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WTCR Aragon: Magnus snatches pole from Audi team-mate Berthon

Gilles Magnus set a stunning lap in the World Touring Car Cup's Q3 shootout at Motorland Aragon to snatch race-one pole from Comtoyou Audi team-mate Nathanael Berthon.

WTCR Hungaroring: Azcona claims WTCR points lead after Hungary win

Mikel Azcona stormed from pole position to win at the Hungaroring and surge into the lead of the World Touring Car Cup standings.

WTCR Hungaroring: Azcona claims first pole of 2022 for Hyundai

Mikel Azcona clinched his own and Hyundai’s first World Touring Car Cup pole position of 2022 by topping the Q3 shootout in qualifying at the Hungaroring.

Why the WTCR's Nurburgring cancellation was “the least worst decision”

The World Touring Car Cup hit the headlines for the wrong reasons last weekend. Both races at the Nurburgring Nordschleife were cancelled at the 11th hour amid concerns about the Goodyear tyres, after multiple failures in practice and qualifying. Here’s how events played out and what the next steps are for the series

WTCR Nurburgring Nordschleife races cancelled over Goodyear tyre failures

The World Touring Car Cup has cancelled its two races on the Nurburgring Nordschleife this weekend because of safety fears over Goodyear’s control tyres on the 15.77-mile circuit.

WTCR Nurburgring: Bennani snatches pole for Audi on the Nordschleife

Mehdi Bennani claimed a surprise World Touring Car Cup pole position on the Nurburgring Nordschleife as he and Audi team-mate Gilles Magnus knocked the Lynk & Cos of Santi Urrutia and Yann Ehrlacher off the front row.

WTCR Pau: Girolami and Guerrieri claim Honda 1-2, Azcona wins race two

Argentinian duo Nestor Girolami and Esteban Guerrieri claimed an uncontested 1-2 for Munnich Motorsport’s Hondas, as the World Touring Car Cup season kicked off on the streets of Pau.

Pau Grand Prix hosts all-new green festival

Pau hosted its first Motors Festival as part of its historic Grand Prix weekend, designed to promote sustainability.

WTCR Pau: Girolami pips Honda team-mate Guerrieri to pole

Nestor Girolami beat Munnich Motorsport Honda team-mate Esteban Guerrieri to earn pole position for the first World Touring Car Cup race of the season at Pau, as Thed Bjork walked away from a big accident in Q2.

The Honda change that could revive its WTCR title hopes

Honda may have exited F1, but it’s still plugging away in its attempt to win the World Touring Car Cup, beginning with this weekend’s opening round on the streets of Pau. And an organisational change to two teams of two cars could have a positive impact

The 2021 WTCR season is coming to the RaceRoom simulation

The 2021 FIA World Touring Car Cup season will be officially making its gaming debut within the RaceRoom Racing Experience PC simulator.

Ekstrom partners with Cupra to compete in ETCR with his own team

Cupra has announced EKS, the team of the current ETCR champion Mattias Ekstrom, as its new partner in the electric touring car championship.

Friday favourite: The underrated track that saved a Honda ace’s career

It may not be the first venue that comes to mind in the great circuits debate, but there's no hesitation for Honda WTCR man Esteban Guerrieri in picking Brno - both for sentimental and technical reasons - in the latest instalment of our favourite track series

How TCR offers a platform for combustion and electric tin-top racing

The TCR formula used in the FIA World Touring Car Cup, and inspiring the eTouring Car World Cup, was introduced in 2015 and signalled a new era for tin-top racing worldwide.

Hyundai confirms shock departure of team principal Andrea Adamo

Hyundai Motorsport has announced team principal Andrea Adamo will leave the team with immediate effect after six years with the Korean marque.

Double victory ends Cupra drivers' WTCR season on a high

Cupra drivers Rob Huff and Mikel Azcona were delighted to end the FIA World Touring Car Cup season on a high by sharing a pair of victories in Sochi’s WTCR finale.

Ehrlacher crowned champion as Azcona and Huff win

Yann Ehrlacher secured his second consecutive World Touring Car Cup title in race one at a sodden Sochi, as Mikel Azcona and Rob Huff scored a brace of wins.

WTCR Sochi: Muller on pole for final round, Ehrlacher stretches gap

Yvan Muller scored his second pole position of the World Touring Car Cup season at Sochi as his nephew Yann Ehrlacher took another step closer to successfully defending his title.

WTCR reveals 2022 calendar, includes Pau street track

The WTCR series has revealed its 2022 calendar, which includes a first trip to the classic Pau street circuit since 2009 and a return to its traditional Macau season finale.

Why Pure ETCR champion Cupra chooses electric motorsport

The momentum behind electric motorsport gathered pace in 2021 with the introduction of the Pure ETCR touring car championship and Extreme E off-road category.

