WTCC TO RETURN AT ZOLDER IN 2011 The 2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship calendar has had a second amendment to the draft that was approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on September 8th. The Belgian racetrack of Zolder has been ...
WTCC TO RETURN AT ZOLDER IN 2011
The 2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship calendar has had a second amendment to the draft that was approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on September 8th.
The Belgian racetrack of Zolder has been included again to replace the Argentine event that was due to take place at Buenos Aires on April 3rd.
"Our plan to race in Argentina reached a deadlock because the event promoter and the local government were not in a position to grant the work that needed to be done to re-homologate the Buenos Aires circuit in time for the event. Therefore we have jointly decided to put off the championship's first visit to Argentina until all the issues are solved and we will work together to make this happen in the near future.
Looking for a replacement, the logical choice was Zolder which hosted the WTCC this year in a very successful event," explained championship promoter Marcello Lotti.
The WTCC Race of Belgium will be held on April 24th. The final draft of the 2011 calendar was approved in Paris on Wednesday by the FIA World Motor Sports Council.
THE 2011 FIA WTCC CALENDAR
20th March: Curitiba, Brazi
24th April: Zolder, Belgium
15th May: Monza, Italy
5th June: Marrakech, Morocco
19th June: Brno, Czech Republic
3rd July: Porto, Portugal
17th July: Donington Park, United Kingdom
31st July: Oschersleben, Germany
4th September: Valencia, Spain
23rd October: Suzuka, Japan
6th November: TBA, China
20th November: Macau, Macau
WTCC CHANGES THE REVERSE GRID SYSTEM
In Paris on Wednesday the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved the new system for the WTCC reverse grid that will be adopted from next year.
In order to avoid drivers deliberately losing positions during Race 1 with the aim of securing pole position for Race 2, from 2011 the reverse grid for the second race will be based on the final results of the Q1 qualifying session.
Furthermore, the number of drivers whose positions will be reversed will be increased from the current eight, to ten inline with the top ten drivers scoring points.
The reverse grid for Race 2 is currently based of the provisional results of the first race.
POSITIVE RESULTS FOR VOLVO IN JAPAN
At Okayama Robert Dahlgren's Volvo C30 finished both races in 10th and 6th position, the best results ever for the Swedish Manufacturer in WTCC. "The car performed really well on this track and this was a perfect kick off for next year," said Dahlgren.
After staying consistently among the top drivers in the practice sessions, the Swede qualified 14th and then was dropped ten positions on the grid because of an engine change. Without that penalty he could have possibly achieved even better results.
"These results made a great end to the season. We were disappointed by our previous WTCC apperances, but this weekend gave us the boost we need for 2011," said Dahlgren.
Team manager Christian Dahl commented: "We are more than pleased. We have worked hard on this project and we had a confirmation of the fact that we can be competitive in WTCC."
"It was great to see the team working forward to these results. They are more than ready for their development season in WTCC and we are looking forward to follow their progress next year," said Magnus Jonsson, Chairman of the Motorsport Board at Volvo Car Corporation.
TARQUINI: "ODDS ARE 90% FOR YVAN"
Gabriele Tarquini will not retain his World Touring Car Championship crown. The reigning champion was knocked out the title fight when he crashed from the lead during the second race at Okayama last Sunday.
"It was my mistake. In those conditions the SEAT cars did not have the pace to compete with BMW and Chevrolet and I had to take some risks to try and stay in contention until Macau. Honestly I still don't know what happened, because the turn where I went off is uphill and relatively slow," Tarquini commented.
How do you split the odds to clinch the title between Yvan Muller and Andy Priaulx? "Yvan has 90% of the odds, as even in the case he doesn't score, Priaulx has to collect 37 points, which is not easy. However, in Macau anything can happen. Should the finale be on another track I would have given Yvan 99% of the odds, but Macau is unpredictable."
Tarquini is now heading to Argentina - like his fellow WTCC drivers Yvan Muller and Alain Menu - to take part Sunday in the 200 km of Buenos Aires.
FORD LAUNCHES SUPER 2000 FOCUS ST
At the Speciality Equipment Manufacturers Association Show in Las Vegas, Ford revealed plans to leverage the all-new Focus for motorsport by supporting the development of a next-generation touring car for global competition.
The move extends Ford's reputation for offering race-capable, affordable platforms that can be converted into a race car. The new Focus will become Ford's global touring car to be developed with private race teams in cooperation with the company's global motorsport group.
"There has been tremendous interest from the racing world about the new Focus, and it's the perfect fit for a global touring car," said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Business Development.
Race teams are helping Ford to develop a common technical specification for the race car, which will conform to FIA Super 2000 regulations, with potential to adapt to wider specifications. Ford will also support the race teams by providing data and production parts, resulting in teams racing more competitive cars that are developed with greater efficiency.
"We are delighted that another important manufacturer such as Ford chose to develop a new racing car according to the S2000 regulations. We are confident that this will result in the Ford brand being represented in WTCC in the near future. We have already been approached by a team that are working on a plan to join from 2012," WTCC promoter Marcello Lotti commented.
COUNTDOWN: - 16 DAYS to the 2010 FIA WTCC Guia Race of Macau - 19th / 21st November, in Macau