After a long summer break, Honda Racing’s WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup drivers are now preparing for a second race weekend in succession as they make the journey to Pau-Arnos in the southwest of France.
The series’ maiden visit to the 3.030-kilometre circuit comes immediately after a successful round at Most, where two drivers achieved firsts for the season: Nestor Girolami took his first win, while Esteban Guerrieri landed his first podiums.
Those results had a profound effect on both the Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships, with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and Esteban both now second in the respective standings.
Nobody scored more points in Czechia last weekend than Esteban, who followed up his second place to Nestor in Race One with a third-place finish in Race Two.
The Argentinian heads to Pau-Arnos in a buoyant mood, confident he has the tools at his disposal to carry over the form he and the Honda Civic Type R TCR showed at Most.
Incidents for which he was not to blame limited Nestor to a solitary point in Race Two at Most, but he nevertheless improved to seventh in the standings and is less than 10 points off a place in the top five.
Like Esteban, ‘Bebu’ is looking to build on both a first visit to the podium since the opening round of the season at the Nürburgring in June and the positive momentum that came with it.
There is optimism in the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport camp too, with Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi taking the positives from a difficult weekend.
Tiago remains in sight of the top 10 in the standings, having salvaged five points from a bruising raceday at Most, and is eager to get to grips with what he predicts will be an enjoyable layout.
He has pedigree in France, and finished runner-up in the most recent World Touring Car race to be held in the country at Paul Ricard five years ago, driving a Honda Civic WTCC.
Attila meanwhile endured a luckless weekend in Czechia but is just four points shy of his team-mate in the Drivers’ standings.
Having experienced Pau-Arnos in the simulator, like his Honda Racing team-mates, the 22-year-old expects the track to suit the Civic Type R TCR but knows the importance of a trouble-free run when practice begins on Saturday morning.