for Rob Huff.

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13312805_798681770232018_1232604445629424017_n.pngJose Maria "Pechito" Lopez ruled the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife by winning both encounters at FIA WTCC Race of Germany.

The Citroën Racing driver charged through from ninth on the grid to claim the Opening Race laurels before converting his DHL pole position into victory number five of 2016 by taking the Main Race triumph.

 

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Strong results for LADA SPORT ROSNEEFT in incident-packed races on the Nordschleife 


LADA SPORT ROSNEFT came away from the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Germany on the world-renowned Nurburgring Nordschleife with a pair of top six finishes (Saturday 28 May).

French racer Hugo Valente led the LADA charge in sixth in the Opening Race and Nick Catsburg from the Netherlands finished sixth in the day’s Main Race on the 25.3km racetrack, nestled deep in Germany’s Eifel Mountains.

The Opening Race started without haste, but turned into an incident-packed affair, as a final-lap tyre failure for leader Tiago Monteiro initiated a dramatic collision that took him and Yvan Muller out of the race.

All three LADA SPORT ROSNEFT drivers finished inside the top ten and Valente was satisfied to lead the Russian team’s charge in sixth, with Tarquini and Catsburg shadowing him in seventh and ninth respectively.

However, attention was squarely on the durability of the WTCC’s control tyres, as the failure that claimed Monteiro was the last of many at ‘The Ring’, with Valente himself a victim of two blow outs in free practice and qualifying.

A field of concerned and frustrated drivers lacked confidence after being advised not to push and to avoid the kerbing while flying through the forest on the Nordschleife, and the instructions only served to dilute the on-track action in the Main Race.

Tarquini and Valente sat in seventh and eighth after a typically physical start, sticking their elbows out and muscling their way through the first corner complex to commence a race-long battle with the Volvos of Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Bjork.

Italian touring car veteran, Tarquini, drove the widest LADA Vesta on the track in defence of seventh place and, although he and his young French teammate, Valente, soaked up immense pressure, they were ultimately out-dragged in the Nordschleife’s protracted acceleration zones and crossed the line in eighth and tenth, with Catsburg coming home in a solid sixth.

Reflecting on generally positive, if not slightly frustrating outing at the Nurburgring, Catsburg said: “I didn’t feel comfortable in the car because we were all a bit afraid about the tyres, so I took it easy and just brought it home. Had we been able to push, I think a podium might have been possible in the Main Race”.

Valente added: “The car wasn’t performing as well as in free practice and qualifying, because there were concerns over the tyres and we had to make changes that we’ve never done before, but my progress was good and I don’t think we could have asked for more than a sixth place in the Opening Race. We struggled in a straight line and we were advised to be cautious on the Nordschleife to save the tyres. We’ve had a lot of punctures, not just at the Nurburgring, but at normal circuits too, and it’s a shame that no action has been taken with the tyres before this weekend.”

Tarquini said: “I can’t be satisfied with the results, as I wasn’t able to push in the races. Tyres have been a big problem this weekend and it’s not the place to have this issue, as we’re in a forest, you reach very high speeds and there’s very little room for error. Cars are faster and heavier than last year and the problem must be analysed. You can’t race at a track like this, fearing that the tyres might let go and I was more of a taxi driver on the Nordschleife today.”

The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) moves on to LADA SPORT ROSNEFT’s homeland, Russia, and the Moscow Raceway for Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 season (10-12 June).
 

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John Filippi sobrevive en el “Infierno verde” para lograr un cuarto puesto

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John Filippi survives “Green Hell” to take fourth place
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José María López doubled up at FIA WTCC Race of Germany by winning the Main Race at the Nürburgring Nordscheife after a battle with Norbert Michelisz.

Honda driver Michelisz, promoted to the front row of the grid, made a better start than pole-sitter López to take the lead down the inside of Turn 1. López quickly responded though and reclaimed first place around the outside of the Schumacher S.

He led by three seconds at the end of the first lap, but that advantage was slashed to less than a second at the end of lap two. The gap between the Citroën and the Honda would come down again on the third and final tour but López held on to win by 0.435 seconds.

Tom Chilton was again the top WTCC Trophy driver and again on the outright podium in third. Rob Huff got very close to his fellow Briton on the final lap – even making contact – but had to settle for fourth. Mehdi Bennani passed Nicky Catsburg to finish fifth.

Polestar Cyan Racing had a great race, with its two drivers Fredrik Ekblom and Thed Björk working their way up to seventh and eighth respectively, past the LADAs of Gabriele Tarquini and Hugo Valente.

