Racing season newsletter 2006-09-09

NINE RACE WINNERS AND TEN LEAD CHANGES SO FAR The 2006 FIA World Touring Car Championship is heading to Istanbul, Turkey, for the eighth race meeting of the season that will take place at the Istanbulpark on September 23rd and 24th. With 14 ...

NINE RACE WINNERS AND TEN LEAD CHANGES SO FAR

The 2006 FIA World Touring Car Championship is heading to Istanbul, Turkey, for the eighth race meeting of the season that will take place at the Istanbulpark on September 23rd and 24th.

With 14 rounds out of 20 already in the archives, the WTCC looks unpredictable as ever. By winning the second race in Brno, Chevrolet's Robert Huff became the ninth different race winner in the season so far, with Andy Priaulx, Augusto Farfus and Jorg Muller being the only drivers able to score more than one victory.

Eight drivers representing three different Manufacturers Alfa Romeo, BMW and SEAT are still fighting for the title, and the leadership has already changed hands ten times from Priaulx to Yvan Muller and back to Priaulx, going through Thompson and Tarquini. The battle is even closer in the Manufacturers' championship, where BMW and SEAT have shifted the lead onto each other seven times, with the maximum advantage being 11 points for SEAT after round 6.

YOKOHAMA TESTED NEW TYRES AT BRNO

Last Monday, immediately after the WTCC race day, Yokohama completed a tyre test at the Brno circuit. Jorg Muller in a BMW Team Germany BMW 320si and Jordi Gene in a SEAT Sport SEAT Leon were charged to test some new development tyres in view of the next season.

"We have tested several different kinds of new constructions, learning many things from the test. Now we are thinking to have another test in Valencia, on Monday after the race day," explained Kazuyoshi Sekiguchi, supervisor of Yokohama's WTCC programme.

CHEVROLET LOOK AT NEXT SEASON

Chevrolet Europe will present their vision of the next generation WTCC contender at the Paris Motor Show on September 30. The WTCC Ultra concept car was developed by a GM team around the globe. It is the optical vision of a new touring car generation and takes the Chevrolet body language to the extreme.

The WTCC Ultra is propelled by a 190 bhp diesel engine, while its proportions give the impression of a car that looks fast even when it's standing still.

The concept car further confirms Chevrolet's commitment to the World Touring Car Championship, in which the brand has successfully competed since 2005.

Last weekend all three current drivers, recent race winner Robert Huff, Nicola Larini and Alain Menu re-signed with Chevrolet for the 2007 WTCC season.

ROBERT HUFF RACES THE BRITCAR 24 HOURS

After claiming his first WTCC victory at Brno, Robert Huff is now facing longer distances. This weekend at Silverstone, the Chevrolet driver will take part in the Britcar 24 Hours at the wheel of a Mardi Gras Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R.

Huff will share driving duties with Mark Lemmer, John George, Ed Pead and Phil Bennett.

-credit: fia

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