Back

News

Honda Racing team Sweden heads to Slovakia proud and excited

Honda Racing team Sweden heads to Slovakia proud and excited

18/06/2015 09:56

Honda Racing team Sweden Sporting Director Stefan Lindberg says his privateer squad is “proud and excited” to be giving Argentine ace Néstor Girolami his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut in Slovakia.

However, Lindberg insists both driver and team will be keeping their expectations firmly in check as they embark on a new adventure this week.

Girolami, the reigning Súper TC2000 champion, will face a steep learning curve when he arrives at the Slovakia Ring for rounds 11 and 12 of the WTCC season, as Lindberg explained.

 “We have done everything we possibly can to help prepare Néstor for his debut,” said Lindberg. “Still we need to remember that he is entirely new to the WTCC environment, and that we have had very little testing so far this year. We travel to Slovakia with realistic targets but this is an exciting weekend for Honda Racing team Sweden.

“As a small Swedish privateer team, we are proud to have been entrusted the management of a delicate moment in Néstor’s promising career. Stepping into the international arena is no easy task, but – having spent quite some time with Néstor in Sweden over the last week – I have seen how dedicated and ambitious he actually is.”

 

WTCC Race of Slovakia takes place from 19-21 June.

There’s a close fight for WTCC Trophy glory brewing as several independent racers battle for top honours at WTCC Race of Portugal this weekend.

Nicky Catsburg will start WTCC Race of Portugal leading the FIA World Touring Car Championship having gone from hunter to hunted after snatching the title lead from home hero Tiago Monteiro at the Nürburgring Nordschleife last month.

Jan Stange cut Alexander Dornieden’s title lead to two points following an action-packed eSports WTCC multiplayer championship counter on Sunday.

With climbs and dips, sweeping turns, blind corners and fast straights, the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real provides a big challenge for the FIA World Touring Car Championship drivers. Home hero Tiago Monteiro is your guide to the 4.785-kilometre lap.

Néstor Girolami will be hungry for a change of fortune when the FIA World Touring Car Championship heads to Vila Real later this week.

Tiago Monteiro got his faltering season firmly back on track with an emotional home win in the FIA World Touring Car Championship on 26 June 2016.