WTCC: Michelisz and Huff joined Monteiro in Honda team
Honda Racing team has confirmed Rob Huff and Norbert Michelisz as their drivers for the next World Touring Cars Championship. They will drive alongside Tiago Monteiro who was part of the JAS Motorsport team in 2015.
Huff wants another title
Experienced Briton Huff is a former WTCC champion and he has been present in the series since 2005. With 27 victories in his books, Huff is second on the WTCC’s all-time list. In his outstanding career, the 36-year-old driver also boasts with 77 podium finishes and 11 pole positions. Last two seasons Huff spent with Lada Sport team.
“Over the past couple of seasons, I’ve become very used to seeing the Civic WTCCs in front of me, so it’s terrific to have the chance to race one this year. I won’t be happy to finish my career as only a one-time World Champion, and there’s a tremendous opportunity to correct that statistic. I raced a JAS-built Civic TCR at Macau last year and it was a very well-built and fast machine, so that gives me plenty of confidence that we’ll have a strong season,” commented Huff who is arriving as replacement for Gabriele Tarquini.
Step forward for Michelisz
Norbert Michelisz is a two-time Yokohama Drivers’ Trophy winner. The 31-year-old Hungarian already has experience with Honda Civic as he won his last title in 2015 driving this particular car as a member of Zengo Motorsport. This will be his first time to enter the WTCC season as a factory team member.
“I am thrilled to become a factory Honda driver with JAS Motorsport. I have raced Honda machinery for the past three years and it has been an extremely good relationship that has enabled me to win races and take the Yokohama Trophy last year. I am very grateful and hope I can repay the faith Honda have shown in me this year,” said Michelisz who will drive team’s third car.
Honda is desperate to break Citroen’s supremacy in WTCC and with a refreshed line-up, they should be more competitive in the battle with two C-Elysees of the French manufacturer.