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BRC Racing Team looking for a decisive stretch in Japan

BRC Racing Team cerca in Giappone l’allungo decisivo


The famous Suzuka track in Japan will be the scene for what could be the decisive races in the chase for the 2018 World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) titles.

The WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan, the penultimate round of the season, will take place from October 26th to 28th. The weekend could prove to be the keystone of the whole campaign, during which the Hyundai i30 N TCR of BRC Racing Team’s two drivers have been regulars at the front of the very competitive international field.

The previous Asian races – two back-to-back weekends on Chinese circuits – did little to change the look of the standings. Gabriele Tarquini remains in command at the top of the drivers’ championship, while Norbert Michelisz is one of a group of drivers only a few points from the top three. The duo’s combined points put BRC Racing Team second in the teams’ standings.

After being handicapped by the maximum compensation weight at the most recent round in Wuhan, the weekend in Japan brings a fresh revision to the car weights. Though the i30 N TCR remains the heaviest car on the grid, the gap between it and the other machinery in the pitlane has narrowed markedly. Confident with the performance of the car this change allows BRC Racing Team and its drivers to face the Japanese round in a positive mood, ready to make the most of the weekend before next month’s season finale on the Guia Circuit in Macau.

Gabriele Tarquini comments: "I raced at Suzuka several times, both in Formula 1 and in the WTCC, both on the short track configuration and on the full circuit. For me, it’s one of the most beautiful and complete circuits in the world. I had the pleasure of winning a race in 2014, and it is still a very pleasant memory. Almost 6km long the track has some long straights, but also more technical sections where the handling of the i30 N TCR should make it very strong. After the Wuhan races the compensation weight has changed a bit and, thanks to this, I hope to find a good setup that will allow us to fight for the podium.”

Norbert Michelisz says: "I’m looking forward to the race weekend in Japan, since Suzuka is one of my favourite tracks of the calendar. The circuit layout has everything a driver can wish for, fast change of directions, blind and high speed corners and slow speed sections with the possibility of overtaking. I expect us to have the heaviest car again, but the situation in terms of success ballast should be a bit better than last time in Wuhan, so this, and the fact that the track should suite our car means that we can except to fight for podium finishes again!”

Round 9 WTCR Race of JVCKENWOOD Japan 2018 – Suzuka International Racing Course
Timetable All times local (GMT +09:00)

09.10 – 09.40 Free Practice 1 (30 minutes)
11.25 – 11.35 Free Practice 2 (30 minutes)
13.00 – 13.30 Qualifying (30 minutes)
15.35 – 15.50 Qualifying Q1 (30 minutes)
15.55 – 16.05 Qualifying Q2 (15 minutes)
16.10 (start first car) Qualifying Q3

14.05 – 14.30 Race 1 (9 laps)

11.05 – 11.30 Race 2 (9 laps)
12.30 – 13.00 Race 3 (11 laps)

1 – #30 Gabriele Tarquini ITA - BRC Racing Team - HYUNDAI - pt. 241

2 – #11 Thed Björk SWE - MRacing - HYUNDAI - pt. 234
3 – #48 Yvan Muller FRA - MRacing - HYUNDAI - pt. 234
4 – #74 Pepe Oriola ESP – Campos Racing - CUPRA - pt.207
5 – #69 Jean-Karl Vernay FRA - Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team - AUDI - pt. 205
6 – #86 Esteban Guerrieri ARG - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport - HONDA - pt.199
7 – #5 Norbert Michelisz HUN - BRC Racing Team - HYUNDAI - pt. 195
8 – #22 Frédéric Vervisch BEL – Audi Sport Team Comtoyon - AUDI - pt. 192
9 – #68 Yann Ehrlacher FRA - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport - HONDA - pt. 178
10 – #12 Rob Huff GBR - Sébastien Loeb Racing - VOLKSWAGEN - pt. 162

1 – MRacing - HYUNDAI - pt. 480
2 – BRC Racing Team - HYUNDAI - pt. 443
3 – ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport - HONDA - pt. 383
5 – Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team - AUDI - pt. 341
5 – Sébastien Loeb Racing - VOLKSWAGEN - pt. 297
6 – Audi Sport Team Comtoyou - AUDI - pt. 264
7 – Campos Racing - CUPRA - pt. 233
8 – DG Sport Competition - PEUGEOT - pt.178
9 – ComtoyouRacing - AUDI - pt. 105
9 – Boutsen Ginion Racing - HONDA - pt. 86
11 – Mulsanne Srl - CUPRA - pt. 49
12 – Zengo Motorsport - CUPRA - pt. 29

About BRC Racing Team
BRC Racing Team is the racing department of BRC Gas Equipment.
With a presence in over 70 countries in the world, and a customer portfolio that includes the major car manufacturers, BRC Gas Equipment is a world leader in the production of systems and components for LPG and CNG conversion of vehicles. BRC Racing Team is an integrated project of R&D and Marketing, aimed at promoting the brand and the corporate image through Motorsport.

About the Hyundai i30 N TCR
Announced in February 2017 the i30 N TCR represents Hyundai Motorsport’s first steps into circuit racing. Built and developed by the Customer Racing department at the team’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany the car is based on Hyundai’s high-performance i30 N model. Design work for the project began in September 2016, with the first on track test taking place in April 2017. An exhaustive development schedule ended with the i30 N TCR taking victory in its very first race in the TCR International Series at the Zhejiang Raceway in China. Hyundai Motorsport delivered the first cars to customers in December 2017, with teams competing around the world during 2018.

About the FIA World Touring Car Cup
The World Touring Car Cup is running to new rules and a new name from 2018 as the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) hits the tracks. Promoted by Eurosport Events, the organisation behind the WTCC, and using the TCR technical regulations – a cheaper and more accessible concept embraced by manufacturers including Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, SEAT and Volkswagen – WTCR will be contested over 10 weekends in four continents from April to November. Each event will consist of three races and will typically take place over two days. Day one includes a single qualifying and race, while day two is more in keeping with the previous WTCC set-up: a three-phase qualifying and two races with the first race utilising a reverse grid. A maximum of 26 entries will be accepted plus a further two wildcards at each event. Although there won’t be manufacturer teams under cost-cutting measures, several top drivers from the WTCC and other international touring car series are set to take part with the prospect of some extremely close and exciting racing.


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