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Volvo's Catsburg takes WTCC lead with Nurburgring Nordschleife win - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

Did Baku chaos flatter Red Bull in practice? A team that's underperformed all year fastest, yellow flags everywhere, a title contender only 10th - what data from Baku Friday can be trusted as a real indicator of the weekend to come and what was just a product of the mayhem? 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it...


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Read more: Volvo's Catsburg takes WTCC lead with Nurburgring Nordschleife win - autosport.com

World Touring Car Championship reveals Vila Real joker lap details - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

Did Baku chaos flatter Red Bull in practice? A team that's underperformed all year fastest, yellow flags everywhere, a title contender only 10th - what data from Baku Friday can be trusted as a real indicator of the weekend to come and what was just a product of the mayhem? 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: World Touring Car Championship reveals Vila Real joker lap details - autosport.com

Aus interest growing in Audi GT4, TCR cars - Speedcafe

Audi’s new R8 LMS GT4 racer

Audi Customer Racing Australia is aiming to import examples of the new R8 GT4 machine before the end of the year as the GT4 class continues to enjoy a global boom.

The German manufacturer launched its first GT4 weapon in April this year joining a string of marques to construct cars for the growing category.

GT4 is a class earmarked for gentleman drivers with cars several seconds a lap slower than its bigger brother GT3 machines.

At half the cost of GT3 cars, the class is booming in Europe with interest now starting to trickle into Australia, with a handful of GT4 specification cars already in the country.

The R8 GT4, which made its racing debut at last weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hours, features a 5.2 litre V10 engine producing 364 kW (495 horsepower), while sharing almost 60 percent of its components with the road car.

The first two cars off the production...


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Read more: Aus interest growing in Audi GT4, TCR cars - Speedcafe

Kevin Gleason targeting Q2 on fourth WTCC outing - TouringCars.Net

Kevin GleasonPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Kevin Gleason is targeting breaking into Q2 on his fourth weekend in the World Touring Car Championship in Portugal, as the American looks to build on his first three race weekends in the championship.

Gleason will drive on the challenging high-speed Vila Real street circuit for the first time this weekend, having not yet tackled a WTCC street circuit.

The LADA driver has set his sights on breaking into Q2 for the first time, as he knows that a prime grid position is essential at the circuit where passing is a challenge. Gleason’s best qualifying result to date has been 14th.

“I am really enjoying my time in the WTCC so far and this will now be my fourth outing in the Championship with RC Motorsport,” said Gleason. “I hope that I can continue to improve my pace and position as I get more familiar with the car and the team as I have in each previous...


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Read more: Kevin Gleason targeting Q2 on fourth WTCC outing - TouringCars.Net

Norbert Michelisz 'interested to see how joker lap will work' - TouringCars.Net

Norbert MicheliszPhoto: Antonin Vincent / DPPI

Norbert Michelisz admits he is intrigued to see how the joker lap will play out in this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship races on the streets of Vila Real in Portugal.

The races in Vila Real, which is hosting its third WTCC event, will feature a ‘joker lap’ for the first-ever time, which will be at the final corner of the lap.

The roundabout turn normally sees drivers go to the right of the island, but the new joker lap will take drivers around the left-hand side, adding around two seconds to the lap. All drivers must use the joker lap once in each race.

“I’m very interested to see how the ‘joker lap’ will work,” said Michelisz. “The WTCC should be praised for attempting new things like this. I hope we can use it to our advantage.”

The Honda driver is currently seventh overall in the drivers’ championship standings, and heads into the weekend...


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Read more: Norbert Michelisz 'interested to see how joker lap will work' - TouringCars.Net

Tiago Monteiro 'not leaving anything to chance' in home race - TouringCars.Net

Tiago MonteiroPhoto: Antonin Vincent / DPPI

Tiago Monteiro says he is ‘not leaving anything to chance’ as he heads into his home round of the World Touring Car Championship in Portugal this weekend, where he is one of the favourites to win at the Vila Real Street Circuit.

Monteiro took a memorable victory in the Main Race around the high-speed barrier-lined circuit in 2016, which was one of only two wins the Portuguese racer took least year.

