Silverstone: Pre-race notes

MINUS 20 KG FOR THE FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE CARS The Touring Car Bureau has decided to reduce the minimum weight of the front-wheel drive cars by 20 kg, for this weekend's FIA World Touring Car Championship event in Silverstone. This is the first ...

MINUS 20 KG FOR THE FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE CARS

The Touring Car Bureau has decided to reduce the minimum weight of the front-wheel drive cars by 20 kg, for this weekend's FIA World Touring Car Championship event in Silverstone.

This is the first intervention of the Bureau, that was established at the beginning of the year with the task of taking quick decisions about technical and sporting matters. In this case, the intervention aimed to keep performances balanced.

The decision was the following: "After consideration of the time set during the first two events of the Championship, it has been decided that, for the Silversrtone event, the minimum weight of all the front-wheel drive cars will be reduced by 20 kg."

Consequently, the minimum weight of the Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda and SEAT cars will be reduced from 1140 (1100 + 30 for use of sequential gearbox) to 1120 kg.

SUCCESSFUL EVENT FOR FIA WTCC IN LONDON

The British chapter of the FIA World Touring Car Championship began in London's Leicester Square yesterday and it was a success.

The sun was shining on the busy streets, and the static exhibition of the five Manufacturers' cars (Alfa Romeo, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford and SEAT) attracted the attention of many.

Some of the drivers Antonio García, Robert Huff, Thomas Jäger, Alain Menu, Jason Plato, Rickard Rydell and James Thompson attended to meet the fans and sign autographs during two busy sessions. Unfortunately Andy Priaulx and Gabriele Tarquini were forced to miss the event, the former due to a testing session and the latter for family commitments.

SILVERSTONE WELCOMES A WORLD CHAMPION

Reigning Super Bike world champion James Toseland will be the patron of the FIA WTCC races at Silverstone this weekend. At just 23, the Yorkshire man is making a name for himself as a rising Super Bike star and joined the ranks of the Ducati team, becoming World Champion in 2004.

Toseland began competing at the age of eight and soon made it his aim to have a career in road racing. He won the CB500 Cup and finished third place in his first season of British Supersport at the age of just 16. Since then he has raced in the World Supersport Championship, the British Super Bike Championship and for the past four years, has been a force in the World Super Bike Championship.

On Sunday in Silverstone, Toseland will wave the chequered flag for both races as well as attending the autograph session in the paddock at 11.15 am. He will also complete a couple of laps around the track in a powerful 500 bhp Ford GT.

ANDY PRIAULX RETURNS AFTER A BUSY WEEK

BMW Team UK's Andy Priaulx arrives at his home race meeting after a very busy week. The 2004 FIA European Touring Car champion spent last weekend at the Nürburgring. Despite that it was his first appearance on the legendary Nordschleife road track, he managed to win the 24 Hours at the wheel of a BMW Motorsport M3 GTR that he shared with Lamy-Said-Huisman.

From Germany to Italy, from endurance to Formula 1, Priaulx flew to Vallelunga where he took part in a BMW WilliamsF1 Team's test. This was the second time for him at the wheel of the WilliamsF1 BMW and he clocked lap times only one second slower than those of regular test driver Antonio Pizzonia.

Finally, Priaulx tested his own FIA WTCC car in Snetterton, on Wednesday and Thursday.

FLASH NEWS

INSPECTION: The engine of BMW Team Deutschland's car #42, winner of both races in Magny-Cours with Jörg Müller, was declared compliant with regulations following the technical inspection made on Monday, May 9th in Munich. Also, samples of fuel taken in Magny-Cours from cars #1, 7 and 42, were analysed and declared compliant. RS-LINE: The German RS-Line IPZ Racing decided to skip Silverstone. They will focus on the next event Imola, in two weeks in which they will take part with only one Ford Focus car for Austrian driver Sascha Plöderl.

THEY SAID: QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Robert Huff on Silverstone: "I'm the touring car lap record holder of the International Circuit, set at a BTCC meeting almost exactly a year ago. Needless to say I'm very much looking forward to this weekend, especially should it rain. There are a few tricks you need to know about the International Circuit, but equally needless to say I'll keep these to myself and my team-mates!"

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Series WTCC
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Andy Priaulx , Antonio Garcia , Jorg Muller , James Thompson , Thomas Jäger , James Toseland , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Sascha Ploderl , Alain Menu
Teams Williams