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FIA WTCC – Guia Race of Macau – Presented by Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A. Sixth Title-Decider for Macau

The 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship is set to be decided on the streets of Macau – the sixth year in a row that the Guia Race has crowned the champion of tin-top racing.

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Since its inception in 2005, the FIA World Touring Car Championship has been decided at Macau and, although there is one more round this weekend, there is a chance that Macau will be the title decider for the sixth successive year.

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Yvan Muller of France, 2008 Champion, currently leads the 2010 title chase, but has been challenged all year by reigning champion Gabriele Tarquini and three-time champion Andy Priaulx.

The stage is set for another epic battle in November, particularly with the likes of Rob Huff, who will be looking to win a race at Macau for the third year in a row, and Alain Menu on the hunt for his third SAR victory.

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The FIA WTCC’s inaugural Rookie Challenge has been fiercely contested all year long, and is another battle set to be decided at Macau.

Representing Macau in the race will be Andre Couto, who regularly competes, but this year will be driving a SEAT León 2.0 TDI for the first time, and Jo Merszei and Henry Ho each driving a BMW.

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S2000 lap records:

Qualifying – 2:30.285/146.60 kph, Alain Menu (Chevrolet Lacetti), 14 Nov 2008

Race – 2:32.517/144.45 kph, Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT Leon Tdi), 18 Nov 2007

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Previous winners

2004: Guia Race 1: Jörg Müller (BMW 320i)
2004: Guia Race 2: Jörg Müller (BMW 320i)
2005: FIA WTCC Race 1: Augusto Farfus (Alfa Romeo 156)
2005: FIA WTCC Race 2: Duncan Huisman (BMW 320i)
2006: FIA WTCC Race 1: Andy Priaulx (BMW 320si)
2006: FIA WTCC Race 2: Jörg Müller (BMW 320si)
2007: FIA WTCC Race 1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Lacetti)
2007: FIA WTCC Race 2: Andy Priaulx (BMW 320si)
2008: FIA WTCC Race 1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Lacetti)
2008: FIA WTCC Race 2: Robert Huff (Chevrolet Lacetti)

 

World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) History

The World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) is an international Touring Car championship organised by the FIA.

The first WTCC, which was open to Group A Touring Cars, was held in 1987 concurrent to the long-running European Touring Car Championship (ETCC).

Additional rounds were held outside Europe at Bathurst in Australia, Calder Park Raceway in Australia (using both the road course and the then newly constructed Thunderdome), Wellington in New Zealand and Mount Fuji in Japan.

The Drivers Championship was won by Roberto Ravaglia in a BMW M3 and the Entrants Championship was won by the Eggenberger Texaco Ford No 7 entry, which was a Ford Sierra.

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The WTCC lasted only one year and was a victim of its own success – the FIA feared it would take money away from Formula 1 and stopped sanctioning the Championship[citation needed].

In 1993, with the high popularity of the Supertouring category, the FIA hosted the FIA World Touring Car Cup – an annual event for touring car drivers hailing from national championships all over the world. The 1993 race at Monza was won by Paul Radisich, at the wheel of a Ford Mondeo with no manufacturer title awarded.

The race was run for two more years, (won by Paul Radisich again in 1994 at Donington Park in a Ford Mondeo, manufacturer title went to BMW, and Frank Biela in 1995 at Paul Ricard in an Audi A4 Quattro, and manufacturer title went to Audi).

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A similar event was planned for 1996 at the A1 Ring, Austria, but was cancelled due to a low number of provisional entries (10 cars). It was never brought back thereafter.

Third most important FIA championship

In 2001, the ETCC was resumed with support from the FIA. At the request of interested manufacturers, it was changed to the current WTCC beginning with the 2005 season, and is now considered the third most important FIA championship after Formula One and the World Rally Championship.

With rounds at major prestigious circuits, the series is heavily supported by car manufacturers BMW, Chevrolet and SEAT, with Honda also involved, but some manufacturers like Lada and Volvo are interested in the championship and they could enter in a future.

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It features compact and midsize cars based on Group N rules, yet modified to Super 2000 regulations, an intermediate level between the slightly modified Super Production cars and the extinct Supertouring class.

Following the trend of recent FIA rules, cost control is a major theme in the technical regulation. Engines are limited to 2000 cc. Many technologies that have featured in production cars are not allowed, including variable valve timing, variable intake geometry, ABS brakes and traction control system.

Frenchman Yvan Muller is the 2008 series champion, winning a first major title for Spanish manufacturer SEAT, breaking the dominance BMW has held over the title since its inception. Also it was the first FIA sanctioned world championship, in any category, won by a diesel powered racing car in the SEAT Leon TDI.

The series are based in Europe (with races in Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Czech Republic and former races in Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands and Turkey) but the FIA is extending the championship internationally: now there are races in Brazil, Mexico, Macau and Japan; in 2009 there will be a new race in Morocco and there are some rumours of a race in Russia for 2010 season.

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