Monaco GP, Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. The world of motorsport live one of their great weeks and in regard to the German event, the Nordschleife is also home to the fourth test of the calendar of the fia WTCC. The World Touring car pisa the ‘Green Hell’ for the third time and does so in a key moment of the season. Tiago Monteiro and Honda have dominated in the early stages of the season, but that does not mean that Volvo, and the official drivers of the Vehicle are away. Catsburg, Chilton, Björk, Bennani or Huff will try to give a bang on the table.
Speaking of the Nürburgring Nordschleife is to make it of a more complex circuit in the world. Is not a statement free of charge, as their 25.378 metros are filled with curves of all kinds, ups and downs, as well as blind spots. This is a track very different to the rest of the circuits that make up the calendar of the WTCC and as such requires a series of changes in the format of the contest. The classification is disputed in a single round and the two runs have the same length, three laps. To try and tame the legendary Nordschleife is a challenge very difficult for the riders, but also for engineers.
Although the WTCC has a long history in Germany, where he competed from 2005 to 2011 in Orschersleben, without a doubt, the most glorious phase of the relationship between the competition Eurosport Events and the european country is born with the decision to compete at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. In the first two editions of the test in the ‘Green Hell’, José Maria ‘Pechito’ Lopez was the big hero and protagonist. However, the argentine won the first race in 2015 and the two races in 2016. The French Yvan Muller has been the other pilot who has managed to win on this track. And none of the two remains in the championship.
In this aspect, the reality of the championship has completely changed. After a positive start to the season, Tiago Monteiro is the team to beat. The Portuguese sum 123 points in front of the classification of the fia WTCC, which allows you to have an advantage of more than one race compared to Nicky Catsburg or Tom Chilton, their main persecutors. All in all, the roster of riders who can assault the top of the podium at the Nürburgring is greater, for problems or faults point have downgraded to pilots that have been shown to be as fast as Thed Björk or Mehdi Bennani.
despite this and after the dominion exercised by Citroen in the ‘Green Hell’, many point to Rob Huff as the other big favorite to victory. The uk is sixth in the standings with 65 points after the problems experienced in Hungary. On the opposite side of the coin, seven of the sixteen riders that will compete in the WTCC and have no prior experience in Nürbugring, at least at the wheel of a TC1. In this aspect, RI Michigami, Nestor Girolami, Aurélien Panis, Daniel Nagy, Kevin Gleason, Yann Ehrlacher and Esteban Guerrieri face a weekend double-complex.
In a drawing of shades, to find the ‘set up’ of the car is a complex task and the burdens of compensation are still more important than ever. In this aspect, the Citroën C-Elysée and the Volvo S60 are at a disadvantage because they have 80 extra pounds of ballast, so that you leave with a total weight of 1,180 pounds. Honda for its part, loses 10 kg of ballast in relation to the above quote, at the Hungaroring and the Civic WTCC will have a basis weight 1,170 kg. While the Lada Vesta maintain their weight source, the Chevrolet RML gains 30 pounds gravel fruit of the good paper of Esteban Guerrieri.
Schedule of the WTCC 2017 at the Nürburgring
|Day / Time||Session||Duration|
|Thursday 26/05 – 11:30am||Testing||60′|
|Thursday 26/05 – 18:50h||Free practice 1||60′|
|Friday 27/05 – 08:15pm||Free practice 2||60′|
|Friday 27/05 – 12:45 pm||Classification||45′|
|Friday 27/05 – 13:45h||MAC3||20′|
|Saturday 28/05 – 11:20pm||inaugural Race||3 turns|
|Saturday 28/05 – 12:45 pm||main Race||3 turns|