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FIA WTCC Newsletter 19
Posted by: newsla on May 09, 2014 - 03:32 PM
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FIA WTCC Newsletter 19

Today’s test session at the Slovakiaring took place on a dry track, after the rain fallen in the morning, but in a very humid atmosphere. This did not prevent lap times to go down 3.5 seconds from last year.Championship leader José María López (Citroën) set the pace from the beginning and improved his initial best time to conclude the session at the top of the time sheets with a time of 2.05.208. In the course of the 30-minute session, the Honda cars improved progressively to take second and third-fastest, with Tiago Monteiro and Mehdi Bennani, with gaps below the second (891 and 916 thousandths, respectively).Yvan Muller (Citroën) was fourth and Gabriele Tarquini (Honda) fifth.


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Among TC2 cars, Frank Engstler (BMW) was fastest, with a time of 2.134.506, beating Petr Fulín (SEAT) on his reappearance in the series, John Filippi (SEAT) and Pasquale Di Sabatino (BMW). There were no particular incidents during the session, although a few drivers (including Muller, Fulín, Michelisz, Tarquini, Filippi and Loeb) had slight off-tracks with no consequence.

In Short...

José María López: “It was a good working session, I felt happy with how the car felt, although we can still improve it. I like the track, very technical.”

Tiago Monteiro: “Second position is not bad but the gap with respect to the Citroën cars is still important, although it is true I did a small mistake in my fastest lap. We still have things to improve in the set-up of the car but we know in which direction to work.”

Rob Huff: “The car has improved following the tests at Hungaroring after the race, but we are still struggling for power.”

The weights of the different model cars do not change for the fourth race meeting of the season that takes place this weekend at the Slovakia Ring. The Compensation Weight system came into force last week at the Hungaroring, taking into account the laps times set in the qualifying and races at Marrakech and Le Castellet. From now onwards, the calculation is based on the lap times set in the three previous events and according to the average between Morocco, France and Hungary, all cars will run at the Slovakia Ring with the same weight they had at the Hungaroring. The Citroën C-Elysée remains the reference model and receives the maximum compensation weight of 60 kg in addition to the minimum weight of 1100 kg. The Honda Civic, Chevrolet RML Cruze and LADA Granta cars keep on running with no compensation weight added.

Compensation weight Slovakia Ring:
+ 60 kg : Citroën C-Elysée
0 kg : Chevrolet RML Cruze, Honda Civic, LADA Granta

The Race of Slovakia 2014 was officially presented to Slovak media during a press conference on Thursday in Bratislava. Over 50 media representatives gathered in the Hotel Kempinski for an event that opened the fourth round of the 2014 WTCC. Dušan Koblišek, President of the Slovak Motorsports Federation (SAMS) and Pavel Culik, general manager of the Slovakiaring, hosted the conference, with François Ribeiro intervening on behalf of the WTCC. Drivers of both the WTCC and the ETCC were well represented by Sébastien Loeb and local hero Matej Homola, respectively. Gabriele Tarquini, Tiago Monteiro and Dušan Borković were also present to answer questions from local media. They later posed next to a Citroën C-Elysée on the terrace of the hotel overlooking the Danube, in a friendly atmosphere.

Spectators at the FIA WTCC at Hungaroring got a little more than they bargained for on Sunday when students from Kecskemét College in Hungary took to the track to show off their ‘car of the future’, the Megameter IV. The students have designed and built their own prototype car powered by gasoline which they will take to Shell Eco-marathon Europe in Rotterdam in mid May. More than 200 student teams from across Europe will converge on the Dutch city with their vehicles for the energy-efficiency competition to see which of them can travel furthest using the least amount of energy. The winning team will appear at the FIA WTCC in Spa in June. Shell Eco-marathon has been running since 1985 and has since gone global with events also taking place annually in the U.S. and Asia.

Twenty-nine drivers have entered for the second event of the FIA European Touring Car Cup. Two cars were missing compared to the opening at Le Castellet: Erwin Lukas’ Ford Fiesta in the S1600 class and Urs Sonderegger’s SEAT León in the Single-Make Trophy.

Two 60-minute test sessions took place today; during the first one the track was drying after a rain shower, while it was completely dry in the second session. This meant that all fastest laps were posted in the afternoon.

The Campos Racing Chevrolet Cruze turbocharged cars topped both sessions, with Nikolay Karamyshev (2:15.915 in the first) and Igor Skuz who posted the fastest lap of the day in the second (2:14.701). Karamyshev improved in the afternoon to 2:15.165, while local hero Mat’o Homola posted the third fastest lap in the TC2T class (2:15.904).

After they both skipped the morning test, Norbert Kis (Alfa Romeo 156 – 2:15.703) and Petr Fulín (BMW 320si – 2:16.369) posted the fastest laps in TC2. Fulín’s team-mate Michal Matĕjovský was fastest in the morning test and third in the afternoon.
In the Single-Make Trophy, young Finn Aku Pellinen led the time sheet in both sessions, posting his fastest lap in the second one (2:19.014) when he was closely followed by Sergey Ryabov (2:19.175) and Andreas Pfister (2:19.325).

The only class in which the fastest lap was set in the morning was the Super 1600. Gilles Bruckner came back after an engine failure forced him out of the opening event in France and clocked a lap of 2:33.624 that was nearly three seconds faster than Ksenya Niks’ 2:36.444 set in the afternoon. However, Ulrike Kraft, the winner of both races at Le Castellet, elected not to take part in any of today’s sessions.

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