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FIA WTCR: SUMMER IN THE CITY

In the backcountry of the Portuguese port city of Porto, the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup races on the challenging city street circuit in Vila Real. A special feature at this event: the joker lap.

Audi R8 LMS on the racetrack
Audi R8 LMS on the racetrack

WHAT’S ON?

Series
FIA WTCR

When
July 5–7, 2019

Where
Circuito Internacional de Vila Real, Portugal

Season

2019

Round
16, 17 and 18 of 30

How to watch
Television listings
Live stream on YouTube

SCHEDULE

Local time, CEST -1 hour
Friday, July 5 2019 Saturday, July 6 2019 Sunday, July 7 2019
17:00 Free practice 1 09:00 Free practice 2 10:00 Qualifying
  11:00 Qualifying   15:30 Start race 2
  15:15 Start race 1 17:00 Start race 2
THIS STREET CIRCUIT IS VERY DIFFERENT TO MOST OTHER STREET CIRCUITS. WE HAVE A HUGE AMOUNT OF ELEVATION CHANGES. IT IS VERY FAST AND YOU HAVE QUITE A FEW BLIND CORNERS. PLUS, THE STREETS ARE EXTREMELY NARROW. THAT MAKES FOR THRILLING RACING.

Gordon Shedden

CIRCUITO INTERNACIONAL DE VILA REAL

Audi R8 LMS on the racetrack

RACE FACTS

Motorsport events with cars have been held on the hilly roads near Vila Real since the 1930s. However, races took place only sporadically for financial reasons. The city race in Vila Real has only been firmly established on the international race calendar since the first visit of the FIA WTCC in 2005.

 

The 4.785-kilometre city street circuit in Vila Real features many elevation changes and challenging turns. On the long downhill section, speeds of nearly 230 km/h are achieved. The race has a special feature as the drivers, similar to the format of Rallycross, have to complete a longer joker lap once per race. 

Vila Real

Villa Real
Joker lap sign
Audi R8 LMS on the racetrack

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