Donington Hosts WTCC For The First Time This Weekend

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The World Touring Car Championship makes its first trip to Donington Park this weekend, for the seventh event of the season as the championship moves into its second half.

Donington Park is the third venue for the WTCC Race of UK since 2005. Silverstone hosted the series in its first year, with Brands Hatch then being a regular stop from 2006 until 2010.

Though this will be the WTCC's first visit to Donington, the East Midlands circuit did hold three rounds of the European Touring Car Championship from 2002 to 2004. In the last of those years it was home favourites Andy Priaulx and James Thompson who won the two races for BMW and Alfa Romeo respectively.

It will be the first FIA World Championship to race at the circuit since Formula 1 in 1993.

Britain's Rob Huff may be leading the standings, but the Chevrolet driver has never won in the series on home soil. He will hope to put that right this weekend, and in the process score his seventh win of the season. Huff has a 29 point lead over teammate Yvan Muller in the drivers' standings.

“My home record is not too bad – with three podiums – but I miss a victory and I think it's just time I take one,” he said. “However, my goal remains to win the championship this year, we've had a great start to the season and my priority in Donington will be to score as many points as possible, which is more important than a race win.

“I can't wait to race in front of my home fans,” he added. “Their support will be very important and I hope they will cheer for me as much as the Portuguese and Hungarian fans did for Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz.”

The British fans will have another driver to cheer on this weekend, as Colin Turkington returns to the championship behind the wheel of the Wiechers-Sport BMW with which Stefano D'Aste led Race 2 in Porto.

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