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Holton, Fassnacht, Groenke crowned as PWC Touring Car champs - Racer

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The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car point championships came down to a fitting climax last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with champions having to put in top performances to claim the coveted Touring Car, TCA and TCB titles.

At the season-ending TC banquet held at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, Calif., three of the favorites entering Rounds 11 and 12 were honored before a packed house as numerous awards and championship trophies were distributed.

It took winning runs for both Paul Holton and P.J. Groenke to secure the TC and TCB crowns, while a calculated performance by Matthew Fassnacht gained the Mazda racer the TCA honors.

Holton (above), driving the No. 71 C360R Compass Racing Audi RS3 LMS sedan, left little doubt that he was the class of the field at MRLS on the...


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Holton, Fassnacht, Groenke crowned as PWC Touring Car champs - Racer

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The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car point championships came down to a fitting climax last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with champions having to put in top performances to claim the coveted Touring Car, TCA and TCB titles.

At the season-ending TC banquet held at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, Calif., three of the favorites entering Rounds 11 and 12 were honored before a packed house as numerous awards and championship trophies were distributed.

It took winning runs for both Paul Holton and P.J. Groenke to secure the TC and TCB crowns, while a calculated performance by Matthew Fassnacht gained the Mazda racer the TCA honors.

Holton (above), driving the No. 71 C360R Compass Racing Audi RS3 LMS sedan, left little doubt that he was the class of the field at MRLS on the...


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Read more: Holton, Fassnacht, Groenke crowned as PWC Touring Car champs - Racer

Why awarding points for the WTCC's aborted race was wrong - TouringCars.Net

WTCC Safety CarPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Last weekend in China saw the first time in the history of the World Touring Car Championship that half-points were awarded, after the Main Race was stopped after two laps behind the safety car and not resumed.

Persistent heavy rain in the Zhejiang province of China, in which the Ningbo International Speedpark is located, meant that the entire event took place on a wet track in the rain.

Conditions worsened on Sunday, such that both races started behind the safety car. Whilst the Opening Race was able to get underway in anger on the fourth lap, with Esteban Guerrieri ultimately going on to claim a full-points win, the Main Race was affected by heavier rain and darkening conditions and was canned after just two laps behind the safety car.

Despite the fact that there were no green flag laps whatsoever, half points were awarded because more than two laps...


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Read more: Why awarding points for the WTCC's aborted race was wrong - TouringCars.Net

Top 10: Aussie-made Holden race cars - Drive

For nearly five decades Holden has been winning motor races with its Australian-made cars.

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday was alive and well when ‘Stormin’ Norman Beechey won Holden’s first Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) race at Surfer’s Paradise on Sunday August 31, 1969. He was driving a Holden Monaro HK GTS 327, an early iteration of the V8-powered locally-made muscle cars that remain a popular part of this country’s motoring culture today.

Since that day Holden has recorded more than 500 local touring car race wins, including 31 victories in the most famous car race in the land - the Bathurst 500/1000.

But Holden’s history on the track dates back even further, to the 1963 Holden EH ‘S4 Special’ that was the company’s first homologation special - a car built specifically with the racetrack in mind.

Over its time in local racing, Holden has helped the careers of some of...


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JVCKENWOOD named event presenting partner of WTCC Race of Japan - Eurosport.com AU

Eurosport Events, the promoter of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, is delighted to announce JVCKENWOOD as the Event Presenting Partner of WTCC Race of Japan next week during a very momentous period for an important member of the WTCC family.

*Milestone period for famous brands: JVC turns 90, Kenwood is 70
*Long-term member of WTCC family to enjoy promotional and marketing benefits
*Twin Ring Motegi hosts FIA World Touring Car Championship for third time

JVC is celebrating 90 years in 2017, while KENWOOD marked 70 years last December, making it fitting that one of the most open and exciting WTCC seasons for nearly a decade coincides with two significant milestones for a long-standing Official Series Partner of this prestigious world championship.

The partnership between Eurosport Events and JVCKENWOOD – the global manufacturer specialised in electronics and entertainment...


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Top 10: Aussie-made Holden race cars - Drive

For nearly five decades Holden has been winning motor races with its Australian-made cars.

