WTCR Race of Macau media refresher
This is the media refresher ahead of WTCR Race of Macau, the penultimate event of the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO.
Rounds: 25-27 of 30
Venue: Circuito da Guia, Macau
Date: 14-17 November 2019
Location: 207 Avenue da Amiazade, Edif. do Grande Premio, Macau
Length: 6.120 kilometres
Time zone: GMT +8 hours
Race 1 distance: 8 laps (43.960 kilometres)
Race 2 distance: 8 laps (48.960 kilometres)
Race 3 distance: 11 laps (67.320 kilometres)
WTCR qualifying lap record:
Rob Huff (Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR), 2m29.040s (147.80kph), 16/11/18
WTCR race lap record:
Rob Huff (Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR), 2m31.038s (145.80kph), 17/11/18
Macau’s 6.120-kilometre Circuito da Guia blends twisty turns and narrow blasts with long, wide-open straights and sweeping corners – plus gradient changes – to create one of the most challenging and spectacular street circuits on the planet. Touring car racing has been held in this Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China for more than half a century, with the famous Guia Race first run in 1972. Having welcomed back the WTCC in 2017 when Rob Huff bagged a record ninth win, Macau hosted the thrilling seven-way inaugural WTCR season showdown in November 2018 when Gabriele Tarquini took the title.
FROM BEHIND THE WHEEL WITH ROB HUFFF
“Macau absolutely terrifies the life out of me. There is no room for error, but you want a bit more in every corner. But the difference where you are at and where you want a bit more is a trip to hospital. On every corner. And it’s as simple as that. You can’t teach someone to do what I do in Macau. It comes down to a little bit of whether you’ve got it or haven’t got it and that comes down to being a racing driver. Everyone in WTCR has got it, no doubt, but when you start using the wing mirrors on the walls and you come out of every corner thinking ‘how on earth did I survive that corner’, you’re almost there, not quite, but you’re almost at the point, but then you have to go to another step. You hold your breath for two minutes, 30 seconds every lap.”
FIVE MACAU FACTS
1: The first race on Macau’s streets took place in 1954 with the inaugural Guia Race held for the first time in 1972
2: With nine wins, no driver or rider has won in Macau on more occasions than Rob Huff, who claimed his first Guia Race win in 2008. Huff also holds the Guia Race lap record, a 2m27.009s set in 2014 in a LADA Granta.
3: The Circuito da Guia measures seven metres in width at its most narrow point but 14 metres at its widest point.
4: Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages of Macau, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5: Of the 26 drivers racing at Macau with all-season status six are Circuito da Guia rookies. They are Mikel Azcona, Luca Engstler, Johan Kristoffersson, Niels Langeveld, Benjamin Leuchter and Attila Tassi.
PROVISIONAL KEY TIMINGS*
Thursday 14 November
Free Practice 1: 09h00-09h45
Free Practice 2: 13h40-14h10
Friday 15 November
First Qualifying: 08h50-09h30
First Qualifying DHL Media Zone (paddock): 09h30-09h40 (estimated)
First Qualifying press conference (Media Centre): 09h45-10h00 (estimated)
Second Qualifying Q1: 13h35-14h05
Second Qualifying Q2: 14h10-14h25
Second Qualifying Q3: 14h35 (first car starts top five DHL Pole Position shootout)
Second Qualifying DHL Media Zone (paddock): 1435-15h00 (estimated)
Second Qualifying press conference (Media Centre): 15h05-15h20 (estimated)
Saturday 16 November
Race 1: 14h55 (8 laps)
Race 1 podium: 15h30 (estimated)
Race 1 press conference (Media Centre): 15h40 (estimated)
Sunday 17 November
Race 2: 08h45 (8 laps)
Race 2 podium: 09h20 (estimated)
Race 2 press conference (Media Centre): 09h30 (estimated)
Race 3: 11h25 (11 laps)
Race 3 podium: 12h05 (estimated)
Race 3 press conference (Media Centre): 12h15 (estimated)
*All timings are local (GMT +8 hours) and subject to change
Media Pass Collection Counter location:
Opposite Macau Ferry Terminal, far right-hand side as you face the Grand Prix Building
Media Accreditation Centre opening hours:
07h00-18h00: Thursday 14 November
07h00-18h00: Friday 15 November
07h00-18h00: Saturday 16 November
07h00-16h00: Sunday 17 November
Media Centre location:
1F, Grand Prix Building
Media Centre opening hours:
07h00-18h00: Thursday 14 November
07h00-20h00: Friday 15 November
07h00-20h00: Saturday 16 November
07h00-until last journalist leaves: Sunday 17 November
11h00-13h00: Monday 18 November
WTCR Race of Macau data kit: Available to download here
Who’s in it to win it? Click here to find out more about the WTCR drivers
WTCR / OSCARO explained: Click here to find out more
Live timing: https://www.fiawtcr.com/live-timing/
Where and how to watch: Click here for more information
For everything else including image gallery… Register at the WTCR / OSCARO media site by clicking here.
