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Zanardi: The man whose name is a synonym for “hero”

As a Paralympian, Alex Zanardi became a household name and an inspiration to millions. But his indomitable spirit and speed in a racecar had already made him a hero, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

BMW ends its relationship with Schnitzer team

BMW will end its relationship with the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Schnitzer Motorsport squad after more than 50 years. 

A world champion in waiting's tortuous path to recovery Prime

A world champion in waiting's tortuous path to recovery

Tiago Monteiro seemed destined to win the World Touring Car Championship last year, until a huge testing crash halted his charge. After early whispers of a swift racing return, he recounts his arduous (and incomplete) road to recovery.

Honda would have quit WTCC if TC1 rules stayed

Honda says it would have left the WTCC had the series stuck by its TC1 regulations beyond the end of the 2017 season.

Why a world championship made the ultimate sacrifice Prime

Why a world championship made the ultimate sacrifice

A rulebook scrapped with two-thirds of its planned existence remaining and the disintegration of a 'world championship' - yet everyone's a winner from one of modern motorsport's greatest acts of martyrdom.

Honda team boss "amazed" by Volvo claims

JAS Motorsport's Alessandro Mariani says he was "amazed" by Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin's suggestion that Volvo's structure compared to Honda was key to its World Touring Car Championship success.

Volvo team structure key to beating Honda

Polestar head of motorsport Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin says Volvo's organisation compared to WTCC rival Honda was key to its 2017 title success.

TC1 was "very harsh" on privateers, WTCC boss admits

World Touring Car Championship chief Francois Ribeiro admits the series' outgoing TC1 regulations were "too expensive" for privateer entrants, yet not "premium enough" to attract more manufacturers.

WTCC set for name change in TCR link-up

The World Touring Car Championship looks certain to undergo a name change as part of a deal to adopt TCR technical regulations for 2018.

Michelisz: 2017 "best year of my life" despite title defeat

Honda WTCC driver Norbert Michelisz has declared 2017 the best year of his life despite missing out on the title to Thed Bjork in Friday night's Qatar season finale.

Qatar WTCC: Bjork clinches title, Guerrieri wins finale

Volvo driver Thed Bjork clinched the 2017 WTCC title in Qatar with a third place finish in the final race of the season.

Qatar WTCC: Chilton wins as Bjork closes on title

Tom Chilton claimed victory in the penultimate race of the WTCC season in Qatar as Volvo's Thed Bjork inched closer to the drivers' title.

Qatar WTCC: Guerrieri takes pole, Michelisz in trouble

Esteban Guerrieri secured pole for the Qatar WTCC season finale, while Thed Bjork profited from an issue for rival Norbert Michelisz to increase his points advantage.

Muller reveals he's had death threats from Michelisz fans

Four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller has revealed he’s received a number of death threats from Hungarian fans of Norbert Michelisz ahead of his one-off return to the series this weekend.

Qatar WTCC: Michelisz breaks lap record in Thursday practice

Honda's title hopeful Norbert Michelisz completed a clean sweep of fastest times in the final two WTCC practice sessions of the 2017 season in Qatar.

Muller returns from retirement for Qatar WTCC finale

Four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller will come out of retirement to support Volvo and Thed Bjork's title bids at the season finale in Qatar this weekend.

Monteiro will also miss Qatar WTCC finale

Honda WTCC driver Tiago Monteiro will miss the season finale in Qatar as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in a crash at Barcelona in September.

Coronel: TCR merger "the only solution" for WTCC

Tom Coronel is in favour of a planned merger between WTCC and TCR series, saying it is the "best thing" he's witnessed in the last 10 years in the sport.

"Crappy" season worth it for Macau win - Huff

Rob Huff says he would take "another 12 months" of difficult WTCC results for a repeat of his landmark ninth victory at Macau.

Macau WTCC: Huff takes record ninth win in wet race

Rob Huff stormed to a record-breaking ninth Macau Guia race success in the main WTCC race on Sunday.

