Sábado, 1 de Julho de 2017

WTCC Free Practice 1 continuação

WTCC Free Practice 1 continuação  

Os Automóveis do WTCC concorrentes ao 47º Circuito Internacional de Vila Real continuavam a sua adaptação à pista Vila-realense 

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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

 
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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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Quinta-feira, 30 de Junho de 2016

Campeonato do Mundo de Carros de Turismo (WTCC) - adaptação á pista

Campeonato do Mundo de Carros de Turismo (WTCC) - adaptação á pista

A prova principal da etapa de Vila Real do Campeonato do Mundo de Carros de Turismo (WTCC) iniciava agora a adaptação ao Circuito Transmontano.

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Terça-feira, 21 de Junho de 2016

Dia a dia das corridas, terça-feira, 21 de Junho.

Dia a dia das corridas, terça-feira, 21 de Junho.

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 E este fim-de-semana temos os Campeonatos Nacionais de Velocidade em Vila Real para mais um Racing Weekend!

Federação Portuguesa de Automobilismo e Karting

 

Para lá Marão… correm os que lá vão

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Depois de provas bem “quentes”, em Braga, Racing Weekend parte para Vila Real, onde se vai disputar a segunda jornada do Campeonato Nacional de Velocidade Turismos (CNVT) e o fim-de-semana de 24 a 26 de Junho, promete ser ainda melhor!

Vila Real é uma cidade em que a paixão pelo mundo do motor é vivida de uma forma especial. A tradição de grandes corridas no passado e na actualidade faz com que o público compareça e com que os pilotos se sintam especialmente motivados em participar.

Logo à partida as listas de inscritos são um espelho disso e garantem o sucesso do próximo Racing Weekend. Na prova rainha, o CNVT, aos inscritos na jornada de abertura, juntam-se agora Luís Martins e Luís Nunes, num Seat Leon TCC.

Quanto às equipas que participaram em Braga, recorde-se que a dupla Francisco Carvalho e Nuno Batista dominaram em Braga, jornada em que José Rodrigues, Manuel Gião, Francisco Mora, Cesar Machado e o Vilarealense, detentor do record do circuito, Rafael Lobato, deram igualmente nas vistas.

No mais clássico dos circuitos nacionais, os Legends e os Clássicos juntam-se naturalmente à festa.  Em Vila Real, vamos ter assim, duas grelhas de partida bem recheadas, com 48 carros em cada. Com os Clássicos e Clássicos 1300 a correrem juntos.

O programa arranca sexta-feira de manhã, logo pelas 9,00 horas, sessões de treinos livre e de qualificação preenchem o primeiro dia, estando as corridas agendadas para Sábado e Domingo. 

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Quinta-feira, 26 de Maio de 2016

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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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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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.

Read more!

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

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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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Sábado, 2 de Abril de 2016

Circuit Paul Ricard WTCC 2016

 

Circuit Paul Ricard WTCC 2016 

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 Rain session today here in Paul Ricard. Car is working ok so let's push tomorrow and see what we can do in qualy 👊🏻💪🏻👊🏻 #tiagosworld18 #honda#thepowerofdreams #paulricard


Sessão de testes à chuva hoje aqui em Paul Ricard. Tudo ok com o carro por isso amanhã na qualificação é atacar e ver onde estamos!
— em Circuit Paul Ricard OFFICIEL.

 

Sábado

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P1 this morning in free practice. So far so good but it's this afternoon that counts with qualy. Let's push 💪🏻👊🏻💪🏻 p.s: by the way, Kubica is not here, remember that yesterday was April Fool's Day 😂

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Fui o mais rápido esta manhã no treino livre. Por agora tudo ok mas o que conta é agora à tarde na qualificação. Vamos com tudo! P.S: já agora o Kubica não se mudou para o WTCC, pelo menos por agora. Foi a minha piada do dia das mentiras 😂#tiagosworld18 #workhardplayhard#workhardplayhardtm18 #castrol #honda#hondaracing #brose #fludoswisswatch#monroesafetyambassador #10thseason — em Circuit Paul Ricard OFFICIEL.

