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Old 8 Jul 2007, 18:23 (Ref:1957790)   #1
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WTCC 2008 Off-season: News & Rumours

Dutch website www.autosport.nl had an interview with Marcello Lotti (KSO):
  • Wanting less races in Europe to increase mondial status of the championship.
  • No race at Zandvoort. Racing and promotion was good but some negative points like parking for visitors.
  • Back to Mexico. Circuit still unknown, hoping on Mexico City.
  • Maybe switch between Monza and Valencia date because of dissapointing amount of spectators at Spanish race.
  • Portugese race at Estoril. In 2009 back to Porto. Only every 2 years a race in the streets of Porto.
  • Planning a race in Japan. According rumours there's a 2 year deal with a Japanese promoter. Maybe Suzuka or Motegi (both owned by Honda).
  • Increase from 11 to 12 races.
Calendar (speculation of www.autosport.nl):
2 March Curitiba
8 April Mexico City
18 May Monza or Valencia
1 June Pau
15 June Brno
6 July Estoril
27 July Anderstorp
24 August Oschersleben
21 September Brands Hatch
5 Oktober Valencia or Monza
2 November Suzuka or Motegi
16 November Macau
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Old 8 Jul 2007, 18:27 (Ref:1957793)   #2
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Eric Nève has confirmed Chevrolet will take part in WTCC next season. General Motors has given him the green light to negotiate with the team [Ray Mallock Ltd] for a new contract for next season. Like the last three seasons Chevrolet will enter the Lacetti. The new model will be launced in 2009. Source: www.autosport.nl
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Old 8 Jul 2007, 18:47 (Ref:1957811)   #3
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  • Planning a race in Japan. According rumours there's a 2 year deal with a Japanese promoter. Maybe Suzuka or Motegi (both owned by Honda).
That's interesting...
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Old 8 Jul 2007, 18:59 (Ref:1957822)   #4
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That's interesting...
Probably it means:
a) Honda will official enter WTCC
or
b) WTCC tries to convince Honda to enter WTCC.

I am afraid it's b

About a race in Japan. First see than believe. Last year Lotti said a Japanese manufacturer would enter this season. Except for a private Toyota in Brno I haven't seen a Japanese car.
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Old 8 Jul 2007, 20:44 (Ref:1957934)   #5
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Each year the same story, Lotti says, nothing happens
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Old 8 Jul 2007, 22:30 (Ref:1958014)   #6
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The (possible) Japanese race was reported in Autosport a couple of weeks ago. It was said Yoko tyres were pushing for it as part of the deal to extend supply until 2009. Again Suzuka and Motegi were mentioned.

JAS have submitted a proposal to Honda, but then they seem to do that every year.

Mazda are rumoured for a 2009 WTCC entry with the new Mazda 3 due out mid-08. File under the "see/believe" category I think.
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Old 8 Jul 2007, 22:50 (Ref:1958023)   #7
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I'd really like to see (Japanese spec) Civic Type-R 4door saloon on the WTCC.

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/10/04/h...apanese-f1-gp/
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Old 9 Jul 2007, 01:10 (Ref:1958086)   #8
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Its a shame the races aren't longer, today's race around Porto was very exciting (the second one anyway). Yet, it was only penned for 11 laps, would it be too much to ask to have them do say 16 laps?

I really do like the WTCC a lot, though the races are just far too short, a long safety car period and its more or less race over save a couple of laps.

I would love to see them race at Sachsenring instead of Oschersleben.
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Old 9 Jul 2007, 11:03 (Ref:1958397)   #9
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I'd really like to see (Japanese spec) Civic Type-R 4door saloon on the WTCC.

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/10/04/h...apanese-f1-gp/
That Honda looks pretty decent. It may be easier to pick up the developments that have been made by BTCC-team Dynamics
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Old 9 Jul 2007, 11:58 (Ref:1958446)   #10
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I'm not sure if expanding to 12 races and having more races outside Europe is a very good idea at this stage, the car count has declined significantly from last year.

Dropping Zandvoort would be a stupid move imo, it's a great track and Holland is a big market, if there are problems they should be worked on.

I read in autosport a few months ago that the WTTC are looking to return to Mexico and that Mexico City, Puebla and Monterrey are in the frame. I recently heard though that Monterrey is going to be knocked down, anyone else heard this? Puelba need to sort out the issues with their track if they are to have any chance of coming back.

The Monza and Valencia situation doesn't suprise me, why were they swapped it the first place?

A race in Motegi or Suzuka appears to be a strong rumor right now so I wouldn't dismiss it just yet, especially if Yokohama can be an influence. Mazda would be great but I'm finding it hard to beleive right now, still early days I guess.
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Old 9 Jul 2007, 12:45 (Ref:1958495)   #11
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Can anyone explain me why DTM, A1 or the F3 Masters never had issues with parking etc but WTCC does?! Does that sound believable excuse to anyone?

Also how thrilled would SEAT be with no race in Spain? How could it be that GP2 is happy enough to return to Valencia for a second year while WTCC is not?!

Last but not least, how wise is to reduce European races and at the same time to race in front of almost nobody in Brno?
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Old 9 Jul 2007, 13:13 (Ref:1958527)   #12
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As the WTCC is geared around the TV coverage. I doubt very much if they are interested in what sort of crowd they get!
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Old 9 Jul 2007, 14:30 (Ref:1958613)   #13
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Up to a certain degree surely, otherwise they would still race at Turkey.
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I wish they would race in the USA....
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I wish they would race in the USA....
just out of interest: which track would you suggest?
Mid-Ohio would be nice, I think or Lime Rock. Maybe even Barber, but that's in the middle of NASCAR-land...
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