FOUR LOCAL DRIVERS TO RACE IN OKAYAMA Masataka Yanagida and Nobuteru Taniguchi are the latest addition to the Japanese patrol that will take part in the WTCC event at Okayama. They will join fellow countrymen Yukinori Taniguchi - who has ...
FOUR LOCAL DRIVERS TO RACE IN OKAYAMA
Masataka Yanagida and Nobuteru Taniguchi are the latest addition to the Japanese patrol that will take part in the WTCC event at Okayama.
They will join fellow countrymen Yukinori Taniguchi - who has already competed in Oschersleben and Valencia with a bamboo-engineering Chevrolet Lacett - and Yoshihiro Ito - who will take the wheel of a Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW 320si.
Yanagida, 31-years old from Tokyo, will drive a BMW 320si for Wiechers-Sport alongside Mehdi Bennani. "The WTCC is a world class event and I would like to put on a good show for the fans. I am determined to do my best to compete against the foreign drivers," stated Yanagida who is a regular front runner in the GT300 class of the Super GT Series.
Taniguchi, 39-years old from Hiroshima, returns to Proteam Motorsport after last year's first WTCC appearances at Okayama and Macau. The Italian outfit will line up four BMW 320si cars for him, Taipei's Kevin Chen and regulars Sergio Hernandez and Stefano D'Aste. "Last year's results were frustrating. Now I have a second opportunity and I wish to show my potential against the world's famous top drivers to know how good I am on that level," said Taniguchi who currently leads the Super GT (GT300) and the Super Taikyu (ST-1) series.
The four WTCC guest drivers were presented to the Japanese media during a press conference hosted by Yokohama Operating Officer Shigeo Komatsu.
TARQUINI TESTS FOR THE BUENOS AIRES 200
Immediately after claiming a victory and third place in Valencia last Sunday, reigning WTCC champion Gabriele Tarquini flew to Argentina to test ahead of the Buenos Aires 200 KM race in which he will take part on November 7th.
In the event, the 11th round of the TC2000 championship, Tarquini will share a Honda Civic car run by the Equipo Petrobras, with Jose Maria Lopez.
"Pechito" Lopez is the reigning TC2000 champion having won the Argentine title in 2009 for the third consecutive time.
COUNTDOWN: - 37 DAYS to the 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Japan - 30th / 31st October, in Okayama