 

Boa qualificação! Amanhã arranco de 2º para a primeira corrida aqui de Paul Ricard. Sinto-me muito confiante com o carro e toda a equipa Honda fez um excelente trabalho, agora amanhã é atacar e tentar trazer a vitória para Portugal! Corrida 1 em direto no Eurosport as 11:00 e depois a segunda as 16:00. Conto com o vosso apoio!!!

Good qualy!. Will start P2 tomorrow for race 1. I am felling really confortable with the car and all theHonda Racing WTCC boys did a very good job today. Let's see if tomorrow we can bring gold home!! Races live on Eurosport
#tiagosworld18 #workhardplayhard#workhardplayhardtm18 #castrol #honda#hondaracing #brose #fludoswisswatch#monroesafetyambassador #10thseason
a sentir-se motivado em Circuit Paul Ricard OFFICIEL.

 

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Some action from today. Tomorrow the magic word is: ATTACK 👊🏻💪🏻👊🏻

Um bocadinho do dia de hoje. Amanhã a palavra mágica é só uma: ATAQUE 👊🏻💪🏻👊🏻 ‪#‎tiagosworld18‬ ‪#‎workhardplayhard‬‪#‎workhardplayhardtm18‬ ‪#‎castrol‬ ‪#‎honda‬ ‪#‎hondaracing‬ ‪#‎brose‬‪#‎fludoswisswatch‬ ‪#‎monroesafetyambassador‬ ‪#‎10thseason‬

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Tiago Monteiro  vai sair da segunda linha  no circuito de Paul Ricard para a prova inaugural do Campeonato do Mundo de Carros de Turismo (WTCC),

 

 

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 Real racing, WTCC France race 1, with epic battles for Tom Coronel 2016

 

Classificação corrida 1:

 

  1. Rob Huff Castrol Honda Civic
  2. Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee +2.184s
  3. Norbert Michelisz JAS Honda Civic +6.737s
  4. Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda Civic +7.911s
  5. Hugo Valente LADA Sport Vesta +12.554s
  6. Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing C-Elysee +12.955s
  7. Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Volvo S60 +22.162s
  8. Nick Catsburg LADA Sport Vesta +23.708s
  9. Tom Coronel ROAL Chevrolet Cruze +24.892
  10. Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee +25.738s
  11. Tom Chilton  Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee +26.429s
  12. John Filippi Campos Chevrolet Cruze +26.908s
  13. Yvan Muller Citroen Racing C-Elysee +40.095s
  14. Rene Munnich Munnich Chevrolet Cruze +42.417s

 

Não terminaram 

  1. Gabriele Tarquini LADA Sport Vesta
  2. Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Volvo S60

 

 

 

"Guess who’s back! Career victory number 28 is a pretty special one, not only because I’ve had to wait quite a while to make a return to the top step of the podium, but because it was achieved in my first ever FIA WTCC outing with the Castrol Honda Racing WTCC team at Circuit Paul Ricard OFFICIEL (1-3 April) - http://tinyurl.com/zueakyw"

780123.jpg Rob Huff Castrol Honda Civic

 

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Live timing: bit.ly/1pTfdUy
Live TV: bit.ly/238rovn

 

 

 

 

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Team mate Fredrik Ekblom had to retire due to rear-suspension damage sustained at the chaotic start of the race. The team has managed to repair the car and he will be ready for the second race.

 

 

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We are 15 min from FIA WTCC Race 2!
Live timing: bit.ly/1pTfdUy
Live TV: bit.ly/238rovn

 

 Início da prova

 

 

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Fredrik Ekblom finished P10 in the second FIA WTCC race at Paul Ricard while Thed Björk had to retire with an electrical issue.

