• FIA World Touring Car Championship 2017 Review

    Michelisz 2nd in Final Round Fight for the Championship


    The 2017 WTCC season was contested over 10 rounds / 20 races. Monteiro, who finished the season 8th due to missing the latter half of the season from injury, was nonetheless a strong performer, on the podium eight times including two wins in the first six rounds. Michelisz, fighting for the title up to the last round, finished the season 2nd, Honda’s best result to date.



Machine - Honda Civic WTCC


Honda Civic WTCC
Honda Civic WTCC

Technical Specification

Engine Type HR412E (developed by Honda R&D)
Cylinders 4
Capacity 1598cc turbocharged
Output Approx 380bhp at 7000rpm
Transmission Gearbox 6-speed sequential – XTRAC 1046
Clutch Twin carbon disc
Differential Limited slip-type with adjustable pre-load
Suspension Front suspension McPherson + adjustable anti-roll bar
Rear suspension McPherson + adjustable anti-roll bar
Shock absorbers Extreme Racing Shox – 4-way adjustable
Brakes Front calipers 4-pot AP Racing bespoke design
Rear calipers 2-pot AP Racing
Front discs AP Racing 380 x 34 mm
Rear discs AP Racing 280 x 14 mm
Roll cage JAS designed – alloyed steel (Cr-Mo) tubes, TIG welded
Seat OMP
Belts OMP
Steering wheel OMP
Dimensions Length 4498mm (including splitter)
Width 1950 mm
Weight 1100 kg* (including driver)
  • *Not including compensation weight

Drivers


Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team

#18 Tiago Monteiro

Nationality :  Portugal

#18 Tiago Monteiro

#5 Norbert Michelisz

Nationality : Hungary

#5 Norbert Michelisz

Honda Racing Team J.A.S.

#34 Ryo Michigami

Nationality :  Japan

#34 Ryo Michigami

Races


Round 01: Morocco

Round 01: Morocco

Honda Civic WTCC 1-2 Finish in Main Race

April 9

The season-opener was contested on the streets of Morocco. In the main race, Monteiro and Michelisz forge a 1-2 formation early on, and maintain their lead until the end, demonstrating the competitiveness of the Honda Civic WTCCs.

Race 1

1 Esteban Guerrieri Chevrolet
2 Thed Bjork Volvo
3 Mehdi Bennani Citroen
5 Norbert Michelisz Honda

Race 2

1 Tiago Monteiro Honda
2 Norbert Michelisz Honda
3 Nestor Girolami Volvo

Round 02: Italy

April 30

Monteiro 3rd in Opening Race, 2nd in Main Race

Monteiro finished on the podium in both Monza races, driving his Civic WTCC with an engine drastically improved since testing. The updated Civic was even more competitive than before.

Race 1

1 Tom Chilton Citroen
2 Robert Huff Citroen
3 Tiago Monteiro Honda

Race 2

1 Thed Bjork Volvo
2 Tiago Monteiro Honda
3 Robert Huff Citroen
Round 02: Italy

Round 03: Hungary

Round 03: Hungary

May 14

Monteiro Wins Opening Race, Michelisz 4th in Home Main Race

Monteiro takes the lead early in the opening race in Michelisz’s home race, Hungary. In the main race, Michelisz finishes 4th, and Monteiro is 5th.

Race 1

1 Tiago Monteiro Honda
2 Tom Chilton Citroen
3 Robert Huff Citroen

Race 2

1 Mehdi Bennani Citroen
2 Nicky Catsburg Volvo
3 Tom Chilton Citroen
4 Norbert Michelisz Honda

Round 04: Germany

May 27

Michelisz 2nd in Main Race for Second Podium of the Season

The German round was contested over a long, 25.378km circuit, with qualifying determined by time trials, as opposed to the usual knock-down format. Michelisz won pole, and finished 2nd in the main race.

Round 04: Germany

Race 1

1 Thed Bjork Volvo
2 Mhdi Bennani Citroen
3 Robert Huff Citroen
7 Norbert Michelisz Honda

Race 2

1 Nicky Catsburg Volvo
2 Norbert Michelisz Honda
3 Robert Huff Citroen

Round 05: Portugal

Round 05: Portugal

June 25

Michelisz Takes First Victory of the Season, Monteiro on the Podium in Both Races

The all-new Joker Lap rules is introduced in the Portugal round. In the main race, Michelisz used the joker lap section to his advantage, and completed the race without losing points, to take his first victory of the season.

Race 1

1 Mehdi Bennani Citroen
2 Tiago Monteiro Honda
3 Thed Bjork Volvo

Race 2

1 Norbert Michelisz Honda
2 Thed Bjork Volvo
3 Tiago Monteiro Honda

Round 06: Argentina

First Honda Civic WTCC 1-2 Finish in Main Race Since Season-opener

July 16

Michelisz won the Argentinian main race with Monteiro 2nd, for a Honda Civic WTCC 1-2 finish. This victory gave Honda back the lead in the title battle.

