The second round of the 2022 season awaits Honda Racing’s WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup drivers this weekend, with Nestor Girolami heading to the Nürburgring Nordschleife at the top of the standings.
Not only does the visit to Germany mark the home event for Honda’s customer racing teams ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler, but both also have pedigree at the track. The former has taken pole in qualifying in each of the past two years, while the latter was a race winner last year.
Nestor was the driver who secured those Nürburgring pole positions in an ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Civic Type R TCR, and is top of this year’s standings courtesy of a pole, victory and seventh-place finish at the opening round of the season in Pau-Ville earlier this month.
The Argentinian, who turned 33 on Sunday, is confident of carrying that form into round two as well, despite the fact the Civic Type R TCR will carry the maximum 40kg compensation weight at the ‘Green Hell’.
Team-mate Esteban Guerrieri is second in the standings, having been on the tail of ‘Bebu’ in both qualifying and the opening race in Pau.
Two of Esteban’s WTCR record of 10 wins have been taken at the Nürburgring; one in 2018 and the other in 2020.
Success at the fearsome 25.378-kilometre circuit is also in abundance at LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler, with Tiago Monteiro having won the opening race of the 2021 season in spectacular fashion.
His team-mate Attila Tassi is a podium finisher at the track, taking a third place in 2020, and also rose from 13th on the grid to finish fourth in Race Two last year.
Both head to the Nürburgring with a point to prove, knowing their results on a tough raceday in Pau were in no way indicative of their potential.
The nature of the Nürburgring weekend means both free practice sessions will take place on Thursday, with a standalone 40-minute qualifying session on Friday afternoon. The two races then take place on Saturday, at 10am 12.35pm local time.