Honda Civic WTCC achieved the first victory with the crowning touch of 1-2-3 clean sweep (Rd. 3 Slovakia Ring, Slovakia
“After the crashes in Morocco, the team had to do the major repair work on the rear of Tarquini’s car and rebuild a new chassis for Monteiro within the 2-week interval before the next race. On top of that, the air-intake problem solved in the previous round led to another task on the exhaust system to be improved. There have been various difficulties to conquer in the process, but the entire JAS Motorsport team staff as well as the MUGEN-EURO’s engine support members worked hard by day and night, and finally got both cars fully ready for the Slovakian round.
As the race weekend folded out, all three Honda Civic WTCCs superbly performed to shake off everyone’s tiredness. The refined exhaust brought some extra power and the increased combustion efficiency reduced the knocking, contributing to the easier ignition setting, all of which made the car a far faster. Tarquini marked top times in the all practice and qualifying sessions and naturally got pole position that was over 2-second quicker than the previous year’s pole time.
The Honda Civic WTCC trio getting off from the 1-2-3 grid invariably ran a perfect race. None of those cars lost its position, finishing 1-2-3 and monopolized the podium. I myself, as the manufacturer representative, stood on the podium and listened to the Japanese national anthem, which I personally felt tremendous honor. In Race 2, Tarquini starting from the 10th reverse grid climbed up to the 3rd place, thus achieving the back-to-back podium finish.
When I think of the last year’s debut with a rather short preparation period and difficult situations followed, this maiden victory in Slovakia is the achievement we can heartily celebrate. It definitely is the moment when all the efforts exerted from the Honda, JAS and M-TEC staff were properly rewarded”.