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Mehdi Bennani confirmed for third year at Sébastien Loeb Racing

Mehdi Bennani will continue with Sébastien Loeb Racing in the 2017 World Touring Car Championship, after the Moroccan put pen to paper on a new deal with the team.Bennani will enter his ninth consecutive year in the WTCC, his eight full-season, and his third with the French team, in 2017.   The 33-year-old has consistently […]

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Audi teams offered extra incentive to participate in GT Asia

Competitors in the one-make Audi R8 LMS Cup have been given some additional incentive to extend their 2017 competition schedules. Motorsport Asia Limited – the promoter of the GT Asia Series – will offer travel support including freight to and from the Series’ blue ribbon event in September. The program has attracted entries from within […]

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Yvan Muller signs off his career in the WTCC

Yvan Muller ended his World Touring Car Championship career in Qatar, securing second in the drivers’ championship behind his Citroën team-mate José María López, and added he has no regrets about his decision to retire from racing. The four-time WTCC drivers’ champion, also a ten-time Trophée Andros Ice Racing champion but also well known for […]

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Honda gets weight advantage for Qatar

Honda will benefit from a 30kg weight drop in the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship finale in Qatar next week. The weights are calculated on an average lap time calculation over three events, and for the finale, Honda are the only manufacturer to benefit from a reallocation of weight.Citroën will remain, as they have […]

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Lada set to leave the WTCC at the end of this year

Lada Sport are set to call time on their WTCC programme after five years, with the manufacturer pulling out of the championship after this year’s finale in Qatar, according to reports in the Russian media. The about-turn in Lada’s commitment to the championship is due to a change in the Russian marque’s global strategy, which […]

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Unfinished business for Ekstrom at Bathurst 1000

The newly crowned FIA World Rallycross champion and two-time DTM title winner made his Great Race debut in 2013 when he guided a Triple Eight wildcard entry alongside Brit Andy Priaulx to 10th place. Since then the 38-year-old has finished second, third and seventh in the DTM touring car series, while expanding his racing commitments […]

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Van der Linde ready for Budapest

Audi Sport TT Cup star Sheldon van der Linde heads to Hungary this weekend hungry to bounce back following a disruptive weekend at the Nurburgring last time out. Despite scoring double pole positions last time out, Sheldon led and gamefully fought off his rivals’ robust driving for most of the first race, before succumbing to […]

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Monteiro, Muller reveal their WTCC targets

Tiago Monteiro and Yvan Muller are targeting second place in the FIA World Touring Car Championship standings – starting from WTCC Race of China later this month.   Monteiro, from Portugal, and Frenchman Muller are equal on 199 points following last week’s visit to Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. While second place would equal Muller’s […]

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José María López secures third drivers’ title as he hands Yvan Muller the win in Japan

José María López has won his third World Touring Car Championship drivers’ title in Japan, while Citroën team-mate Yvan Muller secured his first win of the 2016 season after López allowed him past with one lap to go. López looked set to put on a showcase lights-to-flag victory in the main race at Twin Ring […]

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Yvan Muller ‘not bothered’ about fight to finish runner-up

Yvan Muller says he is not bothered about the fight to finish as the runner-up in this year’s World Touring Car Championship, as Citroën team-mate José María López could clinch the overall title in Japan this weekend.Muller has endured a challenging weekend at the wheel of his Citroën C-Elysée this year, with the Frenchman having […]

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Double Asian Le Mans victory for Team NZ Motorsport

Team NZ Motorsport enjoyed a superb weekend in the Malaysian heat with John Curran and Graeme Dowsett driving the #77 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup to clear cut victories in both 1-hour races that comprised the second round of the inaugural Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, which was held at Sepang International Circuit. This was the […]

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López battles to home WTCC glory in Argentina

José María López claimed a home FIA World Touring Car Championship victory in the Main Race at WTCC Race of Argentina, battling his way past early leader Norbert Michelisz.With a good start from second on the grid, Norbert Michelisz challenged López at Turn 1 and was able to make the lead his through the following […]

