Budapest, Hungary Czech Republic is about to host the fifth race weekend of the 2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship featuring Zengo Dension Team’s Norbert Michelisz with a BMW 320 TC. Two weeks ago the Hungarian driver claimed a second place at the Hungaroring and will line up on the grid with good chances in Brno as well. Automotodrom Brno – Masaryk Circuit is located only 350 kilometers away from Budapest. Both the qualification and the races will be broadcasted live by Eurosport; the qualification will take place on Eurosport 2 from Saturday 14:00 and the races will be aired on Eurosport International at 12:45.
Beside Chevrolet, the Volvo and SR Customer Racing’s cars will be equipped with the new 1.6 turbo engine therefore will get the maximum, 40 kilos of compensation weight just like the BMW 320 TC that is driven by Norbert Michelisz. There are only two drivers among the entries who will not use the 2011 specification engines. Based on the results of the past races, BMWs are expected to be competitive as seven out of ten races were won by BMWs beside Chevrolet’s two and SEATs one victory. This time the weekend will be a two-day action again; two free practices will take place ahead the qualification on Saturday and a warm up session will be available for the drivers ahead the 2011 Race of Czech Republic to prepare.
Norbert Michelisz: “Brno is considered to be a circuit designed for RWD cars because the track is really hard on the tyres. On a FWD car the steered and powered tyres are the same which is a significant disadvantage in terms of tyre wear. The layout is one of my favorite, I really like these long-drawn turns, the vertical differences; it is such a demanding circuit. In terms of accelerating out of the corners, the last section is quite important especially the one that leads us to the hill on a long way. Tenths of seconds can be won or lost that can easily mean three to five positions.”
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