Quinta-feira, 25 de Maio de 2017

WTCC Nordschleife

WTCC Nordschleife 


It´s coming this weekend. The most challenging and dangerous race of the world in the green hell! #tiagosworld18 #greenhell #nordschleife

Pois é, é já este fim de semana. A corrida mais desafiante e perigosa do mundo no Inferno Verde! #honda #thepowerofdreams

As corridas terão transmissão em directo no Eurosport no sábado pelas 10.15 e 11.15h.


Honda head to the legendary Nurburgring in Germany this weekend aiming to maintain their strong early-season form in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

The Race of Germany takes place on the daunting 25.9-kilometre Nordschleife; acknowledged as the most challenging circuit in Europe, and is certain to provide a monumental fight for victory and no margin for error.

Two wins and four podiums from the opening three rounds have allowed Portuguese racer Tiago Monteiro to open up a 38-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

He is aiming to add to the podium finish he achieved at the Nurburgring in 2015 in a bid to preserve his advantage.

His Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team-mate Norbert Michelisz plans to bounce back from two frustrating weekends in which he has been denied potential race wins have been due to early-race incidents that were no fault of his own.

The Hungarian, who is eighth in the points, scored a double podium last year and is looking for a repeat as he climbs back up the championship table in Saturday’s races.

Fellow factory driver Ryo Michigami will make his first race appearance on the Nordschleife this weekend. The experienced Japanese racer visited the circuit last week to gain experience of the 170-corner layout in a road-going Honda Civic Type R.

The team will use the weekend to pay tribute to Honda World Superbike rider and former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, who tragically died this week.

Tiago Monteiro

Tiago Monteiro 18

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. The improvements made to the Honda during the winter have paid off at every circuit we’ve visited and we have a faster car that performs better with compensation weight than ever before. The Nurburgring has a series of unique challenges with lots of high-speed corners blending into one another, big kerbs and a very long straight to end the lap, so you need to have a car that’s strong in all areas if you’re going to do well.”

- Castrol Honda WTCC
Norbert Michelisz

Norbert Michelisz 5

“I’ve had some bad luck in the past two rounds, but I know that this weekend is a big opportunity to get back into the battle for the Championship. The Nurburgring is an enormous challenge, but one the Honda should be suited to because of its excellent handling and improved straightline speed. Last year I finished on the podium twice, so it’s definitely possible to make up some positions from your starting place if your car is well set-up for race conditions.”

- Castrol Honda WTCC
Ryo Michigami

Ryo Michigami 34

“The Nurburgring is an incredible circuit – one of the most iconic in the world – and not like anything I’ve raced on before. Hundreds of thousands of fans visit this event every year so I’m expecting an incredible atmosphere and some great racing. I spent a couple of days there last week doing track days in a Honda Civic Type R road car, but with so many corners, it’s a big challenge to memorise the layout. The double finish in Hungary was a step in the right direction for me and the aim is to improve our pace in qualifying and the races.”

- Honda Racing Team JAS











Free practice 1 flash! ⤵️
Michelisz Norbert went quickest in Free Practice 1 at FIA WTCC Race of Germany this evening, holding on during a dramatic moment near the end of the 60-minute session on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Michelisz’s 8m43.255s was 0.819s faster than testing pacesetter Rob Huff but the Honda Racing WTCC driver ended up parked on the side of the track with a reported front-right puncture, having narrowly avoided striking barriers when he briefly went off.





18700071_1106074652826060_1206351126878769219_n.jpGood morning Nürburgring Nordschleife! 👌🏻 Free practice 2 has started, follow us live on https://www.fiawtcc.com/





Nick Catsburg topped Free Practice 2 at FIA WTCC Race of Germany on Friday morning, lapping underneath the qualifying record on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. 👌🏻⬇️

— em Nürburgring.

