Report 02: Civic WTCC to race on a demanding Macau street circuit in the season finale
The final round of the 2012 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) will be held on the Guia Circuit on public roads in downtown Macau. During the race week of the Macau Grand Prix, many other races such as a GT, F3 and motorcycle race will also take place at the same time, and the qualifying and races of the WTCC are scheduled for Friday 16 and Sunday 18 November respectively.
Started in 1954, the classic Macau Grand Prix is competed on a six-kilometre track on public roads both in the seaside near the ferry port and in the mountains. The circuit is known to be one of the most challenging ones in the world with bad condition asphalt as well as Armco barriers and concrete walls along its whole length. The track features two different characteristics –fast sections at the seaside and technical sections in the mountains. With almost no runoff areas, car set up and driving are also very difficult there and frequent accidents could make the race unpredictable.
This final round of the season will be the third outing for the Civic WTCC since its debut. The team has gained experience and developed the car through actual races. They will do their best, trying many things and adding to their experience again in Macau in preparation for next season.