WTCC - Paul Ricard and Spa on 2014 season calendar

The 2014 calendar includes two new racetracks: the Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet in France and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

A WTCC race of France was held five times in previous years, at Magny-Cours in 2005 and 2006, and at Pau from 2007 to 2009. The Circuit Paul Ricard will host the championship for the first time; however it was home to the third – and last – edition of the FIA Touring Car World Cup back in 1995 (picture). The WTCC will run on the 3.8km ‘3C’ layout.

Spa is not a new racetrack for WTCC that raced there on its first season in 2005. The circuit located in the region of the Ardennes has a long standing tradition for Touring Car competitions.

The 24 Hours of Francorchamps was reserved for this category in its golden years – from 1964 to 2000 – and was even a round of the first ever World Touring Car Championship in 1987.

Another novelty for 2014 is Suzuka. Although the Japanese track is not a new venue, having hosted WTCC events since 2011, for the first time this year the championship will run on the 5.8km International Circuit – the same used by the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix.

In all the previous visits the WTCC races were held on the 2.2km East Circuit.