ALL-SEASON ENTRY LIST (all drivers use Yokohama tyres as standard)
1 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Gabriele Tarquini (ITA) Hyundai i30 N TCR
2 PWR Racing Robert Dahlgren (SWE) CUPRA TCR
5 BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Norbert Michelisz (HUN) Hyundai i30 N TCR
6 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Luca Engstler (DEU) Hyundai i30 N TCR
9 KCMG Attila Tassi (HUN) Honda Civic Type R TCR
10 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Niels Langeveld (NLD) Audi RS 3 LMS
11 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Thed Björk (SWE) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
12 SLR VW Motorsport Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
14 SLR Volkswagen Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
18 KCMG Tiago Monteiro (PRT) Honda Civic Type R TCR
21 Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing Aurélien Panis (FRA) CUPRA TCR
22 Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Frédéric Vervisch (BEL) Audi RS 3 LMS
25 SLR VW Motorsport Mehdi Bennani (MAR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
29 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Néstor Girolami (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
31 Team Mulsanne Kevin Ceccon (ITA) Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris
33 SLR Volkswagen Benjamin Leuchter (DEU) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
50 Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing Tom Coronel (NLD) CUPRA TCR
52 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Gordon Shedden (GBR) Audi RS 3 LMS
55 Team Mulsanne Ma Qinghua (CHN) Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris
68 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
69 Leopard Racing Team Audi Sport Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) Audi RS 3 LMS
86 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
88 BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team Nicky Catsburg (NLD) Hyundai i30 N TCR
96 PWR Racing Mikel Azcona (ESP) CUPRA TCR
100 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Yvan Muller (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
111 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Andy Priaulx (GBR) Lynk & Co 03 TCR
WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan wildcards
19 KC Motorgroup Jim Ka To (HKG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
36 Tian Shi Zuver Team Billy Lo (MAC) Audi RS 3 LMS
59 Son Veng Racing Team Wong Kwai Wah (HKG) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
97 Team TRC Terence Tse (HKG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
98 Team TRC James Tang (HKG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
99 Team TRC Arthur Law (HKG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Macau qualifying format explained
First Qualifying (for Race 1): All cars on track for 40 minutes
Fastest five score points on 5-4-3-2-1 basis according to the final classification
Second Qualifying (for Races 2 and 3):
Second Qualifying is split into three phases, Q1, Q2 and Q3:
All drivers on track for 30 minutes
Fastest 12 drivers progress to Qualifying Q2
All other drivers eliminated, taking no further part in the session
The 12 drivers who progressed from Q1 on track for 15 minutes
Fastest five drivers progress to Qualifying Q3 for the DHL Pole Position Shootout
Remaining seven drivers eliminated, taking no further part in the session
The fastest five drivers get 20 seconds to select their running order with the quickest driver from Q2 choosing first followed by the second fastest driver and so on until all five starting positions have been selected.
Drivers notify team managers of their choice by radio and the selection is made online by the respective team managers.
The five drivers will get one warm-up (out lap), one timed lap and one slow down lap (in lap).
Points are awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis according to the final classification.
Drivers must be within 105 per cent of the fastest driver in order to qualify.
Race 1: The starting grid is based on the final classification of First Qualifying – taking into account any grid penalties that are applied – with the fastest driver on the DHL Pole Position.
