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WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2012

Round 11: China

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China
China
November 3, 2012

After finishing the qualifying in 17th Civic WTCC to aim for a fight-back in tomorrow’s races

The Honda Civic WTCC appeared for the second time in the WTCC at the Shanghai International Circuit in China. This modern circuit in the suburb of Shanghai was built for the F1 Grand Prix, and this is the first time for the WTCC to visit here.

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Honda Civic WTCC
Honda Civic WTCCzoom
Honda Civic WTCC

After finishing in the top ten in both Races 1 and 2 in its debut event at Suzuka, the Civic WTCC will be racing on the high-speed track with very different characteristics from the Japanese circuit this time round. While there has been no dramatic change made in the Civic, the team ran it on the set up which suited the layout of the track in the free practice sessions in the morning. As they continued finalising the set up, the Civic WTCC finished Free Practices 1 and 2 in tenth and eighth respectively.

Qualifying 1 (Q1) started at 3:30pm and Tiago posted a lap of 1:57.834 in his first attempt before he came back to the pit. Having his tyres replaced, he set the 13th fastest time (1:55.742). Then after another pit stop, he aimed for a better time in his last attempt just before the end of the session. However, he was clocked at 1:55.777 and could not improve his time, which meant he had to settle in 17th in the qualifying.

The improved balance of the car could not be reflected in the lap times during the qualifying partly because Tiago did not have the chance to use slipstream effectively –a common technique used on a high-speed track. The result of the qualifying was not as expected, but the team will be aiming to play catch-up in the races tomorrow as overtaking is easier on this track. 

Race 1 will start at 2:45pm and Race 2 at 4:00pm local time on Sunday, 4 November.

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Honda Civic WTCC
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Tiago Monteiro
Driver Tiago Monteiro:
“In the qualifying, I couldn’t find a good tow and my times were not as good as we expected. If you are alone on this high-speed track, you could lose almost half a second. But let’s not forget that we are still learning about many things, and we are not shocked or surprised by this result. We would like to finish the races tomorrow to run as many laps as possible so that we can learn. Of course, we’ll try to recover some positions and hopefully to get points, but our main goal is to finish the two races to lean as much as possible.”
Honda Racing Team JAS Team Principal Alessandro Mariani:
“Our goal was to be in the top 10, but this track is completely different from the other tracks, so we have to learn many aspects of engine management and the car set up. We are pretty satisfied with the balance of the car, but something didn’t work as we expected during the qualifying. And also, Tiago could not use slipstream and we lost a few tenth of a second. We feel frustrated because we couldn’t advance to Q2. Tomorrow, we will try to conserve our tyres because this track is hard on tyres. We are confident about showing a good pace in the races. We would like to stay away from a crash or accident and improve our places to finish in the top 10 again.”
Chief Engineer for Civic WTCC Development Daisuke Horiuchi:
“We were not able to make any major changes in the engine after the race in Suzuka, but we tried to improve drivability. The track in Shanghai is fast and thus, a new challenge. The balance of the car has improved and we had expected to finish the qualifying in the top 10, so I am a little disappointed. We will do our best to move up as many positions as possible tomorrow. The performance of the car has improved, so the driver will be able to take advantage of it.”
WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2012
Round 11: China Qualifying
Qualifying 1 (Q1)
Rank Driver (Machine)
1 Robert Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
2 Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze)
3 Colin Turkington (Chevrolet Cruze)
4 Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
5 Norbert Michelisz (BMW 320)
6 Tom Coronel (BMW 320)
17 Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC)
Qualifying 2 (Q2)
Rank Driver (Machine)
1 Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze)
2 Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
3 Norbert Michelisz (BMW 320)
4 Robert Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
5 Colin Turkington (Chevrolet Cruze)
6 Stefano D’aste (BMW 320)

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