Honda Racing drivers Nestor Girolami, Esteban Guerrieri, Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi will be aiming to bow out on a high as the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup concludes in Jeddah this weekend.
The final round of this year’s campaign at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit - the 23rd track to host the series - marks the swansong for the WTCR, which will not continue into 2023.
It will be the first time the 3.450-kilometre version of the Formula 1 grand prix venue has been used, with both races on the Saudi Arabian street circuit taking place at night under the lights.
All four drivers have raced exclusively for Honda customer teams during their time in the WTCR, and have been part of an unchanged Honda Racing driver line-up for the past four seasons.
Nestor goes into the weekend second in the drivers’ standings and remains in mathematical contention for the 2022 title.
The Argentinian has enjoyed an impressive campaign aboard the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, having taken two wins and three pole positions so far.
With 65 points left on offer and a 60-point gap to the leader, the focus for ‘Bebu’ is on extracting the maximum from a weekend where the Civic Type R TCR is likely to be better-suited to the track than it was in Bahrain two weeks ago.
Esteban’s achievements in the WTCR are numerous; his tally of 10 wins in the series’ history cannot be matched, while he shares the record for most starts (105), has scored more points - 1103 - than any other driver, and has also achieved 25 podium finishes in five seasons of competition.
The most recent of those came last time out in Bahrain, when Esteban finished second, to restore momentum to his campaign that he hopes will continue at the season finale.
Tiago has also been a major player in the WTCR story, having made his comeback from injury after more than a year on the sidelines at Honda’s home circuit of Suzuka in 2018.
The Portuguese returned full-time the following year and scored the most emotional of wins as he triumphed in front of his home fans in Vila Real, while he also took a pole position at Suzuka that season and in 2021 added a second win with a masterful drive at the Nürburgring.
Tiago’s 2022 campaign has not been a straightforward one, but he is optimistic the characteristics of the Jeddah circuit will allow for a competitive send off.
His LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler team-mate Attila will feature in the WTCR record books as the youngest driver to have taken a pole position, having qualified fastest in Vila Real in 2019 in just his seventh weekend of WTCR competition aged 19.
Attila joined the WTCR winners’ circle at Estoril last year and has three further podium finishes in the series - a tally he wants to add to in Saudi Arabia.
Track activity in Jeddah begins on Friday evening with an hour-long ‘FP0’ test session, with FP1 and FP2 taking place on Saturday afternoon.
Qualifying is at 6.30pm local time that evening, with Race One starting at 7.45pm on Sunday and Race two following at 10.15pm.