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World Touring Car Championship won't use joker laps in Marrakech - autosport.com

The World Touring Car Championship has cancelled its plan to implement rallycross-style joker laps at the Marrakech season-opener due to circuit restrictions and government instability.

The idea of introducing joker laps at street events was first announced with the publication of the decisions of the World Motor Sport Council meeting last November, which stated that investigation into their suitable implementation was ongoing.

The use of such a format has since been written into the championship's sporting regulations, but WTCC head Francois Ribeiro said the confines of the Moulay El Hassan circuit, coupled with instability in Morocco - which had until last week been without a government since October - meant a joker lap would not be used in Marrakech.

"We proposed to the FIA two or three different options for the joker lap," said Ribeiro.

"Marrakech is quite a narrow circuit and in...


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WTCC Marrakech: Rookie Guerrieri wins first race of 2017 - autosport.com

Why is Mercedes vulnerable in races? What's allowing Ferrari to attack Mercedes in races? What could F1 look like in 10 years' time? And why are the new cars not much faster than last year's? Our F1 technical expert tackles these topics and more 1492992000 F1

The most powerful people in Formula 1 There's a lot that's new about Formula 1 this year, and a lot that needs to be decided about its future. F1 Racing picks out the powers-that-be, from F1's shaken-up top brass through to those at the coalface pushing for change 1492992000 F1

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F1's Alonso/Indy reaction shows its ignorance Fernando Alonso's...


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WTCC Marrakech: Honda's Monteiro wins main race of season opener - autosport.com

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The most powerful people in Formula 1 There's a lot that's new about Formula 1 this year, and a lot that needs to be decided about its future. F1 Racing picks out the powers-that-be, from F1's shaken-up top brass through to those at the coalface pushing for change 1492992000 F1

Why McLaren's Alonso 'tricks' could backfire At the end of 2017 Fernando Alonso could leave the failing McLaren-Honda partnership. McLaren's doing all it can to stop that from happening - but is letting him contest the Indianapolis 500 a sign things are going too far? 1492732800 F1

F1's Alonso/Indy reaction shows its ignorance Fernando Alonso's...


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Rob Huff is hampered by bad luck in opening World Touring Car Championship race - Cambridge Independent (registration)

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 April 2017

Four points earned in Morocco

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Rob Huff was happy to take four points from a complicated opening weekend of the World Touring Car Championship season in Marrakech.

The Cambridge-based driver missed the first practice session as the ALL-INKL Munnich Motorsport Citroen C-Elysee had not been fitted with the latest specification of safety seat belts.

So a frantic search was held on the Friday night, and Sabelt UK came to the rescue, with the company’s managing director making an overnight journey to Morocco to personally deliver them.

In the opening race, a coming together with Honda’s Ryo Michigami on the first lap caused damage to the steering, and so Huff had to head to the pits for repairs.

After the repairs took place outside the 15-minute allocated time...


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Polestar Racing team grabs 2017 World Touring Car Championship opener - Wheels24

2017-04-10 14:02

POLSESTAR CYAN RACING DOMINATES: Thed Björk, Néstor Girolami and Nicky Catsburg completes the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Morocco. Image: Quickpic

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Nine-time World Rally Championship winner World Touring Car champion Sebastien Loeb is praised by former team Citroen in this epic clip showing his best moments in motorsport.

Morocco - Polestar Cyan Racing drivers Thed Björk, Néstor Girolami and Nicky Catsburg secured a double podium finish and a joint World Championship lead for manufacturers in the Morocco season start of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

Following a victory in the pre-race MAC3 contest, Polestar Cyan Racing is now tied for the lead with Honda, and the three Volvo drivers are placed 3rd (Catsburg) and joint 5th (Björk and Girolami) in the drivers’ standings.

Björk claimed the team’s first WTCC podium...


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Rob Huff to join Leopard Racing for TCR BeNeLux opener - TouringCars.Net

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Rob Huff will make his début in the TCR BeNeLux Series this weekend, where the Brit will race a Leopard Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi with Jean-Karl Vernay.

The 2012 World Touring Car Champion has been signed to share the car with Vernay in this weekend’s first round of the season at Spa-Francorchamps.

Huff has previously competed in the TCR International Series at the wheel of a Honda Civic TCR, taking a memorable win at Macau in 2015.

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to race with such a great team as WRT,” said Huff. “They’ve been one of the top teams in motorsport for years, and to race with them at Spa-Francorchamps, also one of my favourite circuits, is fantastic.

“I’m also really looking forward to racing with Jean-Karl. He’s a fast driver and currently the championship leader of the International Series, and I’m sure we’re going to work well...


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F4 driver's on-board camera captures horror smash at British Touring Car Championship - 9news.com.au

An on-board camera of a British Formula 4 driver has captured the moment his vehicle smashed into the back of another competitor, sending debris into the air.

The camera captures Billy Monger driving at high speed behind Finnish driver Patrik Pasma at The British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park Circuit over the weekend.

