Honda scored victory in the final race of the FIA World Touring Car Championship to secure the runner-up spots in both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ points tables.

Polesitter Esteban Guerrieri claimed a lights-to-flag victory in the Main Race at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar to add to a 10th-placed finish in the reversed-grid Opening Race.

He was joined on the podium by Tiago Monteiro, who was nominated to collect the winning manufacturer trophy on behalf of Honda.

Esteban’s victory was his first since joining Honda and the fifth Main Race victory of the year for the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team; the highest number achieved by any of the competitors in the 2017 season. It also moved the Argentinian up to fourth in the end-of-season points table.

His team-mate Norbert Michelisz began Friday night’s races just 8.5 points behind his title rival in the battle for the Drivers’ Championship, but started 11th on both occasions after a braking issue affected his qualifying performances.

He made strong starts to both races to move up several places, but with overtaking extremely difficult on the Losail circuit due to its succession of long, sweeping corners, he was limited to ninth and eighth places in the two races.

While this was not quite enough to secure the title, he did claim second place in the points table; the best position ever achieved by a Hungarian driver in an FIA circuit racing World Championship. He also ended the season with the highest number of pole positions and Main Race wins of any driver.

Ryo Michigami started 13th twice and finished 14th in the Opening Race after losing positions at the start. Several set-up changes improved his car for the Main Race and he was able to end the season with a points finish.

Esteban Guerrieri

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“I’m extremely pleased to end the season with a victory; my first since joining Honda. The team improved the car a lot after the Opening Race and in the Main Race the car was the best I’ve ever driven in my career; it was just perfect and I could control the race comfortably. I’d like to thank Honda for giving me the opportunity to drive for a works team in a World Championship. I know the circumstance only came about because of Tiago’s injuries, and it was very special to celebrate with him on the podium.”

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Norbert Michelisz

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“I had the fastest car throughout this weekend and I thought that would give me the best possible chance of fighting for the title. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out that way, but I gave it my all. After the issue with the brakes in qualifying, I knew I had two tough races ahead of me, and although I made some progress, the nature of this circuit makes overtaking very difficult, so I wasn’t able to do it. I’m still very proud to have finished second in the championship. It’s the best season of my life. Hopefully I’ll have an opportunity to come back next year and go one better.”

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Ryo Michigami

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“I’m pleased to end the season with a points finish at the end of a pretty tough day. Qualifying didn’t go as planned because of the track time we lost in practice, and from there it was always going to be tough. I made a bad start in the Opening Race and had a lot of understeer immediately. In the Main Race I made a very good start and the car was much better because of some set-up changes we made. I tried to chase down ninth place, but it wasn’t quite possible. I’ve learnt an awful lot this season and I want to thank Honda for giving me the opportunity to race in a World Championship for the first time.”

Honda Racing Team JAS
Alessandro Mariani

Alessandro Mariani

CEO, JAS Motorsport

“Today we were in total control in terms of speed. Esteban dominated the Main Race and Norbi was the strongest driver in qualifying, but unfortunately had a technical issue that meant he could not qualify where he deserved to. We have shown all season that we had the fastest car because we have won the most Main Races and had the most pole positions. I’m very disappointed that Norbi did not have the chance to win the Championship, but I am very proud of the engineering job we have done as a collaboration between the engineers from Honda, Mugen and JAS in producing the fastest TC1 car in the world.”

Honda Racing WTCR
Ryuichi Furukawa

Ryuichi Furukawa

Large Project Leader WTCC Development, Honda R&D

“Firstly, I would like to congratulate Esteban on a fantastic Main Race victory. He is a very good driver and I had every confidence he would win the race from pole position because the car we gave him was very strong. Unfortunately, today’s results were not enough to win the championships for either Norbi or for Honda, but thanks to the work of the mechanics and engineers, we have produced the fastest car this season and developed it very well as the year went on. Of this we are proud.”

