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The WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup’s non-quit action scuttle tour heads east from the enduring Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany to a tune ranked as a fave amongst drivers, and with a recognition for exhilarating racing.

EVENT ESSENTIALS

What? 2020 WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup, Rounds 5, 6 and 7 of 16

When? October 9-11, 2020

The build apart? Slovakia Ring, come Bratislava, Slovakia

Notice dimension:  5.922 kilometres

Whisk 1 distance: 9 laps (53.114 kilometres)

Whisk 2 distance:  9 laps (53.114 kilometres)

Whisk 3 distance:  11 laps (64.958 kilometres)

WTCR qualifying lap file:  Gabriele Tarquini (Hyundai i30 N TCR) 2m09.312s (164.8kph), 14/07/18

WTCR jog lap file:  Gabriele Tarquini (Hyundai i30 N TCR) 2m11.061s (162.6kph), 14/07/18

EVENT OVERVIEW

The WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup’s non-quit action scuttle tour heads east from the enduring Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany to a tune ranked as a fave amongst drivers, and with a recognition for exhilarating racing.

Ever-hide on the WTCR schedule since the sequence started in 2018 and a acquainted fixture on the FIA World Touring Automobile Championship roster sooner than that, the Slovakia Ring blends high-tempo sweeps, tight and twisty sections, plus a peppering of climbs and descents.

With the prospect of changeable weather, an exhilarating be troubled is in retailer for the all-season WTCR drivers and the wildcard racers taking to the grid for the predominant triple-header of the novel marketing campaign in their Goodyear-outfitted TCR autos.

Whereas two races secure been timetabled at the occasions in Belgium and Germany, WTCR Whisk of Slovakia sides three races on Sunday October 11 following two free educate courses and the three-segment knock-out style qualifying on Saturday October 10. As a 3-jog tournament, the novel-for-2020 grid formation structure will be adopted for the predominant time (stare separate fragment for more recordsdata).

After two occasions, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co’s Yann Ehrlacher wears the yellow jacket and carries the distinctive yellow windscreen strip as the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader. The Frenchman, 24, took wins at Zolder and the Nürburgring Nordschleife, where Honda-powered ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport drivers Néstor Girolami and Esteban Guerrieri triumphed respectively.

Comtoyou Racing Audi driver Gilles Magnus, who’s supported by the Belgian ASN RACB National Team initiative, heads the WTCR Rookie Driver classification, whereas Tom Coronel from Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport tops the WTCR Trophy table following the hole four races. In the WTCR – FIA World Touring Automobile Cup for Groups, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co holds the revenue.

Whereas COVID-19 restrictions mean the tournament will drag slack closed doors, fans can depend on large are residing broadcasting − including on RTVS in Slovakia, plus Sport TV in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary − as properly contemporary and fun whine material across the WTCR’s social channels. The are residing broadcasting kit covers six continents as fragment of the WTCR’s supreme broadcast distribution ever.

As properly as the 20 all-season racers, two wildcard drivers seem on the entry record to offer added intrigue. Czech Petr Fulín, who scored a weekend-supreme fifth at WTCR Whisk of Slovakia in 2018, returns to the sequence and can pressure a Goodyear-outfitted CUPRA Leon Competición TCR for the predominant time. Italian Luca Filippi, a vastly successful single-seater racer with Formula One attempting out journey, continues his jog-by-jog programme in a Team Mulsanne, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris having impressed on his debut at WTCR Whisk of Belgium final month.

WTCR Whisk of Slovakia is the predominant of two-support-support occasions with WTCR Whisk of Hungary taking situation from October 16-18 at the Hungaroring. WTCR Whisk of Hungary tournament recordsdata will be issued on October 9 with the preview following on Monday October 12.

THE ALL-SEASON WTCR RACERS

1 Norbert Michelisz (HUN) BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse, Hyundai i30 N TCR

7 R Jack Younger (GBR) Vuković Motorsport, Renault Mégane RS TCR

8 R Luca Engstler (DEU) Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team, Hyundai i30 N TCR

9 Attila Tassi (HUN) ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Fashion R TCR

11 Thed Björk (SWE) Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR, Lynk & Co 03 TCR

12 Santiago Urrutia (USA) Cyan Performance Lynk & Co, Lynk & Co 03 TCR

16 R T Gilles Magnus (BEL) Comtoyou Racing, Audi RS 3 LMS

17 Nathanaël Berthon (FRA) Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport, Audi RS 3 LMS

18 Tiago Monteiro (PRT) ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Fashion R TCR

29 Néstor Girolami (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Fashion R TCR

30 Gabriele Tarquini (ITA) BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR

31 Tom Coronel (NED) Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport, Audi RS 3 LMS

55 R T Bence Boldizs (HUN) Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA Leon Competición TCR

68 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR, Lynk & Co 03 TCR

69 Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) Team Mulsanne, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris

