Words by Leo Lim | Photos courtesy of SEAT S.A.
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With no existing Philippine dealer, I always had to follow SEAT's progress over the web and TV via the Wold Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Impressed, yes. Excited, well not really, that is until I saw their latest racing design concept. Enter the badass Leon destined to duke it out on the WTCC and other racing series in Europe: the SEAT Leon Cup Racer.
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Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos courtesy of Honda Racing
With Honda sweeping the 2010 and 2011 driver’s, manufacturer’s, and team’s titles at the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), they aren’t resting their laurels for the 2012 Dunlop MSA BTCC season. Their latest assault comes in the form of the the jaw-dropping Civic New Generation Touring Car (NGTC) based on the new 2012 European Civic hatchback. We also expect that the Civic NGTC would be the basis for Honda’s entry to the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) later this year, tweaked to maximize the S2000 specification.
And what better way to unveil your latest racer than to put it through its paces at Brands Hatch and Donington Park. Matt Neal, triple BTCC and 2011 defending champion, reported that the car is ready to race after they fixed some minor problems during the shakedown. His Honda Racing teammate and last season’s runner-up, Gordon Shedden, was also very very impressed with the car and hoped that it will be ready soon for the season opener on the 31st of March.
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Words by John Luther Garcia | Photos courtesy of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
The FIA's World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) will have another manufacturer lining up on the grid this 2012 as Honda officially announced its entry into the championship with the all-new Civic. But with the car still under development and only less than a month until the season opens in Monza, Italy, the Japanese team has opted to participate only in the series of “inaugural rounds” starting in the Japanese round in Suzuka, followed by China and Macau. Hopefully, if things shape up well, they'll continue with their plans to compete in the full 2013 championship with a two-car roster.
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Photos courtesy of Chevrolet Europe
With the 2011 WTCC manufacturer's title in the bag, it was left to Chevrolet's top two drivers to duel it out for the driver’s championship. Yvan Muller went to the historic street circuit of Macau with a mere 20-point lead over teammate Rob Huff. And with a total of 50 points up for grabs over the weekend, this would prove to be a fight to the finish in the WTCC's season finale. 
In a fierce battle, Huff kept the charging two-time WTCC champion at bay to win both races. Starting from pole in race one, Huff tried to pull away from the aggressive Muller, but was unable to shake off the Frenchman, who stuck by his bumper until the chequered flag. In race two, Huff hustled to the lead from P3, while Muller, who started from P8, managed to sneak past up to P3 to keep his championship hopes alive.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Chevrolet Europe
With six races to spare, Chevrolet clinched its second consecutive Manufacturer's Title in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) last September 3 and 4, 2011 at the Valencia Circuit in Spain. Driving the Chevrolet Cruze, Yvan Muller and Alain Menu snagged a 1-2 finish in race 1. With teammate Rob Huff, the trio crossed the finished line to take all podium positions in race 2. Now, the Chevrolet Factory Team heads over to Asia for the final three rounds in Japan, China, and Macau.
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