BMW TEAM ITALY-SPAIN DETERMINED TO GET POINTS IN MAGNY-COURS Munich, 24th April 2006. For rounds 3 and 4 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the BMW national teams are returning to a track on which they were able to celebrate many...
BMW TEAM ITALY-SPAIN DETERMINED TO GET POINTS IN MAGNY-COURS
Munich, 24th April 2006. For rounds 3 and 4 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the BMW national teams are returning to a track on which they were able to celebrate many successes. At the 'Circuit de Nevers' in Magny-Cours, BMW drivers have been able to win for three years running and the two drivers of the BMW Team Italy-Spain, Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) and Marcel Costa (ESP), will enter this year's races without any ballast.
The rurally located 'Circuit de Nevers' is a modern race track with a comparatively even surface. It offers a demanding combination of fast and slow corners, as well as plenty of overtaking possibilities. The drivers are required to master some corners in Magny-Cours which are recreations of distinctive sections on other European tracks, such as the Imola chicane, the Adelaide hairpin and the Estoril corner.
Motorsport has a long tradition in Magny-Cours. Following the initiative of then mayor Jean Bernigaud, the first kart track was built in 1959. This facility was the foundation of what was later to become the centre of French motorsport in a yearlong, step-by-step process. In 1989 the track officials celebrated the inauguration of the new Grand Prix circuit, which hosted a Formula One race for the first time two years later.
To date, 15 Grands Prix have been held at the 'Circuit de Nevers'. This year, Formula One racing will take place in Magny-Cours on 16th July. At the same time, the track is an evergreen on the race calendar of the WTCC and its preceding series, the ETCC. For the sixth time, international FIA Touring Car Championship races will be held here this year.
The circuit is named after Nevers, which lies 200 kilometres south of Paris. 68 000 people live in the capital of the Departement Nièvre, the former province of Burgundy, on the north shore of the Loire. Nevers first appeared in the history books as the Roman colony of Noviodunum. In the middle ages, the town rose to become a dukedom and was controlled, among others, by the Italian Gonzaga family and later by Cardinal Jules Mazarin.
The drivers are required to complete twelve laps in both races, equalling a total distance of 52.93 kilometres. The first race commences on Sunday, at 15.10 hrs (CET), Race 2 starts at 16.15 hrs. The event will be televised live on EUROSPORT.