- KCMG to field two-car team in WTCR
- Tiago Monteiro makes full-time return with Hong Kong team
- Hungary’s Attila Tassi becomes Honda Racing driver
Honda will be represented by four cars in the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup with KCMG announcing today that they will join ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport in running two Civic Type R TCRs in the series.
Formed by Paul Ip in 2007, KCMG have a rich and varied history in motor racing, having won the LMP2 division of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2015 plus numerous single-seater and GT titles in Asian motorsport.
Racing a Civic Type R TCR for the first time in 2018, the Hong Kong-based team impressively clinched the TCR Europe Teams’ title as well as making two wildcard appearances in the WTCR.
Tiago Monteiro will compete for the HELL Energy and Brose-supported team and will be partnered by Attila Tassi, who joins the Portuguese as a Honda Racing driver for the coming season.
The only Portuguese driver to finish on a Formula 1 podium, Tiago Monteiro has competed in every imaginable form of circuit racing and was a star of single-seater racing before making his switch to touring cars in 2007 in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
The 42-year-old is one of touring car racing’s global superstars with 11 wins and 44 podiums in the WTCC to his name as well as victory in the prestigious Macau Guia Race in a Civic Type R TCR in 2016.
Tiago was leading the 2017 Drivers’ Championship when he suffered head and neck injuries mid-season that put him out of racing for over a year. Having made a competitive comeback at the WTCR Race of Japan in October last season, he is now re-energised for a full season in WTCR.
Attila Tassi, 19, began racing in single-make saloons in Hungary; scoring a podium finish in just his fifth senior race meeting in TCR International in 2016 and finishing as runner-up in the same series the following season in a Civic Type R TCR.
For 2018 he joined KCMG, initially for a wildcard WTCR entry at the Hungaroring, and then for the new TCR Europe Series and won twice to finish fourth in the points.
Technical support will be offered to all customer teams by JAS Motorsport with an on-site supply of spare parts and technical assistance at each event, aimed at helping all Honda drivers with their title challenges.
The new Honda Civic TCR, designed and manufactured by JAS, made its global race debut in 2018 and won five major titles in its first season of competition.
The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup begins at the Circuit Moulay el Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco, on April 5-7 and comprises 10 events in Africa, Europe and Asia; concluding at Sepang, Malaysia in December.