WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2012
Today, Rounds 19 and 20 of the WTCC took place under a clear sky at Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan.
Race 1 got underway at 2:30pm and was competed over 26 laps on the East Course of Suzuka Circuit. Tiago Monteiro started the race in his Honda Civic WTCC from 11th. After a rolling start, Tiago kept his position at the beginning of the race. Throughout there were close fights with the cars in front and behind, but the Civic WTCC driver maintained his place and when a front-runner went off the track on Lap 22, he climbed to tenth - the position he kept until he was shown the checkered flag. After the finish of the race, the Civic WTCC was promoted to ninth in the final classification due to a penalty given to another car.
In Race 2, the first 10 cars in qualifying were placed in reverse order on the starting grid. After a standing start from 11th, Tiago maintained his position at the early stage of the race and later started fighting closely with a BMW in front. After a long battle over 10 laps, he finally overtook his rival on the first corner on Lap 23 to move up to 10th before finishing the 26-lap race.
Rounds 21 and 22 of the WTCC in China will be held on Shanghai International Circuit on 3 and 4 November.
|1||Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze)|
|2||Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)|
|3||Robert Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)|
|4||Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT Leon)|
|5||Alex MacDowall (Chevrolet Cruze)|
|6||Tom Coronel (BMW 320)|
|9||Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC)|
|1||Stefano D'aste (BMW320)|
|2||Pepe Oriola (SEAT Leon)|
|3||Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT Leon)|
|4||Robert Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)|
|5||Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze)|
|6||Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)|
|10||Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC)|