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Michelisz: it was hard without Tiago in the WTCC

Michelisz: it was hard without Tiago in the WTCC

17/10/2017 06:00

Norbert Michelisz has revealed racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship without team-mate Tiago Monteiro by his side “wasn’t easy”.

Michelisz maintained his push for the WTCC crown with strong finishes in both races in China, leaving him just two points off the title summit with six races remaining.

He and Monteiro are in their second season as works Honda team-mates but with Monteiro recuperating following his testing crash, Gabriele Tarquini returned to the factory line-up at the all-new Ningbo International Speedpark.

“It’s just incredibly sad not to have Tiago with us,” said Michelisz. “We appreciate his presence. We appreciate his professionalism. But mostly, to be honest, I appreciate his person. It was quite strange him not being with us. I tried to stay focused. I also received the news quite late [he wouldn’t be racing] and it wasn’t easy to be professional because you try to do your best, you try to forget things than can affect your performance.

“But in first place you are always humans and there are some things in the race you cannot really control. I really hope Tiago is back and I am really happy for one reason the race was stopped today and this is because Tiago is still in the fight for the championship. I really hope he comes back. I know he’s a fighter, I know he’s working hard and I expect him to be back soon.”

Tiago Monteiro, a race winner and title contender during the final season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017, has received Portugal’s Sport Merit Award.

Comtoyou Racing has signed its second FIA World Touring Car Cup contender in as many days with the addition of Aurélien Panis to its WTCR line-up for 2018.

WTCR Q&A: Denis Dupont

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The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

Belgium’s motorsport federation, the RACB, has identified the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup as the ultimate international launch pad for its young star driver, Denis Dupont.

The man behind the Honda Civic Type R TCR project hopes several examples of the car will be on the grid when the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup begins in Morocco on 7 April.

Súper TC2000 champion Facundo Ardusso would consider racing in the FIA World Touring Car Cup when the WTCR visits his native Argentina in August – providing he received an invitation to do so.