Vila Real (2017)
Latest news on Vila Real
The WTCC's latest innovation, the joker lap, made its debut at the last round in Vila Real, but nearly didn't happen after all of the teams made a late-night protest just ahead of the race.
The FIA has confirmed that Portugal's Vila Real circuit was not “in its licenced configuration” when Tom Coronel collided with a fire vehicle, and that work is ongoing to ensure the error will not happen again.
WTCC drivers have praised the series’ introduction of a joker lap at last weekend’s round in Vila Real in Portugal.
Sebastien Loeb Racing’s Mehdi Bennani won the opening WTCC race at Vila Real, the first to feature the all-new joker lap, ahead of new championship leader Tiago Monteiro.
Honda's Norbert Michelisz secured his second consecutive WTCC pole position at Vila Real, outqualifying the Citroen of Rob Huff.
Munnich Motorsport’s Rob Huff was fastest of all in the second WTCC practice session at Vila Real, leading the two Hondas of Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro.
ROAL Motorsport’s Tom Coronel will miss the rest of the WTCC Portugal weekend after heavy damage sustained to the front of his Chevrolet RML Cruze in first practice, when the Dutchman collided with a fire truck.
Norbert Michelisz led a Honda 1-2 in the first WTCC practice session at the Vila Real street circuit, which saw Dutch driver Tom Coronel slide down an escape road and hit a fire truck.