Here’s a recap of some of the latest developments in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.
MONTEIRO’S HEROIC COMEBACK IN WTCR NEVER A ONE-YEAR PLAN
Confirmation that Tiago Monteiro will continue racing in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup is another example of why his arduous recovery from serious injury was worth it. Monteiro feared he might never driver again following his testing crash in September 2017. But he defied medical experts by returning to racing, with victory at his home round of the WTCR in Portugal last summer going down as one of the motorsport moments of 2019. Earlier this month, Honda Racing announced the ex-Formula One driver would enjoy its support for a ninth season through a WTCR programme alongside Néstor Girolami, Esteban Guerrieri and Attila Tassi. It was another significant moment for the 43-year-old comeback hero. Click for full story.
CUPRA PROMISES “EVEN BETTER PERFORMANCE” FROM NEW WTCR CHALLENGER
The new CUPRA León TCR, which is eligible for the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, will have “even better performance” than its predecessor, according to the Spanish make. Already available for pre-order, the CUPRA León TCR features improved bodywork, better weight distribution and enhanced aerodynamic efficiency, following a development phase that began last October and included tests in Italy, Portugal and Spain. Click for full story.
SUPER RACING FESTIVAL MEANS SUPER DOUBLE FUN AT WTCR RACE OF HUNGARY
Home fans will get a double treat when the Super Racing Festival takes place at the Hungaroring from 24-26 April. That’s because two home heroes are set for action in two very different types of vehicle. While Norbert Michelisz, the King of the WTCR, is due to line up in a World Touring Car, his compatriot and namesake Norbert Kiss is expected to be at the wheel of a racing truck as he bids for a third ETRC title. Venue of the Hungarian Grand Prix since 1986, the track located 20 kilometres northeast of Budapest will not only host the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, but also the FIA European Truck Racing Championship. And that’s why track bosses are saying the event is called the Super Racing Festival for a reason. Click for full story.
TASSI HATCHES “BIG STEP FORWARD” PLAN IN WTCR
Attila Tassi knows how he can build on his rookie season results and chase WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup success in 2020. The 20-year-old showed potential – including landing the DHL Pole Position for Race 3 at WTCR Race of Portugal – but was often starved of good fortune in his KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR. Now the Hungarian has a plan to fly in his second year in WTCR, when he will enjoy continued Honda support. Click for full story.
SPLIT ROLE NO PROBLEM, SAYS WTCR RACER CATSBURG
Nicky Catsburg, who is set for another season of WTCR action in 2020, has spoken about the challenges faced by switching between GT cars and World Touring Cars. Catsburg split 2019 racing in endurance events and the sprint-style WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. He is expected to do more of the same during the upcoming season, although his WTCR programme has yet to be announced. Click for full story.
TWIN-TASTIC! WTCR’S TOM CORONEL AND BROTHER TIM SCORE DAKAR BEST
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup points-scorer Tom Coronel and twin brother Tim celebrated a Dakar personal best result by making it to the finish of the gruelling cross-country event in 27th position. The Dutchmen survived a roll during week two to complete the demanding route across Saudi Arabia in their 3.0-litre buggy, known as The Beast. Click for full story.