Motegi new home for WTCC Japanese round

Twin Ring Motegi has taken over from Suzuka as the host of the Japanese round of the World Touring Car Championship
The Twin Ring Motegi circuit will host Japan's round of the World Touring Car Championship for the 2015 season, which sees the series move from Suzuka for the first time in four years.

The Motegi track, situated 90 miles north of Japan's capital Tokyo, also hosts the country's MotoGP round and will welcome the WTCC on the 11-13 September. The venue has never hosted a WTCC round before and is one of five new tracks for 2015.

WTCC General Manager Francois Ribeiro has said it was a carefully-measured decision to switch the race to Motegi but feels the series will benefit from more wheel-to-wheel racing.

“We genuinely think WTCC has found its home in Japan at Motegi,” Ribeiro said. “MotoGP tracks usually deliver high-quality touring car races and we are certain that the Motegi layout will offer close racing and significant overtaking opportunities.”

“Given that popularity and the degree of expertise of Japanese motorsport fans, switching venues was a decision we took very carefully in conjunction with our partner Mobilityland.”

The WTCC Japanese race marks the start of the four-race tour of Asia after the traditional summer break. The series will head to Shanghai, Buriram after Motegi to set up the season-finale in Qatar at Losail.

FIA World Touring Car Championship 2015 calendar

Round 1: WTCC Race of Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo), 6-8 March
Round 2: WTCC Race of Morocco (Moulay El Hassan), 17-19 April
Round 3: WTCC Race of Hungary (Hungaroring), 1-3 May
Round 4: WTCC Race of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife), 15-16 May
Round 5: WTCC Race of Russia (Moscow Raceway), 5-7 June
Round 6: WTCC Race of Slovakia (Slovakia Ring), 19-21 June*
Round 7: WTCC Race of France (Paul Ricard), 26-28 June
Round 8: WTCC Race of Portugal (Vila Real), 10-12 July
Round 9: WTCC Race of Japan (Motegi), 11-13 September
Round 10: WTCC Race of China (Shanghai), 25-27 September
Round 11: WTCC Race of Thailand (Buriram), 30 October-1 November
Round 12: WTCC Race of Qatar (Losail), 20-22 November*

*Subject to the signing of event promoter agreement

Tagged as: calendar , Suzuka , Motegi , 2015

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