The WTCC makes its debut in Thailand with Pechito skimming the title


The World of Cars comes to Thailand and it is very possible that this country will crown a champion on their first appearance in the WTCC. The argentinian driver ‘Pechito’ López traveling with everything in your hand to get his second title in the championship and equal the number of gimped Andy Priaulx and Yvan Muller, his main rival throughout the season. The pole and the victory in the first round to give him the title of ‘Pechito’ López, although the possible combinations for the pilot argentine are very numerous to come with a 75 point advantage over Muller.

The income of Thailand has been surrounded by a certain mysticism, since the arrival at the Chang International Circuit will be special. The competition will take place almost entirely during the day of Sunday. In fact, while the session of testing and the two free will be held on Saturday, both ranking as the two races will be Sunday. This already happened in China, even though it was for an unexpected reason. However, the most special of the weekend will be a lto Race 2, which will be played in full sunset, on a schedule unknown to the category.

In regards to the track, the Chang International Circuit is a path of 4.554 meters of length, with a total of 12 curves. Designed by Hermann Tilke, the track features two long straights in the first sector, being especially notable the straight line connecting the curves 1 and 2, with a kilometer of length. The circuit mutates completely in the last section of the track where the long straights and strong braking give way to curves linked medium and high speed. A closed angle gives way to the start / finish straight.


The above-mentioned title fight, and the fight for second place will be played on equal terms. Everyone involved are riders of Citroën, and therefore will compete with the same weapons, a Citroën C-Elysée which, as is usual, be weighted down with 60 kilograms. For its part, the Honda Civic will have +40 pounds and the Chevrolet and Lada will keep your weight series. With this perspective, it will be interesting to see who can do the one and the other in the long straight path in front of the Honda. It should be recalled that Gabriele Tarquini drag a penalty of five positions from China.

Between the pilots of Chevrolet are only two pilots with experience in the Chang International Circuit. Both will be partner in Campos Racing and will do so after having ridden the TCR Series at this track recently. Are Hugo Valente and the pilot [local19459005]Tsin Sritrai, which will debut in the WTCC. For its part, the formation of Lada will be formed once more by Rob Huff, Nico Lapierre and Nicky Catsburg. The three share the goal of achieving the first victory for Lada of the season, because the Russian team has not risen to the highest step of the podium from hong kong 2014.

Schedules WTCC* 2015 at the Chang International Circuit

Day / Time Session Duration
Saturday 31/10 – 03:00 Testing 30′
Saturday 31/10 – 08:30 Free Practice 1 30′
Saturday 31/10 – 11:00 pm Free Practice 2 30′
Sunday 01/11 – 03:00 pm Classification (Q1) 20′
Sunday 01/11 – 03:25h Classification (Q2) 10′
Sunday 01/11 – 03:40 Classification (Q3) 15′
Sunday 01/11 – 08:25h Race 1 11 laps
Sunday 01/11 – 09:30 Race 2 11 laps
Sunday 01/11 – 10:10am Podium

* The hours are use time-of-Spain. In Thailand, 6 more hours.