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Honda responds to Volvo WTCC organisation claims

JAS Motorsport's Alessandro Mariani says he was "amazed" by Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin's suggestion that Volvo's structure compared to Honda was key to its 2017 World Touring Car Championship success

Volvo reckons team structure defeated Honda in 2017 WTCC

Polestar head of motorsport Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin says Volvo's organisation compared to World Touring Car Championship rival Honda was vital to its 2017 title success

WTCR's 26-car limit is protect 'quality' says series chief Ribeiro

The World Touring Car Cup's limit on full-season entries will ensure a level of "quality" and avoid "difficulties" arising from local drivers competing, says Eurosport Events chief Francois Ribeiro

Merger of WTCC and TCR should have happened two years earlier

The World Touring Car Championship's move to adopt TCR regulations should have happened "at least two years earlier", says veteran WTCC racer Tom Coronel

WTCR announces 2018 calendar keeping most WTCC venues

The new World Touring Car Cup has revealed the majority of its calendar for the 2018 season, with nine of its scheduled 10 rounds confirmed

WTCC champion Volvo set to develop TCR car for WTCR after all

World Touring Car manufacturers' champion Volvo is understood to be developing a car to TCR specifications, which could be ready before the end of 2018

WTCC boss says outgoing TC1 rules went too far and not far enough

World Touring Car Championship chief Francois Ribeiro admits the series' outgoing TC1 regulations were not optimal for either its privateer teams or prospective manufacturer entries

FIA outlines how WTCC's TCR overhaul will work for 2018

The World Touring Car Championship will become the World Touring Car Cup in 2018 after a deal to adopt TCR regulations was ratified by the World Motor Sport Council

WTCC set for name change in deal to adopt TCR regulations from 2018

The World Touring Car Championship looks certain to undergo a name change as part of a deal to adopt TCR technical regulations for 2018.


Norbert Michelisz 'exhausted' after missing out on WTCC title

Defeated World Touring Car Championship hopeful Norbert Michelisz says he feels "exhausted" after missing out on the title to Volvo's Thed Bjork in the Qatar season finale

Thed Bjork becomes 2017 WTCC champion in Qatar season finale

Volvo driver Thed Bjork clinched the 2017 World Touring Car Championship in Qatar in the final race of the season, which was won by Esteban Guerrieri

WTCC Qatar: Chilton wins race one, Bjork closes on title

Tom Chilton claimed victory in the penultimate race of the World Touring Car Championship season in Qatar as Volvo's Thed Bjork inched closer to the drivers' title

Qatar WTCC: Honda's Guerrieri on pole, trouble for Michelisz

Esteban Guerrieri secured pole for the Qatar World Touring Car Championship season finale, while Thed Bjork profited from an issue for rival Norbert Michelisz to increase his points advantage

Yvan Muller says he's had death threats ahead of WTCC return

Yvan Muller says he has received death threats from fans of World Touring Car Championship contender Norbert Michelisz ahead of making a one-off return to the series for Volvo in Qatar

WTCC Qatar: Norbert Michelisz fastest in practice for title decider

Honda's title hopeful Norbert Michelisz completed a clean sweep of fastest times in the final two World Touring Car Championship practice sessions of the 2017 season in Qatar

Yvan Muller comes out of retirement to help Volvo's WTCC title bid

Four-time World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller will come out of retirement to support Volvo and Thed Bjork's title bids at the season finale in Qatar this week

Tiago Monteiro to miss WTCC finale, won't race again before 2018

Honda World Touring Car Championship driver Tiago Monteiro will miss the season finale in Qatar as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in a crash at Barcelona in September

Adopting TCR rules for 2018 WTCC's only hope - Rob Huff

Adopting TCR regulations for 2018 is "the only" way for the World Touring Car Championship to ensure its survival, says '12 world champion Rob Huff

Rob Huff would repeat 'crappy' 2017 to dominate Macau again

Rob Huff says he would take "another 12 months" of difficult World Touring Car Championship results for a repeat of his landmark ninth victory at Macau

Macau WTCC: Huff takes record ninth win in wet race

Rob Huff stormed to a record-breaking ninth Macau Guia win in the main World Touring Car Championship race on Sunday

