F1 Fanatic - World Touring Car Championship (WTCC)
The first round of the season takes place in Monza this weekend. The weather report suggests that Saturday should be dry but there is an 80% chance of rain forecast for Sunday.
Here are the TV times. Qualifying is delayed as it clashes with some boys kicking a ball around a patch of grass.
Qualifying – Sunday 00:30 GMT Eurosport/Eurosport HD (Highlights)
Warm-Up – Sunday 08:30 GMT Eurosport 2/Eurosport 2 HD
Race 1 – Sunday 14:00 GMT Eurosport 2/Eurosport 2 HD
Race 2 – Sunday 16:00 GMT Eurosport/Eurosport HD
It will be an interesting race.
I’ve actually looked forward to this season much more than recent ones – no threat of Chevy dominance this year!
The Chevys looks like they’ll be very hard to beat this weekend judging by practice times, Muller quickest in P1 and then again in P2 with MacDowall second, Chilton third, Nash fourth and Nykjær fifth.
So it’s an RML front row for race one with Muller leading Chilli, MacDowall is third. O’Young is on pole for race two with Thommo second.
On a similar note, Nic Hamilton qualified 20th for his first ETCC race, eighth in the Supercopa class.
Where are you guys watching this? EuroSport is only showing the quali highlights at 00:30am tomorrow :/
There’s live commentary on the WTCC website, it will be broadcast with pictures tomorrow. There’s also a video up showing the Dudukalo/Thompson and Huff/Barth incidents on their website.
UK TV Times:
Warm-Up: British Eurosport 2/British Eurosport 2 HD, 8:30am
Race 1: British Eurosport 2/British Eurosport 2 HD, 2:00pm
Race 2: British Eurosport/British Eurosport HD, 4:00pm
I still struggle to take this series seriously. I love the idea for a world championship for touring cars, but the format turns the series into a joke. The races are far too short (so they’re over before they have a chance to begin), and to add insult to injury, the championship is supported by categories that have longer races. As if that wasn’t enough, the primary support series, Auto GP, is at best a supplementary series; it’s only really good for young drivers to get experience racing open-wheel cars when they’re not competing in a more prestigious category (like Robert Visoiu, who is contesting the season alongside a full GP3 Series campaign).
I think we’re better off watching the BTCC than this poor excuse for a world championship
@prisoner-monkeys The races aren’t too short, the circuits are too long. The Yokohama Trophy is flawed because it has eliminated all the drivers that are likely to win it and the series is going in the wrong direction in terms of technical regulations as costs are going UP. I agree that the BTCC is the superior series at this time.
Nic Hamilton finished both ETCC races at Monza, he came 11th in race one (6th in class) and 7th in race two (6th in class again). He’s done a great job on his first weekend and a lot better than many might have expected, well done!
Big hit for D’Aste!
The first race was a bit dull apart from a few bumps and scrapes, hopefully the reversed grid for race two will make for a bit more excitement.
Apparently the weather is even worse since race 1. Lovely!
Did I just hear Martin Haven get his Chiltons mixed up?
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