Sonoma Raceway

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will race on the full 4.025-kilometre layout when it makes its inaugural visit to Sonoma Raceway in the United States in four weeks time.

The Californian circuit – which has been a mainstay on the NASCAR and IndyCar Series calendar for several years since it underwent a major facelift in 1998 – has officially received the FIA’s homologation stamp of approval after the site was inspected by Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting.

The Sonoma Raceway layout that will be used by the WTCC

There were three possible circuit layouts available to choose from, with the alternatives being the 3.2-kilometre configuration used by NASCAR, or the longer 3.7-kilometre layout being used by the IndyCar Series.

Of the twelve events on this year’s calendar, Sonoma Raceway is the fourth-shorted circuit on the calendar, with only Valencia (4.0km), Curitiba (3.7km) and the Suzuka East Circuit (2.2km) being of shorter length.

The championship’s two thirteen-lap races will be held on September 23 before the series heads to the Far East to complete its final championship rounds at Suzuka, Shanghai and Macau.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.