Racing season newsletter 2006-07-21

PROMOTIONAL DAY IN PUEBLA ON 27th JULY The WTCC Movistar Race of Mexico will have its official start on Thursday, July 27, with a promotional day. Like last year the drivers will parade on board pick-up trucks from Avenida Juárez, Puebla's...

PROMOTIONAL DAY IN PUEBLA ON 27th JULY

The WTCC Movistar Race of Mexico will have its official start on Thursday, July 27, with a promotional day.

Like last year the drivers will parade on board pick-up trucks from Avenida Juárez, Puebla's most elegant street, through Avenida Reforma until the Zócalo, Puebla's central square.

There, some of the racing cars will be exhibited between the Cathedral and the City Hall, and two giant screens will show footage of the current WTCC season. An autograph session will also be organised. Last year the drivers were literally swept away by the enthusiastic crowd.

The parade will start at 4.00 PM.

JAS: CORTHALS BACK AT THE WHEEL

After missing the previous meeting at Curitiba, where he was replaced by Fabrizio Giovanardi, in Puebla Pierre-Yves Corthals will be back at the wheel of his JAS Motorsport Honda Accord Euro R.

The Belgian driver is due to stay for the rest of the season.

EXTRA TEST SESSION FOR WTCC IN PUEBLA

The FIA has authorized a private 30-minute test session on Friday, July 28, at 2.30 PM local time. The session was approved by the WTCC Bureau to give teams the possibility to check their cars after the trip from Brazil to Mexico.

MEXICAN RACES EARLIER DUE TO TV COVERAGE

Like in Curitiba three weeks ago, the two WTCC races in Mexico will be held earlier than normal: Race 1 will start at 1.05 PM local time, followed by Race 2 at 2.15 PM. This change to the standard timetable has been made in order to enable Eurosport to broadcast the event live in Europe on Sunday evening, as Mexico is seven hours behind the Central European Time.

ZANARDI TO RACE AT MUGELLO ON SUNDAY

Just before leaving for Mexico, this weekend Alessandro Zanardi will take part in the Italian Superturismo Championship meeting at Mugello.

The BMW Team Italy-Spain's man, who clinched the 2005 national title, is currently lying 5th in the classification, 12 points behind the leader Alessandro Balzan. Zanardi has claimed two victories so far in Monza and Magny-Cours but failed to score in two races out of the six that have taken place.

CAMPEONATO NACIONAL CARRERAS TO COMPLETE PROGRAMME

The timetable of the WTCC Movistar Race of Mexico will be completed by the Campeonato Nacional CARreras. This important Mexican series is comprised of three different categories: Clásicos de Competencia, Fórmula Vee and Pick Up's. On Saturday afternoon nearly 30 classic racing cars Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Mini, MG, Porsche, Ford, Datsun and Corvette will make the grid for the 40-minute race counting towards the Clásicos de Competencia series.

On Sunday morning the young drivers of the Fórmula Vee México will provide a prelude to the FIA WTCC races. With three rounds of the championship held so far, Héctor Félix and Jorge Francisco Hernández lead the Expertos and Novatos classifications respectively.

Pick Up's drivers will hit the track on Sunday afternoon, closing the event. In their machines powered by a V8 Dodge Magnum capable of 380 BHP they will fight for the fifth round of the series, which is quickly gaining prestige. Félix Palazuelos is currently on top of the points.

The three supporting categories will use the circuit's shorter layout 3,030 m with the pit-lane along the South banking.

WTCC DRIVERS SHINE IN NATIONAL SERIES

During the past weekend SEAT Sport's James Thompson and BMW Team Italy-Spain's Duncan Huisman have claimed excellent results in national touring car championships.

Thompson, who is currently second in the FIA WTCC Drivers' Championship, collected one victory and one second place in the fifth meeting of the British Touring Car Championship at Croft. At the wheel of his SEAT Sport UK car, he set pole position in qualifying and dominated Race 1, before handing the lead to team-mate Jason Plato on the last lap. Later in the day Thompson was classified sixth in Race 2 and finally won Race 3 with a clear margin. This was his third BTCC win of the season meaning he climbed to fourth in the drivers' classification even though he missed the previous meeting which clashed with WTCC.

Huisman finished third at Falkenberg in the fourth round of the Swedish Touring Car Championship driving a West Coast Racing BMW 320i; the Dutchman had claimed a similar result in the series' previous meeting and has now moved up to third in the points, only one point behind Volvo's Robert Dahlgren.

-fia

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Series WTCC
Drivers James Thompson , Jason Plato , Robert Dahlgren , Duncan Huisman , Alessandro Balzan , Pierre-Yves Corthals