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FIA WTCC Newsletter 21
Posted by: newsla on May 23, 2014 - 04:36 PM
Sports Cars
FIA WTCC Newsletter 21

With warm but overcast weather, the WTCC cars took the track at the Salzburgring for Friday’s test session.


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The Citroën cars took the lead of operations from the start, with Yvan Muller improving twice the provisional best lap time (1.23.281, his best mark). At mid-session, though, Mehdi Bennani put briefly the Honda on top of the rankings (1.23.503) with Norbert Michelisz not far away (1:23.704), confirming the improvement of the Japanese cars.

One lap later, though, José María López, posted the best time of the session (1.23.101), almost equalled shortly after by Hugo Valente’s Chevrolet (1:23.128). The young Frenchman missed the top spot by only 27 thousandths of a second.

Bennani was eventually placed in third, only 1.5 tenths behind López, with Muller in fourth ahead of Tiago Monteiro, Sébastien Loeb, Gianni Morbidelli and Michelisz. Tom Chilton and Tom Coronel rounded off that top-ten who were covered by only seven tenths.

In TC2T, the session ended with the usual hierarchy, as Franz Engstler preceded again his own team-mate Pasquale Di Sabatino and John Filippi.

The session was stopped three minutes from the end, as both the cars of Coronel and Gabriele Tarquini stranded on the track, at the same spot.

The Dutchman’s Chevrolet suffered from a flat tire on the front left, and Tarquini’s Honda from a power-steering failure. Coronel was also (twice) among those missing the first chicane, together with Loeb, Valente and Engstler.

In Short...


Hugo Valente: "I am happy with my session, although it’s a pity it was stopped because I did a small mistake on my first flying lap with new tires and was hoping on the second one. The car feels good and I spent most of the session re-familiarizing myself with the track as it feels quite different from last year given the higher performance of the cars. On the big fast right curve, last year I was breaking, now you could almost take it flat out. Almost, as you still lift a bit on the throttle, that corner is really something!"

Gabriele Tarquini: "All of a sudden the car lost effectiveness and I saw smoke coming out from the front bonnet. I preferred to stop. We have checked later on in the garage and discovered it was a failure of the power-steering pump."


The FIA World Touring Car Championship 2014 is off to a record-breaking start in terms of TV audience on WTCC home fan channel Eurosport. Figures for the first four rounds of the season released today by Eurosport show increases of average audience for live races on Eurosport channels over 30% with respect to last year’s opening rounds, for an average reach of 9 million viewers per round.

The average live audience of the races has also grown significantly: +20 % for Marrakech, +23% for Paul Ricard (compared to Monza last year) and +49% for Hungaroring. Even the Slovakia Ring round, despite being amputated of Race 2, which had to be cancelled because of weather conditions, saw an increase of 24% in reach and only a marginal drop (-8%) in live following, which was obviously limited to Race 1.

Commenting the Eurosport audience report, Eurosport Events COO Francois Ribeiro said: "We are extremely pleased with these figures. On a pan-European basis over 59 countries, Eurosport channel is a trustworthy barometer of WTCC popularity year on year. The WTCC fan community is just growing: introduction of new TC1 cars and new entrants improved the show and raised more media attention. We did not lose our DNA: real cars, real racing, bumper to bumper, sprint races. Cars just look greater, faster, more muscled. We feel encouraged to continue offering a better show to viewers. Spectators’ attendance and digital traffic are also up 30%. We will carry-on promoting WTCC aggressively to keep momentum up to Macau".

"Eurosport Events managed to organize free to air domestic coverage across 80% of WTCC events in 2014", Ribeiro added, "We have good reasons to believe that overall TV distribution will also go over 557 million viewers measured last year by Repucom."


The scale of weights that was applied in the previous race meetings at Hungaroring and Slovakia Ring will remain unchanged this upcoming weekend at the Salzburgring.

According to the calculation of the Compensation Weight based on the three previous events - France, Hungary and Slovakia - the Citroën C-Elysée car remains the reference model and receives the maximum compensation weight of 60 kg in addition to the minimum weight of 1100 kg.

Although their gap from the French vehincles is being consistently reduced, the Honda Civic, Chevrolet RML Cruze and LADA Granta cars will keep on running with no compensation weight added.

Compensation weight Salzburgring

+ 60 kg: Citroën C-Elysée

± 0 kg: Chevrolet RML Cruze, Honda Civic, LADA Granta


Twenty-seven drivers have entered for the third race meeting of the FIA European Touring Car Cup, following the last-minute withdrawals of Hungarians Norbert Kiss and Norbert Nagy from the TC2 class.

Two test sessions took place today at the Salzburgring; the weather was sunny during the first one and overcast in the second, but the track remained dry.

The Campos Racing Chevrolet Cruze turbocharged cars set the pace once again in both sessions; Nikolay Karamyshev and Igor Skuz were able to significantly improve their lap times in the second session. The Russian driver posted the fastest lap of the day (1:27.583) leaving his Ukrainian team-mate half-a-second adrift (1:28.041). Mat’o Homola (1:28.580) and Aytaç Biter (1:29.539) were placed in third and fourth respectively.

Krenek Motorsport’s Michal Matĕjovský topped both sessions in the TC2 class with a fastest lap of 1:30.055; his team-mate Petr Fulín took part only in the second session and set the second fastest time (1:30.146) with Plamen Kralev in third (1:30.686).

In the Single-Make Trophy Dmitry Bragin (1:31.056), Andreas Pfister (1:31.087) and Aku Pellinen (1:31.259) filled the top three position in both sessions.

Ulrike Kraft, the winner of all the four previous races in the Super 1600 class, elected not to take part in any of today’s sessions. Gilles Bruckner was fastest in the first test (1:43.299), while Patrick Wolf topped the second test (1:43.519).

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