Race 1

1 Yann Ehrlacher Lada
2 Mhdi Bennani Citroen
3 Esteban Guerrieri Chevrolet
5 Tiago Monteiro Honda

Race 2

1 Norbert Michelisz Honda
2 Tiago Monteiro Honda
3 Thed Bjork Volvo
Round 06: Argentina

Round 07: China

Round 07: China

October 15

Michelisz 2nd in Main Race in China

The main race in China was stopped after only 4 laps due to rain, and based on rankings at the end of Lap 3, Michelisz was declared 2nd and Monteiro’s replacement driver Tarquini was 4th, giving Honda much-needed points.

Race 1

1 Esteban Guerrieri Chevrolet
2 Yann Ehrlacher Lada
3 Nicky Catsburg Volvo
4 Norbert Michelisz Honda

Race 2

1 Nestor Girolami Volvo
2 Norbert Michelisz Honda
3 Thed Bjork Volvo
4 Gabriele Tarquini Honda

Round 08: Japan

October 29

Michelisz First Pole-to-finish Win in Wet Japanese Main Race

In a severely rainy main race on Honda’s home turf, Michelisz won his third race of the season. Monteiro was still recovering from injury, and replacement driver Guerrieri finished 4th.

Race 1

1 Tom Chilton Citroen
2 Yann Ehrlacher Volvo
3 Esteban Guerrieri Honda

Race 2

1 Norbert Michelisz Honda
2 Nicky Catsburg Volvo
3 Nestor Girolami Volvo
Round 08: Japan

Round 09: Macau

Round 09: Macau

November 18-19

Michigami Claims First WTCC Podium in Macau Opening Race,
Michelisz Finishes 2nd in Main Race

Michigami, starting 3rd on the grid, defended his position to finish 3rd in the opening race of the first Macau round in three years, marking his first WTCC podium. Michelisz was 2nd in the main race.

Race 1

1 Mhdi Bennani Citroen
2 Tom Coronel Chevrolet
3 Ryo Michigami Honda

Race 2

1 Robert Huff Citroen
2 Norbert Michelisz Honda
3 Tom Chilton Citroen

Round 10: Qatar

Round 10: Qatar

December 1

Guerrieri Pole-to-win in the Main Race, Michelisz Finishes Season Ranked 2nd

With the title still up for grabs in the final round, Guerrieri won the main race starting from pole, his first victory of the season. Michelisz finished 9th / 8th, giving him 2nd place for the season, Honda’s best results to date.

Race 1

1 Tom Chilton Citroen
2 Mhdi Bennani Citroen
3 Kevin Gleason Lada
9 Norbert Michelisz Honda

Race 2

1 Esteban Guerrieri Honda
2 Rob Huff Citroen
3 Nicky Catsburg Volvo

Ranking


Rider

Pos. No. Name (machine) Points   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 62 Thed Bjork (Volvo) 283.5 Qualifying 0 5 0 1 3 1 4 0 2 2
Race 1 18 10 0 25 15 8 0 12 12 10
Race2 7 30 7 16 23 19 11.5 13 13 16
2 5 Norbert Michelisz (Honda) 255 Qualifying 3 0 0 5 5 4 0 5 4 0
Race 1 10 0 0 6 6 0 0 6 10 2
Race2 23 10 16 23 30 30 0 30 23 4
3 3 Tom Chilton (Citroen) 248.5 Qualifying 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
Race 1 6 25 18 12 12 12 0 25 4 25
Race2 13 0 19 13 10 7 9.5 1 19 13
4 86 Esteban Guerrieri (Honda) 241 Qualifying 0 0 3 0 0 2 1 2 1 5
Race 1 25 12 8 10 0 15 25 15 8 1
Race2 0 4 10 4 4 16 8 16 16 30
5 63 Nicky Catsburg (Volvo) 238.5 Qualifying 0 2 2 4 1 5 0 4 0 4
Race 1 12 4 10 8 10 0 15 2 2 4
Race2 16 16 23 30 16 0 6.5 23 0 19
6 25 Mhdi Bennani (Citroen) 234 Qualifying 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Race 1 15 0 6 18 25 18 0 10 25 18
Race2 10 7 30 10 7 13 0 10 7 0
8 18 Tiago Monteiro (Honda) 200 Qualifying 5 4 0 2 2 3        
Race 1 8 15 25 0 18 10        
Race2 30 23 13 0 19 23        
14 34 Ryo Michigami (Honda) 20 Qualifying 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Race 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 15 0
Race2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
18 8 Aurelien Panis (Honda) 2 Qualifying 0 0 0 0 0          
Race 1 1 0 1 0 0          
Race2 0 0 0 0 0          
19 99 Daniel Nagy (Honda) 1 Qualifying 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Race 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Race2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
20 66 Zsolt David Szabo (Honda) 1 Qualifying           0 0 0 0 0
Race 1           0 0 0 0 0
Race2           0 0 0 1  

Manufacturers

Pos. Manufacturers Points   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Volvo 908.5 Qualifying 6 8 9 6 6 7 9 7 6 7
MAC3 12 12 8 12 12 12 12 8 8 12
Race 1 43 33 33 43 33 18 25 30 30 43
Race 2 35 49 46 49 39 35 26.5 42 35 42
2 Honda 880 Qualifying 8 6 5 8 8 7 0 7 8 7
MAC3 8 8 12 8 8 8 0 12 12 8
Race 1 27 37 37 27 37 40 0 40 40 27
Race 2 53 39 42 39 49 53 0 46 53 46