WTCC to Visit Argentina for the First Time
By iSportconnect | June 5, 2013
The FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2013 will visit Argentina for the first time on August 4 at Termas de Rio Honda.
The eighth race meeting will replace the Brazilian event that was due to take place at Curitiba on 28 July.
WTCC General Manager Marcello Lotti stressed that the change was because of ‘logistics reasons’ and that the WTCC maintained a ‘close relationship’ with the authorities in Brazil.
Lotti added: “We are proud to bring WTCC to Argentina for the first time. This is something we have worked on in the last three years and we wish to thank the Ministry of Tourism, symptoms the Instituto Nacional de Promoción Turística and the Government of the Province of Santiago del Estero for supporting us in achieving this goal.”
The 2013 WTCC Race of Argentina and the three-year deal between Argentine’s Ministry of Tourism and Eurosport Events were officially presented today at the Automóvil Club Argentino in Buenos Aires, during a press conference that was attended by more than one hundred representatives of local media.
Enrique Meyer, Minister of Tourism, stated: “We are very proud to receive the WTCC in our Country. Just like other important sporting events supported by our management, the WTCC is an effective tool to promote our wide range of touristic offers and the warmth of our people.”
The circuit was inaugurated in 2008 and is located nearby the city of Termas de Río Hondo, a tourist destination renowned for its hot springs. In 2012 the track’s layout was extended to 4.4 kilometres and new facilities were built.