Honda Racing drivers dig deep for points on Aragon race day
Esteban Guerrieri led the Honda charge on a demanding WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup race day at Motorland Aragon.
The Argentinian brought home a best result of 11th for the Civic Type R TCR, as all four Honda Racing drivers dug in to score as many points as possible at a track the car is far from well-suited to.
That 11th-place finish came in Race One, where a fast start elevated Esteban to ninth. That was a position he defended for some laps, too, and though he was passed by two cars before the finish he did not come under any further threat from behind.
An even better opening lap in Race Two meant he ran eighth under an early safety car and, while Esteban was again unable to stop others powering past on the long back straight, he was able to keep sight of the pack.
His pace was such that he caught the two cars squabbling for 10th on the last lap, falling just four thousandths shy of another 11th place following an attack through the final sequence of corners.
Nestor Girolami finished one place behind his ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team-mate Esteban in both races.
That included a stout defence of 12th place in Race One, as ‘Bebu’ kept a recovering car behind in the final five laps.
In Race Two, his was the second Civic Type R TCR across the line as all four Honda Racing drivers ran close together.
LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler driver Tiago Monteiro scored points in both races following a tough qualifying, finishing 14th in Race One before taking 15th in Race Two as he came home on the tail of his team-mate Attila Tassi.
Attila showed good speed in both races and was running within a second of Esteban in 12th in Race One. However, he suffered a tyre delamination on the main straight four laps from the end of the race and did not finish.
Esteban, Nestor and Attila were all promoted one place in Race Two after another competitor received a five-second time penalty.
*After the race, Gilles Magnus was penalised and Guerrieri, Girolami and Tassi were moved up to 11th, 12th and 13th place respectively.