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Rob Huff sets the early pace in Nordschleife testing - TouringCars.Net

Rob HuffPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Münnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff emerged as the early pace setter for the World Touring Car Championship event at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, lapping the circuit just over half a second faster than Honda’s Norbert Michelisz.

On a sunny and warm morning at the legendary circuit, Huff had been the first to go to the top of the times around the 25.9 km circuit, initially with a lap of 8 minutes 47.223 seconds.

The Brit then went even faster on his second run, with a time of 8 minutes 43.511 seconds, before improving again by over two seconds at the end of the session to end the hour-long test with a time of 8 minutes 41.255 seconds.

That time compares to a pole position lap of 8 minutes 35.541 seconds, set by Citroën driver José María López in 2016, suggesting that there is still some way to go for drivers to improve their times this...


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Tiago Monteiro: 'The result can only be better than last year!' - TouringCars.Net

Tiago MonteiroPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Tiago Monteiro admits this this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship races around the Nürburgring can ‘only be better than last year’, when the Honda driver suffered a huge crash on the Nordschleife.

In 2016, Monteiro was leading the Opening Race on the ‘Ring when he suffered a puncture on the final lap of the race, pitching him into the barriers and also taking out another car.

The Portuguese driver heads into this weekend’s races in Germany with a comfortable championship lead, and after his 2016 non-score (Monteiro failed to start the Main Race due to the damage incurred) he admits that things can only improve in this week’s headline event.

“The circuit is so special that I do not know what to expect,” said Monteiro. “This is the most difficult and incredible track I know, and it represents a huge challenge for any driver.

“My accident here...


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Petr Fulín tops first test session at the Nürburging - TouringCarTimes

Krenek SEAT driver Petr Fulín was fastest of all in the first test session for the European Touring Car Cup cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, leading the rival SEAT of Fabio Mota by over five seconds.

Only eight of the 11 cars entered in the ETCC, which shares the track with the World Touring Car Championship this weekend, took part in the 60-minute joint-test session.

Behind Mota was the best-placed of the Rikli Motorsport Honda Civics, with Peter Rikli leading team-mate and championship leader Christjohannes Schreiber by just over a tenth of a second.

Igor Stefanovski, the Macedonian driver in a privately entered SEAT León TCR was fifth fastest, just ahead of Plamen Kralev in the Audi RS 3 LMS, with the SEATs of Andreas Pfister and Mladen Lalusic completing the top eight.

The three cars to opt to skip the session were the three Zengõ SEAT Leóns of Zsolt Szabo, Norbert Nagy and...


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TCR Audi touring car arrives in Australia - Speedcafe

The TCR spec Audi RS 3 LMS at Phillip Island

Audi Customer Racing Australia is evaluating the possibility of running TCR cars in Australia following the arrival of an Audi RS 3 LMS.

The car, which has just arrived from Dubai, is part of the Melbourne squad’s fleet at Phillip Island this weekend although the machine will be on display purposes only.

It has been used by Audi Australia for demonstrations earlier this week.

TCR is relatively new global touring car formula established in 2015 as the brainchild of former World Touring Car Championship boss Marcello Lotti.

Regional series utilising the 330hp two-litre turbocharged TCR touring cars have emerged in China, Italy, Portugal, America, Thailand, Germany and Scandinavia.

Audi is the latest marque to adopt the TCR regulations having launched the car in September last year, joining SEAT, Volkswagen, Ford, Alfa Romeo, Honda,...


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Norbert Michelisz tops eventful Free Practice 1 » TouringCars.Net - TouringCars.Net

Norbert MicheliszPhoto: Antonin Vincent / DPPI

Norbert Michelisz went fastest in an eventful World Touring Car Championship Free Practice 1 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife that saw the Honda driver end with a puncture and RC Motorsport’s Yann Ehrlacher end in the barriers.

Continuing on a gloriously sunny day as per the morning test session, drivers took on the 170-turn Nordschleife in the ideal conditions.

The early pace setter was Polestar’s Nicky Catsburg, who set the benchmark with a lap of 8 minutes 47.034 seconds which stood for the first half an hour of the session.

But it was Hungarian Michelisz who then set the fastest lap in the second part of the hour-long session, which WTCC competitors shared with their European Touring Car Championship counterparts.

Michelisz’s time was an 8 minute 43.255 seconds lap, which proved to be exactly two seconds slower than the benchmark set by Rob Huff...