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday was alive and well when ‘Stormin’ Norman Beechey won Holden’s first Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) race at Surfer’s Paradise on Sunday August 31, 1969. He was driving a Holden Monaro HK GTS 327, an early iteration of the V8-powered locally-made muscle cars that remain a popular part of this country’s motoring culture today.

Since that day Holden has recorded more than 500 local touring car race wins, including 31 victories in the most famous car race in the land - the Bathurst 500/1000.

But Holden’s history on the track dates back even further, to the 1963 Holden EH ‘S4 Special’ that was the company’s first homologation special - a car built specifically with the racetrack in mind.

Over its time in local racing, Holden has helped the careers of some of...


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Read more: Top 10: Aussie-made Holden race cars - Drive

JVCKENWOOD named event presenting partner of WTCC Race of Japan - Eurosport.com AU

Eurosport Events, the promoter of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, is delighted to announce JVCKENWOOD as the Event Presenting Partner of WTCC Race of Japan next week during a very momentous period for an important member of the WTCC family.

*Milestone period for famous brands: JVC turns 90, Kenwood is 70
*Long-term member of WTCC family to enjoy promotional and marketing benefits
*Twin Ring Motegi hosts FIA World Touring Car Championship for third time

JVC is celebrating 90 years in 2017, while KENWOOD marked 70 years last December, making it fitting that one of the most open and exciting WTCC seasons for nearly a decade coincides with two significant milestones for a long-standing Official Series Partner of this prestigious world championship.

The partnership between Eurosport Events and JVCKENWOOD – the global manufacturer specialised in electronics and entertainment...


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Race preview: WTCC title battles too close to call as Japan prepares for a perfect 10 - Eurosport.com AU

With 14 races run, Volvo Polestar’sThed Björkheads to enemy territory in front of factory Honda driversTiago MonteiroandNorbert Michelisz. But with a slender half-point advantage over Monteiro and a two-point gap on Michelisz, the Swede won’t be taking his foot off the throttle at the Japanese firm’s home track, where Michelisz and Monteiro won in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

After missing out in China on the advice of doctors following a testing accident in Spain last month, Monteiro’s participation at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan remains subject to medical clearance with an update from the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team expected next week.

It’s not just the Drivers’ title battle that remains finely balanced with three race weekends of the season remaining. There’s five points between leader Honda and Volvo Polestar in the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers,...


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Holton, Fassnacht, Groenke crowned as PWC Touring Car champs - Racer

http://www.racer.com/pwc/item/145181-holton-fassnacht-groenke-crowned-as-pwc-touring-car-champs

The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car point championships came down to a fitting climax last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with champions having to put in top performances to claim the coveted Touring Car, TCA and TCB titles.

At the season-ending TC banquet held at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, Calif., three of the favorites entering Rounds 11 and 12 were honored before a packed house as numerous awards and championship trophies were distributed.

It took winning runs for both Paul Holton and P.J. Groenke to secure the TC and TCB crowns, while a calculated performance by Matthew Fassnacht gained the Mazda racer the TCA honors.

Holton (above), driving the No. 71 C360R Compass Racing Audi RS3 LMS sedan, left little doubt that he was the class of the field at MRLS on the...


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Read more: Holton, Fassnacht, Groenke crowned as PWC Touring Car champs - Racer

Race preview: WTCC title battles too close to call as Japan prepares for a perfect 10 - Eurosport.com AU

With 14 races run, Volvo Polestar’sThed Björkheads to enemy territory in front of factory Honda driversTiago MonteiroandNorbert Michelisz. But with a slender half-point advantage over Monteiro and a two-point gap on Michelisz, the Swede won’t be taking his foot off the throttle at the Japanese firm’s home track, where Michelisz and Monteiro won in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

After missing out in China on the advice of doctors following a testing accident in Spain last month, Monteiro’s participation at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan remains subject to medical clearance with an update from the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team expected next week.

It’s not just the Drivers’ title battle that remains finely balanced with three race weekends of the season remaining. There’s five points between leader Honda and Volvo Polestar in the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers,...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Race preview: WTCC title battles too close to call as Japan prepares for a perfect 10 -...

Holton, Fassnacht, Groenke crowned as PWC Touring Car champs - Racer

http://www.racer.com/pwc/item/145181-holton-fassnacht-groenke-crowned-as-pwc-touring-car-champs

The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car point championships came down to a fitting climax last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with champions having to put in top performances to claim the coveted Touring Car, TCA and TCB titles.

