17.06.14

2014 Race of Belgium - Preview

Rounds 13 & 14 at Spa-Francorchamps

CIRCUIT DE SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

Lap distance:     7.004 km

Race distance:  2 x 9 laps / 63.036 km

Location:           50 km South-East of Liège

Press officer:    Luc Willems, tel: +32 475 276062; fax: +352 27 808991;

email: [email protected]

Lap records:    Qual. - 2:33.158/163.26 kph, Augusto Farfus (Alfa Romeo 156), 29 July 2005

                         Race - 2:33.955/162.42 kph, Dirk Müller (BMW 320si), 30 July 2005

Airports:          Liège-Pierset (65 km), Maastricht-Aachen, Netherlands (70 km), Charleroi Brussels South (130 km), Brussels-Zaventem (135 km)  

ROLL OF HONOUR RACE OF BELGIUM

                                Race 1                                                                                 Race 2

2005                Dirk Müller (BMW 320si)                                   Fabrizio Giovanardi (Alfa Romeo 156)

2010        Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT León TDi)                                 Andy Priaulx (BMW 320si)

2011             Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)                                   Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT León TDi)

 

DID YOU KNOW IT?

1 August 1987 – The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps counted as fifth round of the new World Touring Car Championship. The powerful Ford Sierra Cosworth cars dominated qualifying, but in the race the BMW M3 proved more reliable and claimed the top three positions.

24 July 1994 – ROAL Motorsport team principal Roberto Ravaglia won the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps for the third time sharing a Super Touring BMW 318is car with Thierry Tassin and Alexander Burgstaller. Ravaglia had previously won the Belgian enduro in 1985 (BMW 635 Csi) and 1988 (BMW M3).

30 July 2005 – The WTCC races were held on Saturday before the 24 Hours. Race 2, on the damp track, was decided by a last lap contact at the Bus Stop chicane between García, Tarquini and Dirk Müller. Giovanardi braked in avoidance, while D’Aste cut the chicane and crossed the line first, but was given a 3-second time-penalty that demoted him to second behind Giovanardi.

24 April 2011 – WTCC returned to Belgium, racing at Zolder. After a Chevrolet 1-2-3 in the first race, Gabriele Tarquini put in a great effort to win second race, keeping the Chevrolet trio of Huff, Menu and Muller at bay for the whole race and surviving a contact with Huff at the Villeneuve chicane.

 

WTCC TIMETABLE

Friday, 20 June

12.30 – 13.00 :   Testing

17.00 :                 Drivers’ briefing

Saturday, 21 June

09.00 – 09.30 :   Free Practice 1

12.30 – 13.00 :   Free Practice 2

15.00 – 15.20 :   Qualifying Q1

15.25 – 15.35 :   Qualifying Q2

15.40 – 16.00 :   Qualifying Q3

16.10 (est) :         Qualifying press conference

Sunday, 22 June

12.45 :               Race 1

13.20 (est) :        Race 1 podium ceremony

14.00 :               Race 2

14.35 (est) :        Race 2 podium ceremony

14.40 (est) :        Race 1 & 2 press conference

 

FIA OFFICIALS

Chairman of the Stewards :       Daniel Fausel (CHE)

2nd International Steward :       Baham Lekhal (MAU)

Race Director :                          Miroslav Bartos (CZE)

Assistant to the Race Director /

FIA Coordinator :                      Rui Marques (PRT)

Medical Delegate :                   Jacques Tropenat (FRA)

Technical Delegate :                Manuel Leal (ESP)

Press Delegate :                       Fabio Ravaioli (ITA)

Chief Timekeeper :                  Mike Salmon (GBR)

Incident Camera Delegate :     Lionel Bérard (FRA)

Safety Car Driver :                    Bruno Correia (PRT)

 

FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

The provisional classifications for all the Championship can be found on the following link:

http://www.fia.com/championship/world-touring-car-championship-wtcc/2014/classifications

 

FIA WTCC RACE OF SLOVAKIA

Shortly after the finish of the sessions, results of the event can be found on the following link:

http://www.fia.com/championship/events/world-touring-car-championship-wt...