Honda Racing's WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup drivers are preparing for the unknown for a second-straight race weekend ahead of the series' first outing at Anneau du Rhin.
The circuit is located in the Alsace region, marking the WTCR's second visit to France of 2022, and features a kilometre-long main straight, a winding infield loop and another high-speed section towards the end of the lap.
Though Anneau du Rhin is a new addition to the calendar, both of Honda's customer racing teams have prior experience of the track having tested there before the start of the season.
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler will also benefit from additional track time in the form of the Friday afternoon 'FP0' test session and a further hour's running on Thursday evening.
The event comes hot on the heels of a successful Vallelunga weekend for Nestor Girolami, who claimed his second victory of the season in Race One at the Italian track.
That result moved him into second place in the Drivers' Championship, a position also occupied by ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport in the Teams' standings.
Team-mate Esteban Guerrieri, the record WTCR win holder, started his 100th race in the series at the previous round in Italy.
The Argentinian will be looking to make the most of the Anneau du Rhin track time before the weekend officially kicks off, as he was only able to complete a handful of laps earlier in the year, sitting out the majority of the day as he felt unwell.
The pre-season running LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler completed at Anneau du Rhin will prove valuable to the team as it continues to learn more about the Civic Type R TCR in its first season as a Honda customer.
Attila Tassi would almost certainly have recorded a second podium of the season had it not been for a tyre delamination at Vallelunga while running in second place in Race Two, but he heads to France having made Q2 at the previous two rounds.
Tiago Monteiro's luckless season continued in Italy as delaminations of his own took him out of contention in both races, but the Portuguese is determined to build on the top-10 potential he was able to show there.