At the season-ending TC banquet held at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, Calif., three of the favorites entering Rounds 11 and 12 were honored before a packed house as numerous awards and championship trophies were distributed.

It took winning runs for both Paul Holton and P.J. Groenke to secure the TC and TCB crowns, while a calculated performance by Matthew Fassnacht gained the Mazda racer the TCA honors.

Holton (above), driving the No. 71 C360R Compass Racing Audi RS3 LMS sedan, left little doubt that he was the class of the field at MRLS on the...


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Read more: Holton, Fassnacht, Groenke crowned as PWC Touring Car champs - Racer

Allan Moffat: An extract from Climbing the Mountain on his time as Peter Brock's teammate - Fox Sports

PETER Brock had a dream. One of many, really.

He’d determined that he wanted his Holden Dealer Team to win the inaugural World Touring Car Championship in 1987, taking on the factory teams of BMW, Ford, Rover and any other comers.

Peter’s ambition rescued me from a motor-sport graveyard. With my Mazda days over and absolutely nothing on the horizon, I joined forces with my most serious adversary at the most tumultuous time of his life.

It was a ride I’ll never forget.

Peter Brock had a huge ego and huge ambition, and was one of the few people I knew who was capable of living up to the immense pressures placed on him by both.


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WTCC boss explains decision behind Ningbo switch - TouringCars.Net

François RibeiroPhoto: Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

Eurosport Events’ François Ribeiro has explained the decision behind switching the World Touring Car Championship race of China from Shanghai to Ningbo as being about creating ‘new opportunities’ for the WTCC.

It was announced back in March that the venue for the Chinese race was to move to the brand new Ningbo International Speedpark, after five years at the Shanghai International Circuit.

The new circuit was only recently completed in September 2017, and features 22 turns and a 24-metre gradient change. The circuit is FIA Grade II licensed, just below Shanghai’s Grade I, and cost approximately 122 million euros to build.

“[The change of venue] was a discussion we had last year with our partner [CTCC promoter], Mr Xia Qing,” explained Ribeiro. “He explained to me that China was building new infrastructure for motorsport outside Shanghai.

“Shanghai...


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Qualifying report: WTCC pole bingo at Ningbo for Girolami - Eurosport.com AU

Mastering challenging track conditions following persistent rainfall on the 4.015-kilometre layout, the Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo driver edged out the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Civic of Norbert Michelisz in the top five shoot-out to snatch the lead spot for the Main Race on Sunday.

In doing so, ‘Bebu’ Girolami – who has endured a luckless season in touring car racing’s highest echelon – becomes driver number 26 to land pole position in the WTCC, the sixth different pole-sitter of 2017 and the first Argentine since José María López to qualify at the head of the pack, a feat his compatriot achieved in China last September.

And in a day of celebration for Volvo Polestar, which is owned by Chinese company Geely Automobile, Girolami joined forces with team-mates Thed Björk and Nicky Catsburg to win the WTCC MAC3 team time trial for the sixth time this season.

“Wow, finally,”...


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Read more: Qualifying report: WTCC pole bingo at Ningbo for Girolami - Eurosport.com AU

Argentine aces shine in the China rain - Eurosport.com AU

Nestor Girolami was leading at the time and takes his maiden World Touring Car Championship victory, while his Polestar Cyan Racing team-mate Thed Bjork moves to the top of the title standings by half a point following the WTCC’s first visit to the all-new Ningbo International Speedpark.

Yann Ehrlacher and Nicky Catsburg completed the Opening Race podium with Norbert Michelisz from the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team and Björk doing likewise in the shortened second counter for which half points were awarded.

Guerrieri and Tom Chilton were the winners in the WTCC Trophy with Guerrieri claiming the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy for his effort in the Opening Race. Polestar Cyan Racing leads the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers, while Tom Chilton has moved into the outright WTCC Trophy lead having been tied on points with Mehdi Bennani and Rob Huff before the...


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Read more: Argentine aces shine in the China rain - Eurosport.com AU

Argentine aces shine in the China rain - Eurosport.com AU

Nestor Girolami was leading at the time and takes his maiden World Touring Car Championship victory, while his Polestar Cyan Racing team-mate Thed Bjork moves to the top of the title standings by half a point following the WTCC’s first visit to the all-new Ningbo International Speedpark.

