WTCC Race of Russia - 10-12/06/2016
Opening for business in 2012, the Hermann Tilke-designed Moscow Raceway is one of the newest venues on the WTCC calendar. And with home manufacturer LADA – backed up by Rosneft, Russia’s petroleum industry leader – going from strength-to-strength in the championship, the WTCC’s fourth visit to Russia takes on added significance. The track’s layout, particularly the long penultimate straight, promotes great racing and plenty of overtaking: Rob Huff described the inaugural WTCC race in 2013 as the “best ever”. With two wins from a possible six and the qualifying lap record, Citroën factory driver Yvan Muller is currently the Moscow Raceway master.
1: Moscow Raceway, which opened in July 2012 prior to hosting a round of the World Series by Renault, is located 70 kilometres from from the Russian capital in the Volokolamsky District of Moscow Oblast.
2: Yvan Muller made WTCC Race of Russia history when he triumphed in the first of two counters at the track in 2013.
3: More history was made the following year when Ma Qing Hua became the first driver from China to win an FIA world championship motor race with victory in race two.
4: In terms of land area, Russia is the world’s largest country and stretches across nine time zones.
5: Russia’s Volga River is the longest in Europe at around 3690km/2293m, and the country also has the world’s largest freshwater lake – Lake Baikal – with a depth of 5387ft/1642m. It contains around 20 per cent of the world’s unfrozen fresh water.
FLASHBACK 2015 (5-7 JUNE)
Yvan Muller (Citroën) and Tiago Monteiro (Honda) came out on top of two thrilling races at a sun-baked Moscow Raceway as ROSNEFT WTCC Race of Russia delivered drama and action from start to finish. And there were celebrations too for LADA Sport ROSNEFT after Rob Huff delivered a breakthrough podium in the second race, much to the delight of the home fans. With defending world champion José María López serving a drive-through penalty for a jumped-start in race two, Muller’s opening race triumph and sixth place in the second counter meant the four-time WTCC champion narrowed López’s title advantage to 35 points heading to the halfway point of the season. Elsewhere, Tom Chilton and Norbert Michelisz shared the Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy honours, while there was further joy for Honda when Gabriele Tarquini took third behind López in race one, which began with four WTCC champions filling the top four starting positions and four manufacturers in the top five. FIA President Jean Todt was also in attendance and joined the WTCC drivers for a photo call to promote the FIA Action for Road Safety #SIGNTHEPLEDGE campaign.Site officiel
Name: Moscow Raceway
Location: 39 Sheludkovo Village, Volokolamsky District, Moscow Region, 143650, Russia
Length: 3.931 kilometres
Lap record (qualifying): Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée), 1m37.900s (144.60kph), 06/06/15
Lap record (race): José María López (Citroën C-Elysée), 1m40.148s (141.307kph), 08/06/14
WTCC RACE OF RUSSIA WINNERS
2015: Race 1: Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic)
2014: R1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: Ma Qing Hua (Citroën C-Elysée)
2013: R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Michel Nykjær (Chevrolet Cruze)
WTCC RACE OF RUSSIA VENUES
2013-Present: Moscow Raceway