WELCOME TO THE 2017 FIA WORLD TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP WHERE BUMPER-TO-BUMPER, DOOR HANDLE-TO-DOOR HANDLE RACING GUARANTEES HIGH-SPEED ACTION ALL THE WAY.
Thrilling fans around the world from spring to winter, the WTCC visits Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, while three street tracks, a season-closing night race, a new category for TCN2 cars and a Tour de France-style team time trial will further increase the spectacle.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017
WTCC-2 is go!
The FIA World Touring Car Championship will get an extra tier in 2017 with the launch of FIA WTCC-2. Catering for cars built to the world governing body’s exciting TCN2 technical regulations, WTCC-2 provides an accessible starting point for drivers and teams aiming to reach touring car racing’s top echelon, albeit in a high-profile and competitive environment. WTCC-2 will be administered by the same team behind the WTCC from the FIA and Eurosport Events. TCN2 cars are designed for use in national and international competitions and are equipped with up to two-litre turbocharged engines, sequential gearboxes, homologated roll cages and limited aerodynamic aids. They also benefit from safety fuel cells and side-impact protective door foam.
Joker laps for WTCC
The WTCC’s sporting regulations for 2017 will include the allowance for FIA World Rallycross-style ‘joker’ laps to be introduced subject to the approval of the FIA’s Safety and Circuit commissions. Aimed primarily at spicing up the action during the street races in Marrakech and Vila Real, ‘joker’ laps require drivers to follow a short alternative route on one of both the Opening Race and Main Race. However, they cannot be taken until the third lap of a race and their inclusion at events will be subject to a full safety inspection being completed.
WTCC MAC3 takes two
Following the success of Manufacturers Against the Clock (WTCC MAC3) season one, the Tour de France-inspired team trial – a first for international motorsport – will continue with more points on offer and the debut of Team Volvo Polestar in store in 2017. Although eight points will continue to be awarded to the second-placed team, the winning line-up gets 12 points (up two from 2016).
Main Race gets more laps and points
With the exception of the three-lappers at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the weekend-closing Main Race will be two laps longer than the Opening Race, while the points structure will be changed as follows: 1=30 points; 2=23; 3=19; 4=16; 5=13; 6=10; 7=7; 8=4; 9=2; 10=1.
Two-day events to reduce costs
WTCC events will be held over two days in 2017*. Friday testing will be no more with Free Practice 1 and 2 increasing from 30 to 45 minutes to ensure no track time is lost. *The timetable for WTCC Race of Germany at Nürburgring Nordschleife may require an extra day of activity.
The chase for world title glory will take place at 10 events in four continents from April to December as follows:
WTCC Race of Morocco (Marrakech): 7-9 April 2017 S
WTCC Race of Italy (Monza): 28-30 April 2017
WTCC Race of Hungary (Hungaroring): 12-14 May 2017
WTCC Race of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife): 25-27 May 2017
WTCC Race of Portugal (Vila Real): 23-25 June 2017 S
WTCC Race of Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo): 4-6 August 2017
WTCC Race of China (Shanghai International Circuit): 13-15 October 2017*
WTCC Race of Japan (Twin Ring Motegi): 27-29 October 2017
WTCC Race of Macau (Circuit de Guia): 17-19 November 2017 S
WTCC Race of Qatar (Losail International Circuit): 30 November-1 December 2017 N
S=street race; N=night race; *Subject to event promoter agreement
The WTCC Trophy is the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s category for privateer racers. To be eligible for the WTCC Trophy, drivers must race without direct financial backing from a manufacturer. And while they won’t have access to the same funding as their factory-run counterparts, the WTCC Trophy contenders effectively compete on a level playing field with the same sporting and technical regulations covering both categories. Private entrants will also be recognised through the WTCC Teams’ Trophy for non-factory outfits.