The penultimate round of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season is fast approaching for Honda Racing’s drivers, who are gearing up for a maiden visit to Adria International Raceway.
A strong weekend at the 3.745-kilometre circuit in Italy is of vital importance to Esteban Guerrieri, who for a fourth-straight year finds himself in the heat of the WTCR title fight entering the closing stages of the campaign.
Esteban kept himself in the top three of the Drivers’ Championship at the previous round at Pau-Arnos, staying within reach of the points leader despite the Civic Type R TCR not being best suited to the track.
The Argentinian predicts a similar situation at the stop-start Adria and is hoping rain appears in the forecast over the weekend.
Like Esteban, team-mate Nestor Girolami has found a strong turn of form since the second half of the season began one month ago.
Though his own title chances have taken a knock over the past two race weekends through issues outside of his control, ‘Bebu’ is motivated to bank more good points in order to boost both Esteban’s hopes and those of ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, who are second in the Teams’ standings.
The team tested at Adria in May, and in the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport camp Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi are hoping the knowledge gained from that pays dividends.
Tiago scored a double podium on the most recent FIA World Touring Car visit to Italy, placing third then second at the wheel of a Honda Civic WTCC at Monza during the 2017 World Touring Car Championship season.
The Portuguese heads to Adria keen to repeat the pace he showed in France last month, though contact from a rival in Race One meant his encouraging form went largely unrewarded.
Attila also has podium pedigree from his most recent race outing in Italy, finishing third at Monza during the 2018 TCR Europe season.
Two tough qualifying sessions at the past two race weekends have put the Hungarian on the back foot heading into the races, so Attila is targeting an upturn in Saturday pace in order to climb the points standings again.
The Italian event is the home WTCR round for JAS Motorsport, Honda’s long-standing motorsport partner and the builder of the Civic Type R TCR.