FIRST HALF OF THE FIA WTCC SEASON ENDS IN CURITIBA 27th June 2006. This weekend, the first overseas event of the 2006 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) is scheduled. The BMW national teams travel to the "AutÃ³dromo Internacional de ...
FIRST HALF OF THE FIA WTCC SEASON ENDS IN CURITIBA
27th June 2006. This weekend, the first overseas event of the 2006 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) is scheduled. The BMW national teams travel to the "Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba" for rounds nine and ten of the series. Brazilian motorsport fans can look forward to the next chapter of an extremely exciting season: Only five points separate BMW Team UK's Andy Priaulx (GBR), who is leading the drivers' classification with 33 points, from Jörg Müller (GER) of BMW Team Germany in seventh position. Dirk Müller (GER), also driving for BMW Team Germany, is currently third in the championship, only one point behind Priaulx.
Following the successful race weekend for BMW in Oschersleben, where Priaulx and Jörg Müller were able to celebrate one race victory each and Dirk Müller collected a total of 14 points, the trio is now forced to enter the South American races with a lot of additional weight. Dirk Müller is required to take 70 kilograms of ballast on board his BMW 320si WTCC, Priaulx enters with a handicap of 65 kilograms. Jörg Müller will compete at the 3.695 kilometre track with an additional weight of 60 kilograms.
Duncan Huisman (NLD) celebrates his race debut for BMW Team Italy-Spain in Curitiba. He is replacing Marcel Costa (ESP) until the end of the season. Huisman will compete in both races with 20 kilograms of basic additional weight. He completed countless test kilometres last week and is hoping to be able to record a good result when he returns to WTCC action. Last year the experienced driver entered the Macau WTCC rounds for BMW Team Holland and managed to secure victory in the last race of the season. His team-mate Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) is also set to return to the points scoring positions in Brazil.
"I completed my first test with BMW Team Italy-Spain in Budapest. I know Schnitzer Motorsport and RBM from the past, and I can rightfully say that Roberto Ravaglia's team is working at the same high level. The BMW 320si is a fantastic car. It feels much more like a race car than its predecessor, with which I compete in the Swedish Touring Car Championship. Curitiba is the perfect venue to enter the World Championship halfway through the season. I am not very experienced with the new car, but at least the track is new for all of the drivers. Obviously it would be great to be able to collect points straight away".
"Although I have been active in various motor racing series for quite a long time, I have never competed in a race in Curitiba before. Of course you take a very close look at the track photos to prepare for the race. But you have to drive at the circuit before you can say if you like it or not. I am excited to see if the fans will be just as enthusiastic as they were in Puebla in 2005. It isn't important for me where I compete. To win a World Championship point is just as much fun in Curitiba as it is on a traditional European race track".