Honda Racing’s WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup drivers endured another difficult Saturday at Motorland Aragon in the final qualifying session of the 2020 season.
Following a tough penultimate round of the season for both Münnich Motorsport teams at the same venue a fortnight earlier, there was some optimism that a 30kg reduction in compensation weight would improve the Honda Civic Type R TCR’s standing in the pecking order.
However, that did little to enhance the car’s performance relative to its opposition, reinforcing the fact that the circuit does not suit the characteristics of the Civic Type R TCR.
For a second race weekend in a row, Nestor Girolami was the sole Münnich Motorsport representative to make it through to Q2.
‘Bebu’ was the fastest of the quartet across free practice – with both sessions delayed due to heavy fog on Saturday morning, which condensed the afternoon schedule.
Having been 11th fastest in Q1, the Argentinian was 12th in the second part of qualifying, determining his grid slots for races two and three on Sunday.
His ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team-mate Esteban Guerrieri, who currently sits second in the Drivers’ championship, had a testing day as he qualified 18th.
Esteban was 16th in FP1 but did not set a time in FP2 while the team adjusted his car’s braking set-up.
The tight schedule meant there was no guarantee this would be completed in time for qualifying, but the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport crew carried out a breathless turnaround to get the 2019 WTCR runner-up out on track.
As a result of Saturday’s qualifying results, Esteban is now 31 points behind in the title race with 75 still on offer across Sunday’s three races.
ALL-INK.DE Münnich Motorsport’s Attila Tassi felt he would have had the pace to have challenged for a place in the top 10 but for a small mistake on his final qualifying effort in Q1.
The Hungarian touched the white line under braking for the uphill Turn 7 right-hander, which he felt cost him the best part of a second and limited him to 14th.
Team-mate Tiago Monteiro was 16th, admitting he – like the rest of the team – had hoped for more.
As was the case a fortnight ago, Tiago was content with the balance of his Civic Type R TCR throughout the day, but puzzled by the overall deficit to the leading cars.