Speed, slide and exit tracks that promise to be plentiful. The second round of the World Touring Car Championship will be broadcast live on France 3 Alsace, Sunday August 7 at 5:50 pm
The best pilots in the world compete on Sunday August 7, at the Alsatian circuit of the Rhine ring in Biltzheim (Haut-Rhin), for 5.e World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season. A good first for Alsace, a region marked by the car and its industry.
A race in which the two Alsatians Yvan Muller, four-time world champion in the discipline, and Yann Ehrlacher, two-time world champion and defending champion, will not participate. Until Thursday the 4th In August, they were still in the running for a new world title. But the twist since information of their Cyan Racing team, their hopes of lifting the trophy are increasing.
If the battle between the two Alsatian drivers promises to be legendary, Cyan Racing and Cyan Performance have announced. “to stop any new competition” in WTCR. And for good reason. Their withdrawal is a response to the penalty imposed by the organizer, aimed at equalizing the performance between the cars. It is no longer the case this season.
Their car, the Lynk & Co 03 TCR, has been reduced in weight to perform better than ever before. It now weighs 80 kg more than its rival and championship leader, the Hyundai Elantra N. This makes it the heaviest car in the field. This loss also accelerates tire wear, it is exposed to force, pressure and speed that can reach 260 km / h.
Since then, races in Germany have been interrupted after a tire explosion, or more recently in Italy where a crash dragged Yvan Muller into the safety barrier: “It is impossible for the Cyan Race to continue the season safely”, comments Fredrik Wahlen, Head of the Cyan Racing Team. Five drivers from the Cyan Racing and Cyan Performance teams, namely Yvan Muller, Yann Ehrlacher, Thed Björk, Santiago Urrutia, and Ma Ging Hua, are therefore technically unemployed.
Don’t take your handkerchiefs away, however, the Alsatian drivers will still not be far from the paddocks to meet the public. Yann Ehrlacher and his uncle Yvan Muller will also be at France 3 Alsace in the post-race interview.
If there are only twelve drivers on the track, the race will take place. But before popping the champagne corks, you still have to master this track, which opened in 1996 and is headed by the Paul Ricard circuit. Of the 3,620 meters that make up the speed circuit, the main straight line occupies 1,050 m, giving a huge advantage to the fastest cars. This is followed by many curves that veteran Yvan Muller knows by heart, who holds the record for the number of victories and titles: “There’s a long straight and a very fast right corner, then there is […] All kinds of turns, and then again the sequence with a fairly tight chicane, not too long. But it doesn’t matter, on the contrary. It will be better for the public, they will see us passing by more often.”
Yann Ehrlacher, his nephew and reigning world champion also grew up on this circuit. He told us about his passion last April during a test at the Haut-Rhin circuit: “I took my first steps on the circuit at the Rhine ring, so a few years later, it’s great to be able to do a World Cup race at home.“
Motorsport lovers, find the race, the podium and the interview with Yvan Muller and Yann Ehrlacher, as if you were there with our special program presented by Manuel Goetz with Bruno Spengler, at the Rhine ring, Sunday 7 August at 5:50 pm, on France 3 Alsace.
Originally, the race was supposed to be held in Sochi, Russia. But with the war in Ukraine, the International Automobile Federation, which organizes the championship, canceled the circuit. So it is on the Rhine ring that this stage of the World Cup for Touring Cars takes place. It is the pride of the Haut-Rhin design and the local pilots when they did the test last April.
Fifteen cameras, 8,000 viewers, 15,000,000 viewers in 33 countries… the Rhine ring is at the center of this athletic mass during this race weekend. A unique opportunity for a circuit of this size. A round table with local authorities and private partners was necessary for the owners to put on the table the 700,000 euros needed to organize the event.
A competition with international reach, and the first for the Rhine ring, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021. The circuit takes this opportunity to organize popular events with tickets that do not exceed 50 euros per weekend.