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Tiago Monteiro admits to having 'no target' for races - TouringCars.Net

Tiago MonteiroPhoto: Clement Marin / DPPI

Tiago Monteiro has not set himself any targets for Saturday’s World Touring Car Championship races around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, after the Honda driver qualified in fourth on Friday.

The championship leader had never been higher than sixth fastest in any of the test or practice sessions before qualifying, and he had not been any closer than 2.8 seconds from the pace.

Monteiro tried a number of different set-up options on his Civic as he tried to find the right balance around the 170-turn, 25.9 km circuit.

In the end the Portuguese driver put in a strong lap to end up fourth and crucially be within striking distance of his nearest championship rival, Polestar’s Nicky Catsburg.

“Firstly a huge congratulations to Norbi, who has done a fantastic job all weekend and deserves his pole position,” said Monteiro, who was over two seconds slower than his...


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Nicky Catsburg looking for victory at Nordschleife, despite troubled qualifying - TouringCars.Net

Photo: © Florent Gooden / DPPI

Nicky Catsburg may be a busy individual at the Nürburging Nordschleife for two seperate events, but the Dutch racer is resolute in looking to better his set of results this weekend at the Race of Germany tomorrow (Saturday, May 27th).

The 29-year-old, who set the fastest-ever time for a World Touring Car Championship driver in the third visit to the Eifel-based circuit, had his fair share of dramas during qualifying, having narrowly missed out to eventual main race pole sitter Norbert Michelisz.

“My lap in practice was really good, but I’m a bit disappointed with my qualifying lap as I had an issue on my final run that also affected my car for MAC3,” explained Catsburg, who went wide at the same place as team mate Nestor Girolami on his final attempt,  as the Argentinian is on the reverse grid pole for the opening race.

He was the driver that was told...


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TCR moves Hungaroring date forward to DTM support bill - TouringCars.Net

TCR Attila TassiPhoto: TCR Media

The Hungarian round of the TCR International Series has been brought forward to the 17th and 18th June, which will see the event become a part of the support bill for the DTM event at the track.

One of the reasons for the move is logistical, as the original date for the event was set to be just one week before the TCR International round at Oschersleben on the 1st and 2nd July.

“We have decided to bring forward the Hungaroring event because of logistics reasons,” explained TCR Promoter Marcello Lotti.

“The original schedule, with back-to-back race meetings in Budapest and Oschersleben would have involved a trip of nearly one thousand kilometres for the teams’ trucks.

“Racing at the Hungaroring one week after Salzburgring will reduce the driving to six hundred kilometres. And on top of this, being with DTM will add a lot of glamour to the event.”

With Hungarian star...


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Tom Chilton positive ahead of Nordschleife challenge - TouringCars.Net

Tom ChiltonPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Tom Chilton heads to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship races in a positive mood, as he hopes to continue a recent run of podium finishes.

Having finished on the podium in both of the last two WTCC races in Hungary, Chilton is hoping to carry the momentum into this weekend’s races on the legendary Nordschleife in Germany.

The Brit has good form at the 25.9 km circuit, having stood on the podium in both of last year’s WTCC races at the track, behind double winner José María López.

“Last time I was there I got the fastest lap in the races, and a double podium with second and third, and at my last round I got a second and third, so I’m kind of hoping that it all rolls on into next weekend,” said Chilton to TouringCars.Net.

“I was 3.3 seconds faster than my team-mate in qualifying last year, so I’m hoping that I...


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Rob Huff sets the early pace in Nordschleife testing - TouringCars.Net

Rob HuffPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Münnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff emerged as the early pace setter for the World Touring Car Championship event at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, lapping the circuit just over half a second faster than Honda’s Norbert Michelisz.

On a sunny and warm morning at the legendary circuit, Huff had been the first to go to the top of the times around the 25.9 km circuit, initially with a lap of 8 minutes 47.223 seconds.

The Brit then went even faster on his second run, with a time of 8 minutes 43.511 seconds, before improving again by over two seconds at the end of the session to end the hour-long test with a time of 8 minutes 41.255 seconds.

That time compares to a pole position lap of 8 minutes 35.541 seconds, set by Citroën driver José María López in 2016, suggesting that there is still some way to go for drivers to improve their times this...


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Read more: Rob Huff sets the early pace in Nordschleife testing - TouringCars.Net

Tiago Monteiro: 'The result can only be better than last year!' - TouringCars.Net

Tiago MonteiroPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Tiago Monteiro admits this this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship races around the Nürburgring can ‘only be better than last year’, when the Honda driver suffered a huge crash on the Nordschleife.

