Touring Cars: From Europe To The World
KSO, promoter of the FIA European Touring Car Championship, is currently working on the project of stepping up the series to FIA World Touring Car Championship from 2005 onwards.
KSO's main goal in developing this project, is to maintain the costs at the same level as currently needed to take part in the ten rounds of the European Championship, while substantially increasing marketing and promotion benefits.
The number of events forming the Championship's calendar, could be increased from ten to twelve, on three continents.
Different options are under consideration; however the calendar should be
divided in three parts:
early season: one or two non-European events
mid season: eight or nine European events
late season: one or two non-European events
The Championship is due to visit the following European Countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and the Iberian Peninsula.
As for the non-European events, negotiations have been already opened with the following Countries: Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.
In 2004, three major car Manufacturers - Alfa Romeo, BMW and SEAT - will compete again in the fourth season of the revived FIA European Touring Car Championship, with private entries representing Honda and newcomers Ford and Peugeot.
The 2004 calendar is available on the websites www.fiatouringcars.com and www.eurosport.com.
The FIA Touring Car Championship is part of the LG Super Racing Weekend series, which is broadcast to 54 Countries on Eurosport and on 200 other channels worldwide.