Brands Hatch: Series newsletter 2008-08-08

ROUTE TO: OSCHERSLEBEN, GERMANY Rounds 15th and 16th of the FIA WTCC will take place at the end of the month in Germany, at Oschersleben Motorsport Arena on August 31st. The German track, located in the Bode region some 30 km from the city ...

ROUTE TO: OSCHERSLEBEN, GERMANY

Rounds 15th and 16th of the FIA WTCC will take place at the end of the month in Germany, at Oschersleben Motorsport Arena on August 31st. The German track, located in the Bode region some 30 km from the city of Magdeburg, is a traditional venue for the FIA Touring Cars having hosted the European Touring Car Championship from 2001 to 2004 and the World Touring Car Championship from 2005. The WTCC meeting is also one of the fans' favourite and it usually hosts large crowds.

Oschersleben is regarded as BMW's home circuit. Not only because it is in Germany, but also because the BMW drivers have managed to win ten out of the twelve races held there so far, with Andy Priaulx claiming four victories.

The Bavarian cars were only defeated at Oschersleben twice by SEAT, and both were very special occasions for the Spanish Manufacturer. In the 2004 European Touring Car Championship meeting Rickard Rydell and his Toledo Cupra gave SEAT their first victory in the FIA Touring Cars, and last year Yvan Muller drove his Leon TDI to the first diesel-powered success in a World Championship.

MENU AND HUFF RACE IN BUENOS AIRES

On Sunday two of Chevrolet's WTCC drivers will take part in the Buenos Aires 200-kilometre race in support of Chevrolet Argentina's title bid in the TC2000 championship. The last time Alain Menu, Robert Huff and Nicola Larini gave their colleagues a helping hand - in 2006 - it resulted in a resounding victory for Menu and co-driver Matias Rossi. For Menu it was the completion of his personal Argentine podium, after a third place finish in 2004 and a second place in 2005.

For Huff 2008 this is his second visit to Argentina, while Nicola Larini couldn't make the trip due to previous engagements. His place is taken by Hoover Orsi, a Chevrolet driver in the Brazilian stock-car championship. "We are very happy to have the WTCC drivers again," said Jorge Maquiez, Supervisor of Chevrolet TC2000 Programme. "Actually, we are the only brand bringing in foreign drivers who race for the same brand elsewhere in the world, and this proves once again the strength of a global brand like Chevrolet."

Menu joins Cristian Ledesma, who is currently fourth in the TC2000 standings, while Huff shares driving duties with Marcelo Bugliotti. The third Chevrolet Astra is driven by Orsi and Ricardo Risatti. Earlier this season Ledesma, Bugliotti and Risatti paid a visit to their WTCC colleagues at Curitiba.

COUNTDOWN TO OSCHERSLEBEN: - 23 DAYS

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Hoover Orsi , Yvan Muller , Rickard Rydell , Nicola Larini , Ricardo Risatti , Alain Menu , Matias Rossi