FIA WTCC NEWSLETTER
28th October 2005
FIA AND KSO SIGN WTCC RIGHTS AGREEMENT
The success of the first year of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) is set to continue after the FIA signed a commercial rights contract with championship promoter KSO in an agreement which lasts until 2009.
The contract was finalised in Rome today at a signing ceremony between FIA President Max Mosley and Eurosport President Angelo Codignoni. The ceremony was also attended by FIA Deputy President Marco Piccinini and KSO President Jacques Behar.
Eurosport, parent company of KSO, will continue to be the host broadcaster for the WTCC. It broadcasts live coverage of every race plus highlights and feature programmes.
The FIA's decision to sign this agreement follows the growing success of the WTCC, which was launched at the start of this year. So far it has seen seven manufacturers competing at ten events held on three continents around the world. With this new agreement the championship is set for continued success in 2006 and beyond.
FIA President Max Mosley said: "We warmly welcome this agreement, which will guarantee the continued growth of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. KSO and Eurosport have done an excellent job promoting the championship in its first year and we look forward to increasing success in the future."
Eurosport President Angelo Codignoni said: "We greatly appreciate the value of this agreement with the FIA and the recognition of the work done by KSO and Eurosport. This is a strong motivation for us to make an even greater effort to promote the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the highest level in motorsport."
THE WAY TO MACAU WTCC'S LAST VOYAGE
The WTCC's last voyage of the season has begun. Spare parts and tyres are already on their way to Macau, split among twelve containers on board of five different cargo ships that sailed from Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Genoa, Valencia and Barcelona. They are due to dock in Hong Kong between November 8th and 10th, with delivery at the track on November 12th.
The 27 racing cars will be airfreighted on board two Boeing 747 cargo planes from Luxembourg; the first one leaving on November 7th and the second on November 9th. Cars will be delivered at the paddock on the day following each departure. Another 20 tons of spare parts will be also airfreighted in the beginning of November.
HUISMAN REINFORCES THE BMW ARMADA
BMW's force will be stronger than ever in Macau with the addition of Duncan Huisman. The 33-year old Dutchman will drive a BMW Team Holland car, run by RBM alongside their regular; Andy Priaulx's BMW Team UK car. Huisman, three times a winner in the Macau Guia Race for BMW 2001, 2002 and 2003 might help the German Manufacturer to clinch both the FIA WTCC Manufacturers' and Drivers' titles. He will be one of the few top drivers with no ballast on board.
"André Couto will not carry ballast either. He's good and drives a competitive car (a works Alfa Romeo). My problem is that I haven't driven many miles in the WTCC car. On the other hand, BMW has always been competitive in Macau for fifteen years. Therefore, I should be in a position to be competitive and help Dirk and Andy in their chase for the title," he said.
Over ten years Huisman has emerged as one of the most successful BMW drivers. Twice a winner of the Dutch Touring Car Championship (1997 and 2000), he was a race winner in the FIA European Touring Car Championship, being classified 2nd in the 2001 Super Production Championship and claiming the Michelin Independents' Trophy in 2003. In the current season he finished as a runner-up in the Dutch Porsche Cup, but he also won the Nürburgring 24 Hours sharing a BMW Motorsport M3 GTR with Priaulx, Boris Said and Pedro Lamy.
"That was one peak point of my career. Now I'm very much looking forward to Macau, because I want to make up for last year, when we did not manage to be competitive and this put a halt to my winning streak there."
WEATHER: The latest service offered from the Macau Grand Prix Committee is a special area within their official website to know everything about the weather. By visiting the www.smg.gov.mo/GP/index.php webpage, it will be possible to know in real time air temperature, wind direction and speed, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure, as well as an accurate 4-day weather forecast.
BTCC: The British Touring Car Championship will be contested by cars complying with the FIA Super 2000 regulations from 2007 onwards. Currently, Super 2000 cars race alongside the series' own BTC Touring cars, but from 2007, new cars will have to comply with the FIA Super 2000 regulations. The BTTC is the eighth premier national championship in Europe to embrace the FIA technical regulations.
MENU: This weekend Alain Menu will be racing for Chevrolet in the 200 Miles of Buenos Aires, counting towards the Argentine TC2000 championship. Like last year, Menu will share a Chevrolet Astra with reigning champion Christian Ledesma; they were classified second in 2004.
THEY SAID: QUOTE OF THE WEEK
BTCC series director Alan Gow commenting on the change of regulations: "This is the obvious way forward for the BTCC as most touring car championships throughout Europe will also run to S2000 regulations, as will the World Touring Car Championship."