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WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2012

Round 12: Macau

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Macau
Macau
November 16, 2012

Claiming the fifth position in qualifying Civic WTCC aims high for Races 1 and 2 on the challenging track

The Honda Civic WTCC appeared in the final round of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) - the Macau Grand Prix. The Guia Circuit on public roads in downtown Macau is a challenging track with a mixture of fast sections at the seaside and technical narrow sections in the mountains. Having adjusted the setting of their Civic for Macau, Honda Racing Team JAS achieved the second and fifth fastest times in the free practice sessions to start the qualifying on a high note.

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Honda Civic WTCC
Honda Civic WTCCzoom
Honda Civic WTCC

Q1 started 30 minutes behind schedule at 3:55pm. Tiago Monteiro behind the wheel of the Civic WTCC immediately went onto the track and posted a lap of 2:32.085 to place himself in fourth position in his first attempt. In his second attempt, he bettered his best time to 2:31.366 which promoted him to third position. After that, he came back to the pit and waited to see how others were doing. In the end, he never went back onto the track again and finished Q1 in third. 

As Q2 got underway at 4:40pm, Tiago had to abort his first attempt. Later he recorded the tenth fastest time of 2:32.627 and then 2:31.539 on the following lap to move up to fifth before the end of the session.

Following the free practice sessions, the Civic WTCC continued to show good performance in the qualifying to secure fifth place –its best result in qualifiers. Tiago will start from fifth in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2 where the first ten cars in the qualifying will be placed in reverse order on the grid. Starting from a good position in the third row in both of the races, the Civic driver will be aiming to climb up the field.

Race 1 will start at 11:05am and Race 2 at 12:20pm on Sunday, 18 November.

 

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Tiago Monteiro
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Honda Civic WTCC
Driver Tiago Monteiro:
“Q1 was quite good. I was in a group following other cars, so I had a very good tow. Then I had to overtake the car in front and lost a little bit of time, but my lap was really good and we secured a good time. So, after that, we waited to see the situation in the pit to save tyres. Overall, the balance of the car was very good and I was very happy with it. In Q2, I went out on new tyres with no change in the car. I made a mistake in the first corner and let two cars pass me, so I aborted the lap. When I tried again, I was caught behind other cars and again had to abort the lap. In my next attempt, I touched a tyre barrier a little bit but didn’t lose any time. It was a quite good lap. Overall, I must say that it was a very good result. It’s very good to be able to fight for the top five just in our third appearance. Regarding the races, anything can happen in Macau, but it’s better to start from the first three rows here, so I’m very happy about this. My goal for the races is to finish them to get as much information as possible and keep working. And of course, we would like to get as close to the podium as possible.”
Honda Racing Team JAS Team Principal Alessandro Mariani:
“First of all, I would like to thank everyone in the team and engineers at Honda because the car has been working very well this weekend. On the first lap yesterday, I already realised that the Civic WTCC had great potential. Even though I didn’t expect too much because Macau is a very tricky circuit, I am disappointed a little because Tiago was caught up with traffic on a lap he run on new tyres and the next lap. If we’d had some more luck, we would have been able to take third. But we were able to prove that we’ve been improving a lot, so I am very satisfied.”
Chief Engineer for Civic WTCC Development Daisuke Horiuchi:
“We were aiming for third in Q2 and he fought back to fifth, so that was very good. We’ve changed the drivability of the engine and the balance of the car since Shanghai and it worked. The balance got better little by little during the free practice sessions too, and as a result, the potential of the car improved a lot. I am happy to confirm that the direction we have been going with the car is right. We have managed to reach a level where we can compete against top cars, which has been our objective. Taking advantage of the qualifying result, we will aim to move up the positions. We hope to achieve our best result in the final races of the season.”
WTCC World Touring Car Championship 2012
Round 12: Macau Qualifying
Qualifying 1 (Q1)
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Robert Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
2 Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
3 Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC)
4 Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze)
5 Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT Leon)
6 Darryl O’Young (Chevrolet Cruze)
Qualifying 2 (Q2)
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Robert Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
2 Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)
3 Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze)
4 Gabriele Tarquini (SEAT Leon)
5 Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic WTCC)
6 Darryl O’Young (Chevrolet Cruze)

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