Racing season newsletter 2006-08-11

FARFUS TO CARRY 80 EXTRA KILOS AT BRNO One victory and one second place at Puebla may have propelled Alfa Romeo's Augusto Farfus back into the fight for the world title, but they also resulted in the maximum 80 kg handicap the Brazilian...

FARFUS TO CARRY 80 EXTRA KILOS AT BRNO

One victory and one second place at Puebla may have propelled Alfa Romeo's Augusto Farfus back into the fight for the world title, but they also resulted in the maximum 80 kg handicap the Brazilian youngster must carry in the next event at Brno. Ten more than the new championship leader SEAT Sport's James Thompson. BMW main men, Andy Priaulx and Dirk Muller are not much lighter, with 60 and 65 kilos on board.

Farfus' team-mates, Gianni Morbidelli and Salvatore Tavano are on extra weight too by 60 and 35 kilos respectively. A total of 14 drivers are listed to carry ballast in the in the Czech event, including GR Asia's independent Tom Coronel, who claimed a 4th and a 6th in Mexico.

BMW'S TRADITION: FOUR WINS IN A ROW AT BRNO

The Brno Automotodrom is one of BMW's favourite racetrack. In recent years, the Czech circuit hosted four meetings of the FIA European Touring Car Championship, from 2001 to 2004. Since the introduction of the current Super 2000 racing cars Alfa Romeo claimed two victories (Giovanardi in 2002), but all the following four races went to BMW as Dirk Muller and Andy Priaulx grabbed one win apiece in both 2003 and 2004.

Priaulx also holds the fastest race lap, 2:11.903; however the qualifying record for a Super 2000 cars belongs to Rickard Rydell and his SEAT Toledo Cupra: 2:09.913.

ZANARDI LENDS HIS VOICE TO "CARS" MOVIE

Alessandro Zanardi is among the dubbers who have worked on the Italian version of Disney-Pixar 3D animated movie "Cars", directed by John Lasseter.

The BMW Team Italy-Spain's driver has lent his voice to the character Guido, a funny forklift of Italian origin.

WTCC CARS ON THEIR WAY BACK TO EUROPE

The WTCC cars and parts are currently on their way back to Europe. Packed in 29 containers, they sailed from the harbour of Vera Cruz, Mexico, on Sunday 6th August on board of the `OOCL Faith' cargo vessel.

Arrival in Antwerp, Belgium, is expected on 28th August; from there a convoy of 29 trucks will transport the precious cargo straight to Brno.

Three of the 25 cars that took part in the Brazilian and Mexican rounds Andy Priaulx's BMW, Tom Coronel's SEAT and Robert Huff's Chevrolet have been sent back via air freight.

ESTORIL TO HOST SECOND FIA ETC CUP

The Portuguese race track of Estoril will to host the second edition of the FIA European Touring Car Cup. The event will take place on October 21 and 22, gathering the best Touring Car drivers from the major national championships in Europe.

The ETC Cup also marks the return of international touring cars to Estoril after three years, as the circuit located 30 km West of Lisbon hosted the final round of the FIA European Touring Car Championship in 2003.

Compared to the first edition, that was held on October 15, 2005 in Vallelunga, Italy, the second European Cup fully adopts the World Touring Car Championship format: two 30-minute free practice sessions and one 30-minute qualifying session on Saturday; 15-minute warm-up and two 50 km back-to-back races on Sunday. The grid for the second race is determined by the results of the first race, with the top-eight drivers classified in reverse order.

Cars of both the eligible categories Super 2000 and Super Productions will race together, with the latter placed behind the former on the grid.

-credit: fia

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Dirk Müller , Tom Coronel , James Thompson , Rickard Rydell , Gianni Morbidelli , Salvatore Tavano