Macau WTCC: Bennani wins as Michelisz crash blocks track

Mehdi Bennani clinched his third victory of the WTCC season in the reversed-grid race in Macau, which ended early after a crash involving title contender Norbert Michelisz.

WTCC closing on deal to adopt TCR rules for 2018

A deal to allow the World Touring Car Championship to use the TCR International Series’ regulations from 2018 is nearing completion.

Macau WTCC: Huff beats Michelisz to take pole

Rob Huff grabbed pole for the Macau Guia race with a new WTCC lap record of the circuit in a frenetic qualifying session.

Macau WTCC: Michelisz fastest again in second practice

Norbert Michelisz remained on top in preparation for the World Touring Car Championship Macau Guia race as times tumbled in Friday morning's second practice session.

Macau WTCC: Michelisz leads Huff in first practice

Honda driver Norbert Michelisz led the way in the first World Touring Car Championship practice session in Macau in preparation for Sunday's Guia race.

Monteiro to miss Macau WTCC round too

Honda driver Tiago Monteiro will miss a third consecutive WTCC event on medical grounds after being ruled out of the Macau round.

Motegi WTCC: Michelisz wins rain-shortened Race 2

Honda's Norbert Michelisz was declared winner of the second WTCC race at Motegi, which was suspended early after increasingly heavy rain.

Motegi WTCC: Chilton wins Race 1 as title contenders struggle

Sebastien Loeb Racing driver Tom Chilton cantered to victory in the opening WTCC race at a sodden Motegi.

Motegi WTCC: Michelisz beats Catsburg to take pole

Honda driver Norbert Michelisz stormed to pole position for Sunday's main WTCC race in Japan at a wet Motegi.

Motegi WTCC: Michelisz tops wet first practice

Honda driver Norbert Michelisz led the way in an unusual late-afternoon first practice session at Motegi, with the weekend’s schedule heavily compressed due to the late arrival of the cars and equipment from China.

Honda excluded from China WTCC race over fuel injector

Honda Racing Team JAS has been excluded from all results from the last round of the WTCC round at the Ningbo circuit in China on technical grounds.

Typhoon forces WTCC to move Japan qualifying to Sunday

The organisers of the WTCC have issued a revised schedule for this weekend’s race at Motegi due to a typhoon passing between China and Japan that has delayed the arrival of the container shipment.

Monteiro forced to miss Motegi WTCC race

Honda driver Tiago Monteiro has been ruled out of competing in the WTCC at this weekend's race at Motegi on medical advice.

China WTCC: Race 2 abandoned due to rainfall

Volvo's Nestor Girolami was declared the winner of the second Ningbo WTCC race, which was red flagged after four laps as adverse weather conditions set in.

China WTCC: Guerrieri charges to victory in heavy rain

Esteban Guerrieri burst through the lead order to claim his second World Touring Car Championship victory in a sodden opening race at China's Ningbo circuit.

China WTCC: Girolami beats Michelisz for maiden pole

Volvo driver Nestor Girolami claimed his maiden WTCC pole position in qualifying for the inaugural round at China's Ningbo circuit.

Monteiro to miss China WTCC race on medical grounds

WTCC championship leader Tiago Monteiro has been forced to withdraw from this weekend's races in China on medical grounds.

Monteiro explains crash that knocked him out

Honda World Touring Car Championship driver Tiago Monteiro revealed that he passed out in his testing crash at Barcelona, after which he was hospitalised.

Analysis: Three options for WTCC's future survival

There was deafening silence for WTCC aficionados when the FIA World Motor Sport Council released its latest statement last week. Neil Hudson takes a look at where the beleaguered touring car series can go from here.

Ma joins Loeb's team for WTCC return at Macau

Ma Qing Hua will return to the World Touring Car Championship at Macau in November, behind the wheel of a Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee.

Zengo rookie secures seat for rest of 2017

Hungarian Zsolt Szabo will complete the World Touring Car Championship season with the Zengo Motorsport Honda outfit after his initial deal was extended.

Third Lada to return for more WTCC races

The third ex-factory Lada WTCC car will make further appearances in the championship at the Chinese and Japanese rounds in October.