Nicky Catsburg topped Free Practice 2 at FIA WTCC Race of Germany on Friday morning, lapping underneath the qualifying record on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The Volvo Cyan Racing driver achieved an 8m34.813s at the end of the 60-minute session, going more than two seconds faster than Norbert Michelisz had managed just a short moment earlier. The Dutchman seemed to be pushing hard throughout, filling the front of his Volvo Polestar with grass after one off-track moment. His time bettered the 8m35.541s of champion José María López in qualifying last year.

Honda’s Michelisz, the pace-setter in Free Practice 1 on Thursday, was a similar gap in front of third-placed Citroën driver Rob Huff, who had sat quickest prior to the chequered flag.

Catsburg’s team-mate Thed Björk took fourth, while Nordschleife newcomer Esteban Guerrieri went fifth late on and was second to Huff in WTCC Trophy.

World Touring Car Championship leader Tiago Monteiro was sixth in front of Tom Chilton, Nestor Girolami, Tom Coronel and Mehdi Bennani.

Yann Ehrlacher returned to action following his heavy crash in Free Practice 1, after his RC Motorsport team worked overnight to repair the car to enable the young Frenchman to get some laps in before qualifying, which will start at 12h45 local time





 Girolami grabs WTCC Opening Race pole at the Nürburgring


 26/05/2017 14:33


Argentinian duo and Nürburgring Nordschleife rookies Néstor Girolami and Esteban Guerrieri will share the front row of the grid for the Opening Race at FIA WTCC Race of Germany.

The pair swapped positions at the end of qualifying when Guerrieri improved his lap to go ninth quickest. That put Girolami 10th and on provisional pole for the Opening Race, and the Volvo Polestar driver was able to keep hold of the position.

He will hope to join Guerrieri as a World Touring Car Championship race-winner in the first of Saturday’s races on the legendary German track at 11h20 local time.

Mehdi Bennani and Tom Coronel will share the second row of the grid, with Tom Chilton and Thed Björk on row three.



WTCC MAC3 flash: Volvo Polestar on top over a tense lap of the Nordschleife

26/05/2017 14:55

Team Volvo Polestar scored its third Manufacturers Against the Clock team time trial win of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship over a lap of the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife.

On the mammoth 25.378-kilometre circuit, WTCC MAC3 is contested over only one lap instead of the usual two, but it was not without drama for either competing team.

In the Volvo contingent, Nicky Catsburg suffered from a bad vibration on his car, but the Polestar Cyan Racing trio, which also included Néstor Girolami and Thed Björk, were still able to triumph.

For Team Honda, Tiago Monteiro carried a damper problem that he suffered at the end of the qualifying session, leaving him wary of using the kerbs as he chased Ryo Michigami and Norbert Michelisz around the track.

The 12 points gained allows Volvo Polestar to add to its narrow manufacturers’ championship lead over Honda, which scored eight points.




18671398_1100172866793594_2279201765875200193_o.jpVou largar de 7º e 4º amanhã nas duas corridas aqui em Nordschleife🇩🇪Importante é estar fora das confusões e trazer bons pontos para o campeonato. Parabéns ao meu colega de equipa Norbi que fez a pole, grande trabalho! Corridas em directo amanhã no Eurosport a partir das 10:00 ✌🏻

P7 and P4 for tomorrow's races. We can fight from here. Important is to stay out of trouble and bring home good points for the championship. Well done to my team mate Norbert with a superb pole position! #tiagosworld18#nordschleife #honda #thepowerofdreams #hondafamily

 Tiago Monteiro


26 May 2017

WTCC 2017

Michelisz takes pole for Honda in Germany

WTCC Race of Germany

Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany

Honda claimed a second pole position of the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship season thanks to a sensational late effort from Norbert Michelisz at the legendary Nurburgring in Germany.

The Hungarian, who began the day eighth in the Drivers’ Championship, had set top-two times in all of Thursday and Friday’s running ahead of qualifying, and then blasted around the 170-corner track, known as ‘Green Hell’ over half a second faster than anybody else in his Civic WTCC.

It was Norbert’s first pole position of the year and the fourth of his WTCC career.

His Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team-mate Tiago Monteiro, who leads the Drivers’ points standings, lapped at a similar pace to Michelisz throughout the session and looked set for an attempt at pole himself, only to suffer a damper issue on his final flying lap.