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WTCC Race of Qatar

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

WTCC 2017, Round 10

Friday 1 Dec 2017, 20:06 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 30 25 Castrol Honda WTCC Honda 12 laps
2 Rob Huff 12 GBR 23 18 Münnich Motorsport Citroën +3.708
3 Nick Catsburg 63 NDL 19 15 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo +7.319
4 Thed Björk 62 SWE 16 12 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo +7.466
5 Tom Chilton 3 GBR 13 10 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën +8.785
6 Kris Richard 11 SWI 10 8 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Chevrolet +10.589
7 Yvan Muller 64 FRA 7 6 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo +11.459
8 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 4 4 Castrol Honda WTCC Honda +12.023
9 John Filippi 27 FRA 2 2 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën +15.942
10 Ryo Michigami 34 JPN 1 1 Honda Racing Team JAS Honda +22.140
11 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 0 ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet +22.769
12 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 0 0 RC Motorsport Lada +24.275
13 Dániel Nagy 99 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Honda +30.126
14 Kevin Gleason 24 USA 0 0 RC Motorsport Lada +34.895
15 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Honda +48.988
16 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën +DNF
Friday 1 Dec 2017, 18:48 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tom Chilton 3 GBR 25 25 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën 10 laps
2 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 18 18 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën +2.175
3 Kevin Gleason 24 USA 15 15 RC Motorsport Lada +6.178
4 John Filippi 27 FRA 12 12 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën +7.054
5 Thed Björk 62 SWE 10 10 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo +7.571
6 Yvan Muller 64 FRA 8 8 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo +7.945
7 Rob Huff 12 GBR 6 6 Münnich Motorsport Citroën +8.577
8 Nick Catsburg 63 NDL 4 4 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo +9.248
9 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 2 2 Castrol Honda WTCC Honda +9.537
10 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 1 1 Castrol Honda WTCC Honda +10.304
11 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 0 ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet +12.587
12 Kris Richard 11 SWI 0 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Chevrolet +12.995
13 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 0 0 RC Motorsport Lada +13.857
14 Ryo Michigami 34 JPN 0 0 Honda Racing Team JAS Honda +14.924
15 Dániel Nagy 99 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Honda +22.050
16 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 0 0 Zengo Motorsport Honda +27.132
Friday 1 Dec 2017, 12:50 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Total Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Esteban Guerrieri 86 ARG 5 Castrol Honda WTCC Honda 2:00.893
2 Nick Catsburg 63 NDL 4 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 2:01.307
3 Rob Huff 12 GBR 3 Münnich Motorsport Citroën 2:01.311
4 Thed Björk 62 SWE 2 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 2:01.557
5 Yvan Muller 64 FRA 1 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo 2:01.893
6 Tom Chilton 3 GBR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën 2:01.966
7 Mehdi Bennani 25 MAR 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën 2:02.176
8 Kris Richard 11 SWI 0 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Chevrolet 2:02.735
9 John Filippi 27 FRA 0 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën 2:02.940
10 Kevin Gleason 24 USA 0 RC Motorsport Lada 2:03.423
11 Norbert Michelisz 5 HUN 0 Castrol Honda WTCC Honda 2:03.554
12 Tom Coronel 9 NDL 0 ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet 2:03.602
13 Ryo Michigami 34 JPN 0 Honda Racing Team JAS Honda 2:03.552
14 Yann Ehrlacher 68 FRA 0 RC Motorsport Lada 2:03.746
15 Zsolt Szabo 66 HUN 0 Zengo Motorsport Honda 2:05.300
16 Dániel Nagy 99 HUN 0 Zengo Motorsport Honda 2:05.343
Driver Standings
Friday, 1 Dec 2017
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Thed BJöRK 62 SWE 283.5 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo
2 Norbert MICHELISZ 5 HUN 255 Castrol Honda WTCC Honda
3 Tom CHILTON 3 GBR 248.5 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën
4 Esteban GUERRIERI 86 ARG 241 Castrol Honda WTCC Honda
5 Nick CATSBURG 63 NDL 238.5 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo
6 Mehdi BENNANI 25 MAR 234 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën
7 Rob HUFF 12 GBR 215 Münnich Motorsport Citroën
8 Tiago MONTEIRO 18 POR 200 Castrol Honda WTCC Honda
9 Nestor GIROLAMI 61 ARG 112 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo
10 Yann EHRLACHER 68 FRA 90 RC Motorsport Lada
11 Tom CORONEL 9 NDL 69 ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet
12 John FILIPPI 27 FRA 48 Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën
13 Kevin GLEASON 24 USA 47.5 RC Motorsport Lada
14 Ryo MICHIGAMI 34 JPN 20 Honda Racing Team JAS Honda
15 Yvan MULLER 64 FRA 16 Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo
16 Kris RICHARD 11 SWI 10 Team OSCARO by Campos Racing Chevrolet
17 Filipe DE SOUZA 26 CHN 8.5 RC Motorsport Lada
18 Aurélien PANIS FRA 2
19 Dániel NAGY 99 HUN 1 Zengo Motorsport Honda
20 Zsolt SZABO 66 HUN 1 Zengo Motorsport Honda