The results mean that ‪#‎Polestar‬ ‪#‎CyanRacing‬ has scored world championship points in both races of the season start

 

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2ª Corrida Paul Ricard Circuit

 

Classificação corrida 2:

  1. Jose Maria Lopez Citroën Racing C-Elysee
  2. Tiago Monteiro Castrol Honda Civic +0.284 s
  3. Norbert Michelisz JAS Honda Civic +3.111s
  4. Yvan Muller Citroën Racing C-Elysee +8.562s
  5. Nick Catsburg LADA Sport Vesta +9.814s
  6. Rob Huff Castrol Honda Civic +19.934
  7. Mehdi Bennani Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysee+21.792s
  8. Hugo Valente LADA Sport Vesta +22.130s
  9. Tom Chilton Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysee +22.389s
  10. Fredrik Ekblom Polestar Cyan Volvo S60 +27.554s
  11. Tom Coronel Chevrolet Cruze +32.142s
  12. John Filippi Campos Chevrolet Cruze +32.166s
  13. Gregoire Demoustier Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysee +35.629s

 

Não terminaram

  1. Thed Bjork Polestar Cyan Volvo S60
  2. Rene Munnich Munnich Chevrolet Cruze
  3. Gabriele Tarquini ITA LADA Sport Vesta

 

 STORY OF THE DAY - THIS IS WTCC 2016

 

 

WTCC France, Race 2 highlights Tom Coronel from P4, 2016

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A pair of TOP-5 finishes for LADA SPORT ROSNEFT in 2016 WTCC opener

Spirits are high at LADA SPORT ROSNEFT at the conclusion of the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Circuit Paul Ricard, as the Russian team was able to demonstrate that it is now more than a match for its rivals with solid points finishes for Nick Catsburg and Hugo Valente (Sunday 3 April).  

In the Opening Race, Valente found himself third on the initial run to Turn 1, while Catsburg and Gabriele Tarquini emerged from a frenetic opening-lap tussle in sixth and tenth respectively. 

Valente latched to the rear of Mehdi Bennani’s Citroen C-Elysee during the first half of the 16-lapper and he did a valiant job of attacking while playing a rear-guard action against the advancing Hondas of Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro. Sadly, the young Frenchman’s pace started to drop off as tyre wear became an issue and an opportunistic lunge by Michelisz was enough to relieve the LADA driver of third position and also allow Monteiro through. 

Thereafter, Valente turned his attention to the fast-approaching Citroen of Jose-Maria Lopez; the reigning World Champion did his best to force a mistake with some bold moves, but Valente kept a cool head under pressure and fended off the Argentinian brilliantly to collect ten well-deserved championship points for fifth position.  

Catsburg, who previously claimed to need training from teammate and touring car veteran, Tarquini, when it comes to door handle-to-door handle racing, showed great skill and judgement while embroiled in several high-intensity tussles on Sunday morning. 

The Dutch racer traded places with Tom Coronel on lap one and, after locking horns with Monteiro, spent most of the race in pursuit of the Chevrolet driver. Catsburg clearly had more pace, but bided his time. A fair, yet robust passing manoeuvre on the final approach to Turn 1 opened the door to Volvo’s Thed Bjork, but the dispute for eighth place went right down to the flag, with Catsburg coming out on top. 

Tarquini, meanwhile, was doing his utmost to hold back the Citroen of Gregoire Demoustier and the Volvo of Bjork while carefully managing tyre wear by keeping his distance to those ahead of him. However, on his eighth tour of the Southern French circuit, the Italian received a huge, race-ending biff from the wayward Demoustier that destroyed his right-rear suspension, and the Italian’s misfortune would continue on Sunday afternoon, as a collision resulted front-end damage and another retirement. 

His teammates fared a little better on the French Riviera, as a delighted Catsburg kept the top four honest while driving to a solid fifth place and Valente finished seventh following an incredibly busy race against the Citroens of Bennani and Tom Chilton. 

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Catsburg said: “I am really happy, because last year the Race of France for us wasn’t very good and now we have come away with some fantastic results and a good haul of points. We couldn’t have dreamt of keeping up with the Citroens in 2015 and today we were right there with them. I still need to work on my starts and my racecraft – in race one I lost some positions while fighting, while in race two was much cleaner and I was able to get into a rhythm – but we can all be very thankful to the LADA team for what they have done over the winter. The drivers all share ideas openly and I think that is helping us move forward. I’m really excited about the next round!”

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Valente said: “I’m very happy with how the opening round has panned out. I was disappointed with the outcome of race one; I can’t pretend to be happy with fifth after starting from the front, but I can’t complain too much because we weren’t originally on the reversed grid pole and we came away with solid points. I never got to drive last year’s Vesta, but it’s clear that the team has taken a big step over the winter. I have to step up my game because Nicky (Catsburg) was very fast today, but that’s a good challenge. I have been able to adapt my driving to the LADA Vesta as the weekend has progressed and that has helped in a lot of ways, so I’m encouraged for the rest of the season.”

