Honda Racing drivers Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro head to Motorland Aragon this week braced for a difficult WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup round.
The 5.344-kilometre circuit was the scene of a famous 1-2 for Honda in 2020, but the venue has otherwise been a difficult hunting ground for the Honda Civic Type R TCR - with Tiago taking a best finish of 14th in last year’s races.
There is little expectation of a drastic change in those fortunes this weekend, due both to the circuit’s characteristics and the compensation weight the car will again carry in Spain.
But the motivation nevertheless remains strong at LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler.
The Team have had a less fortunate start to 2022 but continue to learn more about the Civic Type R TCR in their first year running the car in the WTCR.
Two 14th-place finishes was not what Attila wanted from his home round in Hungary earlier this month but he hopes to channel that disappointment into a positive performance.
Tiago likewise is looking to move on from the Hungaroring weekend by advancing his and the team’s understanding of the car, regardless of the other challenges that lie in store at Aragon.
Attila Tassi, LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler
"After the frustrations of my home round at the Hungaroring, it would be nice to bounce back at Aragon but we have to be cautious in our expectations given what we know about the track. Being realistic, I think to get the big points we all want we have to hope for some incidents ahead and that’s simply not something we can rely on. Instead, we are better off keeping our heads down and seeing what chances come. It’s also a weekend where cooperation between all four drivers will be important to getting the best result."
Tiago Monteiro, LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler
"The Aragon weekend is one we begin by anticipating a tough time out on track but we also go there with an open mind. The pressure is absolutely still there, but we hope to nail some of the basics, including finding the right balance. I’m expecting it to be a learning weekend with LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler where we can continue to develop our understanding of the car. If nothing else, it will be a competitive fight among the four of us Honda Racing drivers in the search for some points."