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FIA WTCC Newsletter 24
Posted by: newsla on Jun 13, 2014 - 06:50 AM
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FIA WTCC Newsletter 24


SPA AND THE WTCC: A BELGIAN AFFAIR
Everything is ready for the great return of the world’s touring car élite at Spa-Francorchamps, one of the greatest tracks on earth! The legendary circuit in the Belgian Ardennes has a long tradition in touring car racing and the return of the WTCC, whose last visit goes back to 2005, is anxiously awaited! Belgian fans will have the possibility to enjoy a rich race program, which includes also GT cars (with the GT Tour) and single-seaters, with the FIA European Formula 3. Thanks to the event, Spa-Francorchamps will become the only track in the world to host events of the three racing FIA World Championships: Formula 1, WEC and WTCC.

While there are at the moment no Belgian drivers in the WTCC, the relationship between the Championship and the country is almost “a family affair”, as many key figures in the paddock are Belgian. To name just a few, Yves Bacquelaine, a regular member of the Panel of the Stewards, Eric Nève, consultant to WTCC management, and last but not least, the team principals of the two main teams, Yves Matton and William De Braekeleer, who according to the picture, are already gearing up as Red Devils fans!

 

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MA QING HUA LIKES TO WRITE HISTORY…
Motorsport history was written last weekend at the Moscow Raceway, as Ma Qing Hua won Race 2, becoming the first Chinese driver ever to claim victory in an FIA World Championship.

The achievement takes even more value when considering that Ma was debuting in the WTCC that weekend; he was the fourth driver in succeeding to clinch a win in his first WTCC weekend.

His team-mate at Citroën José María López did exactly the same last year in Termas de Río Hondo! And the Argentine was preceded by Duncan Huisman at Macau in 2005 and followed by another Citroën men, Sébastien Loeb at Marrakech earlier this year.

But the 26-year old from Shanghai seems used to write history: in 2012, he became the first Chinese to participate in an official session during a F.1 Grand Prix, when he drove the HRT car in the Friday morning free practice on four occasions.

Ma, whose Moscow triumph has elevated him at top star status at home in China, will drive again the fourth works Citroën C-Elysée at Spa-Francorchamps and then in Asia, where there is no doubt he will be cheered by many fans!

LADA PRESIDENT EXPERIENCED THE THRILL
LADA President Bo Anderson visited the LADA Sport Lukoil team at Moscow Raceway and enjoyed the experience of a hot lap in a WTCC Granta race car driven by Rob Huff.

“Being a passenger in one of the Granta race cars was a fantastic experience for me,” said Mr. Andersson. “I think that motorsport is very important for car manufacturers. In our case, it helps us draw extra attention to the LADA brand, expand the customer audience and encourage all factory employees to feel emotionally involved in LADA’s racing history. Producing road versions of sports cars and making LADA cars faster, more dynamic and sport looking adds fresh meaning for LADA owners.”

WTCC DRIVERS IN PARADE
WTCC drivers are used to drive rather than be driven, but in Moscow they enjoyed being passengers in convertible cars, as they toured the Moscow Raceway during the Drivers’ Parade on Sunday morning, ahead of the cheering crowd and under the sun.
The parade allowed once more WTCC fans to see their heroes from a close distance and was made possible thanks to the cooperation of a local auto lovers club, who made their cars available.


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