WTCR 2021
Round 5

Honda Racing drivers eager to make the Most of Czech weekend

cz Autodrom Most

Honda Racing’s WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup drivers are aiming to make up ground as the second half of the campaign begins at Most this weekend.

Honda Racing drivers eager to make the Most of Czech weekend

After just one round in the last 12 weekends, the visit to Most - which is the first circuit in Czechia to host the WTCR - marks the start of a busy end of season run-in, with four rounds scheduled in the space of eight weeks.

It is also the first of four visits to tracks not previously raced at, either by the WTCR or in the preceding World Touring Car Championship era.

Results were hard to come by at the previous two rounds, with the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCRs carrying 60kg of compensation weight on both occasions.

There were however signs of encouragement at the second of those events at the Hungaroring, and a tone of cautious optimism is shared by all four drivers ahead of the visit to the 4.212-kilometre Most circuit, which features a long main straight, a more technical second sector, and a flowing section of Esses towards the end of the lap.

The Civic Type R TCR will continue to run the maximum level of compensation weight in Czechia and is therefore the heaviest car on the grid once more, despite three rival brands having their ballast increased for the event.

Esteban Guerrieri is the highest-placed of the Honda Racing quartet in the standings and hungry for results entering the second half of the season.

The record WTCR win holder, who has not added to his tally of 10 victories so far in 2021, lived in Czechia earlier in his motorsport career but has not raced at Most before.

His team-mate Nestor Girolami was in fine form at the Hungaroring, and was only denied a podium after the conclusion of Race Two, having finished second on the road.

The 32-year-old is looking to carry that pace over and hit the ground running when FP1 begins on Friday morning - a quirk of the Most race weekend, where the WTCR shares the billing with the FIM Endurance World Championship.

Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro have both won races this season for ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport, and sit just outside the top 10 in the Drivers’ Championship, knowing a strong weekend could vault them up the order.

Attila, whose win at Estoril earlier this year was his maiden success and made him the second-youngest winner in the WTCR, anticipates a hectic Friday as teams and drivers get to grips with the circuit before qualifying in the evening.

Portuguese racer Tiago has a World Touring Car podium in Czechia from the WTCC’s visit to Brno in 2009. He is aware of the importance of a strong weekend to build momentum for the remaining events.

While the two practice sessions and qualifying will take place a day earlier than usual at Most, both races will run as normal on Sunday afternoon.

Esteban Guerrieri
Esteban Guerrieri 86
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Most will be a new experience for me, because although I lived in Czechia in 2010 I have never raced at the circuit. I have used the break between races to get as many laps in the simulator as possible, and watched races from other TCR series that have raced there previously. It's been fun learning the circuit and getting a feel for the flow of the track and where the action points might be. Considering there are some combined, medium-speed corners, I expect tyre consumption to be a factor. I feel my title chances are still very open, and hope we can start the second half of the season on a strong note to get back in the hunt.

Néstor Girolami
Néstor Girolami 29
ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
As it is the first time I will be driving at Most, it's very important to do a full preparation to try to get an advantage. I have taken every opportunity to watch onboards, be in the simulator and speak to the engineers about the set-up to be as prepared as possible. Even though we expect tricky circumstances again with the compensation weight, we have the possibility to perform well just as we did in Hungary. My target is to be in the top 10 and hopefully in Q3, though that will be a challenge. It will be a really demanding Friday, which makes it especially important to be ready to perform from the first moment and to understand the track and the set-up early in practice.

Attila Tassi
Attila Tassi 9
ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport
I'm expecting a busy weekend at Most, not only because everyone will be learning the track but also because we have a different format with practice and qualifying taking place a day earlier than usual on Friday. I have practiced on the simulator and from what I can see it will be an interesting track to drive. Although I accomplished my goal for the season earlier this year by winning a race in the WTCR, I am hungry for more success and will be pushing for a strong second half. We have not had the easiest run of late, but we are hoping to be more competitive compared to our rivals starting from this weekend.

Tiago Monteiro
Tiago Monteiro 18
ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport
After another long break between races, I'm really looking forward to getting back on track this weekend. We have four new circuits coming up in a pretty short space of time, so it's going to be really important to be right on it from the very first moment each weekend. From a personal point of view, it's always nice to experience new tracks, and I'm hoping the homework and preparation we have done as a team will pay off. We know we have to catch up in the Championship, but the time off has provided a good opportunity to recharge and I am ready to make up as much ground as possible.

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