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WTCR - Macau preview
Tarquini is chasing his second world title

The Macau Guia Race welcomes back the TCR cars that took part in two successful visits of the former TCR International Series in 2015 and 2016.
This week's event counts as the final round of the inaugural season of the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup that will crown its first champions.
The battle for the Drivers' titles is wide open, as seven men are matehmatically still in contention. However, the fight seems restricted to the top three in the standings, all at the wheel of Hyundai i30 N cars: Gabriele Tarquini, Yvan Muller and Thed Björk.
When Tarquini clinched the 2009 WTCC title at Macau, he became the oldest FIA World champion ever at the age of 47. Nine years after, the Italian has the opportunity to beat his own record and being crowned the first WTCR champion; in fact he returns to Macau with a comfortable margin of 39 points over Muller, while Björk lies third, 53 points behind.
With 87 points still on offer, the chances of the other four contenders appear to be purely theoretical: Pepe Oriola (Cupra), Jean-Karl Vernay (Audi), Esteban Guerrieri (Honda) and Norbert Michelisz (Hyundai) have large gaps of 64, 75, 78 and 79 points respectively.
The two Hyundai outfits - BRC Racing that runs Tarquini and Michelisz and M Racing/YMR that runs Muller and Björk - will be fighting for the Teams' title, as they are currently first and second in the standings, split by just eight points.
In any case, the battle on the 6.1km Guia street circuit will be fierce, as every driver will be eager to finish the season on a high note; especially Rob Huff who will try to add a tenth victory to his record of the most successful racer in Macau history that includes a win in the 2015 TCR International Series.
For the event, the WTCR's schedule has been adapted to run both the Qualifying sessions on Friday, Race 1 on Saturday afternoon and Races 2 and 3 on Sunday morning.

Track time at Macau
Thursday, 15 November - 09:05 (02:05 CET), Practice 1 (30 min.)
Thursday, 15 November - 13.30 (06:30 CET), Practice 2 (30 min.)
Friday, 16 November - 08:50 (01:50 CET), Qualifying 1 (30 min.)
Friday, 16 November - 13:35 (06:35 CET), Qualifying 2 (Q1 + Q2 + Q3)
Saturday, 17 November - 14:25 (07:25 CET), Race 1 (8 laps)
Sunday, 18 November - 08:20 (01:20 CET), Race 2 (8 laps)
Sunday, 18 November - 11:00 (04:00 CET), Race 3 (11 laps)

Local time GMT +8

Photos: DPPI; TCR/Photo 4



Ma Qing Hua and six locals join in Macau

Chinese fans have plenty of heroes to cheer for in the WTCR's final event at Macau, as the field includes half a dozen local drivers and China's Ma Qing Hua.
Ma returns to Boutsen Ginion Racing, alongside Tom Coronel, in the Honda Civic Type R that he already raced at the Chinese events at Ningbo and Wuhan earlier in the season.
André Couto, winner of the Macau Grand Prix in 2000 has been nominated by the TCR China promoter and will drive a Honda Civic Type R for the MacPro Racing Team. Couto has won both the sprint races of TCR China’s second event at Ningbo.
Filipe de Souza, Billy Lo Kai Fung, Lam Kam San, Kevin Tse Wing Kin and Rui Valente were selected by AAMC, the Macanese ASN.
De Souza and Lam will race Audi RS3 LMS cars for Champ Motorsport, Lo and Tse will also drive Audi cars for TSRT Zuver Team and TeamWork Motorsport respectively, while Valente will line up in a Volkswagen Golf GTI for the PCT-IXO Models Racing Team.


TCR World & life
the new issue is online !

“TCR World & life”, the e-magazine dedicated to all the TCR series and championships worldwide.

In this issue:
    - Spotlight: Chinese brand joins TCR
    - ETCR launch at Barcelona
    - WTCR @ Suzuka
    - TCR Europe @ Barcelona
    - TCR Korea @ Yeongam
    - TCR Portugal @ Portimão
    - TCR Thailand @ Buriram
    - Endurance: Super Taikyu @ Okayama
    - Endurance: CER @ Barcelona
    - Endurance: VLN @ Nürburgring
    - Endurance: 2-hour race @ Vallelunga
    - Other races: Laguna Seca, Yas Marina, Misano
    - Standings of all TCR series
    - Three questions to: Luca Engstler

Read ‘TCR World & life’ now !