In 2016, Monteiro was leading the Opening Race on the ‘Ring when he suffered a puncture on the final lap of the race, pitching him into the barriers and also taking out another car.

The Portuguese driver heads into this weekend’s races in Germany with a comfortable championship lead, and after his 2016 non-score (Monteiro failed to start the Main Race due to the damage incurred) he admits that things can only improve in this week’s headline event.

“The circuit is so special that I do not know what to expect,” said Monteiro. “This is the most difficult and incredible track I know, and it represents a huge challenge for any driver.

“My accident here...


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Nicky Catsburg feels good potential for points haul at the Nordschleife - TouringCars.Net

Photo: © Frederic Le Floc'h / DPPI

Polestar Cyan Racing’s Nicky Catsburg will be looking to further improve on his haul of results this season, as the FIA World Touring Car Championship has already started getting their race weekend underway at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

With the Dutchman having posted the third fastest time around the 25.9-km circuit behind the Münnich Motorsport Citröen of Rob Huff and Honda Civic of Norbert Michelisz in the test session earlier on, he is confident of being able to close the gap to current championship leader Tiago Monteiro.

“The points are in your mind, especially as Honda has started to talk tactics with Norbert to support Tiago who is leading the championship,” said Catsburg, who is also competing at the headline event of the weekend, the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring, for BMW customer outfit ROWE Racing.

The 29-year-old, who took his...


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TCR Audi touring car arrives in Australia - Speedcafe

The TCR spec Audi RS 3 LMS at Phillip Island

Audi Customer Racing Australia is evaluating the possibility of running TCR cars in Australia following the arrival of an Audi RS 3 LMS.

The car, which has just arrived from Dubai, is part of the Melbourne squad’s fleet at Phillip Island this weekend although the machine will be on display purposes only.

It has been used by Audi Australia for demonstrations earlier this week.

TCR is relatively new global touring car formula established in 2015 as the brainchild of former World Touring Car Championship boss Marcello Lotti.

Regional series utilising the 330hp two-litre turbocharged TCR touring cars have emerged in China, Italy, Portugal, America, Thailand, Germany and Scandinavia.

Audi is the latest marque to adopt the TCR regulations having launched the car in September last year, joining SEAT, Volkswagen, Ford, Alfa Romeo, Honda,...


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Read more: TCR Audi touring car arrives in Australia - Speedcafe

Nicky Catsburg looking for victory at Nordschleife, despite troubled qualifying - TouringCars.Net

Photo: © Florent Gooden / DPPI

Nicky Catsburg may be a busy individual at the Nürburging Nordschleife for two seperate events, but the Dutch racer is resolute in looking to better his set of results this weekend at the Race of Germany tomorrow (Saturday, May 27th).

The 29-year-old, who set the fastest-ever time for a World Touring Car Championship driver in the third visit to the Eifel-based circuit, had his fair share of dramas during qualifying, having narrowly missed out to eventual main race pole sitter Norbert Michelisz.

“My lap in practice was really good, but I’m a bit disappointed with my qualifying lap as I had an issue on my final run that also affected my car for MAC3,” explained Catsburg, who went wide at the same place as team mate Nestor Girolami on his final attempt,  as the Argentinian is on the reverse grid pole for the opening race.

He was the driver that was told...


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Read more: Nicky Catsburg looking for victory at Nordschleife, despite troubled qualifying - TouringCars.Net

Tiago Monteiro admits to having 'no target' for races - TouringCars.Net

Tiago MonteiroPhoto: Clement Marin / DPPI

Tiago Monteiro has not set himself any targets for Saturday’s World Touring Car Championship races around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, after the Honda driver qualified in fourth on Friday.

The championship leader had never been higher than sixth fastest in any of the test or practice sessions before qualifying, and he had not been any closer than 2.8 seconds from the pace.

Monteiro tried a number of different set-up options on his Civic as he tried to find the right balance around the 170-turn, 25.9 km circuit.

In the end the Portuguese driver put in a strong lap to end up fourth and crucially be within striking distance of his nearest championship rival, Polestar’s Nicky Catsburg.

“Firstly a huge congratulations to Norbi, who has done a fantastic job all weekend and deserves his pole position,” said Monteiro, who was over two seconds slower than his...


