The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup continues at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany this weekend with the four Honda Civic Type R TCR drivers eager to continue a successful start to the season.
With five wins from 12 races, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport heads the Teams’ Championship while their Argentinian duo Esteban Guerrieri and Nestor Girolami are first and third in the Drivers’ points.
For Esteban, who has an 11-point advantage at the head of the standings, this weekend represents a return to the scene of his first WTCR win last year.
Team-mate Nestor has only competed on the 25.9km circuit – known as ‘Green Hell’ – once, but currently holds the distinction of having won more races than anybody else this season – three – for the German team that celebrates its home event this weekend.
After a bright start to the season in Marrakech, KCMG have had a tough time over the past few events, but drivers Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi believe the Nürburgring is the ideal place to stage a turnaround in fortunes.
Tiago, who recorded his season’s-best finish of fourth in Morocco, will pull double-duty this weekend as he combines his WTCR activities with those in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, in which he will race a similar Civic Type R TCR.
The Portuguese driver finished third at the Nürburgring in 2015 as part of a thrilling blanket finish in which the top four cars were separated by just 0.7s at the finish line and has contested two rounds of the Nordschleife-based VLN already this year.
Attila Tassi, meanwhile, is a Nürburgring novice, whose experience of the Nordschleife is limited to some simulator work.
The Hungarian, who has just turned 20, has kept busy since Zandvoort by racing the KCMG Civic Type R TCR in the 24 Hours of Fuji in Japan, at which he proved one of the consistently fastest drivers in the ST-TCR category.
With the event programme working in synchrony with the 24-hour race, practice and qualifying take place on Thursday with one race on Friday and two more on Saturday.