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Tarquini said: “It hasn’t been a good day in terms of the results for me personally, but it has been incredibly positive for LADA SPORT ROSNEFT as a whole. The car was very good and I was very happy with the balance. Nicky (Catsburg) is able to judge the improvements over the winter, because he drove the LADA Vesta at Circuit Paul Ricard last year. We really aren’t very far away from the Hondas and the Citroens and two or three tenths will make a big difference.”

 

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Sébastien Loeb Racing Team

Un podium et un Top 10 au classement général, deux victoires dans le WTCC Trophy dont un doublé, et la première place de ce trophée réservé aux pilotes et teams indépendants. Tel est le bilan du team après la première manche du FIA WTCC.

Le résumé et les réactions de Mehdi Bennani Officiel, Tom Chilton et Grégoire Demoustier : http://goo.gl/LS83Hc

 

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 AUTO - WTCC PAUL RICARD 2016

MULLER Yvan (fra) Citroen C Elysee team Citroen TOTAL WTCC portrait ambiance during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race of Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France from April 1 to 3 - Photo Vincent Curutchet / DPPI.

 

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World championship points for Polestar Cyan Racing in WTCC debut

 

2016-04-03

Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom scored world championship points in the first ever FIA World Touring Car Championship race weekend of the all-new programme of Polestar Cyan Racing.

 

Thed Björk provided the best show of the weekend in the first race where he climbed from last position on the grid to finish seventh, passing nine cars.

 

”I am really pleased with the weekend. We have got a receipt that we are on pace. We had some issues but that is to be expected and the team has done an amazing work with the car. I can’t wait to get to the next race in Slovakia,” said Björk.

 

Team mate Fredrik Ekblom was next to score world championship points in the second race, crossing the line in tenth position after a tough fight with, among others, former world champion Rob Huff.

 

”We have had a good first race and I am delighted leave Paul Ricard with points. The car is fast and I am longing for us to sink our teeth in all the data we have gathered in order to sharpen our knives even further ahead of the rest of the season,” said Ekblom.

 

Some technical issued came with the debut weekend, with a broken rear suspension for Ekblom in race one after an incident and an electrical issue for Björk in race two.

 

The total results of the season start are above expectation for the team, most importantly showing competitive pace with an all new car and programme of Polestar Cyan Racing.

 

”We can conclude that our setup with a Swedish car, Swedish drivers and an all-Swedish crew is working. Our mission for the first race was to gather data. We have done more than that with Thed giving us a great show in the first race and both drivers scoring world championship points,” said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

 

The next WTCC race will be held in two weeks at the Slovakiaring, April 16-17th.

 

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WTCC Race of France

Circuit: Paul Ricard

Length: 3481 m

Lap record (WTCC): 1:31.148, López

 

Results

Race 1 – Top 5

1 Rob Huff Honda Civic 16 laps

2 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée +2.184

3 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +6.737

4 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +7.911

5 Hugo Valente Lada Vesta +12.554

7 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +22.162

NC Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60

 

Race 2 – Top 5

1 José-María López Citroën C-Elysée 17 laps

2 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.284

3 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +3.111

4 Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée +8.652

5 Nicky Catsburg Lada Vesta +9.814

10 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +27.554

DNF Thed Björk Volvo S60

 

Q3 – Top 5

1 José María López Citroën C-Elysée 1:28.950

2 Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée

3 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic

4 Tom Coronel Chevrolet Cruze

 

Q2 – Top 5

1 Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée 1:29.263

2 José María López Citroën C-Elysée +0.171

3 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.287

4 Tom Coronel Chevrolet Cruze +0.362

5 Nicky Catsburg Lada Vesta +0.406

6 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.470

9 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.958

 

Q1 – Top 5

1 José María López Citroën C-Elysée 1:29.345

2 Nicky Catsburg Lada Vesta +0.112

3 Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée +0.420

4 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.421

5 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +0.444

10 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.764

 