Archive: Why Tarquini's passion for racing survived F1 "humiliation"

Gabriele Tarquini has an unenviable Formula 1 record for the most failures to qualify. But the Italian's spirit remained undiminished, which explains in part why the tin-top ace is only now retiring, aged 59. Anthony Peacock visited him at his apartment for a feature in the 31 January 2013 issue of Autosport magazine to understand his enduring love for racing

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59 Plus

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59

OPINION: It's not often that a driver achieves widespread affection for their personality, as well as their on-track performances. One such individual is Gabriele Tarquini, who will soon bring the curtain down on a remarkable career that has yielded touring car titles on the European and global stage - and, famously, in Britain too

Weight to blame for Cupra’s disappointing weekend at Adria

Cupra drivers Rob Huff and Mikel Azcona say the WTCR’s Balance of Performance and compensation weight have hurt their performance at the past two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Cup.

WTCR Adria: Ehrlacher closes on WTCR title with victory

Yann Ehrlacher has one hand on a second consecutive World Touring Car Cup after scoring a convincing victory from pole position at Adria in Italy.

WTCR Adria: Ehrlacher stretches WTCR points lead with first 2021 pole

Yann Ehrlacher extended his World Touring Car Cup championship lead by clinching his first pole position of 2021 and a maximum points haul in qualifying at the revamped Adria circuit.

Touring car legend Tarquini announces retirement at 59

Touring car legend Gabriele Tarquini has announced he will retire at the end of the current FIA World Touring Car Cup season, bringing down the curtain on a professional racing career spanning almost 40 years.

The people behind Cupra's on-track racing success

At every level of motorsport, behind each on-track racing success there is a team working hard in the background to make it happen.

Ekstrom praises Cupra Racing team after winning Pure ETCR title

Mattias Ekstrom has hailed his Cupra Racing team after being crowned the inaugural Pure ETCR champion following a dramatic showdown at Pau-Arnos in France.

Ekstrom crowned PURE ETCR champion as Vernay wins ultra-dramatic finale

Mattias Ekstrom and CUPRA X Zengo Motorsport became the inaugural PURE ETCR champion in a brutal season finale at Pau-Arnos in France.

WTCR France: Vernay keeps title hopes alive with victory

Jean-Karl Vernay reignited his World Touring Car Cup title hopes with a vital victory on home soil, beating fellow Frenchman Yvan Muller at Pau-Arnos.

Muller claims first WTCR pole position in two years at Pau-Arnos

Yvan Muller stormed to his first pole position for two years by beating Jean-Karl Vernay in World Touring Car Cup qualifying at the short 1.88-mile Pau-Arnos circuit in France.

Ekstrom wins at Pau-Arnos to eliminate Baptista from Pure ETCR title fight

Mattias Ekstrom reduced the PURE ETCR title fight to a four-driver affair with a commanding round one victory as the final event of the season got underway at Pau-Arnos, France.

Cupra’s Azcona targets WTCR title after wrapping up TCR Europe championship

Cupra Racing’s Mikel Azcona believes he can challenge for the WTCR crown after finishing in second place in the second race at Most, just 24 hours after wrapping up the TCR Europe title.

Michelisz and Girolami share the WTCR spoils at Most

Norbert Michelisz and Nestor Girolami made it ten different winners from ten rounds as the World Touring Car Cup paid its first visit to Most in the Czech Republic.

WTCR Most: Azcona beats Michelisz to top qualifying for first pole of 2021

Spaniard Mikel Azcona will start race two from pole position after heading qualifying on the World Touring Car Cup’s first visit to the Most circuit in the Czech Republic.

TCR Europe title bid boosts Azcona’s WTCR challenge

Mikel Azcona believes his TCR Europe championship bid is helping his World Touring Car Cup performances, as he plans to compete in both on the same weekend – in different countries – next month.

Versatility vital to Ekstrom's Pure ETCR title challenge

Versatility is proving vital to Mattias Ekstrom’s Pure ETCR championship challenge as he spearheads Cupra’s programmes in both the electric touring car series and the off-road Extreme E.

Azcona delighted with “amazing” weekend in WTCR and Pure ETCR

Cupra driver Mikel Azcona hailed an “amazing” weekend after claiming two WTCR podiums and victory in Pure ETCR at his Zengo Motorsport squad’s home circuit of the Hungaroring.

Azcona makes PURE ETCR history with dominant drive for CUPRA in Hungary

Mikel Azcona became the first two-time PURE ETCR winner with a dominant drive on Sunday at the Hungaroring that set up a five-way final-round title shoot-out for the all-electric touring car series.

Hungary WTCR: Urrutia becomes eighth different winner from eight races

Santiago Urrutia became the eighth different winner from eight races in the 2021 World Touring Car Cup with victory at the Hungaroring, which lifted him to second in the standings.