Sabine Schmitz finished just outside the points on this occasion in 11th

13319947_702698769869167_8883207522505671355_n.jpgAcordei muito dorido mas aliviado e contente por já estar em casa com a minha família. Obrigado a todos pelas milhares de mensagens de apoio que para mim significam muito!! Agora é recuperar para voltar mais forte que nunca em Moscovo daqui a duas semanas 💪🏻👊🏻💪🏻

Very sore and bruised but so grateful and happy to be back home with my family!! Thank you all so much for your kind messages!! It means so much to me!! I will be back stronger than ever in Moscow 💪🏻👊🏻💪🏻 ‪#‎raceway‬ in 2 weeks!! ‪#‎workhardplayhard‬ ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬ ‪#‎honda‬ ‪#‎thepowerofdreams‬‪#‎lovemyfamily‬

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Yvan Muller  WTCC Nürburgring.

 

Rob Huff reflects: a double dose of 'The Green Hell'

There was collisions, controversy and a whole lot of drama during the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of Germany and the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of the Nurburgring (27-29 May).

To be honest, it was shaping up to be a nightmare weekend for me. In the WTCC, some sort of failure on my Honda caused a massive shunt at 220kph in free practice, necessitating an engine-change that resulted in a ten-place grid penalty and resigned me to 17th on the Opening Race grid.

The Castrol Honda Racing boys did a phenomenal job to repair the car, I had a little trip to the Medical Centre and all was fine by the time we reached qualifying.

We looked pretty quick in practice, but my Civic Type-R wasn’t the same and didn’t fill me with confidence after its brush with the barriers. I qualified seventh and successfully raced to fourth place in both the Opening and Main Races, which, considering how the week began, is pretty good going.

The main story of the Opening Race was the incident involving my teammate Tiago Monteiro and Citroen’s Yvan Muller; a tyre failure sent Tiago into a terrifying high-speed spin that saw him go airborne. Yvan simply had no way of avoiding the wayward Honda, contact was made and they were both out on the spot.

Thankfully, Tiago was unhurt, but the crash initiated a big debate over the durability and safety of the WTCC’s Yokohama tyres.

There was a lot of fuss and, although I believe this should be analysed and we do need a special ‘Nurburgring tyre’, I know my car is built to the highest level by a very professional set of people. I hit the wall hard in sixth gear and I didn’t even have a bruise or a stiff neck to show for it!

The fact is, we’re racing drivers and, if you’re concerned about your own safety, don’t race! It’s as simple as that.

However, the spotlight was also on Honda after WTCC stewards and the FIA Technical Delegate deemed the Civic Type-R TC1’s flat floors to be in breach of the championship’s technical regulations.

The team was disqualified from the Hungarian and Moroccan results and many were seeking my reaction to the exclusions, but I don’t feel it’s my place to comment; I just drive the car and the WTCC regulations and how Honda interprets them is effectively nothing to do with me.

Naturally, I’m very disappointed, but Castrol Honda Racing is adamant that its floors comply with the regulations and it will appeal in the coming weeks, although the decision is shameful for the fact that the WTCC revolves around its fans and yet, after a fantastic start to the season, there’s now a feeling that the ruling has denied us a good title fight.

I just wanted to get my head down and move on, and that’s pretty easy when you’ve got a Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS waiting to be driven in the Nurburgring 24 Hours!

I was due to test the car earlier in the week, but these plans were cancelled because – and you won’t believe me when I tell you – my plane’s cockpit windows smashed on take-off!

We turned around and made an emergency landing – a new experience for me – but I was unable to get a seat on another flight to Germany and my first taste of the car would be in qualifying on Friday (27 May).

Free practice was curtailed by a gearbox failure and an off for one of my co-drivers and my experience of the AMG GTS consisted of three qualifying laps – one more than my teammates, who know the car well.

The first session was primarily about making it into the top 30 in order to get a blue light, which is basically a permanent blue flag, but Indy Dontje did a great job to put us third.

However, the heavens opened at ‘The Green Hell’ just prior to the top-30 shootout on Friday night, so the idea was to simply complete two sensible laps and bring the car home, which we did in 28th.

It was always going to be an interesting 24 hours, but the start was unbelievable. The race had barely begun when, out of nowhere, massive amounts of ice fell from the sky; several cars crashed and countless others became stranded, their slick tyres unable to grip on what became an ice rink.

