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FIA WTCC Newsletter 10
Posted by: newsla on Mar 07, 2014 - 02:26 PM
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FIA WTCC Newsletter 10


HONDA UNVEILED CIVIC’S LIVERY
Honda unveiled the livery of its WTCC racer, earlier this week during the press conference that took place at Geneva’s Salon International de l’Automobile.

 

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Just like last year, the Civic WTCC sports the colours of the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team, however the 2014 car has a much sexier look thanks to the new TC1 technical regulations that have been adopted by the championship.

Honda factory drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro were called on the stage and posed for pictures alongside their racing car.

Philip Ross, Vice President Honda Motor Europe said: “With the new cars the WTCC will be a fast-paced and fiercely competitive championship. And our goal is to fight for both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles.”

Donald Smith, Castrol's Global Sponsorship Manager, commenting on the new Civic WTCC said: "We are delighted to extend our partnership with Honda, after a first successful season. For us, there is something special about the coming together of two brands with such rich and successful racing pedigrees. The new livery looks absolutely fantastic, with Castrol and Honda once again sharing the red and the white!"

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CITROËN’S QUARTET IN GENEVA
Citroën Racing’s four WTCC drivers were the guest stars during the French Manufacturers’ press conference that took place earlier this week at Geneva’s Salon International de l’Automobile.

This was also the first time that the team’s new recruit, Ma Qing Hua from China was presented Yvan Muller and José María López.
The four drivers joined Citroën’s CEO Frédéric Banzet on the stage and later posed for pictures alongside the C-Elysée WTCC car and together with team principal Yves Matton.

“The WTCC is an important sporting challenge for Citroën and it goes together our brand's international development,” Banzet said.

MA: IT’S GONNA BE A TOUGH JOB!
Ma Qing Hua made his first appearance as a Citroën factory driver for the 2014 FIA WTCC, earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show.

A former champion in China Touring Cars (2011 in the 1600 class) and Formula One test driver (2012 with HRT and 2013 with Caterham), Ma will compete in five WTCC race meetings during the upcoming season.

“I will make my maiden appearance at the Moscow Raceway and will join again in Spa, Shanghai and Macau. The fifth event has not been decided yet.”

CIVIC: FROM WTCC TO THE TYPE R
The new Honda Civic Type R Concept was revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show.

Described by the design team as a ‘racing car for the road’ rather than a high performance version of a road car, the new Type R looks is set to be the most extreme Civic Type R yet. Its sleek and aerodynamic profile reflects a car designed for function and performance whilst maintaining the look of a road car and the distinctive character of Type R.

“The Type R represents Honda’s racing spirit. It is built with a passion for motorsport,” said Masaru Hasegawa – Chief Stylist.
Honda’s successful return to WTCC in 2013, has been instrumental in gathering knowledge that has helped shape the new Type R.

TV AUDIENCE INCREASED BY 9%
After achieving in 2012 the ambitious goal of exceeding the half-billion of viewers worldwide, the WTCC continued in 2013 to improve its TV audience figures.

According to the final report issued by REPUCOM, the Germany-based sports research firm, cumulated audience for the 2013 season totaled to 557 million viewers that equates to an 8.9% increase compared to the previous year.

In 2013, 111 TV channels broadcasted at least one of the WTCC events, reaching 188 countries worldwide and this amounted to 1176 hours of broadcasting hours, 8.7% more than in 2012.

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