Race 2: The first 10 positions according to the final classification of Second Qualifying Q2 are reversed to form the first 10 places on the starting grid for Race 2 taking into account any grid penalties that are applied. That means the driver in position 10 in Q2 starts on the DHL Pole Position with the driver in position nine starting second etc.
The drivers in position 11 and 12 according to the final classification of Second Qualifying Q2 fill positions 11 and 12 on the grid taking into account any grid penalties that are applied.
Drivers in positions 13 downwards according to the final classification of Second Qualifying Q1 complete the remainder of the grid in descending order taking into account any grid penalties that are applied.
Race 3: The fastest five drivers according to the final classification of Second Qualifying Q3 fill the top five positions on the Race 3 grid in descending order, taking into account any grid penalties that are applied.
Positions 6-12 on the grid are according to the positions 6-12 of Second Qualifying Q2, taking into account any grid penalties that are applied.
The remaining positions are filled by the drivers from position 13 downwards according to the final classification of Second Qualifying Q1 and taking into account any grid penalties that are applied.
RACE RECAP 2018
Weekend in short
*Tarquini is first FIA WTCR OSCARO title winner
*After 30 all-action races, title tussle comes down to final round and three points
*Vervisch becomes driver number 15 to triumph in 2018 with Race 2 victory
*Guerrieri holds off King of Macau Huff to score Suncity Group Guia Race glory
*Muller leads self-run squad to WTCR OSCARO Teams’ title
Weekend report: While Esteban Guerrieri and Frédéric Vervisch joined Jean-Karl Vernay as WTCR Race of Macau winners, it was Gabriele Tarquini who had the biggest cause for celebration by claiming the inaugural WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO by a mere three points. Piloting a Hyundai i30 N TCR for BRC Racing Team on Yokohama tyres, Tarquini won the first event of the year in Morocco and has been firmly in the title fight ever since. Despite a troubled Second Qualifying in Macau leaving him outside of the top 10 for weekend’s deciding races, Tarquini did just enough with a P10 finish in Race 3 to hand him the title spoils ahead of Yvan Muller. Four-time world champion Muller gave his all to snatch the crown from Tarquini’s grasp but his podium brace wasn’t quite enough to claim the top prize although his self-run, Hyundai-powered YMR squad, which was formed on the eve of the season, beat BRC to the Teams’ title thanks to his and Thed Björk’s collective efforts. Nine-time Guia Race winner Rob Huff claimed a double DHL Pole Position in his Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI but the King of Macau had to settle for third and second – plus the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy. Guerrieri, meanwhile, soaked up immense pressure from Huff to win Race 3, his second triumph of the season following his success at the Nürburgring Nordschleife earlier in the year. The Honda-powered ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver, the TAG Heuer Most Valuable Driver of the weekend, headed Huff and Norbert Michelisz with Muller fourth, Yann Ehrlacher fifth and Cupra-mounted Pepe Oriola completing the top six for Team OSCARO by Campos Racing. Vervisch (Audi Sport Team Comtoyou) became winner number 15 of the inaugural WTCR OSCARO season, pulling off a great pass to demote DHL Pole Position starter Timo Scheider to claim the Race 2 victory, taking the lead around the outside at Mandarin. Scheider took second with Muller third and Kevin Ceccon fourth in his Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo.
Winning quote: “I have the memory from nine years ago when I was thinking to stop racing because what do you want to achieve more than a world title?” said Gabriele Tarquini following his title triumph. “It’s probably the best time to stop, but I was thinking ‘why should I stop, I want to race. I have the adrenaline, I am not very slow, I can compete again.’ And I decided, because SEAT stopped, to start again with a private team in 2010, 2011, 2012 and then I was back in a Honda team. So I didn’t stop and this has been the greatest season. And I must also thank Hyundai for choosing me in the beginning, all the team, the mechanics and my team-mate. And I also want to congratulate Yvan, who made a great job through the season. He was my toughest opponent.”
DHL Pole Position Race 1: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Race 1 winner: Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) Audi RS 3 LMS
Race 1 fastest lap: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 2: Timo Scheider (DEU) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 2 winner: Frédéric Vervisch (BEL) Audi RS 3 LMS
Race 2 fastest lap: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 3: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Race 3 winner: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 3 fastest lap: Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Honda Civic Type R TCR
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
TAG Heuer Most Valuable Driver: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R