Honda Racing’s WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup drivers endured another difficult Saturday at Motorland Aragon in the final qualifying session of the 2020 season.

Following a tough penultimate round of the season for both Münnich Motorsport teams at the same venue a fortnight earlier, there was some optimism that a 30kg reduction in compensation weight would improve the Honda Civic Type R TCR’s standing in the pecking order.

However, that did little to enhance the car’s performance relative to its opposition, reinforcing the fact that the circuit does not suit the characteristics of the Civic Type R TCR.

For a second race weekend in a row, Nestor Girolami was the sole Münnich Motorsport representative to make it through to Q2.

‘Bebu’ was the fastest of the quartet across free practice – with both sessions delayed due to heavy fog on Saturday morning, which condensed the afternoon schedule.

Having been 11th fastest in Q1, the Argentinian was 12th in the second part of qualifying, determining his grid slots for races two and three on Sunday.

His ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport team-mate Esteban Guerrieri, who currently sits second in the Drivers’ championship, had a testing day as he qualified 18th.

Esteban was 16th in FP1 but did not set a time in FP2 while the team adjusted his car’s braking set-up.

The tight schedule meant there was no guarantee this would be completed in time for qualifying, but the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport crew carried out a breathless turnaround to get the 2019 WTCR runner-up out on track.

As a result of Saturday’s qualifying results, Esteban is now 31 points behind in the title race with 75 still on offer across Sunday’s three races.

ALL-INK.DE Münnich Motorsport’s Attila Tassi felt he would have had the pace to have challenged for a place in the top 10 but for a small mistake on his final qualifying effort in Q1.

The Hungarian touched the white line under braking for the uphill Turn 7 right-hander, which he felt cost him the best part of a second and limited him to 14th.

Team-mate Tiago Monteiro was 16th, admitting he – like the rest of the team – had hoped for more.

As was the case a fortnight ago, Tiago was content with the balance of his Civic Type R TCR throughout the day, but puzzled by the overall deficit to the leading cars.

Nestor Girolami

Nestor Girolami 29

"We knew in practice that it would not be easy to be near the front, but because 30kg was coming out of the car we thought that we would be at less of a disadvantage than two weeks ago. But our rivals did a very good job carrying more weight than us, so we will have to look at the data a bit more - especially because the fog this morning and the delays as a result made it quite difficult to check things between sessions. My Q2 lap was clean - I could perhaps have improved by a couple of tenths in the last sector, but the gap to the cars ahead was bigger than this. We did our best, but unfortunately it was not enough for a great result today."

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Esteban Guerrieri

Esteban Guerrieri 86

"The day didn't start particularly well, as we decided to make some changes to the braking set-up. We knew we would lose the second practice session as a result, but we thought it was the best thing for our race weekend so we went ahead with it. In qualifying, I probably didn't maximise my potential and made some small errors in a couple of corners. But in the end our potential is what Nestor was able to show, and that's far away from what we expected, to be honest. It's a little bit concerning to be 1.7 seconds away from our direct rivals in the championship, so we're scratching our heads a bit. But that result is done, so let's try to fight tomorrow with the weapons we have and see what we can do."

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Attila Tassi

Attila Tassi 9

"It's a tough qualifying result for us today. On my first attempt I don't think the rear tyres were at the right temperature, but on the second attempt I felt - and we have been able to see this looking at the sector times - that I had the pace to be comfortably in the top 10 in Q1. I made a slight mistake by braking on the white line at Turn 7, but that gave me oversteer and was enough to cost me around one second. I'm annoyed at myself because it could have been a better starting position. Now attention turns to supporting Esteban in the final three races of the season."

ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport
Tiago Monteiro

Tiago Monteiro 18

"To end up 16th is not really where we wanted to be and we were expecting more, to be honest. With the weight reduction we were hoping to be a bit more efficient, but it's very clear the track is not well-suited to us. It's strange because I have no real complaints with the car, the balance has been good all day, but the performance compared to our rivals is just not there. It wasn't a great day for the team in general and Esteban is behind, so it's going to be hard work to help him, but we will do our best to support him again tomorrow. From a personal side it's a little bit disappointing to end the season on this qualifying result, I was hoping for a bit more as well."

ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport
Dominik Greiner

Dominik Greiner

Team Manager

"A disappointing day for our guys, and definitely not the result we expected. We saw two weeks ago that the track characteristics do not suit our car, and that's been reaffirmed today. The weather conditions haven't helped either as it means there has been next to no time to go over the data between sessions. Today's results put Esteban 31 points behind, but tomorrow will be another day with 75 points still available. It won't be easy with Esteban's starting position, but it's not over. We should highlight the efforts of the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport crew, who were able to prepare Esteban's car in time for qualifying when at one stage it was not looking so good. The mechanics did a brilliant effort to get everything together, so well done to them."

Münnich Motorsport
Mads Fischer

Mads Fischer

TCR Project Leader, JAS Motorsport

"We hoped the compensation weight reduction for this round might bring the Honda Civic Type R TCR into play a bit more this weekend, but so far it seems this wasn't to be. Nestor did a great job to make it through to Q2, but even so there is quite a gap to the leaders. Based on that, the titles look a little bit harder for Esteban and ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport to achieve, but if there's one thing we know about this group it's that they never give up and will keep fighting until the final lap, so let's see what tomorrow brings."

JAS Motorsport
WTCR Race of Aragon

Motorland Aragon, Spain

WTCR 2020, Round 6

Saturday 14 Nov 2020, 17:47 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Santiago Urrutia 12 URU 10 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 2m13.471s
2 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 5 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 2m13.623s
3 Nathanael Berthon 17 FRA 3 Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi 2m13.754s
4 Thed Björk 11 SWE 2 Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 2m13.771s
5 Jean-Karl Vernay 69 FRA 5 Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo 2m13.474s
6 Mikel Azcona 96 SPA 3 Zengo Motorsport Cupra 2m14.058s
7 Gabriele Tarquini 30 ITA - BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai 2m14.147s
8 Gilles Magnus 16 BEL - Comtoyou Racing Audi 2m14.298s
9 Norbert Michelisz 1 HUN - BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai 2m14.324s
10 Yvan Muller 100 FRA 2 Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 2m14.610s
11 Bence Boldizs 55 HUN - Zengo Motorsport Cupra 2m14.643s
12 Nestor Girolami 29 ARG - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 2m15.178s
13 Tom Coronel 31 NDL - Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi 2m15.095s
14 Attila Tassi 9 HUN - ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda 2m15.105s
15 Luca Engstler 8 GER - Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai 2m15.186s
16 Tiago Monteiro 18 POR - ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda 2m15.309s
17 Aurelien Comte 34 AND - Vukovic Motorsport Renault 2m15.362s
18 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG - ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda 2m15.369s
19 Luca Filippi 25 ITA - Mulsanne Srl Alfa Romeo 2m15.516s
20 Mitchell Cheah 27 MAL - Team Engstler Hyundai 2m16.831s
21 Manuel Jose Sapag 28 ARG - Target Competition Hyundai 2m16.960s
22 Gabor Kismarty-Lechner 99 HUN - Zengo Motorsport Cupra -