The Race of the Czech Republic, the fifth event of the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season occurs this weekend at the Automotodrom Brno.
Richard’s F1 previews this weekend’s action and takes a look at some of the talking points leading into this weekend…
A traditional venue on the World Touring Car Championship calendar since 2006, the undulating circuit is a popular round on the calendar. This weekend the venue will play host to two ten-lap races.
The nature of the track demands good traction at the rear of the car, and as such, it’s very much a BMW stomping ground as the only rear-wheel-drive car on the grid. The German marque has won seven of the ten races held here, while Chevrolet (two wins for Robert Huff, one apiece for its Lacetti and Cruze models) and SEAT (one win for Gabriele Tarquini) are generally out of the reckoning here.
One of Chevrolet’s wins came last year, when Huff won the opening race in a lights-to-flag victory, while Andy Priaulx took a fine win in Race 2 from fourth on the grid, leading a BMW 1-2 with Colin Turkington taking second place.
With Chevrolet having won all but one of the races this year, this weekend is BMW’s best chance to take its first win of the 2011 season, and it would be a huge turn up for the books if it didn’t manage to do so.
And Tom Coronel would appear to be BMW’s best shot of a race win this weekend, with the ROAL Motorsport squad enjoying a very strong record here with four wins. On its last appearance at Brno in 2009 – having not run in the WTCC last year – the team won both races.
This weekend will also see three drivers run with the new turbo engines for the first time this season, with Polestar Racing’s Robert Dahlgren and SUNRED’s Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro debuting the new 1.6-litre turbo engines. All three will run the maximum compensation weight as a result, and it will be interesting to see how they fare this weekend.
Make sure you stay tuned to the Richard’s F1 website this weekend for the latest news and results in this championship series!
2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship Entry List (Race of Czech Republic):
|1.||RML Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||Yvan Muller|
|2.||RML Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||Robert Huff|
|3.||Lukoil-SUNRED||SR León 1.6T||Gabriele Tarquini|
|4.||Lukoil-SUNRED||SEAT León 2.0 TDI||Aleksei Dudukalo|
|5.||Zengõ-Dension Team||BMW 320 TC||Norbert Michelisz|
|7.||SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED||SR León 1.6T||Fredy Barth|
|8.||RML Chevrolet||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||Alain Menu|
|9.||Bamboo Engineering||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||Darryl O’Young|
|10.||Bamboo Engineering||Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T||Yukinori Taniguchi|
|11.||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||BMW 320 TC||Kristian Poulsen|
|12.||Liqui Moly Team Engstler||BMW 320 TC||Franz Engstler|
|15.||ROAL Motorsport||BMW 320 TC||Tom Coronel|
|17.||SUNRED Engineering||SR León 1.6T||Michel Nykjær|
|18.||SUNRED Engineering||SR León 1.6T||Tiago Monteiro|
|20.||Scuderia Proteam||BMW 320 TC||Javier Villa García|
|21.||Scuderia Proteam||BMW 320si||Fabio Fabiani|
|25.||Scuderia Proteam||BMW 320 TC||Mehdi Bennani|
|30.||Polestar Volvo||Volvo C30 1.6T||Robert Dahlgren|
|35.||Wiechers-Sport||BMW 320 TC||Urs Sonderegger|
|65.||Deteam KK Motorsport||BMW 320 TC||Marchy Lee Ying Kin|
|74.||SUNRED Engineering||SR León 1.6T||Pepe Oriola|
* Subject to final FIA confirmation
[Original images via FIA WTCC official site]