Honda Racing drivers Nestor Girolami, Esteban Guerrieri, Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro head to Motorland Aragon this week braced for a difficult WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup round.
The 5.344-kilometre circuit was the scene of a famous 1-2 for Esteban and Nestor in 2020, but the venue has otherwise been a difficult hunting ground for the Honda Civic Type R TCR - with Nestor taking a best finish of 12th for the car in last year’s races.
There is little expectation of a drastic change in those fortunes this weekend, due both to the circuit’s characteristics and the compensation weight the car will again carry in Spain.
But the motivation nevertheless remains strong at both customer racing teams, not least for Nestor, Esteban, and ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport - who head to Aragon still in the lead of the Teams’ Championship.
‘Bebu’ too is second in the Drivers’ standings thanks to a hard-fought podium at the previous round in Hungary, with Argentinian compatriot Esteban also defending a place in the top five in the points.
LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler have had a less fortunate start to 2022 but continue to learn more about the Civic Type R TCR in their first year running the car in the WTCR.
Two 14th-place finishes was not what Attila wanted from his home round in Hungary earlier this month but he hopes to channel that disappointment into a positive performance.
Tiago likewise is looking to move on from the Hungaroring weekend by advancing his and the team’s understanding of the car, regardless of the other challenges that lie in store at Aragon.