Honda’s WTCC appeal partly successful
Part of Honda’s exclusion from the third and fourth rounds of the World Touring Car Championship season was overturned last week, after the International Court of Appeal decided to reinstate its results from the Hungaroring.
Stewards at the Nurburgring round decided that the manufacturer team and Zengo Motorsport’s Honda Civics did not comply with WTCC regulations after examining the findings of two reports from FIA technical delegate Manuel Leal, and excluded the four cars from the preceding Hungarian and Moroccan rounds as a result.
Honda announced its intention to appeal the decisions relating to its factory cars at the Nurburgring and formally lodged its appeal against the exclusions through the Automobile Club D’italia, the national sporting authority of JAS Motorsport, which runs the manufacturer’s entry in the WTCC.
Its case was heard last Thursday in Paris, with the ICA panel finding Honda’s appeal to be admissible. It therefore judged that the Hungarian results would be reinstated – Honda having initially been cleared by stewards at the meeting – but that its exclusion from the Moroccan rounds, which Honda dominated, would be upheld.
The team issued a statement after the results of the hearing were published, saying that while it was disappointed that its exclusion from Morocco had not been reversed, it accepted the decision.
Honda’s drivers Tiago Monteiro, Norbert Michelisz and Rob Huff now sit fourth, sixth and eighth in the championship standings respectively. ● Lada dominated last weekend’s round at the Moscow Raceway, with veteran Gabriele Tarquini securing his first win since 2014 in the first race from ninth on the grid before team-mate Nicky Catsburg grabbed a first World Touring Car Championship victory in race two.