The Honda driver heads into this weekend’s races as one of the favourites, as he is just two points behind championship leader Nicky Catsburg.

With 50 kg of compensation weight on his Honda Civic, compared to the 80 kg on board both the Citroën C-Elysée and Volvo S60s, Monteiro knows he is heading into the weekend in a good position.

“Thanks to our victory here last year and thanks to the hard work performed this year by Honda, I think we are one of the...


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Read more: Tiago Monteiro 'not leaving anything to chance' in home race - TouringCars.Net

Saturday Sleuthing: The Yellow Pages Commodore - Supercars.com

Generally in our Saturday Sleuthing stories we focus on the histories of racing cars from the Supercars era of touring car racing in Australia, but occasionally we wind back the clock to focus on race cars of yesteryear and today’s story is one of a nice reunification between driver and car.

Peter McLeod is perhaps best known for winning Bathurst in 1987 as part of Peter Brock’s Mobil HDT squad, but he also enjoyed a long and successful career in motorsport and paved the way for sons Ryan and Gerard to also become involved both behind the wheel and in workshops across the country.

Recently - through the power of social media - McLeod was re-united with his old Group A Commodore, a car that had started its life as a rental car bought at auction (true story!) and been his weapon of choice for three Bathursts in the mid-to-late 1980s - fans perhaps remember it best as the Yellow Pages...


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Read more: Saturday Sleuthing: The Yellow Pages Commodore - Supercars.com

Street fighting on the Macau of Europe - Motor Sport (blog)

Racing on these Portuguese streets has survived war, a revolution and many crises to stand the test of time.

Twenty-seven blind corners taken at speeds of up to 150mph, two railway crossings, two bridges – one with a 150ft drop – and a small jump. This was the formidable, terrifying character of the old 4.4-mile circuit at Vila Real. It still hosts international motor sport on an only-slightly-less-daunting 2.8-mile layout that includes much of the old loop.

Richard Heseltine retraced the old circuit in 2006. 'Alongside the old grandstand, accelerate along the straight – now blighted by roundabouts – before a steep descent to your right. Follow sharp left and right turns before the Timpeira stone bridge: you are officially out of town,' he wrote.

Crossing the railway for the first time the track opens up onto a free-flowing, ultra-fast section that climbs towards the grand Mateus...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Street fighting on the Macau of Europe - Motor Sport (blog)

Volvo's Catsburg takes WTCC lead with Nurburgring Nordschleife win - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

Did Baku chaos flatter Red Bull in practice? A team that's underperformed all year fastest, yellow flags everywhere, a title contender only 10th - what data from Baku Friday can be trusted as a real indicator of the weekend to come and what was just a product of the mayhem? 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Volvo's Catsburg takes WTCC lead with Nurburgring Nordschleife win - autosport.com

TCR Audi touring car arrives in Australia - Speedcafe

The TCR spec Audi RS 3 LMS at Phillip Island

Audi Customer Racing Australia is evaluating the possibility of running TCR cars in Australia following the arrival of an Audi RS 3 LMS.

The car, which has just arrived from Dubai, is part of the Melbourne squad’s fleet at Phillip Island this weekend although the machine will be on display purposes only.

It has been used by Audi Australia for demonstrations earlier this week.

TCR is relatively new global touring car formula established in 2015 as the brainchild of former World Touring Car Championship boss Marcello Lotti.

Regional series utilising the 330hp two-litre turbocharged TCR touring cars have emerged in China, Italy, Portugal, America, Thailand, Germany and Scandinavia.

Audi is the latest marque to adopt the TCR regulations having launched the car in September last year, joining SEAT, Volkswagen, Ford, Alfa Romeo, Honda,...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: TCR Audi touring car arrives in Australia - Speedcafe

World Touring Car Championship reveals Vila Real joker lap details - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

Did Baku chaos flatter Red Bull in practice? A team that's underperformed all year fastest, yellow flags everywhere, a title contender only 10th - what data from Baku Friday can be trusted as a real indicator of the weekend to come and what was just a product of the mayhem? 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: World Touring Car Championship reveals Vila Real joker lap details - autosport.com

Wild World Challenge touring car action coming to Road America on June 23-25 - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Great TC racing joins GT/GTA/GT Cup and GTS at famed RA road circuit

Elkhart Lake, Wis. – The highly-competitive and entertaining Touring Car division of the Pirelli World Challenge will return next month (June 23-25) as part of the KOHLER Grand Prix with the Verizon IndyCar Series at the legendary Road America four-mile road circuit.

