The legendary Nürburgring is the venue for this weekend’s third WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup event of the year, and Honda’s customer racing teams are aiming to strengthen their position in the championship after a strong start.
Following a one-two finish at the Hungaroring, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport duo Yann Ehrlacher and Esteban Guerrieri are aiming high in what is the home race for their team at the circuit.
The pair spent a day last week re-familiarising themselves with its 25.7-km Nordschleife layout in Honda Civic Type R road cars, joined by team-mate James Thompson. All three are ready to challenge for more success in their Civic Type R TCRs race cars.
Both Yann – who lies second in the Drivers’ Championship – and Esteban qualified and finished inside the top 10 when World Touring Cars visited the Nürburgring last year while James – who finished seventh in Hungary – is a Nordschleife novice.
Boutsen Ginion Racing and Benjamin Lessennes also make their Nordschleife debut this week. They arrive on the back of finishing fifth in Hungary; the highest placing for team and driver in the WTCR.
Benjamin will use the advice given by his on-track mentor Tiago Monteiro to his advantage while team-mate Tom Coronel is a master of the ‘Green Hell’ and is in for a busy weekend as he also contests the Nürburgring 24 Hours, which shares the event bill with WTCR.
The Dutchman has a best World Touring Car finish of seventh to his name at the Nürburgring and is aiming for a big climb up the championship standings after his car sustained significant damage in all three Hungarian races thanks to contact from rival drivers.
The pair’s results in Hungary moved Boutsen up to sixth in the Teams’ points table – three spots behind Münnich.
Just as in Hungary, KC Motorgroup Ltd (KCMG) will field a wildcard entry at the Nürburgring with Kris Richard at the wheel.
Richard, 23, was a winner on the Nordschleife in the FIA European Touring Car Cup in 2016 on his way to taking that year’s title, and last year finished an impressive sixth at Losail in what was one of two World Touring Car appearances for the Swiss driver.