His vehicle clips the back of Pasma’s, causing parts of both cars to catapult into the air and Monger to spin out and land in the middle of the track.

Monger, who is just 17, was trapped inside his car for almost an hour while Pasma was reportedly uninjured.

The F4 organisers TOCA and Donington Park Circuit released a statement which said Monger suffered leg injuries in the crash and was airlifted to hospital for examination.

“Pasma was also carefully extracted from his car. He was fully conscious and immediately taken to the on-site medical centre,” the...


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TouringCarTimes | Sheldon van der Linde and Stefano Comini lead ... - TouringCarTimes

A trio of race victories on Sunday mean Stefano Comini and Sheldon van der Linde lead the TCR Benelux drivers’ standings, despite the pair only being entered for the first race of the season.

After finishing fourth in the qualifying race, Comini went on to win both his sprint race heats on Sunday morning, while van der Linde finished second and first, scoring the team 105 points in total, 36 more than Edouard and Guillaume Mondron in the Delahaye SEAT León.

While Comini’s objective was to prepare himself and the Comtoyou Racing team for the next race of the TCR International Series in two weeks’ time, again at Spa, van der Linde was getting ready for his challenge for the TCR Germany series title, with the championship beginning next weekend at Oschersleben.

“It’s been a really good weekend for us,” said van der Linde to TouringCarTimes. “It’s my first time at Spa, and I really...


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Shea Holbrook confirms 4-car PWC Touring Car team - Racer

Shea Holbrook might gain attention as a female driver in a predominantly male motorsports world, but this business-minded University of Central Florida graduate is just as busy off the track as on it. The 27-year-old racing entrepreneur from Orlando, Fla. has expanded her Shea Racing operation to four cars in 2017 and she still plans to battle for the PWC Touring Car championship behind the wheel of her No. 67 Bubba Burger/Lucas Oil Honda Accord sedan.

"We are extremely ambitious this year in the Pirelli World Challenge with four cars running out of the Shea Racing stable," said Holbrook, a six-time race winner in PWC during her seven-year career. "When we started our team a few years back, we were a very small team like a 'mom and pop effort.' But it was always my goal to expand to a multi-car effort and, with help of my sponsors and Honda, we have gone from a two-car team last...


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Brosque dares Perth to park bus in semi - Wide World of Sports

Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque has fired a warning to A-League semi-final adversaries Perth - park your bus on Allianz Stadium's pitch and we'll have it towed.

The Sky Blues' record-breaking season will go on the line on Saturday, when a momentum-driven Glory stand between them and the grand final.

Brosque insists the cut-throat nature of the contest isn't weighing on the premiers, who are content their near-flawless campaign will continue under finals pressure.

Rather, the focus is the 11 goals they've put past Perth over three resounding regular-season wins.

And the 33-year-old heaped the pressure on Kenny Lowe's successful travellers, cautioning that any temptation to sit back and absorb Sydney's rampant attack will be promptly punished.

"They tried to park the bus against us in our last match down there and held out for a certain amount of time," Brosque said.

"But we fed off...


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World Touring Car Championship won't use joker laps in Marrakech - autosport.com

The World Touring Car Championship has cancelled its plan to implement rallycross-style joker laps at the Marrakech season-opener due to circuit restrictions and government instability.

The idea of introducing joker laps at street events was first announced with the publication of the decisions of the World Motor Sport Council meeting last November, which stated that investigation into their suitable implementation was ongoing.

The use of such a format has since been written into the championship's sporting regulations, but WTCC head Francois Ribeiro said the confines of the Moulay El Hassan circuit, coupled with instability in Morocco - which had until last week been without a government since October - meant a joker lap would not be used in Marrakech.

"We proposed to the FIA two or three different options for the joker lap," said Ribeiro.

"Marrakech is quite a narrow circuit and in...


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Tiago Monteiro expects to see Honda's hard work rewarded in 2017 - TouringCars.Net

Tiago Monteiro

Tiago Monteiro is confident that Honda’s hard work during the off-season will be ‘recognized and rewarded’ in 2017, as he targets victory in this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship races in Morocco.

Monteiro is looking to take advantage of the withdrawal of Honda’s main rivals Citroën ahead of the 2017 season, with the Portuguese racer now heading into the new season as one of the favourites for the title.

The 40-year-old took two victories in the 2016 season on his way to third overall in the drivers’ championship, and he wants to start 2017 with a win as well.

“No one can aspire to win a world title without victories,” said Monteiro. “So that will be our goal in Marrakech. We have worked hard in recent years, we have made progress and we have also experienced disappointments.

“Since the end of last season many things have progressed and I am convinced that 2017 will not...


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WTCC Marrakech: Rookie Guerrieri wins first race of 2017 - autosport.com

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Mehdi Bennani penalised after race two contact - TouringCars.Net

Mehdi Bennani

Mehdi Bennani was given a post-race two-second penalty for contact with Volvo’s Nicky Catsburg in the Main world Touring Car Championship race in Morocco, dropping him to sixth in the classification.