The Touring Car class will be joining the PWC Grand Prix of Road America along with the GT/GTA/GT Cup Sprint (50-minute) races and the GTS Sprint (50-minute) events set for Saturday (June 24) and Sunday (June 25).

The TC category has already competed in six rounds in 2017 with some of the most exciting door-to-door, bumper-to-bumper action in the Pirelli World Challenge with five different winners in the first six races. Cars such as Audi, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Lotus, Mazda, Nissan and Porsche make up the Touring Car manufacturers expect to come to Road...


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Read more: Wild World Challenge touring car action coming to Road America on June 23-25 - Motorsport.com,...

Norbert Michelisz 'interested to see how joker lap will work' - TouringCars.Net

Norbert MicheliszPhoto: Antonin Vincent / DPPI

Norbert Michelisz admits he is intrigued to see how the joker lap will play out in this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship races on the streets of Vila Real in Portugal.

The races in Vila Real, which is hosting its third WTCC event, will feature a ‘joker lap’ for the first-ever time, which will be at the final corner of the lap.

The roundabout turn normally sees drivers go to the right of the island, but the new joker lap will take drivers around the left-hand side, adding around two seconds to the lap. All drivers must use the joker lap once in each race.

“I’m very interested to see how the ‘joker lap’ will work,” said Michelisz. “The WTCC should be praised for attempting new things like this. I hope we can use it to our advantage.”

The Honda driver is currently seventh overall in the drivers’ championship standings, and heads into the weekend...


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Read more: Norbert Michelisz 'interested to see how joker lap will work' - TouringCars.Net

Lopez, Buemi 'uncomfortable' missing FE races - Eurosport.com AU

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and WEC chief Gerard Neveu met with FIA president Jean Todt and F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend to discuss better cohesion between the calendars in the future.

It comes after the WEC surprised Formula E by scheduling its 2017 Nurburgring round against a Formula E double-header in New York, despite a pre-existing gentleman's agreement between the categories.

That clash means Renault e.dams' FE champion Buemi and DS Virgin Racing driver Lopez will miss the series' first trip to New York - having already had to skip the official WEC pre-season test at Monza to fly overnight from Toyota's LMP1 programme launch to contest the FE Mexico City round.

Formula E announced its 2017/18 season calendar on Monday, while only the Le Mans 24 Hours has been announced as part of the 2018 WEC schedule.

Three-time World Touring Car champion...


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Read more: Lopez, Buemi 'uncomfortable' missing FE races - Eurosport.com AU

Kevin Gleason targeting Q2 on fourth WTCC outing - TouringCars.Net

Kevin GleasonPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Kevin Gleason is targeting breaking into Q2 on his fourth weekend in the World Touring Car Championship in Portugal, as the American looks to build on his first three race weekends in the championship.

Gleason will drive on the challenging high-speed Vila Real street circuit for the first time this weekend, having not yet tackled a WTCC street circuit.

The LADA driver has set his sights on breaking into Q2 for the first time, as he knows that a prime grid position is essential at the circuit where passing is a challenge. Gleason’s best qualifying result to date has been 14th.

“I am really enjoying my time in the WTCC so far and this will now be my fourth outing in the Championship with RC Motorsport,” said Gleason. “I hope that I can continue to improve my pace and position as I get more familiar with the car and the team as I have in each previous...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Kevin Gleason targeting Q2 on fourth WTCC outing - TouringCars.Net

Tiago Monteiro 'not leaving anything to chance' in home race - TouringCars.Net

Tiago MonteiroPhoto: Antonin Vincent / DPPI

Tiago Monteiro says he is ‘not leaving anything to chance’ as he heads into his home round of the World Touring Car Championship in Portugal this weekend, where he is one of the favourites to win at the Vila Real Street Circuit.

Monteiro took a memorable victory in the Main Race around the high-speed barrier-lined circuit in 2016, which was one of only two wins the Portuguese racer took least year.

