WTCR Race of Slovakia: five to watch
It’s WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO time in Slovakia this week. Here are five to watch.
1 Yvan Muller: The current WTCR OSCARO championship leader with a 22-point advantage over Gabriele Tarquini and nephew Yann Ehrlacher, Muller is a former winner at the Slovakia Ring, taking top honours during the first of two WTCC races there in 2015.
2 Mehdi Bennani: Like Muller, Bennani also has Slovakia Ring knowledge and came close to winning in 2016, only to be denied by Tiago Monteiro in the closing stages. He’ll be finding his way back following his huge Vila Real accident but the Moroccan is never one to underestimate.
3 Norbert Michelisz: Hungary’s BRC Racing Team driver will be eager to end his WTCR OSCARO victory drought at what is effectively his second home race. Compatriots Norbert Nagy and Zsolt Szabó can expect a similar strong fan following.
4 Kevin Ceccon: It might be a big step into the unknown for Ceccon as he prepares to make his WTCR OSCARO debut in place of Gianni Morbidelli at Team Mulsanne. But the 24-year-old Italian is highly thought of. Combined with improvements to the squad’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR by Romeo Ferraris racers, Ceccon will be aiming to spring a surprise or two.
5 Denis Dupont: RACB National Team driver Dupont (pictured) continues to close on his breakthrough first WTCR OSCARO points. Can The Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Belgian end the European season on a high with a Slovakia top 10?