– FIA WTCC returns to the Slovakiaring for its second visit on 27-28 April
– Muller aims for a maiden victory in Slovakia
– Chilton focussed on maximum points finishes
SLOVAKIARING (Slovakia) – Monday 22nd April: The FIA World Touring Car Championship returns to Europe this weekend, visiting the Slovakiaring for the second time ahead of the series’ double-header with the infamous F1 circuit, Hungaroring, Budapest, in just a few days time.
Located just 40km East of Bratislava, the demanding and technically-challenging track is a relatively new but welcome addition to international motor racing, completed only three years ago. A combination of high and low speed corners and manmade undulating hills provide a potent mix for terrific on-track entertainment – challenging both drivers and teams alike on a track where setup and tyre management is key.
2012 may not have provided the perfect weekend for the RML Cruzes – one of the few tracks on which victory was not recorded – but three podium finishes here last year (2nd place for Yvan) and a great kick-off into this year’s new campaign means the team arrive with confidence for more top results.
Yvan Muller: “The Slovakiaring circuit is new in the WTCC; this is only the second time we go there. In 2012 our performance was good, but we have not managed to achieve a great result yet. I hope this year the good results will be there. The target for this weekend is to stay ahead of the championship.”
Tom Chilton: “Given our recent results I am optimistic going into Slovakia. This track is more technical than the last two, so getting the set up spot on is important. I know the Cruzes ran well here last year with podium finishes, but the team are definitely looking to grab that first win here so let’s see what we can do.”
Ron Hartvelt, WTCC Project Supervisor: “Fortunately this year we arrive at the track with a lot of invaluable data and can really get to work on tuning the car for maximum points here. But we’re also now carrying extra ballast as the compensation weight comes into effect and all of the Cruzes receive 40kg so this provides an extra challenge for us and our customer teams. We’re all chasing that first victory on this track so I know the guys will give it their best. Of course we are then straight into Budapest. Our target, as always, is the top of the podium, but it’s also so important to bring the cars home safely for the next race.
Current Championship Standings:
1 Yvan Muller 88
2 Michel Nykjaer 51
3 Gabriele Tarquini 51
4 Tom Chilton 48
5 James Nash 43
6 Pepe Oriola 39
7 Marc Basseng 28
8 Alex MacDowall 26
9 Rob Huff 19
10 Tiago Monteiro 14
Teams Championship Standings:
1 RML 53
2 Bamboo Engineering 30
3 ALL-INKL 24
4 Nika Racing 20
5 Tuenti Racing 16
WTCC on Television
The WTCC qualifying sessions from Slovakiaring, Hungaroring and Salzburgring will benefit from live streaming coverage on www.fiawtcc.com
A delayed broadcast of qualifying will also be aired on Sunday 28th April, immediately before live coverage of the warm up.
Saturday 27th April – live qualifying streaming at 15:30 and 16:05.