Friday 5 August 2011


Last week's races at Oschersleben's Motrosport Arena were the last before a one-month Summer break for the WTCC competitors.
The championship will resume in Spain, at Valencia's Circuit Ricardo Tormo on the weekend of September 3rd and 4th.
The Spanish event will kick off the final third of the season and it will be followed by the trip to the Far East with stops at Suzuka East Circuit, Japan on October 23rd, Guangdong International Circuit, China on November 6th and Macau on November 20th.
However, not all the drivers will spend all this period on holidays, beginning with Michel Nykjær who takes part in this weekend's Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix at the wheel of a Porsche 911 and a Ford Mustang.
Gabriele Tarquini has just signed for the Volvo Polestar team to race twice in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship; Rob Huff and Alain Menu will fly to Argentina for the 200 km of Buenos Aires, while their Chevrolet team-mate Yvan Muller will compete in the Le Mans 24 hours. cycling race.

The WTCC will return to Valencia on the first weekend of September

Franz Engstler's victory at Oschersleben was the first one for BMW's new 1.6-litre turbo engine, and also the first one for the German manufacturer in nine months, since Colin Turkington's at Okayama in 2010.
Engstler was also the first Yokohama Trophy competitor to claim an outright victory, although on three occasions in the past drivers who were not racing for factory teams were able to do so: Tom Coronel in the SUNRED SEAT León TFSi at Okayama in 2008, Turkingon on the same track last year with the WSR BMW 320si and Norbert Michelisz in a SEAT León TDi run by the Zengö Dension Team at Macau, also in 2010.

At Oschersleben BMW returned to victory with Franz Engstler after nine months

Gabriele Tarquini has signed with the Volvo Polestar team to race in the next two events of the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship at Karlskoga, Sweden on August 12th and Jyllandsringen, Denmark on August 27th.
"We are very happy to have Tarquini on board. Regardless of his previous achievements from F1 to titles in BTCC, ETCC and WTCC, what has impressed us is how good of a job he is doing in WTCC this year," said Christian Dahl, Team Manager for Volvo Polestar Racing.
Gabriele Tarquini replaces James Thompson in the team and alongside Tommy Rustad will drive a Volvo C30 powered by a 2.0-litre normally aspirated engine.
"Tarquini will race at the worst tracks for front wheel drive cars, where a top-five result is an achievement. These extreme circumstances are ideal to test how quick and well Tarquini and Volvo Polestar can align as a team, which is of obvious interest as our motorsport program may evolve," said Derek Crabb, Executive Director for Motorsport at Volvo Cars.
"I really look forward to this. I have raced closely against Volvo Polestar and the C30 in the WTCC this year so I know I am joining a highly professional team with a very good car and serious ambitions. I am very excited!" said Gabriele Tarquini.

Gabriele Tarquini will race for Volvo Polestar in the Scandinavian championship

The outcome of the latest races made the figth for the Yokohama Trophy even closer; with eight rounds still to go, the first six drivers are covered by only ten points.
Norbert Michelisz and Kristian Poulsen are still in first and second positions with 79 and 78 points respectively, however as their booty between Donington and Oschersleben was limited to a few points (5 for the Hungarian, 3 for the Dane) their rivals closed the gap.
Darryl O'Young is third on equal points with Poulsen, Franz Engstler in fourth only one further point behind, Javier Villa is fifth at 73 and Michel Nykjær sixth, ten points off the leader.
With 92 points still to be awarded in the remaining events, all the other drivers have theoretical chances to fight for the title, however it is quite likely that the new champion will come out of the six-man leading pack.
This will not prevent Stefano D'Aste from looking for further victories after his first one in Oschersleben, and Pepe Oriola, Fredy Barth, Mehdi Bennani and Aleksei Dudukalo from proving that a race win is in their chords.

Fabio Ravaioli-FIA WTCC Media Delegate

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