After a summer break, a very long, six weeks to be exact, the WTCC returns to life. The World of Cars leaves Europe and goes face to face with the second half of the year with great expectations. The Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo hosts the eighth round of the season in which there is one name that stands out above all, of José María ‘Pechito’ López. The argentinian driver competes at home, before your public and also makes you as the outstanding leader of the championship. There is No best claim possible for an audience since it debuted in the WTCC in Termas (2013) has evolved with the category.
The Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo is a circuit of new construction that has settled in the calendar of championships such as MotoGP, WTCC or in the Super TC2000. Has a length of 4.805 metres and a total of 14 curves. This is a track with two straights joined by two sections of curves linked to it. While in the first sector include the forks 180 degrees, in the last drawing angles of all types of large mechanical support and with cant that play against the tires. The compromise between the two sections of the track at the level of set up is not simple.
there Is no doubt that ‘Pechito’ Lopez is the king of Argentina. He made his debut on this track as a mere guest in 2013 and got his second career victory at the controls of an ageing BMW 320 TC. From there, the argentine hand-in-hand Citroen Racing has achieved two World championships and is on its way to the third-party, getting in argentina three victories out of four possible, being second in the race remaining. With the Citroën C-Elysée and before his public, ‘Pechito’ Lopez is the big favorite and even more if we take into account his 101-point advantage in the general of the fia WTCC.
Tiago Monteiro, Rob Huff, Norbert Michelisz, or Nicky Catsburg
will try to plant face to the leader of the World, although ‘Pechito’ López is perhaps
more worried about not being the only argentinean in the starting grid. This is
possible thanks to the arrival of Esteban Guerrieri, a pilot that will debut in the
WTCC at the wheel of the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 of Campos Racing. It will not be without
however, the only novelty in the grill since James Thompson returns to occupy
the seat of René Münnich for the fifth time in the season. Finally, outstanding
the absence of the last hour of the Hungarian Ferenc Fizca after being operated
urgency of appendicitis.
Without large changes in the weights of compensation, the Citroën
C-Elysée remains the car is ballasted to receive the 80 extra pounds
maximum weight that allows the regulation. A step behind is placed the Honda
Civic WTCC after its good showing in Vila Real and Russia will take 60 kilos of
weight in the form of ballast. The Lada Vesta for their part have 50 pounds of weight
further, while Volvo Polestar S60 TC1 and the Chevrolet RML Cruze
TC1 fruit of their deficit performance, maintain your basis weight of 1,100 kilos.
Timetables* WTCC 2016 in Termas de Rio Hondo
|Day / Time||Session||Duration|
|Friday 05/08 – 23:30h||Shakedown (10′ – 10′)||30′|
|Saturday 06/08 – 13:45h||Free Practice 1||30′|
|Saturday 06/08 – 16:00h||Free Practice 2||30′|
|Saturday 06/08 – 20:00h||Classification (Q1)||20′|
|Saturday 06/08 – 20:25h||Classification (Q2)||15′|
|Saturday 06/08 – 20:40h||Classification (Q3)||10′|
|Saturday 06/08 – 21:00h||MAC3||30′|
|Sunday 07/08 – 19:05h||inaugural Race||13 laps|
|Sunday 07/08 – 20:20pm||Career main||14 laps|
* schedules are adapted to the use time-of-Spain. In Argentina is 5 hours less.