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MUNDIAL - BRC RACING EM VILA REAL

Sábado, 23 Junho 2018 06:15 | Actualizado em Segunda, 23 Julho 2018 11:15

BRC Racing Team looking for more scores in Vila Real
BRC Racing Team in cerca di punti a Vila Real
 

 

After a month’s break following the previous race, the FIA ​​World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) returns with the fifth round of the season. Vila Real will host the challenge of the WTCR Race of Portugal on the 23rd and 24th of June.

The city in Northern Portugal holds a rich history of motorsport, with the first racing there dating back to 1931. In the modern era drivers take on a 4.785 meters hillside track featuring a number of fast corners alongside tight, technical chicanes combining to create a incredibly fast street circuit. The venue promises a weekend of pure adrenaline during which the drivers of BRC Racing Team, Gabriele Tarquini and Norbert Michelisz, will try every way to again fight for victories and to obtain valuable points in terms of general classification.

The team’s two Hyundai i30 N TCR will carry the latest Balance of Performance (BoP), with the cars running a lower ride height and 10kg lighter than at the most recent WTCR round in Netherlands. The car, however, will remain one of heaviest in the championship, further adding to the considerable challenge faced by the BRC Racing Team on their debut at the track. With this slightly improved standing, the team is focused on collecting points with both cars from each of the three races scheduled across the weekend.

Norbert Michelisz comments: “After Zandvoort we have had a break of some weeks, and I used it to prepare in the best way for the races in Vila Real. The circuit is one of my favorites. It has a fantastic atmosphere, it's very demanding – one of the most difficult ones in the calendar. Qualifying and a good joker lap strategy will be the key to good results, since it is almost impossible to overtake. I'm confident that we will again fight for podiums this weekend in Portugal, and score important points in the championship fight”.

Gabriele Tarquini declares: "Vila Real is a very technical, but fast city circuit. It is a historic route in the centre of the Portuguese town that is normally full of enthusiasts following the race among the houses. The circuit is full of direction changes and you need to have a very agile car with good traction to get out quickly from the many slow corners of the track. There are also medium and fast corners where you need to be very precise and ride near the walls and guardrails to be fast. Personally, I hope to score points in all three races after some tough weekends in the championship and make the most of the opportunities that will come from such a peculiar circuit to get on the podium".



Round 5 WTCR Race of Portugal 2018 –Vila Real International Circuit
Timetable

All times local (GMT +01:00)

SATURDAY 23 RD JUNE
09.00 AM – 09.30 AM Free Practice 1(30 minutes)
11.00 AM – 11.30 AM Free Practice 2 (30 minutes)
12.30 PM – 13.10 PM Qualifying (40 minutes)
16.00 PM – 16.30 PM Race 1 (11 laps)

SUNDAY 24 TH MAY
09.00 AM – 09.30 AM Qualifying Q1 (30 minutes)
09.35 AM – 09.50 AM Qualifying Q2 (15 minutes)
10.00 AM (start first car) Qualifying Q3
15.45 PM – 16.15 PM Race 2 (11 laps)
17.10 PM – 17.45 PM Race 3 (15 laps)

OVERALL RANKINGS - DRIVERS
1 – #68 Yann Ehrlacher FRA - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport - HONDA - pt. 146
2 – #48 Yvan Muller FRA - MRacing - HYUNDAI - pt. 137
3 – #12 Rob Huff GBR - Sébastien Loeb Racing - VOLKSWAGEN - pt. 130
4 – #69 Jean-Karl Vernay FRA - Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team - AUDI - pt. 121
5 – #30 Gabriele Tarquini ITA - BRC Racing Team - HYUNDAI - pt. 118
6 – #11 Thed Björk SWE - MRacing - HYUNDAI - pt. 112
7 – #86 Esteban Guerrieri ARG - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport - HONDA - pt. 109
8 – #5 Norbert Michelisz HUN - BRC Racing Team - HYUNDAI - pt. 102
9 – #22 Frédéric Vervisch BEL – Audi Sport Team Contoyou - AUDI - pt. 65
10 – #74 Pepe Oriola SPA - Campos Racing – CUPRA – pt. 63

OVERALL RANKINGS - TEAMS
1 – ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport - HONDA - pt. 261
2 – MRacing YMR - HYUNDAI - pt. 261
3 – BRC Racing Team - HYUNDAI - pt. 227
4 – Sébastien Loeb Racing - VOLKSWAGEN - pt. 207
5 – Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team - AUDI - pt. 193
6 – Campos Racing - CUPRA - pt. 75
7 – Audi Sport Team Comtoyou - AUDI - pt. 68
7 – Boutsen Ginion Racing - HONDA - pt. 59
9 – DG Sport Competition - PEUGEOT - pt. 58
10 – Comtoyou Racing - AUDI - pt. 28
11 – Zengo Motorsport - CUPRA - pt. 7



About BRC Racing Team
BRC Racing Team is the racing department of BRC Gas Equipment.
With a presence in over 70 countries in the world, and a customer portfolio that includes the major car manufacturers, BRC Gas Equipment is a world leader in the production of systems and components for LPG and CNG conversion of vehicles. BRC Racing Team is an integrated project of R&D and Marketing, aimed at promoting the brand and the corporate image through Motorsport.

About the Hyundai i30 N TCR
Announced in February 2017 the i30 N TCR represents Hyundai Motorsport’s first steps into circuit racing. Built and developed by the Customer Racing department at the team’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany the car is based on Hyundai’s high-performance i30 N model. Design work for the project began in September 2016, with the first on track test taking place in April 2017. An exhaustive development schedule ended with the i30 N TCR taking victory in its very first race in the TCR International Series at the Zhejiang Raceway in China. Hyundai Motorsport delivered the first cars to customers in December 2017, with teams competing around the world during 2018.

About the FIA World Touring Car Cup
The World Touring Car Cup is running to new rules and a new name from 2018 as the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) hits the tracks. Promoted by Eurosport Events, the organisation behind the WTCC, and using the TCR technical regulations – a cheaper and more accessible concept embraced by manufacturers including Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, SEAT and Volkswagen – WTCR will be contested over 10 weekends in four continents from April to November. Each event will consist of three races and will typically take place over two days. Day one includes a single qualifying and race, while day two is more in keeping with the previous WTCC set-up: a three-phase qualifying and two races with the first race utilising a reverse grid. A maximum of 26 entries will be accepted plus a further two wildcards at each event. Although there won’t be manufacturer teams under cost-cutting measures, several top drivers from the WTCC and other international touring car series are set to take part with the prospect of some extremely close and exciting racing.

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