The Portuguese driver qualified fourth for the Main Race, which ensures he starts seventh for the reversed-grid Opening Race on Saturday with Norbert 10th.

Ryo Michigami, who is racing on the 15-mile Nordschleife for the first time this weekend, made strong progress throughout practice and qualifying.

More than halving the gap to the pace-setters from Thursday onwards, the Japanese driver equalled his best starting spot of the season in 11th place and will start there in both races after an impressive effort.

After qualifying, the fourth MAC3 session of the year took place with the Honda trio finishing second overall

Sunday’s Opening Race takes place at 1120 with the Main Race at 1245.

Norbert Michelisz

Norbert Michelisz 5

“I’m super happy with the result today. It’s a great feeling to get my first pole as a factory Honda driver. Even from the first lap of practice this morning, I had a lot of confidence with the Civic. We’d been fast yesterday and it was really just a case of fine-tuning what we had and maximising the performance in this afternoon’s warm temperatures. To come to a track that shouldn’t, on paper, suit us, and then take pole is absolutely fantastic and I have to thank the team for their great work. Tomorrow the aim is to win the Main Race; nothing less.”

- Castrol Honda WTCC
Tiago Monteiro

Tiago Monteiro 18

“Firstly a huge congratulations to Norbi, who has done a fantastic job all weekend and deserves his pole position. I’m pretty happy with my speed in qualifying. I wasn’t particularly confident with the way my car felt in practice, but the team worked hard to tweak the set-up and with new tyres we were very fast this afternoon. The fight for pole was very close between four of us, but I had a damper issue on my last lap which means I qualified fourth. I don’t have a target for the races, but if there’s a good chance for a win or a podium, I’ll be sure to take it.”

- Castrol Honda WTCC
Ryo Michigami

Ryo Michigami 34

“This weekend has been a big learning experience for me because this is such a difficult circuit not only to drive, but to get the set-up right for. I seem to be in the fight for P10 and the reversed-grid pole position almost every weekend and we’re not far away from breaking through, which would be a great result for the team. Today we were good enough for P11 and that puts me in a good position to fight for points tomorrow in both races.”

- Honda Racing Team JAS
Alessandro Mariani

Alessandro Mariani

Team Principal

“I’m very pleased for Norbi and his engineers, who have worked very hard to regroup after Hungary and have been rewarded very well with Norbi’s first pole position for us in what was the most exciting qualifying session for a long time, in my opinion. He has a very good chance to win tomorrow. I believe Tiago could have joined him on the front row if he hadn’t had the damper issue on his last lap in qualifying, but again his engineers have worked very well to improve the speed of his car throughout the weekend. Ryo has also shown improved pace as well, which is very pleasing, considering he’s never raced here before.”

- Castrol Honda WTCC
Ryuichi Furukawa

Ryuichi Furukawa

Large Project Leader WTCC Development, Honda R&D

“Today we’ve worked very hard and had a strong result with pole position for Norbi. I’m a little disappointed it wasn’t an all-Honda front row because I think without Tiago’s issue, I think it was possible. Ryo is also knocking on the door of the top 10, and if he can keep up his progress, we can start getting poles for the Opening Race as well as the Main Race. Tomorrow our aim is to win the Main Race and maximise the points possibilities in the Opening Race.”





Corrida de abertura  Tiago Monteiro perto do final, fura, bate nos ralis... e vai junto dos responsáveis da Yakohama....







 Foi um dia para esquecer... mas digo-vos que estes dias maus fazem-me ficar ainda mais forte. Seguimos juntos para a próxima corrida, a que todos esperamos em Vila Real🇵🇹

Bad days like these only make me stronger 💪🏻💪🏻. We move on to the next race at my home circuit Vila Real 🇵🇹🙏🏻#whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoustronger #baddayattheoffice #honda#thepowerofdreams #tiagosworld18 #nordschleife

Tiago Monteiro


Saturday 27 May 2017, 12:15 Europe/London

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