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Honda to increase to four works’ Civics in Japan

Honda will increase its entry in the World Touring Car Championship to four cars for the Race of Japan in September, giving Japanese racer Ryo Michigami his début in the championship.Michigami will join regular works’ Honda drivers Rob Huff, Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro at the wheel of one of the marque’s Civic TC1 cars, […]

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PEPPER MAN CHASING BORDER VICTORY

 Shaun La Réserveé intent to make it three wins in three meetings Polo Cup winning ways in Port Elizabeth Pepper Racing’s Shaun La Réserveé heads to East London looking to make it three wins in three meetings following a race win in each of the recent Cape Town and Port Elizabeth Engen Volkswagen Polo Cup […]

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Vila Real: Monteiro in emotional lights-to-flag home win

Tiago Monteiro has claimed a poignant race win at his home event at Vila Real thanks to a flawless lights-to-flag drive to fend off Yvan Muller. The Portuguese driver endured a post-race exclusion in Morocco before suffering a huge shunt at the Nurburgring Nordschleife which have come as heavy blows to his World Touring Car […]

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BROTHER LEADER TREAD KTM’S TEASDALE AND LANDMAN TAKE VICTORY AT WINTERBERG NATIONAL ENDURO

Port Elizabeth once again played host to the annual Winterberg Enduro, forming round three of the 2016 Liquorland South African National Enduro championship. With a format closer to World Enduro standards, full distance riders had to complete five laps of the 32 km course which included a 2.8 km Extreme special, a 7 km Terrain […]

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Gabriele Tarquini wins in the wet, leading a Lada 1-2 at home in Russia

Gabriele Tarquini put on a record breaking performance for the Russian manufacturer at their home circuit, leading home the team’s first 1-2 as the rain hit Moscow just ahead of the opening race. The 2009 champion drove from ninth to first to also score the first win for the Lada Vesta in the WTCC, followed […]

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Preview: Nürburgring ready to deliver another spectacle for the WTCC

This weekend, the World Touring Car Championship will race at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife for the second time at the event which has become the championship’s “jewel in the crown”, supporting Germany’s premier endurance race, the Nürburgring 24 Hours.Citroën still lead the way in the drivers’ and manufacturers’ standings, but have Honda hot on their […]

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WTCC racers aim to tame the legendary Nordschleife

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will go from the shortest track in Marrakech to the longest of them all when the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife hosts WTCC Race of Germany for the second time next week (26-28 May). It’s also the biggest challenge of them all with 64 heart-stopping turns lying in wait over the […]

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Polestar WTCC pair to carry zero extra weight in Germany

Polestar Cyan Racing drivers Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom will battle for FIA World Touring Car Championship success at the Nürburgring Nordschleife next week without the hindrance of carrying compensation weight in their Volvo S60 Polestar TC1s. Under rules designed to equalise performance between the various World Touring Cars, a system of adding success ballast […]

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SHELDON CHASING MORE GOLD

Van der Linde intent to add more wins following spectacular double Audi Sport TT Cup debut victories   Double-debut winner, 17-year old South African Audi Sport TT Cup wunderkind Sheldon van der Linde is ready to pick up where he left off when the series heads for its second round that the Nurburgring in Germany […]

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Marrakech: Huff leads Honda 1-2-3 in slippery conditions

Rob Huff has led home Honda’s dream 1-2-3 finish in the main race at Marrakech after mastering the wet conditions, with Nobert Michelisz claiming third ahead of Tiago Monteiro. The Castrol Honda driver had been faced with the daunting prospect of being the first one into the unknown after a sudden downpour drenched the revised […]

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Citroën drivers concerned with new slower and shorter Marrakech layout

Citroën Racing drivers José María López and Yvan Muller expressed their concerns over the new layout of the Moulay El Hassan Circuit in Marrakech. The fast street track used up to 2015 by the FIA World Touring Car Championship has been turned into a permanent but shorter circuit, measuring just under 3 kilometres and is […]

