Series newsletter 2008-02-28

WTCC FOR CHARITY IN CURITIBA The FIA WTCC Race of Brazil will again be making a contribution towards the aid of the starving people of Brazil. Together KSO, the championship promoter; HSBC, partner of the event; and the City Hall of ...

WTCC FOR CHARITY IN CURITIBA

The FIA WTCC Race of Brazil will again be making a contribution towards the aid of the starving people of Brazil. Together KSO, the championship promoter; HSBC, partner of the event; and the City Hall of Curitiba, repeated the initiative of offering free tickets to the public in exchange for two kilograms of food.

Fans wishing to attend the races on Sunday may collect the tickets by delivering the food to twelve different collection points scattered over the city, or at the racetrack's ticket office on Sunday morning.

The food collected will be donated by HSBC and the City Hall of Curitiba to the charity society Instituto Pro-Cidadania de Curitiba, which will distribute it to those in need.

In 2007 this humanitarian initiative resulted in the collection of 24 tonnes of food, or the equivalent of 120/150 thousand meals.

WTCC DRIVERS MEET FANS AND MAYOR

Official proceedings to the WTCC season of 2008 got underway today in the centre of Curitiba. A promotional day began with the drivers meeting the fans in two crowded autograph sessions in front of the HSBC palace, on the central Ruas das Flores.

Two FIA WTCC racing cars - Jordi Gene's SEAT and Andrey Romanov's BMW - were exhibited in front of the building.

In the afternoon the drivers joined the Mayor of Curitiba, Mr Beto Richa, Marcello Lotti, general manager of KSO, Mr Glen Valente, Marketing Director of HSBC, and Mr Guilherme Pimentel director of TIM - Regional Sul, for a press conference and cocktail reception attended by large representation of media, at the elegant Wyn Lounge & Japanese Art.

DELAYED START FOR N.TECHNOLOGY

The N.technology team announced yesterday that they will not take part in the FIA World Touring Car Championship's season-opener taking place this weekend in Curitiba, Brazil.

The Italian team were due to make their maiden race with the Honda Accord Euro R Super 2000 car driven by the Briton James Thompson who classified third in the 2007 FIA WTCC.

However, in spite of all the effort to be ready in time, the team eventually decided to skip Curitiba and begin their season later on, in order to focus on the technical development of the Japanese car.

N.technology's decision means that twenty-one cars will compete in the championship's first event of the year.

WTCC ON THE YAHOO! EUROSPORT PLATFORM

Five new online areas dedicated entirely to WTCC on the Yahoo! Eurosport internet platform have been launched.

The new sections are produced in five languages - English, French, German, Italian, Spanish - and accessible from the Motorsport section at the Yahoo! Eurosport website

The FIA WTCC's website continues its service in English and remains the only official source of information for all partners and media.

On the eve of the 2008 season's opening, fans are able to keep up to date with the very latest news about the championship, the drivers, the teams and events. They are also able to use the embedded Eurosport player to watch LIVE race action, interviews and highlights, as well as use the forum to react and offer opinions.

-credit: fiawtcc.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers James Thompson , Jordi Gene , Andrey Romanov , Marcello Lotti