Imola: Series preview

70 KILOS OF BALLAST FOR PORTEIRO AND HUFF BMW Team Italy-Spain's Felix Porteiro, the winner of the second race in Oschersleben, and Chevrolet's Robert Huff, who collected two podium results in Germany, will both receive the maximum 70kg success...

70 KILOS OF BALLAST FOR PORTEIRO AND HUFF

BMW Team Italy-Spain's Felix Porteiro, the winner of the second race in Oschersleben, and Chevrolet's Robert Huff, who collected two podium results in Germany, will both receive the maximum 70kg success ballast for the event in Imola.

Augusto Farfus of BMW Team Germany, who won Oschersleben's Race 1, will have only two kilos less on board his car. Current championship leaders, SEAT Sport's Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini, will be two and four further kilos lighter respectively.

Reigning World Champion Andy Priaulx will be given a 53kg ballast, just like Jordi Gene.

A total of twenty drivers will have success ballast in Imola, including the race-by-race entries George Tanev and Kirill Ladygin, who will receive 30 kilos each according to article 79 c) of the Sporting Regulations.

Success ballast - Imola
70 kg F. Porteiro, R. Huff
68 kg A. Farfus
66 kg Y. Muller
64 kg G. Tarquini
53 kg A. Priaulx, J. Gene
51 kg R. Rydell
45 kg A. Menu
43 kg J. Muller
39 kg T. Coronel
30 kg N. Larini, G. Tanev, K. Ladygin
29 kg A. Zanardi, T. Monteiro
3 kg J. Thompson, S. Hernandez
2 kg S. D'Aste
1 kg O. Tielemans

THIRD LADA JOINS FROM IMOLA

The Russian Bears Motorsport team will add a third LADA 110 car for the remaining events of the season: Imola, Monza, Okayama and Macau.

The appointed driver is Kirill Ladygin, 30-year old from Ekaterinburg, Russia. Ladygin, who claimed eleven national karting titles and won twice the LADA Cup, in 2004 and 2006, is also LADA Motorsport's official tester and is currently working on the technical development of the WTCC version of the new Priora, which will be raced from 2009.

From Imola onwards he will join the team's regular drivers Jaap van Lagen and Viktor Shapovalov, who have competed in the WTCC since the Valencia meeting in May.

WTCC ON MOSCOW'S RED SQUARE

Russian fans and media had their initial taste of FIA WTCC last Monday, when cars and drivers hit Moscow's Red Square for a photo session.

Representatives from the championship visited the Russian capital city to present plans for a Russian race meeting in 2010. KSO General Manager Marcello Lotti; drivers Rickard Rydell, Alain Menu, James Thompson, Jaap van Lagen, Viktor Shapovolav, Kirill Ladygin and Andrey Romanov met the President of RAF (Russian National Sporting Authority), top managers of LADA Avtovaz and the media.

"To include Russia in the 2010 calendar is our priority and we are all working towards that goal. The most likely scenario is racing on a street circuit, and we have been presented two or three alternatives, including Moscow. A decision will be taken soon," explained Marcello Lotti.

Viktor Kiryanov, president of RAF said: "We fully support the idea of organising top level motorsport events in Russia. In WTCC drivers race cars similar to those we use each day. It will be interesting for motorsport fans; furthermore this event will attract attention and highlight the campaign to raise awareness of road safety."

EUROSPORT COVERAGE FROM IMOLA

Saturday, 20th:
Qualifying Eurosport 2, 19.00/19.45

Sunday, 21st;
Warm up - LIVE Eurosport International, 08.45/09.15
Race 1 - LIVE Eurosport International, 15.00/15.30
Race 2 - LIVE Eurosport International, 15.30/16.30

Times are CET (Central European Time)

COUNTDOWN TO IMOLA: - 9 DAYS

-credit: fiawtcc.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Yvan Muller , James Thompson , Augusto Farfus , Felix Porteiro , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Jaap van Lagen , Andrey Romanov , Viktor Shapovalov , George Tanev , Kirill Ladygin , Marcello Lotti , Alain Menu