One-two finish in WTCR for Civic Type R TCR
The Honda Civic Type R TCR scored a sensational one-two finish at the Slovakiaring as ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport duo Nestor Girolami and Esteban Guerrieri increased their advantage at the head of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.
Starting second on Race Two’s partially-reversed grid, ‘Bebu’ disputed the lead for the opening laps, before moving his JAS Motorsport-built car to the front at one-third distance and pulling away to his third victory in four races and the fourth of the season for the team.
Team-mate Esteban made a rocket start from sixth to climb to third place at the start, and moved into the runner-up spot towards the end; securing his third podium of the season.
Bebu and Esteban are separated by just two points at the head of the championship with three rounds completed while Münnich are 50 clear in the Teams’ title race.
KCMG’s Tiago Monteiro finished 17th in all three races; each time making progress from his qualifying spot.
Team-mate Attila Tassi had to pit in Races Two and Three to have debris removed from his car following early contact that put him off the track. His best finish was 18th.
The Baltic Touring Car Championship kicked off in Bikernieki, Latvia, with a nine-strong grid of TCR machines.
ALM Motorsport’s Mattias Vahtel brilliantly took pole position in his Civic Type R TCR and finished the two races in second and third places to lie second in the points table.
Team-mate Peeter Peek, driving an older FK2-based model, was sixth in both races while Robin Vaks; having shown strong form in practice, had an incident at Turn One during practice and did not complete a racing lap.
Mads Fischer, JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Civic Type R TCR take a one-two finish in the WTCR. The Münnich team are operating at a very high level and both Bebu and Esteban are working very well together, even if both had some bad luck today with contact. It was extremely pleasing also to the ALM team – who had a successful outing in TCR Iberico recently – continue that strong form in the Baltic Touring Car Championship. I’m sure they’ll be title contenders.”
Main: Nestor Girolami, ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, WTCR, Slovakiaring, Slovakia (credit: HME); Lower (in order): 1 Esteban Guerrieri, ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, WTCR, Slovakiaring, Slovakia (credit: HME); 2 Tiago Monteiro, KCMG, Honda Civic Type R TCR, WTCR, Slovakiaring, Slovakia (credit: HME); 3 Attila Tassi, KCMG, Honda Civic Type R TCR, WTCR, Slovakiaring, Slovakia (credit: HME); 4 Mattias Vahtel, ALM Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, Baltic Touring Car Championship, Bikernieki, Latvia (credit: BATCC); 5 Peeter Peek, ALM Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, Baltic Touring Car Championship, Bikernieki, Latvia (credit: BATCC).
About JAS Motorsport
Founded in 1995, JAS Motorsport is one of the world's leading touring car teams and constructors. Initially fielding Alfa Romeos in the ITC, JAS became a technical partner of Honda in 1998 and has been at the forefront of its activities with touring cars and rallying ever since. In 2012, JAS was chosen to develop, in partnership with Honda R&D, the Civic WTCC, with which it claimed the Manufacturers' world title a year later. JAS designed and built the Civic Type R TCR, which has claimed 19 major titles so far (seven with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.