The reigning WTCC champion, Rob Huff, will be pleased just to have taken away some points from Monza after a crash on the first lap of qualifying left his SEAT León with broken suspension.
The WTCC driver attend the annual Honda conference where the Japanese car manufacturer describes in detail their sports projects.
Argentinian racer ‘Pechito’ López won his debut race from the pole position on the Termas de Río Honda circuit in his homeland. WTCC points leader Yvan Muller took the race 1 victory.
The Slovakia Ring proved again to be challenging for the FIA World Touring Car Championship with close racing and overtaking action in both races.
The Stewards of the FIA World Touring Car Championship came down hard on 14 drivers for “Unsporting behaviour on the track..."!
This was Gabriele Tarquini’s and Honda’s second consecutive pole position after Marrakech.
The Portuguese driver covering more than 1200km in just three days.
Tiago Monteiro is contesting the World Touring Car Championship in 2013 in a Honda Civic with the JAS Motorsport team.
Yet another pole position for Muller in his RML Chevrolet Cruze! His teammate Chilton secured 2nd for the World Touring Car Championship's inaugural race at Termas de Río Hondo circuit. Making his, López will start race 2 from pole in his homeland.
The Portuguese driver will now fly to Japan where he will participate in the official presentation of the Honda team's program.
“I know that at Suzuka overdriving is punishing!” said Norbert Michelisz after claiming his second pole position in WTCC after Slovakia Ring last year. And his words clearly explained why a few top guns failed today during their last attempt in Q2
The Castrol Honda Civic of Tiago Monteiro will start from the front row of the grid for the second consecutive race.
Tiago was the fastest Honda driver in the final free practice session where he recorded the fourth fastest time.
Before flying to the Salzburgring Tiago conducted a shakedown in Italy.
Driving in the Honda Civic WTCC will be a new experience for Takuya Izawa
The Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro completed the race closely behind eventual race winner, team-mate Gabriele Tarquini.
LADA Sport LUKOIL drivers James Thompson and Mikhail Kozlovskiy qualified in 12th and 18th places respectively.
The original plan for Tiago Monteiro and the JAS Motorsport Honda team testing was changed from two days to just one due to bad weather in Milan, Italy.
Starting from the front row of the grid, the Honda Civic # 18 driver added: "Anything can happen."
Gabriele Tarquini accelerated past the pole position man soon after the start and steadily pulled away from the field to take victory with a 2.4 second advantage.
Yvan Muller crashed into the rear of Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic and sent him back to 9th place.