Newsletter 2005-12-16

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FIA WTCC Newsletter #47
16th December 2005

HANDICAP WEIGHT SYSTEM REVISED

FIA WTCC competitors will race under a new handicap weight system that was approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council after a proposal coming from the Touring Car Commission.

The imposition of handicap weights remains based on different criteria: race results and championship points, however an automatic handicap of 20 kg has also been introduced.

<pre> Therefore in 2006 ballasts will be applied as follows:

a) a 20 kg handicap is allocated to each driver from the first event in which he takes part;

b) according to the sum of points obtained in the two races of each event weight handicaps are imposed according to the following scale:

       1st                     + 40 kg
       2nd                     + 30 kg
       3rd                     + 20 kg
       4th                     + 10 kg
       5th                     ± 0 kg
       6th                     - 5 kg
       7th                     - 10 kg
       8th                     - 15 kg
       from 9th onwards        - 20 kg

The maximum handicap weight imposed under b) is set at + 60 kg and the minimum at 20 kg

c) according to the Championship points: 5 kg for every 10 points scored

d) handicap weights a) b) and c) are cumulative up to a maximum of 80 kg </pre> Compared to last year, it is now possible to subtract up to 20 kg from the car's minimum weight, meaning that the difference between the cars on the maximum handicap weight and those on the minimum increases from 60 to 100 kg.

YOKOHAMA TWO-DAY TEST IN KYALAMI

After two days of testing in Vallelunga 6th and 7th December Yokohama have organised another two days in Kyalami.

On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th, Alfa Romeo, BMW and SEAT will run on the South African track to test the Advan tyres again for the next season. Fabrizio Giovanardi, Jorg Muller and Rickard Rydell are the drivers selected for the test.

MORE THAN ONE MILLION VISITED THE BOLOGNA MOTOR SHOW

The 30th edition of the Bologna Motor Show closed on Sunday, after nine days during which it was visited by more than one million people.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship benefited from this huge success, as one of the first stands the visitors bumped into while entering the fair district was the Motorsport Zone, where five WTCC racing cars Alfa Romeo 156, BMW 320i, Chevrolet Lacetti, Ford Focus and SEAT Leon where exhibited alongside Formula 1 and WRC cars. The distinctive character of the bumper-to-bumper competition offered by the FIA WTCC drivers was very well represented by Alain Menu's Chevrolet, which was exhibited as it had finished the race in Macau and sported a number of scars and dents.

Time and time again large groups of fans gathered to admire and cars and take pictures. "It was excellent promotion for the championship, and I wish to thank Promotor International for giving us the fantastic opportunity of exhibiting our cars," KSO general manager Marcello Lotti said.

IRISH DRIVER TEST FOR WIECHERS-SPORT

Last week in Oschersleben Germany-based Wiechers-Sport team, winner of the 2005 FIA WTCC Michelin Independents' Trophy with Marc Hennerici, tested a young Irish driver.24-year old Emmet O'Brien completed a two-day testing session at the wheel of the team's BMW 320i in rainy weather, while he was filmed by an Irish Television crew.

In the 2005 season O'Brien took part in the European Alfa Challenge; he was classified tenth overall, fifth in the Under 25 Trophy and won the Rookies' Trophy.

After the test Wiechers-Sport and O'Brien have opened negotiations for taking part in the 2006 FIA World Touring Car Championship.

FLASH NEWS

FIA ETC CUP: The second edition of the FIA European Touring Car Cup, that will take place in October 2006, will award the title of FIA Touring Car Nations Cup in addition to the two titles for S2000 and Super Production drivers. The Nations Cup will be awarded to the National Sporting Authority whose best two drivers have scored the highest number of points.

THEY SAID: QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Fabrizio Giovanardi after signing to race for Vauxhall in the British Touring Car Championship: "My contract leaves me free to race also in the FIA WTCC rounds which are not clashing with BTCC. But this depends on somebody wanting me..."

-fia-

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