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Hits and highs for Honda WTCC aces in Morocco

Hits and highs for Honda WTCC aces in Morocco

23/04/2015 05:44

Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team drivers Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini experienced a combination of hits and highs during Eurodatacar WTCC Race of Morocco last week.

Monteiro scored a weekend best of sixth place in the opening event with team-mate and fellow ex-Formula One driver Tarquini coming home fifth in race two.

“First race I had a very good start, overtaking [Tom] Coronel but very close to the wall,” said Italian Tarquini. “And then I took Norbert [Michelisz] at turn four. After that I tried to defend my position with [Yvan] Muller, but he overtook me quite easily and I had to look after my brakes. The second race was quite different – it was very exciting because I tried to overtake [Stefano] D’Aste, but he came back, then he braked up the inside but I managed to take position.”

Portugal’s Monteiro (pictured) added: “It wasn’t a brilliant race one but I at least scored some points. We made some changes for race two and this time my start was great, up to P2 before fighting with Sebastien and slipping back to P3 but suddenly I got two big hits from behind and I was sideways, which destroyed my race. It’s a real disappointment because a third or fourth finish was entirely possible.”

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