Yann Ehrlacher and Nicky Catsburg completed the Opening Race podium with Norbert Michelisz from the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team and Björk doing likewise in the shortened second counter for which half points were awarded.

Guerrieri and Tom Chilton were the winners in the WTCC Trophy with Guerrieri claiming the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy for his effort in the Opening Race. Polestar Cyan Racing leads the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers, while Tom Chilton has moved into the outright WTCC Trophy lead having been tied on points with Mehdi Bennani and Rob Huff before the...


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Read more: Argentine aces shine in the China rain - Eurosport.com AU

Why awarding points for the WTCC's aborted race was wrong - TouringCars.Net

WTCC Safety CarPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Last weekend in China saw the first time in the history of the World Touring Car Championship that half-points were awarded, after the Main Race was stopped after two laps behind the safety car and not resumed.

Persistent heavy rain in the Zhejiang province of China, in which the Ningbo International Speedpark is located, meant that the entire event took place on a wet track in the rain.

Conditions worsened on Sunday, such that both races started behind the safety car. Whilst the Opening Race was able to get underway in anger on the fourth lap, with Esteban Guerrieri ultimately going on to claim a full-points win, the Main Race was affected by heavier rain and darkening conditions and was canned after just two laps behind the safety car.

Despite the fact that there were no green flag laps whatsoever, half points were awarded because more than two laps...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Why awarding points for the WTCC's aborted race was wrong - TouringCars.Net

Why awarding points for the WTCC's aborted race was wrong - TouringCars.Net

WTCC Safety CarPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Last weekend in China saw the first time in the history of the World Touring Car Championship that half-points were awarded, after the Main Race was stopped after two laps behind the safety car and not resumed.

Persistent heavy rain in the Zhejiang province of China, in which the Ningbo International Speedpark is located, meant that the entire event took place on a wet track in the rain.

Conditions worsened on Sunday, such that both races started behind the safety car. Whilst the Opening Race was able to get underway in anger on the fourth lap, with Esteban Guerrieri ultimately going on to claim a full-points win, the Main Race was affected by heavier rain and darkening conditions and was canned after just two laps behind the safety car.

Despite the fact that there were no green flag laps whatsoever, half points were awarded because more than two laps...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Why awarding points for the WTCC's aborted race was wrong - TouringCars.Net

Top 10: Aussie-made Holden race cars - Drive

For nearly five decades Holden has been winning motor races with its Australian-made cars.

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday was alive and well when ‘Stormin’ Norman Beechey won Holden’s first Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) race at Surfer’s Paradise on Sunday August 31, 1969. He was driving a Holden Monaro HK GTS 327, an early iteration of the V8-powered locally-made muscle cars that remain a popular part of this country’s motoring culture today.

Since that day Holden has recorded more than 500 local touring car race wins, including 31 victories in the most famous car race in the land - the Bathurst 500/1000.

But Holden’s history on the track dates back even further, to the 1963 Holden EH ‘S4 Special’ that was the company’s first homologation special - a car built specifically with the racetrack in mind.

Over its time in local racing, Holden has helped the careers of some of...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Top 10: Aussie-made Holden race cars - Drive

Top 10: Aussie-made Holden race cars - Drive

For nearly five decades Holden has been winning motor races with its Australian-made cars.

Win on Sunday, sell on Monday was alive and well when ‘Stormin’ Norman Beechey won Holden’s first Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) race at Surfer’s Paradise on Sunday August 31, 1969. He was driving a Holden Monaro HK GTS 327, an early iteration of the V8-powered locally-made muscle cars that remain a popular part of this country’s motoring culture today.

Since that day Holden has recorded more than 500 local touring car race wins, including 31 victories in the most famous car race in the land - the Bathurst 500/1000.

But Holden’s history on the track dates back even further, to the 1963 Holden EH ‘S4 Special’ that was the company’s first homologation special - a car built specifically with the racetrack in mind.

Over its time in local racing, Holden has helped the careers of some of...


Read full article on Sports GN WTC


Read more: Top 10: Aussie-made Holden race cars - Drive

 

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