Sries newsletter 2010-04-23

NEXT STOP: MARRAKECH, MOROCCO The FIA WTCC is about to resume after a one month break following the cancellation of the second event of the season that was due to take place at Puebla, Mexico, on April 21st. The 3rd and 4th rounds of the...

NEXT STOP: MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

The FIA WTCC is about to resume after a one month break following the cancellation of the second event of the season that was due to take place at Puebla, Mexico, on April 21st.

The 3rd and 4th rounds of the season will be held on May 1st in Morocco, on Marrakech's street circuit that will host the championship for the second consecutive time.

The 4.5-km racetrack traced out in the hotel district of Agdal, which lies only a few chilometres South of the Medina, Marrakech's historical centre, has been slightly modified compared to last year. This has made it possible to get the Grade 2 FIA homologation in order to host the FIA Formula 2 Championship that will complete the weekend's programme.

In 2009 the WTCC Race of Morocco brought back international racing to North Africa fifty years after the last Formula One Moroccan Grand Prix was held at Casablanca in 1958.

Those races marked the first successes for the new Chevrolet Cruze car. After claiming pole position on Saturday, Rob Huff won the first race from the SEAT cars of Gabriele Tarquini and Jordi Gene.

In the second race Nicola Larini scored Chevrolet's second victory of the day, crossing the line with a slim margin on Yvan Muller's SEAT and Huff.

EUROSPORT PRESENT WTCC IN MUNICH

200 guests from several countries attended yesterday, the WTCC presentation organized by Eurosport in collaboration with Motorsport-Total.com. The event was held in Germany, at the Munich Marriott Hotel.

After the opening speech delivered by Bernd Daubenmerkl, CEO of Eurosport Media GmbH, KSO General Manager Marcello Lotti said: "The 2010 season has just started, but we are already working for the future. We are in negotiations with a number of Manufacturers who are interested in joining the championship over the next two years. We are aiming to expand to new countries like Argentina, Indonesia and China.

And last but not least we are willing to open the door as soon as possible to new eco-friendly technologies like natural gas and hybrid. I am very much looking forward to the next months, as we intend to lay the foundations for the future of WTCC."

Among the many guests who enjoyed the Marrakech-style dinner after the interviews and debates, were the Manufacturers representatives: Eric Nève of Chevrolet, Mario Theissen of BMW Motorsport and Joan Orus of SEAT Customers Technologies.

COUNTDOWN: - 9 DAYS to the 2010 FIA WTCC Race of Morocco - 1st / 2nd May, in Marrakech

-source: wtcc

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Series WTCC
Drivers Yvan Muller , Rob Huff , Gabriele Tarquini , Jordi Gene , Nicola Larini , Mario Theissen , Marcello Lotti