Brands Hatch: Series preview

BUREAU'S LATEST DECISIONS The FIA Touring Car Bureau have taken two decisions that will take effect from this weekend's event in Brands Hatch and until further notice. HONDA - The minimum weight of the Honda Accord Euro R cars will be reduced by...

BUREAU'S LATEST DECISIONS

The FIA Touring Car Bureau have taken two decisions that will take effect from this weekend's event in Brands Hatch and until further notice. HONDA - The minimum weight of the Honda Accord Euro R cars will be reduced by a further 10 kilos in addition to the 20-kg reduction resulting from the Bureau's decision of May 28th, 2008.

DIESEL - All diesel cars must have the catalytic converter and the exhaust gas purification system in perfect working order, and therefore they must not produce visible black smoke at any time during the event. The Bureau also clarified that, in cases of decisions resulting in a reduction of the cars' minimum weight, the weight may be subtracted from the total weight of the car including the success ballast.

WIECHERS-SPORT TO SKIP BRANDS HATCH

The Wiechers-Sport team, who usually run Olivier Tielemans' BMW 320si, have been forced to skip this weekend's WTCC British meeting in Brands Hatch.

"The driver's main sponsor did not meet payments as was provided by the agreement. Therefore we have been obliged to stop and await until the problem is settled. We are confident that this will happen soon, so that we may rejoin for our home race meeting in Oschersleben at the end of August," team manager Dominik Greiner declared.

ROMANOV SIDELINED BY VISA PROBLEMS

Regular Liqui-Moly Team Engstler's driver Andrey Romanov will be forced to miss the WTCC event in Brands Hatch.

The Russian, who is currently lying in fifth position in the Independents' Trophy, failed to obtain in due time the visa required to travel to the United Kingdom.

Romanov will rejoin the championship at Oschersleben where he has won a round of the German Procar Championship earlier this season.

PRIAULX LAUNCHES AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Triple Touring Car World Champion Andy Priaulx has launched his autobiographic book yesterday in London, at BMW's Mayfair showroom. The book, published by HarperCollins, is the inspiring story of Andy Priaulx, an extremely determined man who battled against the odds and performed the role of underdog throughout his entire career. With refreshing honesty, Andy tells of how he fought tooth-and-nail for every sponsor, every car and every penny to achieve his dream of one day becoming a world champion.

The autobiography of Andy Priaulx is available now at Amazon.co.uk.

HUFF AIMS FOR HOME VICTORY

Robert Huff will contest his 100th race as a professional touring car driver on Sunday in the first of two FIA World Touring Car Championship races at Brands Hatch. The 28-year old driver from Cambridgeshire is currently 5th in the WTCC Drivers' standings, after a series of good results which include victory at Valencia - his third WTCC race win of his career with Chevrolet.

"The first of the two WTCC races will be my hundredth touring car start, so it would be a delight to celebrate that with a win, especially since Brands Hatch is also the track where I scored my very first touring car victory in 2004," said Rob. "Realistically, of course, it will be very difficult to win with the kilos I'm carrying, as Brands is one of those tracks where it hurts to run heavy. So if I can bag another eight or nine points it will have been a very good weekend for me. But obviously racing at home in front of fans and family is always special, so I'm going to put on a good show."

-credit: fiawtcc.com

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