WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau essentials
The wide-open battle for FIA World Touring Car Championship glory resumes this week at FIA WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau. Here's everything you need to know ahead of the famous Suncity Group Macau Guia Race.
Name:Circuito da Guia
Location:Macau Peninsula, Macau, China
Opening Race distance:8 laps (48.960km)
Main Race distance:11 laps (67.320km)
Lap record (qualifying):José María López (Citroën C-Elysée) 2m24.294s (152.68kph), 14/11/14
Lap record (race):Rob Huff (LADA Granta) 2m27.009s (149.86kph), 16/11/14
Time zone:GMT +8 hours
Sunrise/sunset:06h40/17h41 (19 November)
Average temperature:18°C-23°C (November)
2014:R1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: Rob Huff (LADA Granta)
2013:R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Rob Huff (SEAT León)
2012:R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze)
2011:R1: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
2010:R1: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Norbert Michelisz (SEAT León)
2009:R1: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Augusto Farfus (BMW 320si)
2008:R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Lacetti); R2: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Lacetti)
2007:R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Lacetti); R2: Andy Priaulx (BMW 320si)
2006:R1: Andy Priaulx (BMW 320si); R2: Jörg Müller (BMW 320si)
2005:R1: Augusto Farfus (Alfa Romeo 156); R2: Duncan Huisman (BMW 320i)
1:Located 64 kilometres east of Hong Kong across the Pearl River delta, Macau has hosted the FIA World Touring Car Championship on 10 previous occasions with the WTCC last visiting in 2014.
2:The Circuito da Guia began life as the route of a treasure hunt back in 1954 with the Guia Race taking place for the first time in 1972 over the same layout.
3:At seven metres wide, the Melco Hairpin is deemed too narrow for drivers to attempt passing moves so a yellow flag is permanently displayed to discourage any overtakes.
4:Conversely, the run to the Mandarin Oriental Bend is the widest part of the track at 14 metres.
5:Rob Huff holds the record of eight Guia Race wins. BMW is the most winningest make on 21.
6:When it comes to being the fastest touring car driver at Macau, while Huff holds the race lap record of 2m27.009s, José María López’s qualifying best of 2m24.294s from 2014 is quickest of all.
7:Huff’s association with Macau didn’t get off to the best of starts when he crashed out of his debut race in 2005.
8:When the Opening Race at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau gets underway on 18 November it will have been 1098 days since world championship’s last visit.
9:Prior to the rebirth of the WTCC in 2005, the list of Guia Race winners included Frank Biela, Gianfranco Brancatelli, Johnny Cecotto, Emanuele Pirro and Roberto Ravaglia.
10:Of the WTCC drivers racing at Macau this year, Thed Björk, Yann Ehrlacher, Néstor Girolami, Dániel Nagy and Zsolt Dávid Szabó have no previous knowledge of the track.
Thursday 16 November:13h10-13h55: Free Practice 1
Friday 17 November:09h15-10h00: Free Practice 2; 13h25;13h55: Qualifying Q1; 14h00-14h15: Qualifying Q2; 14h20-14h40: Qualifying Q3; 14h50-15h10: Manufacturers Against the Clock (WTCC MAC3) team time trial
Saturday 18 November:14h15-14h40: Opening Race (8 laps);
Sunday 19 November:10h45-11h20: Main Race (11 laps).Timings provisional/subject to change
PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AND STATISTICS
Drivers (after round 16/20):1 Björk 228.5pts; 2 Michelisz 212; 3 Catsburg 209.5; 4 Monteiro 200; 5 Chilton 184.5; 6 Bennani 184; 7 Guerrieri 180; 8 Huff 142; 9 Girolami 110; 10 Ehrlacher 90; etc.
Manufacturers (16/20):1 Volvo Polestar 725.5; 2 Honda 679
WTCC Trophy (16/20):1 Chilton 107; 2 Bennani 104.5; 3 Huff 95; 4 Guerrieri 85; 5 Ehrlacher 74; 6 Filippi 48; 7 Coronel 47.5; 8 Gleason 30.5; 9 Panis 11; 10 Nagy 9; etc.
WTCC Teams (16/20):1 Sébastien Loeb Racing 139*; 2 ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and Campos Racing 96; 4 RC Motorsport 87; 5 ROAL Motorsport 67.5; 6 Zengő Motorsport 47
All-time race wins (top 5):Y Muller 48; López 29; Huff 28; Menu 23; Tarquini 22
All-time pole positions (top 5):Y Muller 29; López 21; Tarquini 17; Menu 15; Huff 12
All-time fastest laps (top 5):Y Muller 38; Huff and López 29; Tarquini 24; Menu 20
All-time laps led (top 5):Y Muller 571; Huff 345; López 301; Menu 297; Tarquini 295
Season wins:Michelisz 3; Bennani, Björk, Chilton, Guerrieri, Monteiro 2; Catsburg, Ehrlacher, Girolami 1
Season pole positions:Michelisz 3; Björk, Huff, Catsburg, Girolami, Monteiro 1
Season fastest laps:Björk, Catsburg, Guerrieri 3; Chilton, Huff 2; Michelisz, Nagy 1
Season laps led:Monteiro 36; Bennani, Chilton 29; Michelisz 27; Guerrieri 15; Björk 13; Coronel 11; Catsburg, Ehrlacher 9; Girolami 3; Huff 1