Pre-season newsletter 2006-02-13

2006 FIA WTCC TO BE LAUNCHED AT MONZA ON 21 MARCH The new season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship will be launched at Monza on Tuesday March 21, 2006. All teams and drivers taking part in the championship will attend the event and...

2006 FIA WTCC TO BE LAUNCHED AT MONZA ON 21 MARCH

The new season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship will be launched at Monza on Tuesday March 21, 2006.

All teams and drivers taking part in the championship will attend the event and will also participate in the official two-day testing.

SIX TEST SESSIONS FOR FIA WTCC CARS
The competitors of the FIA World Touring Car Championship will hit the track in six different test sessions over the two days (Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd), for a total track time of six hours.

F3000 MASTERS, GT OPEN AND TROFEO MASERATI
The F3000 International Masters, the International GT Open and the Trofeo Maserati series will also take part in the event.

The F3000 International Masters' competitors will drive in three test sessions for a total of two hours. Drivers of the International GT Open and the Trofeo Maserati will test together in five sessions for a total of 4 hours and 30 minutes. These three series will complete the programme of the FIA WTCC season's opening event that will take place at Monza on 1st and 2nd April.

YOKOHAMA PRESENTED WTCC TO JAPANESE MEDIA
More than 100 journalists attended the press conference organised by Yokohama in Tokyo to launch their 2006 motor sport programmes.

Special emphasis was given to the tyre company's involvment through the brand Advan in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

"Until 2005 we used the Advan brand for our domestic motor sport programmes. But from now on Advan wil be Yokohama's symbol brand worldwide for both international motor sport and road cars in a long term plan. And our new partership with the FIA WTCC is the ideal platform for this strategy," Mr Takashi Sugimoto, Managing Director of the Yokohama Rubber Co. explained to the attendance.

Jacques Behar, Chairman of championship promoter KSO, declared: "We are honoured to welcome Yokohama as our new partner and we thank Mr Sugimoto for this opportunity of presenting the FIA WTCC to the Japanese media. I want to affirm today, that it is our wish to organise an FIA WTCC event in Japan in the near future."

-wtcc

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