The inaugural round of the 2011 World Touring Car Championship season will be switched to Interlagos from its traditional home of Curitiba.
The Sao Paulo circuit has played host to the Formula 1 circus since 1990, and the announcement marks the first time that the FIA’s premiere tin-top series will appear on the iconic circuit. The WTCC season kicks off on March 20.
The WTCC had a double-billing appearance with the Brazilian Stock Car Series at Curitiba, but the announcement sees both events moving to Interlagos.
Of equally pressing concern will be the present absence of a Brazilian driver from the field, following BMW’s announcement that it was not fielding a works-backed entry for Augusto Farfus (or his RBM team-mate, Andy Priaulx) for the 2011 season.
However, local touring car star Cacá Bueno – who made a one-off appearance with the RML Chevrolet team at Brands Hatch this year – has indicated he hopes to appear in selected events in 2011 for the RML team.
Bueno will be in action at Sao Paulo that weekend competing in a Red Bull backed Peugeot 307 in the Stock Car series.
[Original image FIA WTCC official site]