The prize money of 480,000 euros reserved for the competitors of the Yokohama Trophy has been confirmed for the next season once again.
However, following a meeting between team representatives and the championship promoter, the prize money will be awarded on a race-by-race basis, rather than event-by-event like in the previous years.
Yokohama – that faces its eighth year as WTCC’s sole tyre supplier – will award 20,000 euros at each of the twenty-four races,
meaning 480,000 euros over the season.
This prize money will be split among the top six drivers classified, according to the following scale:
- to the first driver: 6,000 euros
- to the second driver: 5,000 euros
- to the third driver: 4,000 euros
- to the fourth driver: 2,500 euros
- to the fifth driver: 1,500 euros
- to the sixth driver: 1,000 euros
The point system remains unchanged, with 10 points awarded to the winner and 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 to the drivers classified between the second and eighth positions. Double points will be awarded in the two final races at Macau.
One additional point is awarded to the category’s best driver in the qualifying and for setting the category’s fastest lap in the races.
MEHDI BENNANI RECEIVES AWARD IN RABAT
Arguably Morocco’s best racing driver, Mehdi Bennani was awarded with a special trophy offered by the Governor of the Rabat Region, represented by Mr Bennader, in recognition of his brilliant results achieved in the WTCC.
Bennani, who was classified tenth in the 2012 Drivers’ Championship, claiming two podium results at Budapest in a Proteam Racing BMW 320 TC car, has also been appointed ambassador of the campaign for road safety promoted by Morocco’s National Committee for Prevention of Traffic Accidents (CNPAC).
The campaign, named “Between life and death… 5 km/h” aims for educating road users to reduce speed by 5 km/h, adapting it to the traffic conditions. The figure of 5 km/h is just an excuse to make people aware of the benefits resulting by moderating their speed.
Mehdi Bennani delivers this message through a series of spots aired on Morocco’s national and regional TV channels and radio stations.
ETCC LAUNCHES THE FIA LADIES’ EUROPEAN TROPHY
From 2013, the FIA European Touring Car Cup will also include the new FIA Ladies’ European Trophy that will be awarded at the end of the year.
The trophy, supported by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, aims for creating a valid platform for women who are already racing in national series, offering them the opportunity to compete at an international level for an FIA title and some special awards, such as a test in a WTCC car.
All female drivers will be eligible to compete, irrespective of the category they race (Super 2000, Super 1600, Single Make Trophy). The trophy will be awarded to the lady who has scored the highest number of points in her own category.
On top of this, ETCC promoter Eurosport Events will offer to the competitors of the Ladies’ Trophy a start money of euro 1,000 and a dedicated prize money. Further details will be unveiled soon.