Honda Racing's WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup drivers head to round four of the season at the Hungaroring with cautious optimism as they go in search of a return to form.
After an extended six-week Summer break, following the postponement of the Race of Italy round at Adria, the Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR teams return to the scene of their most successful weekend in the WTCR - having last year sealed the top four positions in qualifying and triumphed in two races, which included a landmark podium lockout in the finale.
But while the car has won five of the nine WTCR races in Hungary, and triumphed at least once at the track each year during the WTCR era, pre-weekend enthusiasm is tempered after a trying weekend at Aragon last month, and with the knowledge that the Civic Type R TCR will still be saddled with a significant level of compensation weight.
Nevertheless, as the season hits its scheduled halfway mark all four drivers are eager to bounce back - none more so than home hero Attila Tassi.
Attila currently heads the Honda charge in the Drivers' championship in sixth place and is bidding to become the first Hungarian driver to triumph on home soil in the WTCR, having already become a race winner earlier this year at Estoril.
His ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport team-mate Tiago Monteiro is just three points behind and has pedigree in Hungary; it was the scene of his first podium of the year in 2020, while Tiago also triumphed during the 2017 World Touring Car Championship season at the wheel of a Honda Civic WTCC.
Attila and Tiago sandwich Esteban Guerrieri in the drivers' standings, the Argentinian lying seventh overall.
Both of last year's Honda-powered triumphs at the Hungaroring were taken by Esteban, who also claimed both qualifying pole positions that weekend - securing 69 points from a maximum of 85 on offer.
Compatriot Nestor Girolami is also a double winner at the Hungaroring, having guided his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Civic Type R TCR to a stunning brace at the circuit in 2019.
Nestor is currently 13th in the points, a position that belies his pace so far this season, and as such is targeting a trouble-free weekend in Hungary to climb the standings.