86 Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Fashion R TCR

88 Nicky Catsburg (NED) Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team, Hyundai i30 N TCR

96 Mikel Azcona (ESP) Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA Leon Competición TCR

99 Gábor Kismarty-Lechner (HUN) Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA Leon Competición TCR

100 Yvan Muller (FRA) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, Lynk & Co 03 TCR

R = Rookie Award contender; T = WTCR Trophy contender

THE WTCR RACE OF SLOVAKIA WILDCARDS

22 Petr Fulín (CZE) VEXTA DOMY, CUPRA Leon Competición TCR

25 Luca Filippi (ITA) Team Mulsanne, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris

HOW THEY STAND

After four rounds, Yann Ehrlacher remains the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader and can carry the yellow windscreen strip first and fundamental up of the WTCR Whisk of Slovakia weekend. Right here’s a reminder of how he and the chasing pack stand following WTCR Whisk of Germany:

1 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) 92 sides

2 Néstor Girolami (ARG) 61

3 Thed Björk (SWE) 61

4 Yvan Muller (FRA) 60

5 Tom Coronel (NLD) 45

6 Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) 40

7 Attila Tassi (HUN) 38

8 Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) 37

9 Santiago Urrutia (URY) 34

10 Gilles Magnus (BEL) 34

Click on HERE for full standings including Groups’, Rookie Driver and WTCR Trophy classifications

WEEKEND DIARY

Saturday October 10

Free Apply 1: 10h00-10h45

Free Apply 2: 13h45-14h15

Qualifying Q1: 16h30-16h50

Qualifying Q2: 16h55-17h05

Qualifying Q3: 17h15 (first automobile begins DHL Pole Keep high 5 shootout)

Sunday October 11

Whisk 1: 09h15 (9 laps)

Whisk 2: 12h45 (9 laps)

Whisk 3: 14h45 (11 laps)

All timings are confirmed in CET, are provisional and field to trade

KEY NUMBERS

92: WTCR sides scored by Yann Ehrlacher to invent him the Goodyear #FollowTheLeader

225:  T2 at Slovakia Ring is one amongst the fastest corners of the season with drivers topping 225kph

100,000: The WTCR’s #RaceToCare programme in toughen of the FIA’s #PurposeDriven circulate goals to rob €100,000 by the raze of the season within the battle in opposition to COVID-19

1:  No driver has obtained a WTCR jog in Slovakia better than once with six assorted winners to this level

21:  Gilles Magnus, 21, from Belgium, heads the WTCR Rookie Driver standings after four races

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2020?

THE DRIVERS

*Bence Boldizs, Gábor Kismarty-Lechner, Gilles Magnus, Santiago Urrutia and Jack Younger are novel

*Nathanaël Berthon is support after a season away, whereas Luca Engstler has gone full time after making two appearances in 2019

THE TEAMS

*ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport adds two autos beneath the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport banner

*Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team embarks on its first all-season reveal

*Zengő Motorsport returns as a full-season entrant having featured once as a wildcard in 2019

*Vuković Motorsport steps up from TCR Europe with a Renault Mégane-powered effort

THE LINE-UPS

*Yann Ehrlacher joins uncle Yvan Muller in representing Cyan Racing Lynk & Co

*Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi will manufacture the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport assault

*Jean-Karl Vernay switches to a Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris

*Nicky Catsburg moves to Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team

THE CARS

*CUPRA’s Leon Competición is all-novel for 2020

*The Honda Civic Fashion R Runt Edition is the WTCR’s novel Authentic Safety Automobile

THE TYRES

*Goodyear is the novel authentic tyre dealer and can present its Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport in a single compound for dry and wet weather use

THE NUMBERS

*Norbert Michelisz takes over the coveted #1 following his 2019 title triumph

*Gabriele Tarquini reverts to the number 30 he used to care for shut the 2018 WTCR title

*Tom Coronel goes from 50 to 31 to designate the factitious of seasons he’s been racing

THE EVENTS

*Six-tournament, European-most good scheduled in accordance with the COVID-19 pandemic

*Zolder, Aragón and Adria are novel to WTCR, which has by no device visited Belgium, Spain or Italy sooner than

THE QUALIFYING FORMAT AND GRID FORMATION

*Consider separate fragment for more info

WHAT’S UP FOR GRABS?

WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup for Drivers

WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup for Groups

WTCR Rookie Driver

WTCR Trophy

DHL Pole Keep

Goodyear #FollowTheLeader

TAG Heuer Easiest Lap Trophy

TAG Heuer Most Treasured Driver

WTCR QUALIFYING: HOW IT WORKS?

WTCR Whisk of Slovakia sides a 3-segment single qualifying session split into Qualifying Q1, Qualifying Q2 and Qualifying Q3:

QUALIFYING Q1

How lengthy? 20 minutes

Who ratings what? Quickest 5 secure sides (5-4-3-2-1)

Who will get to Q2? Prime 12

The leisure? Quickest driver claims the DHL Pole Keep for Whisk 1

QUALIFYING Q2

How lengthy? 10 minutes

Who ratings what? No sides scored

Who will get to Q3? Prime 5 

QUALIFYING Q3

How lengthy? Every driver will get one out lap, one flying lap and one in lap

Who goes first within the shootout? The driver who’s P1 in Q2 chooses after they drag followed by the driver in P2, P3 and so on.

Who ratings what? Quickest 5 secure sides (5-4-3-2-1)

The leisure? Quickest driver claims the DHL Pole Keep for Whisk 3

WTCR GRIDS: HOW ARE THEY FORMED?

Whisk 1:  Final present of Qualifying Q1

Whisk 2:  Positions 1-10 from the blended qualifying occasions line up in reverse present, positions 11-12 occupied by the autos from Q2 which would possibly per chance well well be no longer in reverse present. All other autos line up slack from P13 downwards (in step with their Q1 time)

Whisk 3: Prime 5 positions occupied by present of Q3, positions 6-12 occupied by autos eliminated throughout Q2 (in step with their Q2 time). Final positions occupied by autos eliminated in Q1.

HOW THEY SCORE?

The fastest 5 drivers in Qualifying Q1 and Qualifying Q3 secure sides as follows:

5-4-3-2-1

The tip 15 classified finishers secure sides in every jog as follows*:

25-20-16-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

*The equivalent scoring machine apples to the WTCR − FIA World Touring Automobile Cup for Groups and the WTCR Rookie Driver classification. WTCR Trophy drivers secure as follows: 10-8-5-3-1, 1 level for the fastest qualifying lap, 1 level for the fastest lap in every jog

WTCR RACE OF SLOVAKIA: RECENT WINNERS

2019:

Whisk 1:  Frédéric Vervisch (BEL) Audi RS 3 LMS

Whisk 2: Néstor Girolami (ARG) Honda Civic Fashion R TCR

Whisk 3:  Ma Qing Hua (CHN) Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR

2018:

Whisk 1: 
Pepe Oriola (ESP) CUPRA TCR

Whisk 2:  Gabriele Tarquini (ITA) Hyundai i30 N TCR

Whisk 3:  Norbert Michelisz (HUN) Hyundai i30 N TCR

WTCR Q&A: YANN EHRLACHER

The Goodyear #FollowTheLeader talks self assurance, reward from Yvan Muller and the prospect of gargantuan racing at the Slovakia Ring in his Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR.

You head to the Slovakia Ring on the support of an fabulous performance on the sphere’s hardest tune, the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Did you ever give it some conception can secure been so appropriate?

“I always cherish this tune, despite the incontrovertible fact that it’s pretty complicated. You by no device if truth be told journey it nonetheless you on the final pretty cherish it. I’m pretty confident and chuffed with my tempo when it’s high tempo and a miniature bit unpleasant, which has always been the case after we race to a tune cherish the Nordschleife or Vila Proper. I modified into once confident that the performance would secure been pretty okay nonetheless in these stipulations on the wet it’s a miniature little bit of of endeavor and it’s so easy to switch off. I modified into once firm the tempo would be appropriate nonetheless I by no device expected I would find such a appropriate consequence in both races. That modified into once mega and these styles of weekends in racing it’s greater to journey it on account of it’s no longer going down the final time.”

Externally no much less than you reach upon as a driver with a host of self-belief. Has that increased powerful more after what you performed in Germany?

“I modified into once always a miniature bit battling my self assurance nonetheless this lockdown gave me a whereas to prepare myself mentally and physically. For determined what occurred will give me more self assurance for the relaxation of the season, it’s always appropriate to be on this instance and it’s a message to speak, ‘the work you potentially did goes on the comely route so bear working that arrive’. It’s always appropriate to secure this so you know what arrive to work. I will bear working that nonetheless this would possibly per chance well per chance positively no longer invent me take it easy or be over-confident, that’s for determined.”