Bennani was penalised for nudging Catsburg wide at Turn 3, which gave the Moroccan racer fourth position – a place he would hold on the track until the chequered flag.

However the race official deemed that the move was unfair after the race, and Bennani was subsequently handed a two-second penalty, which not only moved Catsburg back up to fourth but also allowed Bennani’s Sébastien Loeb Racing team-mate Tom Chilton into fifth.

The penalty means that Bennani drops from third in the championship standings to fourth, with the Citroën racer now on 26 points, 17 adrift of the championship lead.

There were no other penalties after the Main Race.

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WTCC Marrakech: Honda's Monteiro wins main race of season opener - autosport.com

Why McLaren's Alonso 'tricks' could backfire At the end of 2017 Fernando Alonso could leave the failing McLaren-Honda partnership. McLaren's doing all it can to stop that from happening - but is letting him contest the Indianapolis 500 a sign things are going too far? 1492732800 F1

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Rob Huff is hampered by bad luck in opening World Touring Car Championship race - Cambridge Independent (registration)

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 April 2017

Four points earned in Morocco

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Rob Huff was happy to take four points from a complicated opening weekend of the World Touring Car Championship season in Marrakech.

The Cambridge-based driver missed the first practice session as the ALL-INKL Munnich Motorsport Citroen C-Elysee had not been fitted with the latest specification of safety seat belts.

So a frantic search was held on the Friday night, and Sabelt UK came to the rescue, with the company’s managing director making an overnight journey to Morocco to personally deliver them.

In the opening race, a coming together with Honda’s Ryo Michigami on the first lap caused damage to the steering, and so Huff had to head to the pits for repairs.

After the repairs took place outside the 15-minute allocated time...


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Polestar Racing team grabs 2017 World Touring Car Championship opener - Wheels24

2017-04-10 14:02

POLSESTAR CYAN RACING DOMINATES: Thed Björk, Néstor Girolami and Nicky Catsburg completes the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Morocco. Image: Quickpic

  Video

Nine-time World Rally Championship winner World Touring Car champion Sebastien Loeb is praised by former team Citroen in this epic clip showing his best moments in motorsport.

Morocco - Polestar Cyan Racing drivers Thed Björk, Néstor Girolami and Nicky Catsburg secured a double podium finish and a joint World Championship lead for manufacturers in the Morocco season start of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

Following a victory in the pre-race MAC3 contest, Polestar Cyan Racing is now tied for the lead with Honda, and the three Volvo drivers are placed 3rd (Catsburg) and joint 5th (Björk and Girolami) in the drivers’ standings.

Björk claimed the team’s first WTCC podium...


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F4 driver's on-board camera captures horror smash at British Touring Car Championship - 9news.com.au

An on-board camera of a British Formula 4 driver has captured the moment his vehicle smashed into the back of another competitor, sending debris into the air.

The camera captures Billy Monger driving at high speed behind Finnish driver Patrik Pasma at The British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park Circuit over the weekend.

His vehicle clips the back of Pasma’s, causing parts of both cars to catapult into the air and Monger to spin out and land in the middle of the track.

Monger, who is just 17, was trapped inside his car for almost an hour while Pasma was reportedly uninjured.

The F4 organisers TOCA and Donington Park Circuit released a statement which said Monger suffered leg injuries in the crash and was airlifted to hospital for examination.

“Pasma was also carefully extracted from his car. He was fully conscious and immediately taken to the on-site medical centre,” the...


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Rob Huff to join Leopard Racing for TCR BeNeLux opener - TouringCars.Net

Leopard RacingPhoto: TCR Media

Rob Huff will make his début in the TCR BeNeLux Series this weekend, where the Brit will race a Leopard Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi with Jean-Karl Vernay.

The 2012 World Touring Car Champion has been signed to share the car with Vernay in this weekend’s first round of the season at Spa-Francorchamps.

Huff has previously competed in the TCR International Series at the wheel of a Honda Civic TCR, taking a memorable win at Macau in 2015.

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to race with such a great team as WRT,” said Huff. “They’ve been one of the top teams in motorsport for years, and to race with them at Spa-Francorchamps, also one of my favourite circuits, is fantastic.

“I’m also really looking forward to racing with Jean-Karl. He’s a fast driver and currently the championship leader of the International Series, and I’m sure we’re going to work well...


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World Touring Car Championship won't use joker laps in Marrakech - autosport.com

The World Touring Car Championship has cancelled its plan to implement rallycross-style joker laps at the Marrakech season-opener due to circuit restrictions and government instability.

The idea of introducing joker laps at street events was first announced with the publication of the decisions of the World Motor Sport Council meeting last November, which stated that investigation into their suitable implementation was ongoing.

The use of such a format has since been written into the championship's sporting regulations, but WTCC head Francois Ribeiro said the confines of the Moulay El Hassan circuit, coupled with instability in Morocco - which had until last week been without a government since October - meant a joker lap would not be used in Marrakech.

"We proposed to the FIA two or three different options for the joker lap," said Ribeiro.

"Marrakech is quite a narrow circuit and in...


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