All four Honda Racing WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup drivers head to Hungary this weekend eager to bounce back immediately from a bruising visit to the Slovakiaring.

The Slovakia round yielded a podium for Esteban Guerrieri, but hopes are high for more success at the Hungaroring – located just outside the country’s capital, Budapest – with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport claiming wins at the circuit in each of the previous two years.

Though there will be no spectators at the Hungaroring, Attila Tassi will be out to impress at his home event.

The 21-year-old, who hails from Budapest, achieved his first top-10 finish in the WTCR on the annual visit to Hungary last year, but this time will be looking to add to a 2020 record that already boasts two podium finishes.

ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport team-mate Tiago Monteiro enters the weekend hoping to finally kickstart his 2020 campaign.

Factors outside of his control in qualifying have largely been the root of Tiago’s trouble and, though he recorded another top-10 finish in Slovakia, his starting positions have left him susceptible to contact in the middle of the pack.

The Portuguese racer has winning pedigree to call on in Hungary, having claimed a victory for the factory Honda WTCC team in 2017.

As part of their preparations for Hungary, both Münnich Motorsport teams conducted a post-event test in Slovakia on Monday, while also completing the build of a new car for Nestor Girolami following his weekend-ending crash on the final lap of race two.

‘Bebu’, who had been on course to finish fourth until he was tagged from behind on the run to the fast Turn 2 right-hander, completed a shakedown in his new car at the end of Monday’s running.

His retirement and a subsequent non-start in the final race mean the Argentinian starts this weekend seventh in the points, but he will be buoyed by the fact he is returning to the scene of his finest hour on the world stage – having scored a famous double-win at the circuit last year.

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team-mate Esteban put in three measured drives at the Slovakiaring, including a best finish of third in race two, and starts the weekend fifth in the drivers’ standings as a result.

The 2019 WTCR runner-up has scored podiums with the Honda Civic Type R TCR on the previous two visits to the Hungaroring, and also led last year’s final race before later retiring.

Attila Tassi

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“There is some ground to make up after the disappointing early end to the Slovakia weekend, but there’s no better place to do this than at my home race. I’m sad that I won’t be racing with any of my home fans in attendance, but in any case I hope to do them proud. We have seen a big upturn in pace from some of our rivals, who are flying, so it’s difficult to know how we will compare. But the circuit configuration should suit the Civic Type R TCR, so I’m eager to see what the weekend has to offer.”

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Tiago Monteiro

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"We head straight to Hungary looking to bounce back from another frustrating weekend. There’s the long main straight, and this area has been a struggle for us so far this season, but the rest of the circuit - especially the long corners - should play to the strengths of the Honda, particularly as we had a bit of a breakthrough with the balance in Slovakia. First up, let’s try to nail qualifying, as that should set us up well for the races. Get that right and hopefully our luck will change; it has to at some point!”

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Esteban Guerrieri

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"After what was actually a pretty strong weekend in Slovakia, considering the pace of others relative to us, hopefully this weekend we can go a step or two better. I enjoy driving at the Hungaroring, particularly through the more technical sequence of corners in the second sector. Normally we would expect to be strong, but it’s difficult to know what to expect after the upturn in performance we have seen from some of the other cars around us. Because of that we’re taking things race-by-race, and aiming to maximise our possibilities again by working as one inside the team.”

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Nestor Girolami

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“After the disappointment of last weekend, heading straight to the Hungaroring offers us an immediate chance to fight back and rebuild our title bid. I have to say a huge thanks to the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team for building me a new car in a little over 24 hours - that was an amazing job, and just to have been able to shake the car down on Monday is a big positive. It’s difficult to tell with this year’s results how we will compare to others, but memories of my double win last year will be a big motivation.”

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