Report 01: China Round Preview
Honda Racing Team JAS will appear for the second time in the WTCC for Rounds 21 and 22 in Shanghai, China. Races 1 and 2 will take place there on 4 November following the previous day’s qualifying sessions.
The Shanghai International Circuit, which will provide the setting for the team’s second outing in the championship, is a modern track designed for F1 Grand Prix racing by Hermann Tilke. The track layout represents the shape of the Chinese character ‘shang’ – the first character in the name Shanghai. A massive grandstand with a structure crossing high above the main straightof the track also characterises the circuit. The 4,603m track features a mixture of straights and technical sections; the two long straights and the tight corners will be decisive points, which means the performance of cars at high speeds will likely be critical.
As the WTCC will be visiting the circuit for the first time, it will be uncharted territory for all the teams, and therefore, adapting themselves well to the track will be crucial to get a good result. The performance differences between different cars at high speeds will be evident on the long straights, which will be another highlight of the races.
After finishing in the top ten in both Races 1 and 2 in its debut event at Suzuka, the Civic WTCC will now race in Shanghai with some improvements made for the track.