The Portuguese street race, which is the last event of the season in Europe for the World Touring Car Championship, makes its debut on the calendar. The track is described as a cross between Macau and Nordschleife
The World Touring Car Championship is ready for another meeting before the summer break and then starting the Asian tour next September in Japan. In the middle of July the WTCC undertakes a visit to the Northern Portugal, in the town of Vila Real, for another exciting round. Vila Real is a kind of unfamiliar terrain for almost any driver but the track is considered the true heart of motor racing in Portugal. Vila Real features hillside roads and its first event took place in 1931. Drivers such as David Piper or Chris Craft have won in the streets of the Portuguese city.
At Campos Racing, Frenchmen Hugo Valente and John Filippi will drive the two Chevrolets RML Cruze TC1 entered by the Spanish squad. After seven events Valente sits 4th in the Independents´ classification with Filippi lying seventh. Besides, Campos Racing is second among the Independents teams.
There is a test session scheduled today, with Saturday devoted to free practice and qualifying sessions, the latter starting at 15.15 (local time). Both races are due to start on Sunday at 11.45 and 17.15.