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José María López snatches win on the last lap in Slovakia mayhem

José María López won the main race at Slovakiaring after a thrilling final lap, overtaking Lada’s Nicky Catsburg, who had looked set to secure his first win in the WTCC until he lost ground to both López and Monteiro. The Citroën driver finished the race ahead of Honda Racing’s Tiago Monteiro, who leaves Slovakia with […]

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José María López holds on to earn first win of season

Citroën’s José María López held on to win a thrilling main World Touring Car Championship race in France, after Honda’s Tiago Monteiro closed the gap to the reigning champion in the latter stages of the race. A thrilling race saw López lead from the start, whilst his team-mate Yvan Muller moved from third to second […]

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The winter’s over, the WTCC starts at the champion’s home track

This weekend the 12th season of the World Touring Car Championship kicks off at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France, the home round of reigning manufacturers’ champions Citroën, but the almighty C-Elysées of Yvan Muller and José María López will have a hard fight from three full manufacturer entries from Volvo, Lada […]

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Citroën drivers expect a weighty challenge in Paul Ricard

The 2016 World Touring Car Championship season kicks off in a week’s time at the Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France, and despite being the all-conquering Citroën team’s home race, drivers Yvan Muller and José María López expect it could be difficult to stay ahead carrying an unprecedented 80kg of compensation weight.   […]

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Peugeot explain their participation in the Valencia test

Peugeot’s 308 Racing Cup car has taken part in the TCR Balance of Performance test in Valencia, in order for the car to be assessed and ready to race in the various TCR series, but the French manufacturer has moved to clarify Sébastien Loeb Racing’s participation in the test. SLR, which will run three Citroën […]

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The challenge of predicting the 2016 WTCC champion

Given the changes during the off-season, the 2016 World Touring Car Championship could be the most unpredictable in recent seasons.Despite the uncertainties, several drivers are a dead-cert to be in the running for the title, including all of the past eight WTCC champions. José María López (2014, 2015 champion) Probably the hands-down favourite to win […]

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Volvo chose WTCC over DTM due to global aspirations

Volvo Polestar chose the World Touring Car Championship over the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters due to its global ambitions, according to the marque’s Commercial Director of Motorsport Alexander Murdzevski.Volvo will return to the WTCC in 2016 with a two-car works effort, competing with its Polestar performance brand under the ‘Polestar Cyan Racing’ banner. The decision to […]

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SEAT LEON CUP RACER ALL SET FOR 2016 SEASON

SEAT is continuing its intense and long-standing commitment to motorsport as it prepares for the 2016 season of the SEAT Leon Eurocup to take to some of the continent’s most fascinating race tracks. Two sprint races will be held on each of seven race weekends in six European countries. On the starting line is the […]

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WTCC: Series boss surprised by Loeb axing

World Touring Car Championship chief Francois Ribeiro said he was left speechless by Citroen’s decision not to retain Sebastien Loeb for the 2016 season.Citroen’s parent PSA group announced last November that the manufacturer would exit the championship at the end of this year, when it will switch its focus solely to its World Rally Championship […]

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New name and doubled prizes for WTCC Independents Trophy

The category for privateer racers in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) will be rebranded as the ‘WTCC Trophy’ from the 2016 season, with twice as much prize money on offer to competitors. Formerly known as the Yokohama Trophy, the independents category has been rebranded for 2016. The category will now offer €500,000 of prize […]

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Bjork and Ekblom get Volvo WTCC seats

Swedish duo Thed Bjork and Fredrik Ekblom will spearhead Volvo’s return to the World Touring Car Championship with the factory-backed Polestar Cyan Racing project in 2016. The pair have been involved in the development of Polestar’s new TC1-spec S60, along with Robert Dahlgren, who will continue with WTCC test duties while returning to the Scandinavian […]