FIA WTCC Race of Argentina

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FIA WTCC Race of Argentina
Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo
Termas de Río Hondo.svg
Race information
Number of times held5
First held2013
Last held2017
Most wins (drivers)Argentina J.M. López (5)
Most wins (constructors)France Citroën (6)
Last race (2017)
Race 1 Winner
Race 2 Winner

The FIA WTCC Race of Argentina is a round of the World Touring Car Championship, which was held for the first time in the 2013 World Touring Car Championship season at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo in Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina.

An Argentinean race was originally scheduled to take place in 2011 at a circuit in Buenos Aires.[1] The planned event was later cancelled after problems homologating the track for international use.[2]

Argentina was added to the provisional 2012 schedule although no circuit was mentioned which would host the event.[3] In January 2012 the event from dropped from the calendar owing to delays agreeing details with the local government, it was later replaced by the FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia.[4]

The calendar for the 2013 season was amended in March 2013 with the FIA WTCC Race of Brazil replaced by two TBA rounds, one of which was a placeholder date for an Argentinean round.[5] One of the events would run in 2013 with the hopes that both would be on the calendar in 2014.[6] In June 2013 it was confirmed that the first Race of Argentina would be held on 4 August at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo.[7]

The Argentine Turismo Nacional has raced as support event since 2013.[8]

Winners[edit]

José María López has won five of the ten races held in his home country as of 2017.

Year Race Driver Manufacturer Location Report
2017 Opening Race France Yann Ehrlacher Russia Lada Termas de Río Hondo Report
Main Race Hungary Norbert Michelisz Japan Honda
2016 Opening Race United Kingdom Tom Chilton France Citroën Report
Main Race Argentina José María López France Citroën
2015 Race 1 Argentina José María López France Citroën Report
Race 2 France Sébastien Loeb France Citroën
2014 Race 1 Argentina José María López France Citroën Report
Race 2 Argentina José María López France Citroën
2013 Race 1 France Yvan Muller United States Chevrolet Report
Race 2 Argentina José María López Germany BMW

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meissner, Johan (24 July 2010). "Argentina and China set for 2011 WTCC calendar". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  2. ^ Beer, Matt (5 November 2010). "Track issue cost Argentina WTCC date". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  3. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (7 December 2011). "UK round dropped from 2012 WTCC calendar". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  4. ^ Hudson, Neil (6 February 2013). "Slovakiaring replaces Argentina on WTCC calendar". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  5. ^ Allen, Peter (8 March 2013). "Two Spaces Remain On Latest Iteration Of 2013 WTCC Calendar". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  6. ^ Hudson, Neil (25 March 2013). "Argentina could replace Brazil on the calendar this year". TouringCarTimes. Mediaempire Stockholm AB. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  7. ^ "WTCC TO VISIT ARGENTINA FOR THE FIRST TIME". World Touring Car Championship. Kigema Sport Organisation. 4 June 2013. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  8. ^ Turismo Nacional y WTCC, nuevamente juntos - APAT, 22 July 2016