ETCC: Brno: Pre-race news

Hockenheim Results Remain Provisional Between Hockenheim and Brno, the FIA Technical Delegate Lionel Carre has checked the engines of the following cars: Gabriele Tarquini's ...

Hockenheim Results Remain Provisional

Between Hockenheim and Brno, the FIA Technical Delegate Lionel Carre has checked the engines of the following cars: Gabriele Tarquini's # 1 AutoDelta Alfa Romeo 156, and Jordi Gené's # 9 SEAT Sport SEAT Toledo Cupra. Both have been found in conformity.

However, the results of the meeting in Hockenheim (FIA ETCC rounds 7 and 8) remain provisional, still pending the engine check of Dirk Müller's # 43 BMW Team Deutschland BMW 320i. The team offered to open the engine, but because they will use it again in Brno, the FIA Technical Delegate agreed to defer the check after the Czech meeting. Therefore the results of both the FIA ETCC rounds 9 and 10, will also remain provisional.

Alfa Romeo Team Mourns Umberto Agnelli

The AutoDelta cars and drivers will wear mourning in Brno, to commemorate Umberto Agnelli who passed away on Thursday evening. Agnelli, who had taken over from his brother Gianni as chairman of the FIAT Group, was suffering from a tumour in the lymphatic system; he was 69.

Following the steps of Ferrari Formula 1 team, which is wearing mourning during this weekend's European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, the three AutoDelta drivers will wear a black arm-band, while their cars will sport a small black stripe on the bonnet, across the radiator grille.

Last Time For Magnussen In The Three-Door Car

Brno is the last event in which Jan Magnussen will drive the 3-door Peugeot 307 car. From the next meeting in Donington Park onwards, the Dane will be at the wheel of the brand new 5-door car, which successfully passed the FIA homologation inspection last week.

"We are working hard to get prepared, because we will compete in Donington with three cars. Jan in the new 5-door, plus Jason Watt and Sandro Sardelli in a couple of 3-door cars. It is a major effort for our team, but we are confident we have the potential to cope with it," said Peugeot Sport Engineering team manager Jørgen Agergaard.

Only One Car For Rs-Line Rotpunkt Sport

Further to the engine problems and the racing incidents they suffered in Hockenheim, RS-Line Rotpunkt Sport was forced to bring only one of their Ford Focus ST170 cars to Brno.

"Because of this tight schedule, with one race meeting every two weeks, we did not manage to properly repair Roland Asch's car in time," team manager Reiner Stiefel explained.

In Brno the team will only be represented by Sebastian Grunert's car.

-fia-

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