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Read more: Tiago Monteiro admits to having 'no target' for races - TouringCars.Net

TCR moves Hungaroring date forward to DTM support bill - TouringCars.Net

TCR Attila TassiPhoto: TCR Media

The Hungarian round of the TCR International Series has been brought forward to the 17th and 18th June, which will see the event become a part of the support bill for the DTM event at the track.

One of the reasons for the move is logistical, as the original date for the event was set to be just one week before the TCR International round at Oschersleben on the 1st and 2nd July.

“We have decided to bring forward the Hungaroring event because of logistics reasons,” explained TCR Promoter Marcello Lotti.

“The original schedule, with back-to-back race meetings in Budapest and Oschersleben would have involved a trip of nearly one thousand kilometres for the teams’ trucks.

“Racing at the Hungaroring one week after Salzburgring will reduce the driving to six hundred kilometres. And on top of this, being with DTM will add a lot of glamour to the event.”

With Hungarian star...


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Munnich to switch to Solberg's former WRX car - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Experienced rallycross and touring car driver Rene Munnich will switch to an ex-Petter Solberg Citroen DS3 Supercar for the fifth round of the World Rallycross Championship this weekend at Lydden Hill.

Munnich’s former FIA GT1-winning Munnich Motorsport team operates outfits in the World Touring Car Championship and World RX, and will swap its own Seat Ibiza RXs for the PSRX-built DS3 from the British round onward.

The German entrepreneur tested the DS3 for the first time at Holjes in Sweden recently and hadn’t initially intended to buy the car. He says it’s a step up from his current challenger in every area. 

“I tested the car and it’s so amazing, easy and quick to drive,” Munnich told Motorsport.com. “I was not really thinking about buying it before I drove it and even when I was getting in the car I thought that it could just be a nice experience.

"I didn’t think it would be so...


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Tiago Monteiro: 'The result can only be better than last year!' - TouringCars.Net

Tiago MonteiroPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Tiago Monteiro admits this this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship races around the Nürburgring can ‘only be better than last year’, when the Honda driver suffered a huge crash on the Nordschleife.

In 2016, Monteiro was leading the Opening Race on the ‘Ring when he suffered a puncture on the final lap of the race, pitching him into the barriers and also taking out another car.

The Portuguese driver heads into this weekend’s races in Germany with a comfortable championship lead, and after his 2016 non-score (Monteiro failed to start the Main Race due to the damage incurred) he admits that things can only improve in this week’s headline event.

“The circuit is so special that I do not know what to expect,” said Monteiro. “This is the most difficult and incredible track I know, and it represents a huge challenge for any driver.

“My accident here...


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Read more: Tiago Monteiro: 'The result can only be better than last year!' - TouringCars.Net

Petr Fulín tops first test session at the Nürburging - TouringCarTimes

Krenek SEAT driver Petr Fulín was fastest of all in the first test session for the European Touring Car Cup cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, leading the rival SEAT of Fabio Mota by over five seconds.

Only eight of the 11 cars entered in the ETCC, which shares the track with the World Touring Car Championship this weekend, took part in the 60-minute joint-test session.

Behind Mota was the best-placed of the Rikli Motorsport Honda Civics, with Peter Rikli leading team-mate and championship leader Christjohannes Schreiber by just over a tenth of a second.

Igor Stefanovski, the Macedonian driver in a privately entered SEAT León TCR was fifth fastest, just ahead of Plamen Kralev in the Audi RS 3 LMS, with the SEATs of Andreas Pfister and Mladen Lalusic completing the top eight.

The three cars to opt to skip the session were the three Zengõ SEAT Leóns of Zsolt Szabo, Norbert Nagy and...


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Read more: Petr Fulín tops first test session at the Nürburging - TouringCarTimes

Rob Huff sets the early pace in Nordschleife testing - TouringCars.Net

Rob HuffPhoto: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Münnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff emerged as the early pace setter for the World Touring Car Championship event at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, lapping the circuit just over half a second faster than Honda’s Norbert Michelisz.

On a sunny and warm morning at the legendary circuit, Huff had been the first to go to the top of the times around the 25.9 km circuit, initially with a lap of 8 minutes 47.223 seconds.

The Brit then went even faster on his second run, with a time of 8 minutes 43.511 seconds, before improving again by over two seconds at the end of the session to end the hour-long test with a time of 8 minutes 41.255 seconds.

That time compares to a pole position lap of 8 minutes 35.541 seconds, set by Citroën driver José María López in 2016, suggesting that there is still some way to go for drivers to improve their times this...


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Read more: Rob Huff sets the early pace in Nordschleife testing - TouringCars.Net

 

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