Honda appeals Monteiro's Thailand exclusion

The decision to exclude Tiago Monteiro from the second WTCC race in Thailand, in which the Portuguese driver had originally celebrated his third win of the season, has been appealed by Honda.

Monteiro's exclusion was caused by his Honda Civic failing to pass the post-race ride height check, a fact the team claims was due to damage from the first race.

The Portuguese driver had clashed with Campos driver Hugo Valente in Race 1 and subsequently limped to the finish line in seventh place, before heading Sebastien Loeb for the win in Race 2.

“I feel really sorry for Tiago, who made a fantastic race," said Honda team boss Alessandro Mariani. "The team did everything possible to repair the car in the short time before the second race.

"Of course, we checked the ground clearance after the repair and it was perfect.”

The appeal will be handled by the FIA International Court of Appeal and, as of yet, no information has been released on when a decision is expected to be taken.

”In our eyes Tiago deserves this win and we are appealing the decision because the infringement was a product of accident damage from race one and not a deliberate misinterpretation of the regulations," Mariani added.

"We hope to collect enough evidence of our good faith to present to the FIA International Court of Appeal."


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Series WTCC
Event Buriram
Track Chang International Circuit
Drivers Sébastien Loeb , Tiago Monteiro
Teams Honda Racing Team JAS
Article type Breaking news