A long delay meant my first real run in the AMG GTS would be during the evening shift


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Terça-feira, 29 de Março de 2016

Polestar to supply WTCC Official Safety Car

Polestar to supply WTCC Official Safety Car

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Volvo’s performance brand Polestar will provide the Official Safety Car to the FIA World Touring Car Championship under a long-term agreement starting from this week’s season-opening WTCC Race of France at Circuit Paul Ricard (1-3 April).

 

The company, which is also entering a factory team in the WTCC from 2016, has prepared a track-ready version of its Volvo V60 Polestar for this vital function.

 

As well as assisting with the safe and smooth running of WTCC races, Polestar will use its agreement with WTCC promoter Eurosport Events as the Official Safety Car partner to showcase one of its flagship models to live television audiences around the world and to fans watching trackside at the 12 events on the WTCC schedule.

 

While safety car intervention occurs in the event of an on-track incident that doesn’t require a race stoppage, the vehicle and its crew, which consists of a driver and observer, lead the field around on the formation lap of the Opening Race and Main Race and then wait in the pit lane ready to be deployed in case assistance is required. The safety car can also be used to start a race in the event of exceptional conditions, such as heavy rain.

 

Developed from 20 years of motorsport experience, the Volvo V60 Polestar has been extensively engineered to deliver an engaging, precise and confident driving experience in all weathers with input from factory Polestar drivers Thed Björk, Robert Dahlgren and Fredrik Ekblom.

 

The Volvo V60 Polestar Safety Car is equipped with a roll cage, rescue and communication equipment and more in order to meet the rigorous technical and safety requirements set by the FIA and WTCC promoter Eurosport Events.

 

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, said: “Last October we welcomed Polestar’s long-term commitment to the WTCC as a manufacturer. Now we welcome Polestar as the new Official Safety Car partner of the WTCC, an exclusive opportunity which will allow them to promote their extremely safe and high-performing V60 flagship model around the world.”

 

Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar, said: “It was an easy decision to start a cooperation with the WTCC on the Official Safety Car. This allows us to close the circle from track to road by showcasing customers the take-home alternative of our racing car technology in the form of the Volvo V60 Polestar Safety Car, at the same time being part of the vital an extensive safety work of the championship.”

 

Technical specification: Volvo V60 Polestar Safety Car

 

Chassis

Polestar Öhlins shock absorber system

Polestar front strut brace with carbon fibre enforcement

80% stiffer Polestar springs compared to S/V60 T6 R-Design

Front: 62 N/mm

Rear: 67 N/mm (S60) 72 N/mm (V60)

Stiffer Polestar top mount front and rear

Stiffer Polestar tie blade bushing

 

Performance

0-100 km/h 5.0 sec

0-200 km/h 17.8 sec

Top speed 250 km/h*

* = Electronically limited

 

Engine

T6 engine

350 hp @ 5250 rpm

500 Nm @ 3000-4750 rpm

Max 6500 rpm

Twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo

Max boost 1.2 bar

Polestar 2.5” stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5” tail pipes

 

Transmission

AWF21 automatic gearbox with paddle shift system

Polestar transmission calibration for faster gearshifts, launch control and curve-hold functionality

Four-wheel drive

Polestar Haldex calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution

 

Brakes

Front:

Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers

371×32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs

Pads: Brembo HP1000

Rear:

302×22 mm ventilated discs

Pads: Brembo HP2000

 

Tyres and rims

Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/35 ZR20 (95Y) XL

Polestar bespoke rims, 20×8”

 

Curb weight

V60: 1834 kg

 

Fuel tank

67,5 litres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Quinta-feira, 17 de Março de 2016

Friends reunited in the WTCC

Friends reunited in the WTCC

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Rob Huff will be reunited with an old friend when he embarks on his first FIA World Touring Car Championship season driving for the factory Honda squad.

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Huff has joined the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team from LADA Sport Rosneft for 2016 when he will link up with former engineer Duncan Laycock.

 

Laycock was a key member of the RML WTCC team for a number of years and spent 2015 engineering customers using the British company’s Chevrolet Cruze TC1s in the world championship.

 

He has been appointed Head of Technical Development for JAS Motorsport, the company behind Honda’s WTCC bid, which is also running works Civics for Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro.

 

“I’m delighted to be working with Duncan Laycock, my old race engineer from Chevrolet,” said Huff. “We worked together for eight years and he was with me when I won the WTCC title in 2012, so it’s nice to be working with him again.”

 


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