2010 Race of the Czech Republic

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.

Brno Track Map 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):

No. Entrant Car Driver
1. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Yvan Muller FRA
2. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Robert Huff GBR
3. Lukoil-SUNRED Sunred SR León 1.6T Gabriele Tarquini ITA
4. Lukoil-SUNRED SEAT SEAT León 2.0 TDI Aleksei Dudukalo RUS
5. Zengõ-Dension Team BMW BMW 320 TC Norbert Michelisz HUN
7. SEAT Swiss Racing by SUNRED Sunred SR León 1.6T Fredy Barth SUI
8. RML Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Alain Menu SUI
9. Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Darryl O’Young HKG
10. Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T Yukinori Taniguchi JPN
11. Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW BMW 320 TC Kristian Poulsen DEN
12. Liqui Moly Team Engstler BMW BMW 320 TC Franz Engstler DEU
15. ROAL Motorsport BMW BMW 320 TC Tom Coronel NED
17. SUNRED Engineering Sunred SR León 1.6T Michel Nykjær DEN
18. SUNRED Engineering Sunred SR León 1.6T Tiago Monteiro POR
20. Scuderia Proteam BMW BMW 320 TC Javier Villa García ESP
21. Scuderia Proteam BMW BMW 320si Fabio Fabiani ITA
25. Scuderia Proteam BMW BMW 320 TC Mehdi Bennani MOR
30. Polestar Volvo Volvo Volvo C30 1.6T Robert Dahlgren SWE
35. Wiechers-Sport BMW BMW 320 TC Urs Sonderegger SUI
65. Deteam KK Motorsport BMW BMW 320 TC Marchy Lee Ying Kin HKG
74. SUNRED Engineering Sunred SR León 1.6T Pepe Oriola ESP

 * Subject to final FIA confirmation

[Original images via FIA WTCC official site]

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