Macau WTCC: Mehdi Bennani wins as Michelisz crash blocks track

Mehdi Bennani clinched his third victory of the World Touring Car Championship season in the reversed-grid race at Macau, which ended early after a crash involving title contender Norbert Michelisz

World Touring Car Championship close to deal for TCR-based 2018

A deal to allow the World Touring Car Championship to use the TCR International Series' regulations from 2018 is nearing completion

Macau WTCC: Rob Huff puts Munnich Citroen on pole with record lap

Rob Huff grabbed pole for the Macau Guia race with a new World Touring Car Championship lap record of the circuit in a frenetic qualifying session

Macau WTCC: Honda's title hopeful Michelisz beats Huff in FP1

Honda driver Norbert Michelisz led the way in the first World Touring Car Championship practice session in Macau in preparation for Sunday's Guia race

Tiago Monteiro ruled out of Macau WTCC round due to injuries

Honda driver Tiago Monteiro will miss a third consecutive World Touring Car Championship event on medical grounds after being ruled out of the Macau round

Motegi WTCC: Honda's Norbert Michelisz wins rain-truncated race

Honda's Norbert Michelisz was declared winner of the second World Touring Car Championship race at Motegi, which was suspended early after increasingly heavy rain

WTCC Japan: Chilton wins as title contenders squabble

Sebastien Loeb Racing driver Tom Chilton cantered to victory in the opening World Touring Car Championship race at a sodden Motegi

Motegi WTCC: Michelisz gives Honda home pole after China exclusion

Honda driver Norbert Michelisz stormed to pole position for Sunday's main World Touring Car Championship race in Japan at a wet Motegi

Honda excluded from China WTCC results, Volvo takes points lead

The Honda team has been excluded from all results from the Chinese round of the World Touring Car Championship on technical grounds

Guerrieri to fill in for Monteiro at Honda WTCC team at Motegi

Esteban Guerrieri will replace Tiago Monteiro in Honda's World Touring Car Championship line-up at Motegi after Kris Richard was announced as Campos Racing's driver for this weekend's event

Typhoons delay WTCC shipment from China, cause Japan schedule change

The World Touring Car Championship has issued a revised timetable for this weekend's Motegi round after typhoons between China and Japan delayed the passage of the series' shipment of cars

Honda's Tiago Monteiro forced to miss Motegi WTCC round

Honda driver Tiago Monteiro has been forced to withdraw from a second successive round of the World Touring Car Championship in Japan this weekend on medical grounds

WTCC China: Red-flagged race hands Bjork half-point lead

Nestor Girolami was declared the winner of the second Ningbo World Touring Car Championship race, while Thed Bjork assumed a half-point drivers' standings lead after the race was red flagged

WTCC China: Guerrieri wins, title hopeful Bjork non-scores

Esteban Guerrieri burst through the lead order to claim his second World Touring Car Championship victory in a sodden opening race at China's Ningbo circuit

WTCC Ningbo: Volvo's Girolami claims maiden series pole

Volvo driver Nestor Girolami claimed his maiden World Touring Car Championship pole position in qualifying for the inaugural round at China's Ningbo circuit

Honda's WTCC points leader Tiago Monteiro ruled out of China round

World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago Monteiro has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming China round on medical grounds, and will be replaced by Gabriele Tarquini

Brake failure caused crash that hospitalised WTCC leader Monteiro

Honda World Touring Car Championship driver Tiago Monteiro says he was knocked out in his testing crash at Barcelona last month, which was caused by brake failure

The three directions the WTCC can take to shape its future

There was deafening silence for World Touring Car Championship fans when the latest World Motor Sport Council statement was released last week. NEIL HUDSON examines where the beleaguered touring car series can go from here

WTCC points leader Monteiro returning home after Barcelona crash

World Touring Car Championship points leader Tiago Monteiro is returning home for the first time since a testing incident at Barcelona 16 days ago

Ex-F1 tester and FE driver Ma Qing Hua returns to WTCC for Macau

Ma Qing Hua will return to the World Touring Car Championship in Macau in November, racing a Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen C-Elysee

Aurelien Panis's Zengo replacement to complete WTCC season

Aurelien Panis's replacement Zsolt Szabo will complete the World Touring Car Championship season with the Zengo Motorsport Honda outfit

