Honda’s WTCC ap­peal partly suc­cess­ful

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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.

Honda’s Hun­gary re­sults were re­in­stated, but not Morocco’s

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