WTCC MAC3: Honda’s home win
The Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team claimed MAC3 time trial honours on home soil with a comfortable victory over Polestar Cyan Racing’s trio of Volvos at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan.
Norbert Michelisz, Esteban Guerrieri and Ryo Michigami set a two-lap target of 4m25.354s around the 4.8km Twin Ring Motegi. But the Volvo S60s had no answer to their effort.
Nicky Catsburg, Néstor Girolami and Thed Björk were off the Honda pace from the beginning. But with a comfortable points lead in the championship standings, they were not about to take any risks. The trio’s two-lap time was 2.5s down on Honda’s threesome.
Guerrieri was especially satisfied with the victory on his first MAC3 appearance with Honda. “Congratulations to the Honda team,” he said. “I’m getting up to pace in the car and there was a good pace set by Norby [Michelisz] ahead of me. But it’s tough to follow in the spray, it’s difficult to see anything. It will be challenging in the races later on.”