Racing season newsletter 2006-06-23

GIOVANARDI RETURNS WITH HONDA Fabrizio Giovanardi will make a one-off return to the FIA WTCC for the Brazilian race meeting in Cutiriba. The Italian driver who fought with Andy Priaulx and Dirk Müller for the 2005 world title until the final...

GIOVANARDI RETURNS WITH HONDA

Fabrizio Giovanardi will make a one-off return to the FIA WTCC for the Brazilian race meeting in Cutiriba. The Italian driver who fought with Andy Priaulx and Dirk Müller for the 2005 world title until the final race in Macau, will replace Pierre-Yves Corthals at the wheel of a JAS Motorsport Honda Accord Euro R. "It was planned that Pierre-Yves was not racing the overseas rounds," explained team manager Alessandro Mariani "He will rejoin in Brno to finish the season."

Unanimously regarded as one of the best Touring Car drivers ever, Giovanardi sports an impressive CV, having won a number of championships, including two FIA European Touring Car titles (2001 and 2002) for Alfa Romeo. In the current season he is taking part in the British Touring Car Championship at the wheel of a VX Racing Vauxhall Astra.

"Although Fabrizio will not have the chance to test the car before Curitiba, I am confident that his skill and experience will take him to the front," Mariani commented. Giovanardi added: "I am delighted. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to be back in the WTCC. The Accord and JAS are certainly competitive and I look forward to fight against my fellow colleagues".

With Giovanardi committed to a clashing BTCC meeting, JAS Motorsport have yet to announce the name of the driver who will be racing in the following meeting at Puebla.

AUTOMATIC HANDICAP FOR THE NEW DRIVERS

All the three new drivers who will join the championship at Curitiba JAS Motorsport's Fabrizio Giovanardi, BMW Team Italy-Spain's Duncan Huisman and TekProm's Lucas Molo will be imposed a 20-kg automatic handicap weight as per art.79 a) of the FIA WTCC Sporting Regulations.

EXTRA TEST SESSION FOR WTCC IN CURITIBA

The FIA has authorized a private 30-minute test session on Friday, June 30, at 3.00 PM. The session was approved by the WTCC Bureau in order to give the teams some more time to know the Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba which is new to the championship.

BRAZILIAN RACES ANTICIPATED DUE TO TV COVERAGE

The two WTCC races in Brazil will be held earlier than normal: Race 1 will start at 12.05 local time, followed by Race 2 at 1.15 PM.

This change to the standard timetable has been made in order to enable Eurosport to broadcast the event live in Europe on Sunday afternoon.

SOUTH AMERICAN F3 AND BRAZILIAN TOURING CARS

The WTCC HSBC Race of Brazil will also feature two important support races: the South American Formula 3 and the Brasileiro de Marcas championships.

The former, better known as Formula 3 Sudám, is one of the most popular South America-based international series. Since 1987 it launched a number of talented drivers, including Christian Fittipaldi, Ricardo Zonta and Nelson Piquet jr. The round in Curitiba will be the fourth of the season for the championship which is currently led by Mario Moraes.

WTCC AND THE FOOTBALL FEVER PART 2

As the group stages of the World Cup draw to an end and the knock-out stages begin, we gained further insight into how members of the WTCC family enjoy the football from across the globe.

Spain: Jordi Gené, SEAT. "I really enjoy football, especially when Spain win! Usually I watch the matches with friends at someone's home; that way we can shout as loudly as we like without anyone looking at us."

Czech Republic: Miroslav Bartos, deputy race director. "The World Cup is something special for my country as almost all of us believe we are the best football experts. The atmosphere is changing the whole nation, even those people who are normally not interested in sport at all. A typical Czech goes out to one of the pubs or bars downtown to enjoy the match with his friends and beer. The breweries expect to increase production by 30% during the championship!"

Germany: Peter Terting, SEAT. "In March I moved from Germany to Barcelona so it feels as though I am missing out on some big parties at home. But I am still enjoying the football by going to some bars. The German team looks good and if we progress further in the tournament I will definitely make a trip back home to enjoy it there. I have to!'

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Series WTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Ricardo Zonta , Andy Priaulx , Dirk Müller , Christian Fittipaldi , Nelson Piquet , Peter Terting , Duncan Huisman , Jordi Gene , Pierre-Yves Corthals , Mario Moraes
Teams CIP