Azcona on top as Pure ETCR rivals collide in Hungary

Mikel Azcona was the man to beat on Saturday as the Spaniard ended the opening day of Pure ETCR competition with a pair of Battle wins and a perfect score at the Hungaroring.

WTCR Hungary: Huff scores sensational pole for Zengo

Rob Huff put his troubled return to the World Touring Car Cup behind him by scoring a shock pole position at the Hungaroring to send Zengo Motorsport into rapture at the team’s home race.

Revised 2021 WTCR calendar revealed with Sochi final round

The FIA World Touring Car Cup has added three new venues to cap off the 2021 season, with the final round now set to take place at the Sochi Autodrom in November.

Ekstrom: Consistency and adaptability key to becoming ETCR champion

Pure ETCR series leader Mattias Ekstrom believes the inaugural champion will be a driver and team that performs consistently well in all environments.

Eng takes Copenhagen win on Pure ETCR debut to head Romeo Ferraris 1-2

Philipp Eng scored victory on his Pure ETCR debut on the streets of Copenhagen to head a highly-emotional one-two finish for Romeo Ferraris-M1RA.

Ekstrom surprised by Pure ETCR enjoyment

Mattias Ekstrom has been surprised by how much he is enjoying a switch to electric touring car racing after becoming the latest winner of the all-new Pure ETCR series.

WTCR Aragon: Vervisch delivers first win for new Audi

Frederic Vervisch won the second World Touring Car Cup race from pole at Aragon, while Gabriele Tarquini scored his first win in two years in the opening contest.

WTCR Aragon: Vervisch grabs Audi's first pole of 2021 from Bjork

Frederic Vervisch snatched the World Touring Car Cup race-two pole position from Thed Bjork on the final lap of the top five shootout at a sweltering Motorland Aragon in Spain.

Azcona: Petrol, electric touring car double duty “a great challenge”

Mikel Azcona expects racing a traditional internal combustion engine touring car and an electric tin top on the same weekend to provide a “great challenge”.

Huff lands first WTCR points despite “out of our hands” speed deficit

Rob Huff opened his FIA World Touring Car Cup points account for the season despite a speed deficit to his rivals being “out of his hands” in Estoril.

WTCR Estoril: Tassi becomes youngest winner as loose bonnet costs Monteiro

Attila Tassi saved Honda’s blushes to score his first World Touring Car Cup victory after a loose bonnet cost Tiago Monteiro what had looked like a certain home win at Estoril.

WTCR Estoril: Guerrieri heads Honda 1-2-3 in qualifying

Esteban Guerrieri headed Munnich Motorsport team-mates Tiago Monteiro and Nestor Girolami in a dominant Honda 1-2-3 in qualifying at Estoril to secure pole position for the second World Touring Car Cup race.

Geely Group blasts WTCR organiser over Lynk & Co BoP

The Geely Group behind the Lynk & Co WTCR squad has blasted series promoter Eurosport Events and "suspended its co-operation" with promoting its local round at Ningbo, China, this November.

Cupra’s Azcona wins inaugural Pure ETCR event

Zengo Motorsport X Cupra’s Mikel Azcona made history by overcoming adversity to claim victory in the inaugural Pure ETCR event at Italy’s Vallelunga circuit.

Cupra duo Azcona and Ekstrom on top after first day of Pure ETCR at Vallelunga

Mikel Azcona and Mattias Ekstrom each scored a double victory for Zengo Motorsport X Cupra to top their respective Pools at Vallelunga on the opening day of Pure ETCR competition.

Pure ETCR boss targets all-electric racing weekends

The series director for the new electric touring car Pure ETCR series has said that his target is to have all-electric racing weekends.

Why the new electric tin-top series deserves to be taken seriously Plus

Why the new electric tin-top series deserves to be taken seriously

The new Pure ETCR series will get underway at Vallelunga this weekend featuring great looking cars, top drivers and real tracks. Its format is wacky, but it exists in an era when its petrol-fuelled brethren are all artificially contrived, and has the potential to move the tin-top game on

Character building WTCR return for Cupra's Huff

Cupra’s Rob Huff described his return to the FIA World Touring Car Cup as “character building” after leaving the Nurburgring Nordschleife season opener without points following a tough weekend.

WTCR Nurburgring: Vernay holds off Engstler for first Hyundai win

Jean-Karl Vernay headed new team-mate Luca Engstler to win on his debut for Hyundai at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, after Honda veteran Tiago Monteiro won the reversed-grid WTCR season opener.

Nurburgring WTCR: Girolami takes Nordschleife pole for second year in a row

Nestor Girolami claimed his second successive World Touring Car Cup pole position on the Nurburgring Nordschleife after topping a dry 40-minute session at the opening round of the 2021 season.