WTCR Testing Concludes - First Race Next Week

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The new FIA WTCR World Touring Car Cup kicks off in Marrakesh next week, with a full 25 driver, 7 marque field confirmed ahead of the green flag on Sunday.


Having gone through something of a difficult period in the history of the championship over the last few seasons, the FIA and Eurosport Events had to do something dramatic in 2018 in order to revive this once great touring car championship, and following a major shake up over the winter months the FIA WTCR series looks likely to be in the best shape it has been since the series heyday back in the mid 2000's.

Gone for this season are the spectacular but expensive TC1 regulation cars, replaced by the mighty popular and cost effective TCR regulation machines, opening up the grid to an impressive 26 car field for Marrakesh, containing no less that four former WTCC title winners and the reigning TCR International Series champion, aboard seven different brand of car in what is set to be the most promising season start to the series in the last 10 years.

With a new three race format taking shape for 2018 alongside the new regulation of car and several new and returning drivers, pre season testing has never held such importance as it did earlier today, with the newly branded Cupra TCR of OSCARO by Campos Racing heading the timesheets in testing at the Barcelona circuit during all full day of running for the new 2018 field of drivers, minus a poorly Rob Huff anyway...

WTCR Barcelona Testing Times (Combined)
  1. 1:54.443 - John Filippi - Team Oscaro by Campos Racing - Cupra
  2. 1:54.698 - Pepe Oriola - Team Oscaro by Campos Racing - Cupra
  3. 1:55.452 - Aurélien Panis - Comtoyou Racing - Audi
  4. 1:55.663 - Nathanaël Berthon - Comtoyou Racing - Audi
  5. 1:55.782 - Frédéric Vervisch - AUDI Sport Team COMTOYOU - Audi
  6. 1:55.782 - Yann Erlacher - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport - Audi
  7. 1:55.802 - Mehdi Bennani - Sébastien Loeb Racing - VW
  8. 1:55.804 - Aurélien Comte - DG Sport Competition - Peugeot
  9. 1:55.893 - Benjamin Lessennes - Boutsen Ginion Racing - Honda
  10. 1:55.910 - Mato Homola - DG Sport Competition - Peugeot
  11. 1:55.917 - Gabriele Tarquini - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai
  12. 1:56.003 - Gianni Morbidelli - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo
  13. 1:56.045 - Denis Dupont - Comtoyou Racing - Audi
  14. 1:56.047 - Esteban Guerrieri - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport - Honda
  15. 1:56.051 - Jean-Karl Vernay - Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team - Audi
  16. 1:56.078 - Norbert Michelisz - BRC Racing Team - Hyundai
  17. 1:56.109 - Fabrizio Giovanardi - Team Mulsanne - Alfa Romeo
  18. 1:56.214 - Norbert Nagy - Zengo Motorsport - Cupra
  19. 1:56.244 - Yvan Muller - YMR - Hyundai
  20. 1:56.433 - Thed Björk - YMR - Hyundai
  21. 1:56.447 - James Thompson - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport - Honda
  22. 1:56.495 - Gordon Shedden - Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team - Audi
  23. 1:56.698 - David Zsabo - Zengo Motorsport - Cupra
  24. 1:56.847 - Tom Coronel - Boutsen Ginion Racing - Honda
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Knoxstar

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minus a poorly Rob Huff anyway...
Paul could you clarify? I get that he was not there. Is there more to this comment?

I'm really happy to see this series coming together and the competition looks close for the most part. Sincerely hope the MAC 10 thing is gone. What a waste of time that was! Will be pulling for Huffy and Flash as well as Spiderman. ;):D

But on a sim note, we will be big winners if R3 put together the whole grid with 7 models to play with!!
 

Celestiale

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the new Civic looks absolutely stunn-tastic :confused::inlove:wooaahh..they should really make a street version with a similar bodykit and get rid of the hideous spaceship elements.
The rest also looks quite a bit better then the cars of last year.

Looking forward to the races..but the times definitely seem like Seat and Audi have to be nerfed before the races
 

Paul Jeffrey

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Paul could you clarify? I get that he was not there. Is there more to this comment?
He has a "virus" that forced him to miss both the media launch day and testing. Nothing serious so far as I can tell, just simply the bloke is unwell (and man, do I know how that feels!).

I've reached out for comment, will let you know if I hear anything..
 

Eckhart von Glan

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this is shaping up nicely. who would have ever thought, Filipi could actually hold his own in such an intense grid, well done! with blancpain gt3 kicking off in zolder next weekend and this series here with a grid inside 2,5 secs, formula one - i'm afraid - looks a bit lame.
 

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Do you know if the races are broadcasted as a livestream or something?

Edit: Eurosport seems to have it covered.
 
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It's a shame Tiago M. still isn't totally recovered to take part of this exciting series right from the begining...:(
But, as you British always say, "It could have been worse" :p

Get well soon Tiago!
 

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I think they may or may not 'patch' the Cupra before the season starts