Brno: Series Friday notes

WTCC DRIVERS GO BACK TO SCHOOL A few of the WTCC drivers went back to school today... to meet some of Brno's young inhabitants. Augusto Farfus, Robert Huff, Yvan Muller and Jaap van Lagen visited elementary school, Brno Tuhackova 25, and were...

WTCC DRIVERS GO BACK TO SCHOOL

A few of the WTCC drivers went back to school today... to meet some of Brno's young inhabitants.

Augusto Farfus, Robert Huff, Yvan Muller and Jaap van Lagen visited elementary school, Brno Tuhackova 25, and were greeted by over 200 children aged nine to fifteen. The drivers answered questions from the enthusiastic youngsters who were keen to know what being behind the wheel of a race car felt like and what the drivers like to do in their free time.

Head Mistress of the school, Jana Hanakova, commented: "The people of Brno are mad about motorsport because the circuit is so close. It has been great for the children to meet the drivers and I'm very pleased they came to visit."

Before getting back to class each child was given a signed poster, WTCC cap and a free pass to the event.

MST PROVIDES NEW LIVE TIMING SYSTEM

The FIA WTCC live timing will make a radical step forward at this weekend's event in Brno.

The new live timing system, developed by MST, the championship's official timekeepers, will be sporting a more user-friendly look while continuing to cover all sessions and races.

However the change also involves practical aspects, as the new interface uses different colours to provide additional information such as sector times, overall improvements (purple), personal improvements (green), pit stops (red) and yellow flag conditions (yellow).

On top of this, the new live timing system is much quicker, and provides changes nearly in real time, while the previous system was refreshed every 10/15 seconds.

The WTCC live timing is accessible from the www.fiawtcc.com and www.mstworld.com websites.

CORONEL TWIN BROTHERS TOGETHER IN BRNO

This weekend, twin brothers Tim and Tom Coronel will both be racing SEAT Leon cars in the FIA WTCC meeting at Brno. Tom is a regular competitor in the championship and Tim won his participation because of his good results at Valencia, in the SEAT Leon Eurocup opening round. "Racing together is a very special thing for us, we are really looking forward to it", Tim and Tom Coronel said on the eve of the event.

Last weekend, Tom raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours: "It was fantastic, but now, I am really eager to go for it at Brno. At Valencia, I won the independents' class for the first time this season and I am now also leading the points' standings in this trophy. The characteristics of the Czech track aren't ideal for us, but of course, I will do my utmost. Competing in one race together with Tim is just great!"

Tim prepared for his upcoming debut at world championship level by testing the car at a circuit near Barcelona. "I did the shakedown in Tom's car. That felt like a real honour. After that, I drove my own race car. I didn't have a frame of reference, so it is difficult to judge how things were going, but I had the impression that it went pretty well," he commented.

WTCC TO CELEBRATE 100th RACE IN PORTO

The FIA World Touring Car Championship prepares to celebrate its 100th race since the series was revived in 2005.

The second race in Porto, on July 5th, will mark this historical milestone for the championship, four years and fifty race meetings after the inaugural event that took place in Monza on April 10th, 2005.

Details about the celebrations for the 100th race will be unveiled soon.

COUNTDOWN: - 2 DAYS to the 2009 FIA WTCC Marriott Race of the Czech Republic - 20th / 21st June, in Brno

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , Yvan Muller , Augusto Farfus , Jaap van Lagen