Following the merger of TCR and WTCC the FIA World Touring Car Championship is officially over, check out this touching tribute video to the history of this epic series...
Released by the outgoing World Touring Car Championship organisers, the near four minute tribute video tracks the history of a series that ran with great success from 2005 right the way through to the end of this season, showcasing some of the incredible action and stars of a championship that for over ten years marked the pinnacle of international touring car racing.
Featuring some of the past and present stars of the WTCC, the new video can be seen in full below..
Big budgets have often been cited as the death call of many an official racing series, and the WTCC have acted quickly to ensure the same fate doesn't bring to a close World Championship level touring car racing. Obviously the continuation of the series is a very good thing for motorsport fans despite the landscape looking set to be very different in 2018, something we asked you for your opinions on back on Saturday in our 'Have Your Say' article here at RaceDepartment.
Personally I have loved watching the WTCC and the formally titled ETCC that ran before World Championship status would be granted to the series for '05, and I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this outstanding championship.
List of official WTCC Champions - 2005 - 2017
2005 Andy Priaulx - BMW Team UK BMW 320i - BMW BMW 320i
2006 Andy Priaulx - BMW Team UK BMW 320si - BMW BMW 320si
2007 Andy Priaulx - BMW Team UK BMW 320si - BMW BMW 320si
2008 Yvan Muller - SEAT Sport SEAT León TDI - SEAT SEAT León TDI
2009 Gabriele Tarquini - SEAT Sport SEAT León 2.0 TDI - SEAT León 2.0 TDI
2010 Yvan Muller - Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze LT - Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Yvan Muller - Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T - Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
2012 Robert Huff - Chevrolet RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T - Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T
2013 Yvan Muller - RML Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T - Honda Honda Civic WTCC
2014 José María López - Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée - Citroën Citroën C-Elysée
2015 José María López - Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée - Citroën Citroën C-Elysée
2016 José María López - Citroën Total WTCC Citroën C-Elysée - Citroën Citroën C-Elysée
2017 Thed Bjork - Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 - Volvo S60 Polestar TC1
WTCC Race Winners
- Yvan Muller - 48
- José María López - 29
- Robert Huff - 28
- Alain Menu - 23
- Gabriele Tarquini - 22
- Andy Priaulx - 18
- Augusto Farfus - 15
- Tiago Monteiro - 11
- Jörg Müller - 10
- Norbert Michelisz - 8
- Tom Chilton - 6
- Tom Coronel - 6
- Sébastien Loeb - 6
- Mehdi Bennani - 5
- Rickard Rydell - 5
- Jordi Gené - 4
- Fabrizio Giovanardi - 4
- Dirk Müller - 4
- James Thompson - 4
- Alessandro Zanardi - 4
- Thed Bjork - 3
- Michel Nykjær - 3
- Nicky Catsburg - 2
- Stefano D'Aste - 2
- Esteban Guerrieri - 2
- James Nash - 2
- Félix Porteiro - 2
- Ma Qinghua - 2
- Yann Ehrlacher - 1
- Franz Engstler - 1
- Néstor Girolami - 1
- Sergio Hernández - 1
- Duncan Huisman - 1
- Nicola Larini - 1
- Gianni Morbidelli - 1
- Pepe Oriola - 1
- Salvatore Tavano - 1
- Peter Terting - 1
- Colin Turkington - 1
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