WTCC 2012 Round 11: China Preview

Report 01: China Round Preview

Honda Civic WTCC
Honda Civic WTCC

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.

Tiago Monteiro
Tiago Monteiro
Honda Civic WTCC
Honda Civic WTCC
Tiago Monteiro
Tiago Monteiro
Honda Civic WTCC
Honda Civic WTCC
Honda Racing Team JAS
Honda Racing Team JAS
Chief Engineer for Civic WTCC Development, Daisuke Horiuchi
Chief Engineer for Civic WTCC Development,
Daisuke Horiuchi

Comments

Driver Tiago Monteiro:
“Shanghai will be very different from Suzuka. The track is very long with very long straights and many corners and I hope the aerodynamics and engine power of our car will work well. I don’t know how the car will behave, but I think the track will be more suitable for the chassis of the Civic. The top 10 will be our goal again in Shanghai and we would also like to try to get closer to the competition.”
Honda Racing Team JAS Team Principal, Alessandro Mariani:
“We made mistakes but also gained a lot at Suzuka, which gave us valuable experience, and so, I’m much more confident about the event in China. The track will be used in the WTCC for the first time, so everybody will start the event on an equal footing. I’m confident because the team has a lot of experience.”
Chief Engineer for Civic WTCC Development, Daisuke Horiuchi:
“I’ve heard that the track in Shanghai is fast, so our car will need even more power. We cannot increase the power of the engine so significantly before the race, but we know from our experience at Suzuka that changing the settings of the anti-lag system and the turbo is effective. We’ll work in that direction in Shanghai as well.”

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