All you need to know about WTCR Race of Macau

All you need to know about WTCR Race of Macau

08.11.2019: FIA WTCR Race of Macau WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO 2019 Rounds 25, 26 and 27 of 30, Circuito da Guia, 14-17 November THE ESSENTIALS Rounds: 25-27 of 30 Venue: Circuito da Guia, Macau Date: 14-17 November 2019

FIA WTCR Race of Macau
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO 2019
Rounds 25, 26 and 27 of 30, Circuito da Guia, 14-17 November



THE ESSENTIALS


Rounds: 25-27 of 30
Venue: Circuito da Guia, Macau
Date: 14-17 November 2019
Location: 207 Avenue da Amiazade, Edif. do Grande Premio, Macau
Length: 6.120 kilometres
Time zone: GMT +8 hours
Race 1 distance: 8 laps (43.960 kilometres)
Race 2 distance: 8 laps (48.960 kilometres)
Race 3 distance: 11 laps (67.320 kilometres)



WTCR qualifying lap record: Rob Huff (Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR), 2m29.040s (147.80kph), 16/11/18


WTCR race lap record: Rob Huff (Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR), 2m31.038s (145.80kph), 17/11/18




THE CHALLENGE



Macau’s 6.120-kilometre Circuito da Guia blends twisty turns and narrow blasts with long, wide-open straights and sweeping corners – plus gradient changes – to create one of the most challenging and spectacular street circuits on the planet. Touring car racing has been held in this Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China for more than half a century, with the famous Guia Race first run in 1972.



Having welcomed back the WTCC in 2017 when Rob Huff bagged a record ninth win, Macau hosted the thrilling seven-way inaugural WTCR season showdown in November 2018 when Gabriele Tarquini took the title.




FROM BEHIND THE WHEEL WITH ROB HUFFF



“Macau absolutely terrifies the life out of me. There is no room for error, but you want a bit more in every corner. But the difference where you are at and where you want a bit more is a trip to hospital. On every corner. And it’s as simple as that. You can’t teach someone to do what I do in Macau.


It comes down to a little bit of whether you’ve got it or haven’t got it and that comes down to being a racing driver.




Everyone in WTCR has got it, no doubt, but when you start using the wing mirrors on the walls and you come out of every corner thinking ‘how on earth did I survive that corner’, you’re almost there, not quite, but you’re almost at the point, but then you have to go to another step. You hold your breath for two minutes, 30 seconds every lap.”





FIVE MACAU FACTS



1: The first race on Macau’s streets took place in 1954 with the inaugural Guia Race held for the first time in 1972.



2: With nine wins, no driver or rider has won in Macau on more occasions than Rob Huff, who claimed his first Guia Race win in 2008. Huff also holds the Guia Race lap record, a 2m27.009s set in 2014 in a LADA Granta.


3: The Circuito da Guia measures seven metres in width at its most narrow point but 14 metres at its widest point.



4: Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages of Macau, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


5: Of the 26 drivers racing at Macau with all-season status six are Circuito da Guia rookies. They are Mikel Azcona, Luca Engstler, Johan Kristoffersson, Niels Langeveld, Benjamin Leuchter and Attila Tassi.









PROVISIONAL KEY TIMINGS*


Thursday 14 November

Free Practice 1: 09h00-09h45
Free Practice 2: 13h40-14h10



Friday 15 November


First Qualifying: 08h50-09h30
First Qualifying DHL Media Zone (paddock): 09h30-09h40 (estimated)
First Qualifying press conference (Media Centre): 09h45-10h00 (estimated)
Second Qualifying Q1: 13h35-14h05
Second Qualifying Q2: 14h10-14h25
Second Qualifying Q3: 14h35 (first car starts top five DHL Pole Position shootout)
Second Qualifying DHL Media Zone (paddock): 1435-15h00 (estimated)
Second Qualifying press conference (Media Centre): 15h05-15h20 (estimated)



Saturday 16 November


Race 1: 14h55 (8 laps)
Race 1 podium: 15h30 (estimated)
Race 1 press conference (Media Centre): 15h40 (estimated)



Sunday 17 November

Race 2: 08h45 (8 laps)
Race 2 podium: 09h20 (estimated)
Race 2 press conference (Media Centre): 09h30 (estimated)
Race 3: 11h25 (11 laps)
Race 3 podium: 12h05 (estimated)
Race 3 press conference (Media Centre): 12h15 (estimated)


*All timings are local (GMT +8 hours) and subject to change





Results reminder 2018


DHL Pole Position Race 1: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Race 1 winner: Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) Audi RS 3 LMS
Race 1 fastest lap: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 2: Timo Scheider (DEU) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 2 winner: Frédéric Vervisch (BEL) Audi RS 3 LMS
Race 2 fastest lap: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
DHL Pole Position Race 3: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Race 3 winner: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 3 fastest lap: Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Honda Civic Type R TCR
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: Rob Huff (GBR) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
TAG Heuer Most Valuable Driver: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R





- Richard Rodgers, photos FIA WTCR

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