The start of the new World Touring Car Championships is just round the corner. At ALA GAP Insurance we’ve decided to do a quick rundown of this exciting motor sport.
The World Touring Car Championships are an annual event, taking place in locations around the globe. Featuring modified versions of cars available to you and me, some fielded by big manufacturers and some by private teams, the Championships are one of the most accessible driving sports around.
They also feature plenty of high-octane speedy fun, sometimes bone-chilling, and some of the best racing you’ll ever see. The championship stages boast more action than more mainstream motor-sports, like Formula One – from sudden position changes to incredible head-to-head battles for each turn and corner.
The teams are not always big names, or big manufacturers, and are much more representative of the wide range of motor engineers (especially those from whom the public can purchase vehicles). You won’t find Mercedes or Ferrari here, but you can watch Citroen, Honda, Chevrolet and a variety of other vehicles battle it out!
The winning driver changes race by race, with none of the predictability of other motor sports, as the mixture of racing styles and environments change – and the cars undergo extreme stress. Whilst they are heavily modified, the vehicles of the World Touring Car Championship are not purpose-built racers by any measure; the cars must be derived from production models, of which at least 2500 have been produced in the past year, and absolutely no electronic driver aids are allowed. There are even engine size limits and rev limits – you certainly won’t find mind-bogglingly expensive supercars here!
The 2016 season starts with the Race of France from the first to the third of April, and we cannot wait. The French track has been home to F1 races in the past, and with Citroen vehicles dominating on their home turf, this year’s race will be incredibly exciting.
From France, the race moves on to Slovakia and Hungary, and eventually ends up in Qatar! Some beautiful locations are on offer if you want to travel with the races – the Race of France is close to the French Riviera and Marseille, the second largest city in the country.
Whilst not televised in the UK, the World Touring Car Championships can be followed extensively online and the races are in excellent locations if you fancy a sporty holiday! We certainly recommend it!
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