CER @ Barcelona
Guillemat and Ibañez victorious the final race

The Campeonato de España Resistencia finished at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a 2-hour race open to TCR and GT cars.
Victory in the TCR class went to the NM Racing Team’s Cupra DSG driven by Lluc Ibañez and Maxime Guillemat, while David Cebrián and Max Llobet grabbed the title in the SEAT León run by the RC2 Junior Team.
The Monlau Competición Cupra DSG of Gianluigi Vicinanza-Álex Cosin had set the class’ fastest lap in Qualifying, but was Guillemat who took the lead at the start. The NM Racing Team’s duo led for most of the race and finished third overall, a few seconds behind two GT4 cars.
Vicinanza-Cosin were classified second in the class and fourth overall while Guillermo Aso completed the TCR podium in the PCR Sport Cupra DSG. The fourth position was enough for Cebrián-Llobet to be crowned champions, as their rivals in the title fight – Joan Vinyes and Jaime Font in a Baporo Motorsport Cupra DSG – were classified eighth. 

Photos: V-Line Org


2-hour race @ Vallelunga
Bettera wins in the Pit Lane Competizioni Audi

Enrico Bettera, driving a Pit Lane Competizioni Audi RS3 LMS, won the 2-hour Endurance race for TCR cars at Valleunga’s Autodromo Piero Taruffi.
After setting pole position in Qualifying with a lap that was over a second faster than the rest of the field, Bettera dominated the race. The only driver who was able to chase his Audi in the first part of the race was Fabian Peroni in the South Italy Racing Opel Astra; however he retired after 37 minutes with a technical issue.
Two Cupra cars were classified second and third at the end of the 2-hour race and topped the DSG class. Marco Costamagna and Alberto Biraghi crossed the finishing line 96 seconds behind the winner in the car run by the RS+A team, while the BD Racing car of Marco Pellegrini and Stefano Zanini came home in third place, one lap down.  

Photo: Gruppo Peroni Race


4-hour race @ Sebring
Ruscitti and Cirone take the TCR class

The IMSA season was closed by a non-championship 4H race at Sebring International Raceway.
A seesaw battle for the TCR class victory between the Mark Motors Racing Audi RS3 LMS of Canadian co-drivers Remo Ruscitti and Marco Cirone and the JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi of Stephen Simpson and Michael Johnson went in favour of the former team, but not until the very end.
After he and Cirone had spent a considerable amount of the race in the class lead, Ruscitti found himself chasing Simpson in the closing minutes. He finally got around Simpson with a lap-and-a-half remaining and cruised to a relatively easy victory as Simpson came into the pits as he had run out of fuel.
Luke and Tanner Rumburg completed the TCR podium with a third-place result in the Rumcastle LLC Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Photo: Audi Media Center


The other races of the upcoming weekend


The 24H COTA ends off the 24H TCE Series at Austin's Circuit of the Americas.
Thirteen teams have entered in the TCR class that will award the Continents Trophy; after the two previous rounds at Dubai and Portimão, a family fight has taken shape. In fact, the two Peugeot 308 cars run by Team Altran are currently first and second in the standings, with the #908 leading from #308 by just one point. 
Two other teams - both in Cupra cars run by Bas Koeten Racing - are still in contention: LMS Racing #129 and NKPP Racing #175 that have gaps of 16 and 18 points respectively. 

The Dubai Autodrome hosts Saturday the second event of the NGK United Arab Emirates Touring Car Championship.
Costas Papantonis in a Cupra run by Mouhritsa Racing dominated the opening round that was held at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit two weekd ago.
The Greek driver set pole position and won both races with a comfortable margin.


The TCR events of the week

15 / 18 November - WTCR, Rounds 28, 29 & 30 @ Macau
16 / 18 November - 24H TCE Series, 24H COTA @ Austin, USA
17 November - NGK UAETCC, Rounds 3 & 4 @ Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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