WTCC CALENDAR APPROVED BY WMSC

During their meeting held yesterday in Monaco, the FIA World Motor Sport Council have approved the 2008 FIA World Touring Car Championship calendar.

The series will start at Curitiba, Brazil, on March 2nd and will come to an end in Macau on November 16th.

The only change compared to the first draft approved by the WMSC last October concerns the Portuguese meeting at Estoril, that has been moved back one week from July 6th to 13th. The change was done in order to avoid the clash with the Formula One British Grand Prix that will take place in Silverstone on July 6th.

PRIAULX CROWNED AT THE FIA GALA

Andy Priaulx has been officially named FIA World Touring Car Champion for the third year during the traditional FIA prize giving gala last night in Monaco

In the sumptuous setting of the Sporting d'Ete's Salle des Etoiles, the FIA honoured all its champions. In a progression from Karting to Formula 1, the FIA World Touring Car Championship's prize giving took place between those of the FIA GT and the World Rally Championship.

On the stage, where the BMW Team UK winning car was exhibited, the first three drivers classified -- Andy Priaulx, Yvan Muller and James Thompson -- received their trophies, while BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen collected the Manufacturers' champion trophy.

At the end of the ceremony Priaulx joined His Higness Prince Albert of Monaco, the FIA President Max Mosley and his fellow world champions Kimi Raikkonen (Formula One) and Sebastien Loeb (World Rally Championship) and all the others FIA 2007 champions for the traditional group picture.

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