2008 WTCC Macau
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Full of Eastern Promise

The Macau Grand Prix weekend comes around once more and the WTCC (and David Lister) make their traditional farewell to the racing season. 2008 was no exception.

After coming close for several years, especially last year, SEAT and Yvan Muller take the World Championship titles....few in the paddock would begrudge them, worthy winners both......and of course ORECA can lay claim to a large slice of the credit. Hughes de Chaunac's top line outfit can add to the silverware collection that already fills the cabinets.

Some much for the positive, with the loss of the Alfa Romeo brand this year and the likelyhood that BMW could reduce its involvement in the Championship for 2009, the WTCC faces a tough time, add the economic disasters engulfing the world and things look really grim.........

However the WTCC product is essentially a sound one, it will be factors outside thier control that might sink the ship but it stands perhaps a better chance of survival than many other parts of the motorsport universe. A new race in Russia recently announced and next year's expedition to Marrakesh are hard evidence that the WTCC intends to stick around for the long haul.

Before we have to face up to the grim reality let's remember the great racing this year and as ever the great photography of David Lister, who has been on the podium more than most this season..............

John Brooks, November 2008

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