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FIA WTCC: Honda and BMW enjoys first victory of the season

FIA WTCC: Honda and BMW enjoys first victory of the season image

Text: / Photos: FIA WTCC Press | posted April 30, 2013 12:42

Honda finishes 1-2-3 in qualifying

On the qualifying races for the fifth and sixth round of the FIA World Touring Car Championships, Gabriele Tarquini and fellow Honda teammate Tiago Monterio and Norbert Michelisz was able to secure their spot on the grid for the race day by finishing on the top three spot.

Following Honda's trio of drivers were Muller, Chilton, McDowall, Huff, Nash,Oriola, Coronel, Bennani and Nykjaer. Although Huff was dropped off the grid after his ten point penalty incurred when his car failed the ride height check earlier.

Podium

Day two of qualifying meanwhile saw the BMW 320 TC of Tom Coronel grab the top spot on the podium followed by Yvan Muller's Chevrolet and Tarquini's Honda.

During the first day of the race, Gabriele Tarquini gave the Castrol-Honda team its first WTCC win when he converted his pole position into victory at the Slovakia Ring. Following close by was team-mate Tiago Monterio and Norbert Michelisz that completed a 1-2-3 win by Honda.

Coronel

Tom Coronel meanwhile took advantage of the second race and led it for the entire race finishing three seconds ahead of the pack. Yvan Muller managed to finish seconds with Tarquini's Honda claiming the third spot. Coronel's teammate Darryl O'Young finished tenth place making the team celebrate even more for the team's first win.

At the end of rounds 5 and 6, Yvan Muller continues to lead the driver's standing with 120 points followed by Tarquini with 96 points while Nykjaer grabs the third spot with 57 points. Meanwhile, Honda is enjoying its top spot for the Manufacturer's title with a total of 240 points.

The seventh and eigth round of the championship will resume on May 4 and 5 at Budapest’s Hungaroring.