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Opening for business in 2012, the Hermann Tilke-designed Moscow Raceway is one of the newest venues on the WTCC calendar. And with home manufacturer LADA – backed up by Rosneft, Russia’s petroleum industry leader – going from strength-to-strength in the championship, the WTCC’s fourth visit to Russia takes on added significance. The track’s layout, particularly the long penultimate straight, promotes great racing and plenty of overtaking: Rob Huff described the inaugural WTCC race in 2013 as the “best ever”. With two wins from a possible six and the qualifying lap record, Citroën factory driver Yvan Muller is currently the Moscow Raceway master.
1: Moscow Raceway, which opened in July 2012 prior to hosting a round of the World Series by Renault, is located 70 kilometres from from the Russian capital in the Volokolamsky District of Moscow Oblast.
2: Yvan Muller made WTCC Race of Russia history when he triumphed in the first of two counters at the track in 2013.
3: More history was made the following year when Ma Qing Hua became the first driver from China to win an FIA world championship motor race with victory in race two.
4: In terms of land area, Russia is the world’s largest country and stretches across nine time zones.
5: Russia’s Volga River is the longest in Europe at around 3690km/2293m, and the country also has the world’s largest freshwater lake – Lake Baikal – with a depth of 5387ft/1642m. It contains around 20 per cent of the world’s unfrozen fresh water.
Name: Moscow Raceway
Location: 39 Sheludkovo Village, Volokolamsky District, Moscow Region, 143650, Russia
Length: 3.931 kilometres
Lap record (qualifying): Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée), 1m37.900s (144.60kph), 06/06/15
Lap record (race): José María López (Citroën C-Elysée), 1m40.148s (141.307kph), 08/06/14
WTCC RACE OF RUSSIA WINNERS
2015: Race 1: Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic)
2014: R1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: Ma Qing Hua (Citroën C-Elysée)
2013: R1: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Michel Nykjær (Chevrolet Cruze)
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