The Honda Civic Type R TCR completes the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup’s Chinese double-header with a visit to the Wuhan Street Circuit this weekend an all five drivers aiming for a strong haul of points.
A double-podium at Ningbo last weekend elevated Esteban Guerrieri to sixth in the Drivers’ Championship and consolidated ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport’s third place in the Teams’ title race.
With five podiums now to his name in 2018, including a victory at the fabled Nurburgring, the Argentinian is aiming high on what is the first visit to the new Wuhan layout for all of the WTCR drivers.
Team-mate Yann Ehrlacher has scored points in five of the six races held on street circuits this year and the Frenchman is aiming to bounce back after his strong pace at Ningbo was not rewarded with representative results.
Timo Scheider, who made his front-wheel-drive debut with Münnich at Ningbo and twice just missed out on points, will benefit from his rivals’ lack of familiarity with the three-kilometre circuit as he aims to get his first score on the board.
For a second event in a row, Boutsen Ginion Racing will field Chinese driver Ma Qinghua alongside team regular Tom Coronel.
Ma starred in Ningbo qualifying on what was his first appearance at the wheel of the Civic Type R TCR, despite having never driven the circuit before.
With the Wuhan street track having been amended this year, nobody in the WTCR field has any experience on which to build of the layout, which winds itself around the city’s major sports stadium. Ma believes this level playing field will help his preparations.
Team-mate Tom Coronel finished all three races in Ningbo; making up significant ground from his grid spot on each occasion. A winner in the WTCC on the street tracks in Marrakech and Vila Real since 2016, he is also set to perform strongly.