Prior schedules and WTCC 2016 in Vila Real


In the absence of Macao, it is good for Vila Real. The layout of the city, located in this Portuguese population has become the only track of these features of all the calendar of the WTCC, so that drivers and teams faced this quote in a different way, with a momentum special. The trial in the neighbouring country is also the last on european soil prior to a long journey of almost four months that will bring the World of Cars to visit countries such as Argentina, Japan, China, Thailand and Qatar. Be that as it may, Vila Real is a city conquered by Citroën.

The International Circuit of Vila Real is an urban layout of old-school, with stretches of rapids and endless curves of all kinds. With 4.6 kilometres in length, the track has a total of 24 angles, being perhaps one of the curves most iconic of ‘Forest’. In any case, this path that has been replaced in the calendar appointment as Boavista or Portimao, hides secrets in each one of its corners, leaving even an image quite unusual in that the the pilots have to sail around a roundabout in the last section of the track, just before the finish line.

Taking into account that Vila Real has a long history in the world of motor racing, organizing races since the 1930s, the only rider that can come to their streets as the leader of the WTCC is José María ‘Pechito’ López, every time that the argentine is writing its own history on the way to their third title in the World Touring car. In fact, ‘Pechito’ was one of the two pilots who got the victory in the debut of Vila Real in 2015, the other one being the chinese Ma Qing Hua. Both rode trails units of the Citroen C-Elysee TC1.


despite his condition of favourite and his comfortable lead, even more
strong after the sanction partial to Honda, ‘Pechito’ Lopez will have a tough
competition in Vila Real, starting with the only local rider. Tiago
Monteiro competes in the home
, being the major trump card of Honda to add a
new triumph in a season that began with brightness for the japanese
but that has been twisted after his exclusion in Marrakech. The margin of
these two pilots, Mehdi Bennani and Nicky Catsburg will have a lot to
to say, the entire time you are getting brilliant results so
spot, united to a certain regularity.

The grill of the WTCC
comes with some changes to the appointment of Vila Real
. Although James Thompson
is maintained in the Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 of in the streets
of the Portuguese population, we will have to Dániel Nagy with a second Civic
of Zengo Motorsport
. In addition, Robert Dahlgren returns to the WTCC for
hop in the Volvo S60 WTCC Fredrik Ekblom. And besides all these
modifications, you must take into account the weights of compensation.
Citroën is dragging 80 kilos extra, but the fruit of the results
in Moscow, Lada and Honda will have 70 and 60 kilos of ballast. Chevrolet only
you will have 10 extra kilos and Volvo maintains the basis weight of your S60 WTCC
(1.100 pounds).

Schedules* WTCC 2016 in Vila Real

Day / Time Session Duration
Friday 24/06 – 13:30h Testing 30′
Saturday 25/06 – 10:00 pm Free Practice 1 30′
Saturday 25/06 – 12:00 pm Free Practice 2 30′
Saturday 25/06 – 15:00h Classification (Q1) 30′
Saturday 25/06 – 15:35h Classification (Q2) 15′
Saturday 25/06 – 15:55h Classification (Q3) 15′
Saturday 25/06 – 16:30h MAC3 30′
Sunday 26/06 – 16:05h inaugural Race 13 laps
Sunday 26/06 – 17:15h Career main 14 laps

* schedules are adapted to the use time-of-Spain. In Portugal 1 hour less.