The success of the first year of the FIA World Touring Car Championship looks set to continue after the FIA signed a commercial rights contract with championship promoter KSO in an agreement which lasts until 2009.

The contract was finalised during the latest WMSC session in Rome, and witnessed at a signing ceremony between FIA president Max Mosley and Eurosport president Angelo Codignoni. The ceremony, which was also attended by FIA deputy president Marco Piccinini and KSO president Jacques Behar, confirmed that Eurosport, parent company of KSO, would continue to be the host broadcaster for the WTCC, providing live coverage of every race, plus highlights and feature programmes.

"We warmly welcome this agreement, which will guarantee the continued growth of the FIA World Touring Car Championship," Mosley said, "KSO and Eurosport have done an excellent job promoting the championship in its first year and we look forward to increasing success in the future."

The FIA's decision to sign the agreement bears out the growing success of the WTCC, which launched at the start of this year but has already attracted seven manufacturers over its ten events.

"We greatly appreciate the value of this agreement with the FIA and the recognition of the work done by KSO and Eurosport," Codignoni concluded, "This is a strong motivation for us to make an even greater effort to promote the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the highest level in motorsport."

The Rome agenda also included the 2006 WTCC calendar, which featured several new venues, including a trip to the historic Brands Hatch in the UK. The season will kick off at Monza on 2 April and conclude at Macau in mid-November. A round in Brazil is among two events still to be confirmed.

April 2 Monza
April 30 Magny-Cours*
May 21 Brands Hatch*
June 4 Brno
July 2 Puebla*
July 30 TBA**
September 3 Oschersleben*
September 24 Istanbul*
October 1 Valencia*
November 5 TBA**
November 19 Macau

[denotes event subject to ASN confirmation; ** denotes subject to circuit approval]

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