@keithcollantine Well, yes. Somehow in my mind they were always considered touring cars, maybe because the visual speed difference between them and the formula cars on the same day, and also the fact that they run quite short races. I even see DTM less of a touring car and more of a sports car race as most of the drivers rather compare them to faster categories, even Formula 1 cars.
The Porsche Supercup was just the biggest series that came to my mind.
How do the WTCC cars compare in speed to the old DTM? I imagine a bit slower then? If I remember correctly, the commenter was saying that ’93 was getting fast, and ’94 might have led to some dangerous crashes.
Norbert Michelisz will be stoked.. he has extensive experience of it from GPL – PB of 7:49.1. The WR is 7:43.9, so the game is about 20 seconds faster than Clark’s real life pole time of 8:04.1. Michelisz was only 5 seconds off the WR, and 10 seconds off overall (a lap of all 67 tracks, with Rouen instead of Bugatti). My PB is 8:01.1, but I really should have broken 8 minutes by now.. overall, I’m about 30 seconds off the top. Michelisz last drove it in 2004, but checked on the site briefly in 2012. Before that, 2009, by which point he was already in WTCC.
So I wonder if this will give Michelisz a slight advantage come the race?
Ι believe that the main advantage will be for Loeb. In rallying, even with the co-driver, you may well see something unexpected in a corner, and it is so difficult to remember all corners here, even for the drivers…
Has Loeb driven it though? Trust me, Michelisz has basically driven it an unlimited amount of times. To get a sub-8, you have to string 4 2-minute sectors together, so that’s basically like 4 PB laps at 4 different circuits consecutively. Loeb could have an advantage in track learning though as rally stages are all long like the Nurburgring. All Michelisz has to learn is the bumps and nuances in each corner, not the actual layout.. and by bumps I mean the little ones, not Flugplatz, Brunnchen or Stefan Bellof S.
Honestly not a really big fan of the WTCC, but I do like what a successful weekend here could mean for racing on the Ring. If this goes well, maybe the Capricorn Group could have some talks with DTM organizers and perhaps WEC too.
I can not imagine to see WEC cars on that track. LMP1 would be way too fast. But the GTEs would be nice to see. Currently there’s the 24h race going with McLarens MP4-12C on Pole and Audi R8, Mercedes SLS and BMW Z4 in Top10 positions. Not to forget some Porsches and Nissans.