Monteiro wants to stay with Honda WTCC squad in 2018

Tiago Monteiro says he wants to continue with Honda in WTCC, and has already started to discuss conditions for a contract renewal with the Japanese manufacturer.

Catsburg: WTCC needs "hard look" at tyres after double puncture

Volvo driver Nicky Catsburg believes that the WTCC organisers need to take a "hard look" at the series' tyres after the two punctures he suffered in both races last weekend in Argentina.

Chilton says Ehrlacher clash penalty too harsh

Tom Chilton says the penalty for clashing with Lada driver Yann Ehrlacher that cost him victory in the opening Termas de Rio Hondo WTCC race was harsh.

Argentina WTCC: Michelisz wins after Catsburg's repeat puncture

Honda’s Norbert Michelisz grabbed his second World Touring Car Championship victory of the season in the main Termas de Rio Hondo race after long-time leader Nicky Catsburg’s suffered a puncture.

Argentina WTCC: Ehrlacher scores maiden win after Chilton penalty

RC Motorsport’s Yann Ehrlacher has taken his first WTCC win in Argentina after Tom Chilton was handed a five-second time penalty for an unfair pass on the Frenchman at the start of the race.

Argentina WTCC: Catsburg takes provisional pole despite mistake

Polestar Cyan Racing's Nicky Catsburg has claimed pole position at Rio Hondo, WTCC's Argentinian venue, despite going off at the final corner in the one-lap shootout.

Argentina WTCC: Catsburg tops FP2 ahead of home hero Guerrieri

Volvo's Nicky Catsburg set the pace in the second free practice session in Argentina, with drivers taking special care because of the continuing heavy fog over the track.

Argentina WTCC: Michelisz leads fog-shortened first practice

Honda driver Norbert Michelisz led the first WTCC practice in Argentina, which was initially delayed by an hour and later shortened due to heavy fog.

Analysis: Was the WTCC's joker lap experiment a success?

The WTCC's latest innovation, the joker lap, made its debut at the last round in Vila Real, but nearly didn't happen after all of the teams made a late-night protest just ahead of the race.

Panis quits Zengo WTCC team, Szabo steps in for Argentina

Aurelien Panis has left the Zengo Motorsport WTCC team with immediate effect and will be replaced by ETCC driver Zsolt Szabo at the next race of the season in Argentina.

Joker lap receives critical acclaim from WTCC drivers

WTCC drivers have praised the series’ introduction of a joker lap at last weekend’s round in Vila Real in Portugal.

Coronel escapes 25G crash with fire van unscathed

World Touring Car Championship driver Tom Coronel claims he suffered a 25G impact with a fire crew van at Vila Real after his front-left wheel failed during practice.

Portugal WTCC: Michelisz scores first win of 2017

Honda’s Norbert Michelisz claimed his first WTCC win of the season by converting pole to victory in the main race on the streets of Vila Real in Portugal.

Portugal WTCC: Bennani wins as Monteiro takes points lead

Sebastien Loeb Racing’s Mehdi Bennani won the opening WTCC race at Vila Real, the first to feature the all-new joker lap, ahead of new championship leader Tiago Monteiro.

Portugal WTCC: Michelisz takes dominant pole for Honda

Honda's Norbert Michelisz secured his second consecutive WTCC pole position at Vila Real, outqualifying the Citroen of Rob Huff.

Portugal WTCC: Huff outpaces Michelisz in second practice

Munnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff was fastest of all in the second WTCC practice session at Vila Real, leading the two Hondas of Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro.

Portugal WTCC: Michelisz tops FP1, Coronel crashes into fire truck

Norbert Michelisz led a Honda 1-2 in the first WTCC practice session at the Vila Real street circuit, which saw Dutch driver Tom Coronel slide down an escape road and hit a fire truck.

Ex-Lada WTCC driver Valente retires from racing

Former Lada WTCC works driver Hugo Valente has retired from motorsport aged 24, calling time on his career midway through his rookie campaign in the TCR International Series.