• Race-winning Drivers Confirmed for Honda Civic Type R TCR in WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup

Race-winning Drivers Confirmed for Honda Civic Type R TCR in WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup

January 28, 2019

  • ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport to field two-car team
  • Esteban Guerrieri and Nestor Girolami to compete as Honda Racing drivers in FIA WTCR
  • Tiago Monteiro confirmed in Honda line-up; team to be revealed soon

Honda will continue to be represented in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup in 2019 with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport the first of two teams to be confirmed to participate in the global series with the Civic Type R TCR.

World Touring Car race winner Nestor Girolami joins Esteban Guerrieri as a Honda Racing driver for the coming season.

Esteban and Nestor will form an all-Argentinian line-up at ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport as the German team aims to improve on its excellent third place in the Teams’ Championship in 2018.

Esteban, 34, finished third in the WTCR Drivers’ standings last year with sensational wins at the Nürburgring Nordschleife and in Macau, as well as six podium finishes.

Prior to joining Honda for a winning stint in the final three rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017, he had been a champion in the Formula Renault Eurocup and a race winner in the Formula Three Euro Series, Superleague Formula, Formula Renault 3.5, Indy Lights and Argentina’s intensely-competitive touring-car series; Super TC2000.

Nestor is a new member of the Honda Racing family, but is a highly-experienced and extremely successful touring car driver.

The 29-year-old rose to prominence in Super TC2000; winning the 2014 and 2015 titles and making his World Touring Car debut at the wheel of a Honda Civic WTCC at the Slovakia Ring in the latter season.

He raced full-time in the WTCC in 2017, collecting a win at Ningbo, China, and finishing on the podium three times before returning to race in Argentina last year.

Both will drive the latest version of the Honda Civic Type R TCR, which is based on the globally-acclaimed Civic Type R road car, and which won five major titles across the world in its first year of competition in 2018.

ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport enjoyed their most competitive season to date in World Touring Car competition last year, winning four times and finishing in their best-ever end-of-season position; third. They also won their third Macau Guia Race.

Since being sidelined through injury while leading the World Touring Car Championship midway through 2017, Tiago Monteiro has staged a determined fightback to fitness and made his return to racing at last year’s Suzuka WTCR event.

He is now ready to contest a full season and will be a Honda Racing driver for an eighth consecutive year. The identity of his team, as well as that of his team-mate, will be revealed at a later date.

Technical support will be offered to all customer teams by JAS Motorsport with an on-site supply of spare parts and technical assistance at each event, aimed at helping all Honda drivers with their title challenges.

The new Honda Civic TCR, designed and manufactured by JAS, made its global race debut in 2018 and won five major titles in its first season of competition. 

The WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup begins at the Circuit Moulay el Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco, on April 5-7 and comprises 10 events in Africa, Europe and Asia; concluding at Sepang, Malaysia in December.


Esteban Guerrieri

“I am very happy to continue with the Honda Racing Family and with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport in 2019. Last year I had some incredible high points, including winning at the two most difficult circuits on the calendar at the Nurburgring and Macau, and we ended the season with the best momentum of any team. Having ‘Bebu’ in the team with me will be great. We are good friends and have raced against each other for many years. He’s an extremely fast driver and a great team player, which will be incredibly important as we mount our challenge for the championship.”

Nestor Girolami

“I am extremely proud to join the Honda Racing family in the FIA WTCR and very grateful to ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport for trusting me with the Civic Type R TCR, which is a car very capable of being the championship winner. I spent the Suzuka race weekend last year with the team and it was very clear from the way they do things that the potential is there to fight for the championship. I’m thrilled to have Esteban as a team-mate because we have a very good relationship. I will give it my very best this year and cannot wait to begin testing.”

Rene Münnich, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Team Principal

“We are very happy to continue to race the Honda Civic Type R TCR in the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. Since entering World Touring Cars in 2013, we have gained in competitiveness year-on-year and in the WTCR in 2018 we achieved our best-ever season in the discipline with four race wins and third place in the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships. The Civic Type R TCR is an extremely strong car, around which we’re excited to build our programme and in Esteban and ‘Bebu’ we have two front-running drivers who are as eager to challenge for the title as we are.”

Masashi Yamamoto, General Manager of Motor Sports Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

“We are very happy that Honda will continue to be represented in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup with three extremely high-quality drivers and the Civic Type R TCR. In Esteban and Nestor we have two drivers who have earned their stripes in one of the toughest domestic touring car categories in the world; Super TC2000, and proven themselves to be front-runners at world level time and time again. We were pleased with the performance and commitment of ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport in 2018 and are very happy that they have chosen to race the Civic Type R TCR this year. Tiago has shown extreme determination and dedication to return to full fitness and we are excited to have his team announce details of their programme soon.”

Alessandro Mariani, JAS Motorsport CEO

“We are pleased that the Honda Civic TCR, built at our Milan headquarters, will once again contest the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup with ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport. We have strong relationship with them and a relationship with Honda that dates back to 1998, and we look forward to supporting them teams in WTCR as they aim to add to their four victories in 2018 and third place in both the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships. Since first turning a wheel in October 2017, the current Civic Type R TCR has competed all over the world, achieving five championship titles and 34 race wins in Asia, North America and Europe, proving it to be a worthy successor to the original model.”