WTCC FOR BEGINNERS ALL YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
FIA AUTOMOBILE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Created by the FIA after the Formula 1 and World Rally Championships
How many chances has a normal road user to become a professional racing driver? Very few, indeed!
To become a motorsport star: climb early and be prepared to face sacrifice and obstacles!
REAL CARS REAL RACING Become a winner in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, where muscle-bound versions of the saloons that anyone of us could buy and drive everyday from home to the workplace and back, clash on the racetrack in exciting battles.
Production four-door, two-wheel-drive saloon cars modified for racing and equipped with 1.6 litre turbocharged engine and six-speed sequential gearbox
Racing machines Top speeds close to 300 kph, door-to-door clashes on the racetrack
Two classes: TC1 for 2014 cars (380 bhp, 18” tyres, aerodynamics kit); TC2 for 2013 cars (320 bhp, 17” tyres)
The qualifying session is split in three parts: Q1 for all the drivers, Q2 for the top 12 drivers classified in Q1, Q3 for the top 5 drivers qualified in Q2
Q3: points awarded to the first five drivers classified (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) Race 1 and Race 2: points awarded to the first ten drivers classified (25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1)
2 x 60 km races per event with a standing start
The grid for Race 1 is based on the qualifying combined results of Q1, Q2 and Q3. On the grid for Race 2, positions from 11th downwards remain the same, while the first ten positions are reversed.
12 events in 4 continents 2 FIA World Championship Titles are awarded, for Drivers and Manufacturers
The Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy is reserved for drivers at the wheel of TC2 cars; full season competitor is awarded a championship start money o
The Asia Trophy is reserved for Asian drivers who enter in the three Asian events of the championship: China, Japan and Macau
2005-2017 The WTCC was revived in 2005 in the current format and is promoted by Eurosport Events’ under an agreement that will last until the end of 2017
Fans can easily recognize in the WTCC cars the same models that are on sale in the dealers’ showrooms
All races are filmed and produced LIVE by Eurosport Events in HD
REPLAY FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP: Round in Moscow, Russia - 12th round (44min)
FIA World Touring Car Championship: CARS, the WTCC Magazine - CARS, the WTCC magazine, previously named Inside WTCC, provides all the insights, reviews and previews about the FIA competition. (31min)
+30% TV AUDIENCE ON EUROSPORT FOR THE FIRST FOUR WTCC ROUNDS
The FIA WTCC inaugurated in 2009 this street circuit in the southern outskirts of Marrakech, marking the return of international car racing to the country after 50 years; it hosts the FIA WTCC for the fifth
Located between Toulon and Marseille, this circuit was built in 1969 and completely renovated in 1999. It hosted the F1 French GP fourteen times between 1971 and 1990 and FIA Touring Car World Cup in 1995. It receives the FIA WTCC for the first time.
Located 20km North East of the Hungarian capital city, this modern racetrack was built in 1986 to host the first ever F1 Grand Prix behind the Iron Curtain; it receives the FIA WTCC for the third time.
Located 40km East of Bratislava, Slovak Republic’s capital city, this modern and demanding racetrack was inaugurated in 2009; it hosts the FIA WTCC for the third time.
Inaugurated in 1922 as an open-road course in the Ardennes region, it underwent many changes to the layout and the facilities during the years. The current layout dates back to 2007. It has been home to 47 editions out of 59 of the F1 Belgian GP, from 1950 to 2013. It hosted the FIA WTCC only once, in 2005.
Located in the Eastern outskirts of Termas de Río Hondo, in the province of Santiago del Estero, and built in 2008, this racetrack hosts the WTCC for the second time.
Located in the valley of Sonoma, in California, mid way between San Francisco and Sacramento, this beautiful track (previously known as Sears Point) was built in 1968 and fully renovated in 1998. The FIA WTCC visits it for the third time
The home of the F1 Japanese Grand Prix from 1987 to 2006 and then again from 2009. This track located 50 km South West of Nagoya, was built in 1962 and renovated in 1983, it receives the FIA WTCC for the fourth time, the first one on the International circuit
This fast and narrow street circuit lies in the Eastern part of the former Portuguese dominion, from the Ferry Terminal up to the Lighthouse. It hosted the first race in 1954 and receives the FIA WTCC for the tenth time.
With the arrival of the new generation of TC1 vehicles, the previous WTCC continue to race in a dedicated class (TC2) and for the Yokohama Trophy. Three different models take part in the TC2 class this year:
The only rear-wheel driven car in the field, winner of three races in 2013 with Tom Coronel at Slovakia Ring and Suzuka and with José María López in Argentina.The Liqui Moly Team Engstler runs two of these cars, one of them for team principal Franz Engstler.
Marrakech 12-13 April
Le Castellet 19-20 April
Hungaroring 3-4 May
Slovakiaring 10-11 May
Salzburgring 24-25 May
Moscow 7-8 June
Spa-Francorchamps 21-22 June
Termas de Río Hondo 2-3 August
Sonoma 13-14 September
Shanghai 11-12 October
Suzuka 25-26 October
Macau 14-16 November