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FIA WTCC NIGHT - LIVE FROM MACAU ON EUROSPORT "Eurosport, host broadcaster of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, will put in an strong effort to give the best possible exposure to the championship's finale in Macau," revealed Executive ...

FIA WTCC NIGHT - LIVE FROM MACAU ON EUROSPORT

"Eurosport, host broadcaster of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, will put in an strong effort to give the best possible exposure to the championship's finale in Macau," revealed Executive Producer Eric Lazayres.

Eurosport will air a special "FIA WTCC Night": more than 9 consecutive hours of broadcast, from 0.45 to 10.00 on Sunday, November 20th.

Programming will begin with live coverage of the warm-up, from 0.45 to 1.15. Immediately afterwards Eurosport will air repeats of the championship's latest three meetings: Oschersleben, Istanbul and Valencia, from 1.15 to 4.45.

Live broadcast of the two FIA WTCC races in Macau will start at 4.45, and continue until 7.00. This will be followed from 7.00 to 8.30 by repeats of both races and, from 8.30 to 10.00 by live broadcast of the 52nd Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

Eurosport coverage from Macau on the same day will include highlights of the FIA WTCC from 12.00 to 13.30 and the Motorsport Weekend Magazine from 21.00 to 21.30.

LAUNCH OF THE 52ND MACAU GRAND PRIX

The 52nd Macau Grand Prix has been launched at a crowded press conference; the event will include the final rounds of the 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship. "The prestige afforded to Macau in holding motorsport events will, without doubt, be significantly increased. This achievement means that the Macau Grand Prix, with its distinguished history of over half a Century, this year begins a whole new era," stated Dr Chui Sai On - Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of Macau Special Administrative Region.

Engineer João Manuel Costa Antunes - Co-ordinator of the Macau Grand Prix Committee, added: "Macau is proud to host the final round of the FIA's newest world championship. We are also delighted to welcome Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A. as the presenting sponsor of the FIA WTCC races. Having the final round of the FIA WTCC in Macau brings with it a great deal of additional prestige to both our event and our city, but even more exciting still is the fact that the very first championship will be decided right here on the Guia Circuit."

According to Macau Grand Prix Committee's official figures, ticket sales have increased 36% over the same period last year."

TWO MACANESE DRIVERS TO JOIN FIA WTCC FINALE

Two Macanese drivers have entered in the FIA World Touring Car Championship's final meeting. With the addition of Chi Hong Ao and Chong Seng Lei to the four competitors of the Asian Touring Car Championship Franz Engstler, Ratanakul Prutirat, Paul Poon and Jody Coseteng who will also race in Macau, the FIA WTCC field has topped 30 cars.

Ao is another regular competitor in the Asian Touring Car Championship, in which he was placed third in 2004, and is lying fourth in the current season.45-years old and considered one of the best drivers from Macau, Ao will drive a BMW 320i run by his own Ao's Racing Team. Chong Seng Lei, a front runner in the Hong Kong and Macau Touring Car Championships, will be at the wheel of a Honda Civic Type-R. During last year's Macau Guia Race, Lei obtained two top-ten results 9th in Race 1 and 10th in Race 2 emerging as the best of the Asian drivers.

MAN OF THE WEEK: DIRK MÜLLER

After Valencia, Dirk Müller regained his championship lead by a single point and is in confident spirits for Macau. With the final round a month away, we asked the BMW Team Deutschland man what he is getting up to.

What are you doing this month? "i am doing a small amount of testing and have some sponsorship events to attend; there is one in Paris this weekend actually. As well as this I am continuing to work with the young Formula BMW drivers, which means travelling to Valencia. And of course, preparing for Macau."

How exactly are you preparing for Macau? "Having been there last year I have some experience of the track. What I have to do now is study the information from last year and learn what I need to change. It is also great for me that the team has been to Macau a few times and their knowledge is very valuable."

What has changed for you since the birth of your daughter? "The only thing is that I try and stay at home as much as possible to help my wife Daniela with our daughter who was born on 31st August. I do have lots of work but I still have plenty of time at home and everything is working well. It's great."

FLASH NEWS

FIA ETC CUP: Two FIA WTCC regulars Alessandro Zanardi and Tom Coronel take part on Sunday in the first edition of the FIA European Touring Car Cup on the Italian track of Vallelunga. Zanardi and Coronel are facing 24 other drivers coming from ten different countries, including Jason Plato, Tomas Engtsröm, Salvatore Tavano and Alessandro Balzan who also took part in some FIA WTCC rounds during the current season.

THEY SAID: QUOTE OF THE WEEK

MSV boss Jonathan Palmer, owner of Snetterton, Brands Hatch and Oulton Park: "We have big plans for Snetterton. I've always been very keen that all MSV circuits should be fantastic places to drive at. Part of the development is to bring the track up to FIA Grade 2 specification and that would mean we could hold races for anything from the World Touring Car Championship."

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Series WTCC
Drivers Dirk Müller , Tom Coronel , Jonathan Palmer , Jason Plato , Franz Engstler , Salvatore Tavano , Paul Poon