Series returns to Eurosport in May

LIVE 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship returns in May on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD Following a two month break, the FIA World Touring Car Championship returns in May with rounds from Marrakech and Monza. Not only will both rounds be...

LIVE 2010 FIA World Touring Car Championship returns in May on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD

Following a two month break, the FIA World Touring Car Championship returns in May with rounds from Marrakech and Monza. Not only will both rounds be LIVE on British Eurosport but viewers can also enjoy all the action in high definition on Eurosport HD.

Two-time former British Touring Car champion and former World Touring Car driver James Thompson will join Eurosport's commentary team for both rounds and then throughout the season, alongside Eurosport's four-wheel expert Martin Haven.

Thompson has competed in over 500 touring cars races throughout his career and has twice been champion on the Monza circuit, once as a European Touring Car driver and more recently as a WTCC driver, and he thinks the Italian track often produces some of the season's best racing:

"Monza is a fantastic track, arguably you have the best race of the year there and, because it's all about the slip streaming, the top speeds very high."

"It usually produces a cracking couple of races and I anticipate all three makes being very strong. It's one of those circuits where particularly in qualifying, drivers need to work as a team, because there's such a big benefit to using the team slipstream. It will be a cracking race, it always is."

Britain's three-time champion Andy Priaulx has some ground to make up following the opening round in Curitiba, Brazil. The BMW driver lies seventh in the standings after the first round but Thompson knows Priaulx should never be written off:

"It goes without saying that Andy's one of the top drivers in the world, you can't be a three-time world champion without being. The one thing about Andy is he's always in the title hunt. He's very good at putting a championship challenge together which isn't always about speed, its about making sure you stay out of trouble and keep scoring points."

Faring better is fellow Brit Rob Huff who managed second and fifth place in races one and two respectively in Curitiba, leaving him fourth in the standings ahead of Marrakech.

"This year represents Rob's best chance, he finished third two years ago but this year they've probably got the best car on the grid and he is certainly part of the best prepared team on the grid with Chevrolet."

Jointly leading the series at this stage are defending champion Gabriele Tarquini and last year's runner-up Yvan Muller. The pair took a race apiece in Brazil for the second year running and will be confident going into rounds two and three.

Marrakech

Saturday 1 May
1730-1830 FIA WTCC Qualifying on British Eurosport 2

Sunday 2 May 0900-0930 FIA WTCC Qualifying on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD
0930-1000 LIVE FIA WTCC warm-up session on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD
1300-1400 LIVE FIA WTCC race one on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD
1400-1500 LIVE FIA WTCC race two on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD

Monza

Saturday 22 May
2200-2230 FIA WTCC Qualifying on British Eurosport 2

Sunday 23 May 0730-0800 FIA WTCC Qualifying on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD
0800-0830 LIVE FIA WTCC warm-up session on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD
1145-1245 LIVE FIA WTCC race one on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD
1345-1440 LIVE FIA WTCC race two on British Eurosport & Eurosport HD

-source: eurosport

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Yvan Muller , James Thompson , Rob Huff