RC enters third Lada for WTCC races in China and Japan

The third ex-factory Lada Vesta World Touring Car will make further appearances in the championship at the Chinese and Japanese rounds in October

Volvo's Castburg says WTCC needs to 'hard look' at Yokohama tyres

Volvo's Nicky Catsburg says the World Touring Car Championship needs to take a "hard look" at its Yokohama tyres after he suffered two punctures in Argentina last weekend

Tom Chilton: WTCC Argentina Lada collision penalty was too harsh

Tom Chilton says the penalty for clashing with Lada driver Yann Ehrlacher that cost him victory in the opening Termas de Rio Hondo World Touring Car Championship race was harsh

Rio Hondo WTCC: Michelisz wins for Honda after Catsburg puncture

Honda's Norbert Michelisz grabbed his second World Touring Car Championship victory of 2017 in the main Termas de Rio Hondo race after long-time leader Nicky Catsburg's Volvo suffered a puncture

Rio Hondo WTCC: Lada driver Ehrlacher wins after Chilton penalty

Lada driver Yann Ehrlacher claimed a sensational first World Touring Car Championship victory in the reversed-grid Termas de Rio Hondo opener after on-the-road winner Tom Chilton was handed a penalty

Termas de Rio Hondo WTCC: Volvo's Catsburg takes controversial pole

Volvo driver Nicky Catsburg denied Honda's Norbert Michelisz a third-straight World Touring Car Championship main race pole after setting the fastest time in qualifying at Termas de Rio Hondo

Rio Hondo WTCC: Michelisz and Catsburg fastest in practice sessions

Honda's Norbert Michelisz and the Volvo of Nicky Catsburg topped a pair of fog-affected World Touring Car Championship practice sessions at Termas de Rio Hondo

FIA investigating Tom Coronel WTCC fire vehicle crash in Vila Real

The FIA is investigating World Touring Car Championship driver Tom Coronel's bizarre collision with a fire vehicle during practice in Vila Real last month

WTCC drivers back joker lap concept after Vila Real debut

World Touring Car Championship drivers have praised the series' introduction of a joker lap at last weekend's round in Vila Real

Coronel's crash with fire van in Vila Real WTCC practice was 25G

World Touring Car Championship driver Tom Coronel has revealed that his impact with a fire vehicle in Vila Real practice measured 25G

Vila Real WTCC: Honda's Norbert Michelisz takes first win of 2017

Honda's Norbert Michelisz claimed his first World Touring Car Championship win of the 2017 season by converting pole to victory in the main race on the streets of Vila Real

Vila Real WTCC: Sebastien Loeb Racing's Mehdi Bennani wins opener

Sebastien Loeb Racing's Mehdi Bennani claimed victory in the opening World Touring Car Championship race in Vila Real after escaping the chasing pack early on

WTCC Vila Real: Changes made to joker lap for safety reasons

World Touring Car Championship officials will alter the Vila Real joker lap ahead of Sunday's two races after teams expressed their concerns about the speeds of cars rejoining the circuit

Vila Real WTCC: Norbert Michelisz takes dominant pole in qualifying

Honda's Norbert Michelisz marched to a dominant pole for Sunday's main World Touring Car Championship race in Vila Real with a series qualifying lap record around the Portuguese street circuit

Vila Real WTCC: Huff's late lap edges Michelisz in practice

Rob Huff improved late on in the second World Touring Car Championship practice session at Vila Real to depose Honda's Norbert Michelisz

Third ex-works Lada Vesta entered for WTCC Vila Real

RC Motorsport will run a third ex-factory Lada Vesta in the World Touring Car Championship at Vila Real later this month for Portuguese driver Manuel Fernandes

World Touring Car Championship reveals Vila Real joker lap details

The World Touring Car Championship has outlined how it will use a joker lap for the first time, at Vila Real in Portugal later this month

Muller: Teams helped cause WTCC tyre drama in Germany last weekend

Four-time World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller believes teams should accept responsibility for the spate of punctures in last weekend's Nurburgring Nordschleife round, as blaming supplier Yokohama is "too easy"

Yokohama defends WTCC tyres after Nurburgring Nordschleife problems

Yokohama has defended its World Touring Car Championship tyres after fierce criticism from drivers over the series' Nurburgring Nordschleife event