FIA announces World Touring Car Championship

On Wednesday June 30th in Paris, the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved the new FIA World Touring Car Championship ("FIA WTCC"). The FIA is working with Kigema Sports Organisation Ltd. ("KSO") as promoter of the Championship; KSO has been ...

On Wednesday June 30th in Paris, the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved the new FIA World Touring Car Championship ("FIA WTCC").

The FIA is working with Kigema Sports Organisation Ltd. ("KSO") as promoter of the Championship; KSO has been organising the FIA European Touring Car Championship since 2001.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will be reserved for cars complying with the FIA Super 2000 technical regulations and will award two FIA World titles: Drivers and Manufacturers.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship joins the list of the two renowned car World Championships already organised by the FIA: the Formula One World Championship and the FIA World Rally Championship.

The FIA WTCC will be complementary to these `giants' of motor sport, presenting breathtakingly close sprint races, which highlight simultaneously the qualities of the touring cars and their drivers.

The 2005 FIA World Touring Car Championship will consist of ten race meetings, held in as many different countries, eight in Europe, one in the Americas and one in Asia; two championship rounds will be raced at each race meeting, giving a total of 20 rounds.

THE EVERYDAY CAR BECOMES A STAR

"We are very grateful to the FIA for this great opportunity. The decision to upgrade the ETCC to the WTCC is the best reward for our efforts; this makes us very proud of the contribution we made towards relaunching touring car competition internationally," Jacques Behar, Chairman of KSO, commented."

The creation of an FIA World Touring Car Championship was also the logical consequence of the growth recorded in touring car racing since the FIA revived the European Championship (2001), and wrote new technical regulations (2002), which rapidly spread worldwide.

In only three seasons, five major national championships in Europe (Britain, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Sweden), as well as the Asian Touring Car Series opened the door to the Super 2000 cars, with more to join from 2005. The FIA European Touring Car Championship was the first series to benefit: the average number of cars per event is still rising currently exceeding the 26 mark with six different makes (Alfa Romeo, BMW, SEAT, Ford, Honda and Peugeot) represented.

"This succes has been made possible by joint support from the FIA, the Manufacturers, the teams, the drivers, Eurosport and our sponsors and partners. We wish to continue working with them all, aiming for the WTCC achieving an even greater succes," Jacques Behar added.

STABILITY OF REGULATIONS AND COSTS

The FIA, KSO and Eurosport worked in close cooperation to establish this new touring car concept and to build the foundations for long-term stability in both regulations and cost control.

"We are building the FIA WTCC on this basis," KSO's Chief Executive Marcello Lotti declared. "In line with the FIA's philosophy, the technical and the sporting regulations will be unchanged for the foreseeable future, in order to stop the Manufacturers from spending money to further develop their cars. At the same time we are also working to avoid any increases in the running costs."

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