Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) President and FIA Vice President, Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, and Managing Director WTCC and Euro Sports EEL, Francoise Rebeiro, signed the agreement of the WTCC Race of Qatar 2015 on 28 June 2015 at Paul Ricard Circuit in France.
The agreement will be for three years and the Qatar round in 2015 will be on 26 and 27 November 2015 under the floodlights of Losail International Circuit.
Al Attiyah expressed his thanks to the WTCC and EEL for hosting him and his team at Paul Ricard Circuit to observe and learn about the operations of WTCC. He said:
I am very excited and looking forward to having the WTCC teams at Losail international Circuit for their first ever night race. I promise my full support and my team would work closely with WTCC to ensure an excellent and unforgettable racing experience. I am grateful for the continuing support of HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.’
Ribeiro is extremely delighted for the partnership and good collaboration which will have with the QMMF and Losail International Circuit team. He said:
The addition of Qatar to the WTCC Calendar ensures that this is a true world championship with representative from all over the world in the field of Motorsports. I would like to emphasize the important of working with an International team of competitors, officials and participants.’
He presented the President of QMMF and FIA Vice President with a pictured signed by all WTCC driver as acknowledgement of their excitement at coming to a night race in Qatar.
FIA World Touring Car Champiionship (WTCC) is a 12-round championship is contested by a host of motorsport megastars including nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb, ex-Formula One racers Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini, WTCC title winners Rob Huff and Yvan Muller, Dakar hero Tom Coronel, experienced campaigners Rickard Rydell and James Thompson, plus reigning champion José María López.
Meanwhile, Mehdi Bennani and Ma Qing Hua are also frontrunners in the series and became the first drivers from Africa and China respectively to win in the WTCC when they took a race victory apiece in 2014.
Citroën, Honda and LADA all field factory teams in the WTCC, while Chevrolet has endorsed a car built to the new-for-2014 technical regulations, which require the use of mass-production five-door cars fitted with 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged engines and a number of aerodynamic aids. Several privateer drivers and teams also take part and contest a trophy supported by the WTCC’s official tyre partner, Yokohama.
Qatar will be the last round of the championship and the other 11 races are scheduled in Argentina, Morocco, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, France, Portugal, Japan, China and Thailand.
For more information, visit the website of FIA World Touring Car Championship.