Free Practice 2 – Top 5

1 Thed Björk Volvo S60 1:30.039

2 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic +0.348

3 Nicky Catsburg Lada Vesta +0.351

4 Gabriele Tarquini Lada Vesta +0.446

5 Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée +0.462

7 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +0.876

 

Free Practice 1 – Top 5

1 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic 1:42.565

2 José María López Citroën C-Elysée +0.133

3 Grégorie Demoustier Citroën C-Elysée +0.134

4 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic +0.234

5 Gabriele Tarquini Lada Vesta +0.259

10 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 +1.030

13 Thed Björk Volvo S60 +1.652

 

Championship standings

Drivers

1 José María López Citroën C-Elysée 38 pts

2 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic 34 (-4)

3 Rob Huff Honda Civic 33 (-5)

4 Norbert Michelisz Honda Civic 30 (-8)

5 Mehdi Bennani Citroën C-Elysée 22 (-16)

9 Thed Björk Volvo S60 6 (-32)

13 Fredrik Ekblom Volvo S60 1 (-37)

 

Manufacturers

1 Citroën 84 pts

2 Honda 83 (-1)

3 Lada 46 (-38)

4 Polestar 14 (-70)

 

TV Schedule

International: https://www.fiawtcc.com/watch-it-on-tv/

Online: http://www.eurosportplayer.com/

 

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Quarta-feira, 9 de Março de 2016

Lada Sport Rosneft

Lada Sport Rosneft 

These days LADA SPORT ROSNEFT drivers Gabriele Tarquini, Nick Catsburg and Hugo Valente take part in the tests of LADA Vesta at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal

The Russian WTCC squad spent three days (6-8 March) at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal, conducting tests of the updated LADA Vesta TC1 ahead of the FIA WTCC 2016 season. Team drivers Gabriele Tarquini, Nick Catsburg and Hugo Valente extracted the maximum from the dry warm weather lapping consistently over the three days, gaining a better understanding of a renewed version of the Vesta TC1

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Positive results for LADA SPORT ROSNEFT after Portugal pre-season testing
 

The Russian WTCC squad spent three days (6-8 March) at Algarve International Circuit in Portugal, conducting tests of the updated LADA Vesta TC1 ahead of the FIA WTCC 2016 season. Team drivers Gabriele Tarquini, Nick Catsburg and Hugo Valente extracted the maximum from the dry warm weather lapping consistently over the three days, gaining a better understanding of a renewed version of the Vesta TC1. 

Gabriele Tarquini: «I drove the car the first day of the session. We were lucky with the weather; it was completely dry day, though the only problem was the strong wind. I did fifty laps without any mechanical problems. We tested different configuration and geometry on the front and rear suspension. For me it was a great opportunity to discover the car as I only drove the Vesta in rainy Magny-Cours where the temperatures have been very low. In parallel we continued to improve the engine performance and torque delivery. I'm happy to see that the car is sensitive to the changes we made. I also followed the test with Nick and Hugo because I wanted to share with them the feelings of the car and the development plan for the first race».

Nick Catsburg: «I was very happy to be back at the wheel of the LADA Vesta. The team have worked effectively on the updates, the car feels really good. We put a lot of focus and made big progress in terms of standing starts, which was our weak point last year and often made the races more difficult for us as we could not capitalize on the cars qualifying speed. The new engine management system has been seriously upgraded, and this year we will be more effective at the start of the race for sure. Also the traction is much better now and the general power delivery has been improved. In general, thanks to the major changes in the engine and suspension, the Vesta looks really promising ahead of the WTCC 2016 season. It is also nice to see Gabriele's experience apready having an influence in a very positive way."

Hugo Valente: «I'm happy with how the testing went so far. I had limited dry running in the car so far so it was very important for me to do some dry testing and do a lot of laps. It was very useful in terms of both getting the knowledge of the car and regaining the confidence of driving the race car again as since the final WTCC race in Qatar  last year I had not got my hands on a proper steering wheel. The updates brought by Lada Sport and Oreca seem to be working nicely. I had no experience of the 2015 car so it's hard for me to compare, but the feedback from Gabriele and Nicky is positive on both engine and suspension so hopefully that Vesta will show a better pace and improvement in terms of reliability and consistency on the long runs. I am very much looking forward to beginning of the season, it will be the first time we will be racing with the other cars so we will get a better idea of where we are in terms of performance».

