FIA World Touring Car Championship 2017 Review
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.
|Engine||Type||HR412E (developed by Honda R&D)|
|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|
|Dimensions||Length||4498mm (including splitter)|
|Weight||1100 kg* (including driver)
- *Not including compensation weight
Round 01: Morocco
Honda Civic WTCC 1-2 Finish in Main Race
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.
Round 02: Italy
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.
Round 03: Hungary
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.
Round 04: Germany
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 05: Portugal
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.
Round 06: Argentina
First Honda Civic WTCC 1-2 Finish in Main Race Since Season-opener
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.
Round 07: China
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.
Round 08: Japan
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.
Round 09: Macau
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.
Round 10: Qatar
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.
|1||62||Thed Bjork (Volvo)||283.5||Qualifying||0||5||0||1||3||1||4||0||2||2|
|2||5||Norbert Michelisz (Honda)||255||Qualifying||3||0||0||5||5||4||0||5||4||0|
|3||3||Tom Chilton (Citroen)||248.5||Qualifying||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||0|
|4||86||Esteban Guerrieri (Honda)||241||Qualifying||0||0||3||0||0||2||1||2||1||5|
|5||63||Nicky Catsburg (Volvo)||238.5||Qualifying||0||2||2||4||1||5||0||4||0||4|
|6||25||Mhdi Bennani (Citroen)||234||Qualifying||1||0||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||18||Tiago Monteiro (Honda)||200||Qualifying||5||4||0||2||2||3|
|14||34||Ryo Michigami (Honda)||20||Qualifying||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|18||8||Aurelien Panis (Honda)||2||Qualifying||0||0||0||0||0|
|19||99||Daniel Nagy (Honda)||1||Qualifying||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|20||66||Zsolt David Szabo (Honda)||1||Qualifying||0||0||0||0||0|