The Honda driver heads into this weekend’s races as one of the favourites, as he is just two points behind championship leader Nicky Catsburg.

With 50 kg of compensation weight on his Honda Civic, compared to the 80 kg on board both the Citroën C-Elysée and Volvo S60s, Monteiro knows he is heading into the weekend in a good position.

“Thanks to our victory here last year and thanks to the hard work performed this year by Honda, I think we are one of the...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Tiago Monteiro 'not leaving anything to chance' in home race - TouringCars.Net

Street fighting on the Macau of Europe - Motor Sport (blog)

Racing on these Portuguese streets has survived war, a revolution and many crises to stand the test of time.

Twenty-seven blind corners taken at speeds of up to 150mph, two railway crossings, two bridges – one with a 150ft drop – and a small jump. This was the formidable, terrifying character of the old 4.4-mile circuit at Vila Real. It still hosts international motor sport on an only-slightly-less-daunting 2.8-mile layout that includes much of the old loop.

Richard Heseltine retraced the old circuit in 2006. 'Alongside the old grandstand, accelerate along the straight – now blighted by roundabouts – before a steep descent to your right. Follow sharp left and right turns before the Timpeira stone bridge: you are officially out of town,' he wrote.

Crossing the railway for the first time the track opens up onto a free-flowing, ultra-fast section that climbs towards the grand Mateus...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Street fighting on the Macau of Europe - Motor Sport (blog)

Saturday Sleuthing: The Yellow Pages Commodore - Supercars.com

Generally in our Saturday Sleuthing stories we focus on the histories of racing cars from the Supercars era of touring car racing in Australia, but occasionally we wind back the clock to focus on race cars of yesteryear and today’s story is one of a nice reunification between driver and car.

Peter McLeod is perhaps best known for winning Bathurst in 1987 as part of Peter Brock’s Mobil HDT squad, but he also enjoyed a long and successful career in motorsport and paved the way for sons Ryan and Gerard to also become involved both behind the wheel and in workshops across the country.

Recently - through the power of social media - McLeod was re-united with his old Group A Commodore, a car that had started its life as a rental car bought at auction (true story!) and been his weapon of choice for three Bathursts in the mid-to-late 1980s - fans perhaps remember it best as the Yellow Pages...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Saturday Sleuthing: The Yellow Pages Commodore - Supercars.com

TCR Audi touring car arrives in Australia - Speedcafe

The TCR spec Audi RS 3 LMS at Phillip Island

Audi Customer Racing Australia is evaluating the possibility of running TCR cars in Australia following the arrival of an Audi RS 3 LMS.

The car, which has just arrived from Dubai, is part of the Melbourne squad’s fleet at Phillip Island this weekend although the machine will be on display purposes only.

It has been used by Audi Australia for demonstrations earlier this week.

TCR is relatively new global touring car formula established in 2015 as the brainchild of former World Touring Car Championship boss Marcello Lotti.

Regional series utilising the 330hp two-litre turbocharged TCR touring cars have emerged in China, Italy, Portugal, America, Thailand, Germany and Scandinavia.

Audi is the latest marque to adopt the TCR regulations having launched the car in September last year, joining SEAT, Volkswagen, Ford, Alfa Romeo, Honda,...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: TCR Audi touring car arrives in Australia - Speedcafe

Volvo's Catsburg takes WTCC lead with Nurburgring Nordschleife win - autosport.com

Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress motorsport's governing body has made under the leadership of Jean Todt 1498176000 F1

The only modern F1 driver at Villeneuve's level The recent Canadian Grand Prix dug up old memories of the legendary Gilles Villeneuve. F1's current crop is filled with fine talents, but only one driver really replicates Villeneuve's finest quality 1498089600 F1

How to decide racing's champion of champions A few standout examples aside, drivers could do far better when it comes to crossing disciplines. But suppose a contest was created to test drivers in a wide range of cars, how might such an event shape up? 1498003200 F1

Could McLaren adapt to a Mercedes engine? How easily could McLaren fit a Mercedes engine? Why was Toyota's spell in F1 so...


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Read more: Volvo's Catsburg takes WTCC lead with Nurburgring Nordschleife win - autosport.com

 

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