Race of Slovakia - 19-21/06/2015
The Slovakia Ring was the setting for an unfortunate piece of WTCC history last year, when organisers were forced to cancel race two due to heavy rain – the first time this had happened since the series was revived in 2005. A shortened race one was won by Sébastien Loeb – his second victory in his first season in the WTCC – after he passed Citroën team-mate José María López at the start. Located 30 kilometres from Bratislava Airport, the Automotodróm Slovakia Ring was built between 2008-09 and has also hosted the FIA GT1 World Championship, FIA GT3 European Championship and the FIA GT Series.
1: The WTCC first visited the Slovakia Ring in 2012 when current drivers Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT) and that year’s champion Rob Huff (Chevrolet) collected their first wins of the season.
2: The following year Tarquini made the top step of the podium again, this time in a Honda Civic, giving the works team its first WTCC victory.
3: The Slovaks enjoy their WTCC racing: 25,000 fans attended the inaugural event in 2012, a figure that had risen to 38,000 by the next year.
4: Tennis champion Martina Hingis, a former world number one and winner of five Grand Slam titles, was born in Slovakia to a Slovak father and Czech mother.
5: The most famous American of Slovak descent is arguably Andy Warhol (1928-87), whose parents emigrated from Miková in north-eastern Slovakia before he was born.
Lap distance: 5.922 km
Race distance: 2 x 11 laps
Qualifying: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC), 2m03.912s (172.05kph), 10/05/2014
Race: Sébastien Loeb (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC), 2m12.918s (163.60kph), 27/04/2014
Pole: José María López (Citroën) – 2m03.912s
Race 1: 1. S. Loeb (Citroën) – 2. J. Lopez (Citroën) – 3. N. Michelisz (Citroën)