What did it mean to you whenever you heard Yvan Muller insist your Nordschleife pressure modified into once on “one more planet” given what he’s performed in FIA World Touring Automobile racing?

“I be taught this and I’m appropriate mammoth-chuffed. It device the work I if truth be told secure performed since I started has been value it to build apart so powerful energy and time on that. But it’s no longer appropriate on account of he’s my uncle nonetheless he’s one amongst primarily the most successful drivers within the championship. This makes me pretty proud.”

You’ve no longer acquired to care for out all of it but again at Slovakia Ring, a circuit where you and your crew struggled a miniature bit final One year. What are you able to attain this One year?

“Supreme One year we secure been pretty slack the grid. But we now secure made a host of improvement, giving a host of prognosis to the total lot. We went there attempting out sooner than the lockdown and we be taught issues and we toughen ourselves. I don’t are anticipating we are succesful of be as solid as in Zolder or the Nürburgring, even supposing at the Nürburgring I’m no longer determined we secure been the strongest on account of it’s a tune where you no longer most good depend on the auto performance. Slovakia Ring will be complicated, the compensation weight will be launched, nonetheless we needs so as to battle for correct sides.”

Correct how tricky is a lap of the Slovakia Ring?

“It’s complicated no longer to invent mistakes there and a mistake prices a host of time. There are a host of high-tempo corners, a host of corners where you race in with brakes and it’s easy to secure a miniature bit lock of the brakes. Whilst you miss an apex there you lose a host of time on account of there are lengthy straights. In the races this would possibly per chance well per chance no longer be that complicated nonetheless to build apart in a appropriate qualifying lap is a topic of no longer doing any mistakes and having a automobile that’s if truth be told properly field-up.”

How appropriate will the racing be are residing on TV?

“With the lengthy straights and the slipstream there would possibly per chance be heaps of areas to overtake, in particular first and fundamental of the jog when everyone appears to be like to be very shut to every other. I are anticipating the autos will be if truth be told shut. All and sundry can push absolutely within the races since the ballast [calculation] is no longer counting within the races. We can secure if truth be told inspiring and thrilling races.”

DID YOU KNOW?

If outdated Slovakia Ring manufacture is anything else to switch by then Team Mulsanne’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris will be one to gaze. At WTCR Whisk of Slovakia final season, Ma Qing Hua took a care for shut and a second situation with Kevin Ceccon twice ending third in a single amongst the Italian machines.

MEDIA SERVICES AND RESOURCES

Virtual pre-tournament press conference: 18h00 CET, Friday October 9 are residing on Fb. Put up questions prematurely to: media@fiawtcr.com.

DHL Pole Keep Media Zone (follows Qualifying, Saturday October 10):  are residing interviews with the 5 drivers from Qualifying Q3 on Fb. Put up questions prematurely to: media@fiawtcr.com.

Whisk 1 virtual press conference (follows Whisk 1, Sunday October 11): with the raze three finishers are residing on Fb. Put up questions prematurely to: media@fiawtcr.com.

Whisk 2 virtual press conference (follows Whisk 2, Sunday October 11): with the raze three finishers are residing on Fb. Put up questions prematurely to: media@fiawtcr.com.

Whisk 3 virtual press conference (follows Whisk 3, Sunday October 11): with the raze three finishers are residing on Fb. Put up questions prematurely to: media@fiawtcr.com.

Newsfeed: Requests to vianney_castillo@discovery.com or Lena_Trupin@discovery.com

Driver audio recordsdata and transcripts: On hand on request by emailing media@fiawtcr.com.

Photo gallery (high-resolution, rights-free pictures), press launch archive, driver profiles, statistics, Q&As and more: https://www.fiawtcr.com/media/register/

WTCR 2020 CALENDAR

WTCR Whisk of Belgium (Zolder, September 11-13) 2 races

WTCR Whisk of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife, September 24-26) 2 races

WTCR Whisk of Slovakia (Slovakia Ring, October 9-11) 3 races

WTCR Whisk of Hungary (Hungaroring, October 16-18) 3 races

WTCR Whisk of Spain (MotorLand Aragón, October 30-November 1) 3 races

WTCR Whisk of Italy (Adria World Raceway, November 13-15) 3 races

WHERE TO WATCH?

Click on right here for more recordsdata. Glance the click launch: Greatest ever broadcast distribution launched by Eurosport Occasions for WTCR «COVID mode»


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