Honda WTCC hold Drivers and Manufacturers lead after 12 rounds

  Honda WTCC Racing Team is no stranger in the World Touring Cars Championship; the team has 40 people speaking nine languages and running three racers. As the WTCC is currently on a summer break, we take a look at the team on the verge of its first title.

The Honda WTCC squad boasts some of the best Touring car drivers in the league, featuring the likes of Tiago Monteiro, Norbert Michelisz and Ryo Michigami. Behind the scene, there’s Technical Director Duncan Laycock, Team Manager Dario d’Esposito, Physiologist Emiliano Ventura and Team Principal Alessandro Mariani.

Monteiro is the current WTCC title leader, after taking second behind his team mate Michelisz in the previous race in Argentina Honda WTCC currently lead WTCC srivers’ and manufacturers’ championships after the one-two finish at the race of Argentina. Michelisz beat Monteiro in the Main Race at Termas de Rio Hondo to secure his second victory of the season and the seventh of his career, having started from second place. The Hungarian driver had earlier finished outside the points in the opening race after accidental contact from Monteiro on the first lap punctured his left-front tyre, forcing a slow trip back to the pits. The result moved him up to third place in the standings, 29 points away from the lead, with four rounds to go.

Monteiro’s second place in the main race was his seventh podium finish of the season. He had earlier finished fifth in the opener, despite sustaining bent steering after an early hit from behind, which initiated the contact with his Civic WTCC team mate. The fifth and second increased the Portuguese driver’s lead in the standings to 12 points and moved Honda to the head of the manufacturers’ table for the first time in 2017, with an eight-point advantage.

Third driver Michigami turned in one of his most competitive raceday performances of the season. After starting the opener last due to an engine-change penalty incurred the previous day, the Japanese carved through the field to finish a point-scoring 10th. He added a solid 11th place in the main event.

After 12 races, Honda heads the manufacturers’ rankings ahead of Volvo Polestar. The series fires back into life at WTCC Race of China in Ningbo from 13-15 October.