Series newsletter 2006-05-25

From England the FIA WTCC is now heading for the Oschersleben Motorsport Arena, located in the German region of Bode, a few km West of Magdeburg. The championship lands in Germany with SEAT leading both, the Drivers' (Yvan Muller, Rydell and ...

From England the FIA WTCC is now heading for the Oschersleben Motorsport Arena, located in the German region of Bode, a few km West of Magdeburg. The championship lands in Germany with SEAT leading both, the Drivers' (Yvan Muller, Rydell and Tarquini fill the top three positions) and Manufacturers' championships. However this is far from domination, because in the six rounds held so far all the four registered Manufacturers Alfa Romeo, BMW, Chevrolet and SEAT and five different drivers have claimed at least one race win.

YVAN MULLER CLOSE TO MAXIMUM BALLAST

Yvan Muller's results in Brands Hatch gave him back the championship lead, but will also result in 75 kg of handicap weight for the next race meeting in Oschersleben. Meaning only 5 kilos less than the maximum applicable. A new record for the season. 11 other drivers will be given extra loads, from James Thompson (55 kg) down to Gene and Terting (both on 5 kg). Among them, all BMW drivers have achieved significant deductions: Priaulx and J. Muller 20, D. Muller 10. While Rydell and Menu are new to the handicap list.

SEAT SPORT'S MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

The SEAT Sport team is stepping up from six to seven works car for the event in Oschersleben. The seventh Leon, entered under the name of SEAT Sport Deutschland, will be in the hands of Florian Gruber.

For the 23 year-old German, this special participation is a reward for his success in the 2005 SEAT European Masters at Barcelona.

According to art.79 of the FIA WTCC Sporting Regulations, Gruber will be given an automatic 20-kg handicap weight.

PEUGEOT BACK ON THE TRACK

Jens Edman and his Peugeot 407 run by Peugeot Sport Denmark will rejoin the WTCC field at Oschersleben. The Swedish driver already took part in the opening event of the season at Monza, with little luck. Edman was involved with Roberto Colciago in a massive shunt that caused a safety car period during the first race. Afterwards Edman and his team participated in the first two race meetings of the Danish Touring Car Championship, claiming an encouraging third place last week at Padborg Park.

MAN OF THE WEEK: ERIC NÈVE

Eric Nève is the project manager for Chevrolet; the team that scored their first FIA WTCC win in Race 2 at Brands Hatch. We spoke to him about how this victory felt. Describe how you felt when Alain Menu crossed the line first.

"I was very proud. He had a strong race and didn't make mistakes. He wrote history for Chevrolet as it was the first win for the make in a world championship. It was a great reward for everyone who has worked so hard."

Why were the Chevrolet cars so much more competitive at Brands Hatch?

"We spent some time testing there over the winter and it was raining then too so we had the knowledge about how to approach the conditions. Another factor is that the track suits our cars because there are a lot of corners and flat curbs. Finally, Alain and Rob (Huff) are experienced there. It was a combination of all these things."

What can we expect from Chevrolet for the rest of the season?

"We are aiming to be in a position to win as many races as possible. This became reality at Brands Hatch but we want to be in a good position at the other tracks. Rob and Nicola (Larini) will have little ballast at Oschersleben so let's see."

ADAC PROCAR SERIES TO PROVIDE THE STARTER

Spectators coming to Oschersleben to attend the FIA WTCC race meeting will be offered a succulent starter as the ADAC Procar Series competitors will contest their two races immediately before the WTCC drivers.

The ADAC Procar replaced the DMSB Produktionswagen Meisterschaft the German series for Super 2000 saloons. Cars of three divisions will take part in the two 20- minute races, with the S2000 machines competing for Division 1. After the first two meetings Oschersleben and Lausitz the championship is led by Vincent Radermecker of Belgium, at the wheel of a former WTCC Chevrolet Lacetti run by Maurer Motorsport. The third event of the ADAC Procar will be held this weekend at the Nurburgring.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Yvan Muller , James Thompson , Roberto Colciago , Jens Edman , Vincent Radermecker , Florian Gruber , Alain Menu