Touring Car Championship
Rounds 1 And 2
Magny Cours Test Sessions
Eighteen of the twenty cars due to compete in the opening meeting of the FIA European Touring Car Championship took part in three official test sessions on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April. Only the two CiBiEmme Team Super Production Honda Civic Type-Rs of Sandro Sardelli and Salvatore Tavano missed the test; they will run for the first time on Saturday . Fabrizio Giovanardi set the fastest time during the second session on Thursday morning, just 36 thousandths of a second ahead of the yellow Alfa 156 driven by Paolo Ruberti. Nicola Larini completed a trio of Alfa Romeo cars at the top of the combined ranking. But the BMW cars were close behind, with Jorg Muller and Fredrik Ekblom setting the best laps. This first test showed that the performances of the new cars were very close, with thirteen drivers setting times within 1.1 seconds. There were a number of technical problems, as was to be expected at this stage of the season. Both Tom Ferrier and James Hanson missed the first session due to gearbox failures. Both the BMW Team Spain BMW 320is and Giovanardi's Alfa 156 suffered transmission failures. Friday 19th April is a rest day for the drivers of the FIA European Touring Car Championship drivers, while the teams continue to work on the cars before Saturday's two free practice sessions and the single 30-minute qualifying session.
New Rules For The Michelin Trophy
In 2002, Michelin will again award a special trophy to drivers of the FIA European Touring Car Championship. Last year the Clermont Ferrand-based tyre Manufacturer awarded two different trophies. One of these was awarded to the best Amateur driver taking part in the FIA Super Touring Championship, which was won by Italian Sandro Sardelli in a Pro Motorsport Nissan Primera. The second Trophy was reserved for drivers under 25 competing in the FIA European Super Production Championship, which was won by German driver Norman Simon in a Ravaglia Motorsport BMW 320i. In 2002, all drivers taking part in the FIA European Touring Car Championship will be eligible to take part in the Michelin Trophy. Points will be awarded according to the fastest laps set by each driver in each round of the championship, using the same points scale adopted for the Championship classification. Ten points will be awarded to the driver setting the fastest lap in the race, six to the driver setting the second fastest lap, etc. One additional point will be awarded to the driver who sets the pole position at each race meeting. Michelin Trophies will be awarded to the first three drivers in the trophy's final classification.