WTCR Race of Spain 2020 - 31-01/11/2020

In 100 words… MotorLand Aragón, close to Alcañiz in the north east of the country, will host the inaugural WTCR Race of Spain in 2020. Despite huge enthusiasm for the city-based Circuito Guadalope from 1965, growing safety requirements and difficulties staging top-level events meant time was called on racing through the streets in 2003, which led to the MotorLand Aragón project being conceived. Former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa collaborated with renowned circuit designer Hermann Tilke on the track layout, which was inaugurated in September 2009 and has staged the Gran Premio de Aragón de MotoGP since 2010, regularly attracting 100,000 fans.

MIKEL AZCONA’S MOTORLAND ARAGÓN TRACK GUIDE
Having started his touring car adventure at MotorLand Aragón in 2011, CUPRA-driving Spaniard Mikel Azcona is the perfect guide to the 5.345-kilometre track, venue for the first WTCR Race of Spain.

Early overtaking possible but patience is required: “Overtaking at the first corner is possible but from T1 until T5 it’s very difficult because T2-T3 is flat out.”

Risks might not be rewarded: “After T5 we enter the second sector, which is also very technical.    It’s very risky to try the overtake at T7 because you are braking with load on the car and it’s not very easy.”

The Corkscrew in opposite: “T8 and T9 is like the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca but you go from right to left, not left to right. Of course, it’s downhill and very nice to drive.”

Onwards to sector three: “T10 is a flat corner and not possible to overtake but then you arrive to the third sector. It’s only three corners but it’s very important. You arrive to the T12 and it’s possible to overtake because it’s a hard-braking corner and straight braking but at the same time it’s very tricky because exactly on the moment you are braking, you don’t see the apex, it’s a blind corner, very tricky.”

Things get important: “T13 is easy flat but T14 and T15 are honestly very important. It’s a slow part of the track but at the same time you have to really prepare the exit of T15 a lot because after you have this corner you have a very long straight to T16. Depending on your exit of T15 you can overtake or not at T16.”

Time to make a sacrifice: “You have to sacrifice T14 to have a very good exit from T15. On the long back straight, you are at more or less 250kph and you arrive to a very, very slow corner.”

From fast to slow: “The hairpin at T16 is in first gear maybe 60kph and you have to reduce from 250kph. On the TV it’s going to be very fun this corner with a lot of overtakes.”

ESSENTIALS
Location:
Crta. A-2404, Km 1
44600 Alcañiz, Teruel, Spain
Track length:
5.345 kilometres
Race 1 distance:
10 laps (53.450 kilometres)
Race 2 distance:
10 laps (53.450 kilometres)
Race 3 distance:
12 laps (64.140 kilometres)
BEST LAPS
WTCR qualifying lap record:
To be established
WTCR race lap record:
To be established
MORE DETAILS
Time zone: GMT +2 hours
Fly to: Saragoza Airport (120 kilometres)
Stay: Alcañiz