The team will have one more test session in mid-March at Magny-Cours Circuit before the the season kicks off at Paul Ricard Circuit in France (1-3 April).

 


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Quarta-feira, 2 de Março de 2016

WTCC 2016 inscritos

WTCC 2016 inscritos

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Hoje ficou conhecida a lista dos participantes no Campeonato do Mundo de Carros de Turismo, onde ainda há lugar para um dos Chevrolet da Campos e para os dois Civic da Zengo

 

FIA WTCC: JOIN US IN 2016

 

2 – Gabriele Tarquini – Lada Sport Rosneft – Lada Vesta WTCC

3 – Tom Chilton – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

5 – Norbert Michelisz – Honda Racing Team JAS – Honda Civic WTCC

7 – Hugo Valente – Lada Sport Rosneft – Lada Vesta WTCC

9 – Tom Coronel – ROAL Motorsport – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

10 – Nicky Catsburg – Lada Sport Rosneft – Lada Vesta WTCC

11 – Grégoire Demoustier – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

12 – Rob Huff – Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team – Honda Civic WTCC

18 – Tiago Monteiro – Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team – Honda Civic WTCC

25 – Mehdi Bennani – Sébastien Loeb Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

27 – John Filippi – Campos Racing – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

37 – José María López – Citroën Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

61 – Fredrik Ekblom – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1

62 – Thed Björk – Polestar Cyan Racing – Volvo S60 TC1

68 – Yvan Muller – Citroën Racing – Citroën C-Elysée WTCC

77 – René Münnich – Münnich Motorsport – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

89 – John Bryant-Meisner – Nika Racing – Honda Civic WTCC

TBA – TBA – Campos Racing – Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1

TBA – TBA – Zengo Motorsport – Honda Civic WTCC

TBA – TBA – Zengo Motorsport – Honda Civic WTCC

 

 


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WTCC Primeira corrida Vila Real

WTCC Primeira corrida Vila Real

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 Start of the first WTCC race in the streets of Circuito Vila Real!

 

In:

https://www.facebook.com/WorldTouringCarChampionship/

 


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Lada Sport Rosneft driver line-up confirmed for WTCC 2016

Lada Sport Rosneft driver line-up confirmed for WTCC 2016

2 February

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LADA SPORT ROSNEFT is pleased to announce a refreshed driver line-up for the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship, featuring the exciting and emerging Dutchman Nick Catsburg, the highly experienced Italian Gabriele Tarquini and former privateer, Hugo Valente.

 

Catsburg first joined LADA SPORT midway through the 2015 season, just prior to the Russian manufacturer squad’s home round in Moscow after forging a highly successful career in GT and endurance racing.

 

The Dutch racer showed great potential, taking his new-for-2015 LADA Vesta to two fourth-places and several top ten results and shining in qualifying trim by breaking through into the top-five shootout on three occasions.

 

Tarquini has the 2009 FIA World, 2003 European and 1994 British Touring Car Championship titles to his name and, while he has a background in Formula 1, the Italian ace stands as one of the most experienced touring car drivers in the world, having amassed 20 race wins and numerous podium finishes since the WTCC’s inception.

 

Valente, meanwhile, has already proven to be one of the most promising WTCC drivers, as, despite his young age, the Frenchman has visited the winners’ rostrum several times during his three seasons at the pinnacle of international touring car racing.

 

First impressions of the LADA Vesta from Gabriele and Hugo have been positive and they have fitted in quickly with the team.

 

Of course, LADA SPORT ROSNEFT would like to thank Rob Huff for his two-year cooperation that brought brilliant wins, podium finishes for the LADA brand, and the team wishes him success in his future endeavors.

 

LADA SPORT is currently conducting a thorough winter testing programme at its technical base in Magny-Cours and other European racetracks, and its engineers will bring significant updates to the LADA Vesta TC1 for the first round of the 2016 WTCC season, including a host of new suspension, chassis and steering components and a new evolution of the car’s 380bhp turbocharged engine.

In:

http://en.ladasportrosneft.ru/news/item/120/02-02-2016/

 


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