The WTCC prepared for changes in the format for 2016


The World of Cars is still looking for a format that is more attractive for the weekend. The championship was reinvented first with the development of the MAC3, the first team time trial of the world of motorsport. Now, Eurosport Events in its capacity as promoter of the championship is expected to receive the approval of the World Council of the FIA to be able to face a new change in the format of the category. In general lines, the WTCC and want to alter the order of the runs in 2016, and thus offer a first sleeve more attractive with an inverted grid, giving more opportunities to all the pilots present in the championship.

Until now, the WTCC had two sleeves of equal length. The first was played with a grid normal to the basis of the results obtained by the riders in qualifying, while the second race was with a grill reverse of the first ten classified in the Q2. The goal of the World of passenger Cars is to vary the order and contest the first race with an inverted grid and the second race from the results of the classification. A change in theory to a minimum, but that introduces further nuances of which may seem to the naked eye.


In the first place because the second sleeve would be at a greater distance, being to some extent in the main event of the weekend. In this way, the pilots and strongest teams will be required to fly in the first race, but preserving the mechanics of their vehicles. For its part, the Independent pilots that have fewer opportunities, can also go to the limit during the first race since that is where they have more options to get a good result, without thinking on the second race.

The rest of the weekend will remain unchanged. The riders will face a test session prior commonly known as ‘Testing’, in addition to the two sessions of free and classification in three rounds (Q1, Q2 and Q3). After the same will be held the unprecedented session of MAC3 and the two races will follow the format as explained. Apart from this, all races non-european will take place in two days of competition, while the weights of compensation will be increased up to 80 kg and a review of the race in the race, to try to promote greater equality.