All the keys to follow the WTCC 2016


The WTCC opens the doors for the season 2016 at Paul Ricard
in a year that promises to be intense. The contest organized by
Eurosport Events has major attractions ranging from the battle for the
title to the fight by the renewed WTCC Trophy, intended for pilots
The official farewell of Citroën and the arrival of Volvo, the renewal
full of Honda and Lada, or the intense battle between the teams private
promise to be the tip of the iceberg of a championship
premiere format with the
particular session MAC3
and that as a gift to the fans visit the Nürburgring

Manufacturers and cars

Citroën Racing and its C-Elysée WTCC are the rivals to beat
spite of reduce from four to two units of official competition. Even
as this is his last season as a team official, the brand is favorite of the three
titles are at stake in the WTCC. The brand of the PSA Group will seek to win
the crown of riders, constructors, and the WTCC Trophy with the team
Sébastien Loeb Racing.
His main opponent should be Honda. The japanese firm
account with 3 Civic WTCC managed by JAS Motorsport, two more units
private that will put at stake the team Zengo Motorsport.

Lada Sport keeps the Vesta TC1 in competition, being the
first season since its official entry in the WTCC and that does not change vehicle
by legislation or commercial interests. The team has renewed its template
drivers and account with one of the stars of the championship, Rob Huff.
The newly
it is Polestar Cyan Racing, or what is the same, Volvo
. The Swedish brand
it will compete with two Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 piloted by two superclasses of the
cars, Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom. Finally,
the grill to complete the
Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
, cars developed by RML privately.


Pilots to follow

‘Pechito’ López is the rider of reference. The argentine is
the current champion of the WTCC, and in his palmares look a the last two titles
the category. Compete with the Citroën C-Elysée, which also has the
car most competitive in the WTCC.
His main rival, a priori, will be Yvan Muller. The pilot
French has four times won the title of World Touring car and can be
before your last chance to increase his record. It is difficult for any
the pilot may let you shadow,
but if so the above is Rob Huff. The
champion of the fia WTCC 2012 has signed for Honda.

Inside the team Honda Racing Team JAS it will be interesting to see
the role of Norbert Michelisz
, defending champion of the Trophy in Yokohama
Independent for the first time will compete with an official vehicle and not with
a Honda Civic private. Similar situation, live Hugo Valente in the team Lada
Sports, although within the Russian ensemble all eyes go towards the
pilot veteran of the grill of the World.
Gabriele Tarquini lives his last
opportunity shines
r this year, after a very tactful in Honda. Lada has opted for
its experience to evolve a Lada Vesta progressed significantly
throughout 2015.

Point to Thed Björk and Fredrik Ekblom is almost an obligation
for the record we both cherish in the Championship Swedish Touring car (STCC),
although the level in the WTCC and will largely depend on the level you can reach
the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1. In fact, it would not be strange in the first few races
see compete at the Swedish pilots with the roosters WTCC Trophy, a name that
now receives the Trophy in Yokohama Independent. Without a doubt,
between the pilots
private pilots are called to be the reference are Mehdi Bennani and Tom Chilton

with the Citroën, with the permission of the veteran Tom Coronel and John Filippi,
both with the Chevrolet.


Tests more charismatic

Despite having tests plotted as Paul Ricard, Hungaroring or Termas de Rio Hondo, the truth is that there are three
the quotations must be noted on the calendar of 12 tests that have this
season the WTCC. The weekend of the 28th of may, the World of Cars
travels to the Nordschleife
, mecca of motorsport. For the second year
in a row, the contest organized by Eurosport Events will compete in the 23
kilometres from the ‘Green Hell’, which is a spectacle in itself. See
a Global AIF in the forests of the Nürburgring is worthy of praise

The second test to note is the that is dispute in Vila
. The Portuguese population has a long career in the world of
motor sport, but welcomes a quote from the WTCC for the second time. Without
however, the rapid urban layout prepared for the occasion was very much in the taste
of the drivers and the fans. Finally, and despite not being the
charismatic Macau, the competition night in Qatar it is also a test to
marked in red on the calendar
. It will also be the second year that it competes
under the spotlights of the path.

Calendar of the World Touring car (WTCC) 2016

Date Circuit Country
01-03 April 2016 Paul Ricard France
15-17 April 2016 Slovakiaring Slovakia
22-24 April 2016 Hungaroring Hungary
07-08 may 2016 Marrakech Morocco
26-28 may 2016 Nordschleife Germany
10-12 June 2016 Moscow Raceway Russia
24-26 June 2016 Vila Real Portugal
05-07 August 2016 Termas de Rio Hondo Argentina
02-04 September 2016 Motegi Japan
23-25 September 2016 Shanghai China
04-06 November 2016 Buriram Thailand
23-25 November 2016 Losail Qatar



The format of the WTCC introduces major changes for 2016,
being the most prominent variation in the order of the races. The two
sleeves that the World Touring car dispute at the end of each week have varied their
order now and the first race will be the one that has the grill in reverse,
, leaving the second sleeve as the ‘main race’. Both scored the same,
but the main race will have one more round in relation to 60 kilometers
of length that the ‘early career’. With this change seeks to
independent pilots can take more risks in relation to the pilots

In spite of this, at the media level, the inclusion of the MAC3 is the
most notable change
. The name of this session corresponds to the initials of ‘Manufacters
Against the Clock’
. In short this is a session in which 3
vehicles of the same brand will compete in the union as if in a time trial
team cycling were
. Three vehicles, two laps and extra points
for the constructors are the ingredients of a new format
in which they will compete Citroën, Lada and Honda. Volvo with two cars don’t have
option, and Chevrolet is not an official manufacturer.

Finally, have hardened the weights of compensation for
. The maximum ballast that may have a vehicle happens to be 80 pounds
instead of the 60 pounds that is imposed in 2015. As of now, the
weights of compensation shall be calculated and applied from the third test of the
calendar, but will be calculated after the end of each week competitive. In
this aspect, the Citroën C-Elysee TC1 will compete with the 80 kilos of ballast
maximum during the first two events of the season