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FIA WTCR JVCKENWOOD Flee of Japan

WTCR – FIA World Touring Automobile Cup introduced by OSCARO 2019


Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of 30, Suzuka Circuit, 25-27 October

Press Conference Room, Suzuka Circuit, 24 October

In attendance:

Esteban Guerrieri, ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport

Norbert Michelisz, BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse

Tiago Monteiro, KCMG

Yvan Muller, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co

Ryuichiro Tomita, Audi Team Hitotsuyama

Q:

Up except the China weekend you were leading the standings however no come by for the previous six point-scoring opportunities. What are your suggestions coming into this weekend?

EG:

Yeah, strive to revert that and verify out to form it somewhat better this time. We form of had a first fee doable within the final tournament however we couldn’t maximise everything. Expectantly we are in a position to originate perfect at Honda’s home glide, which is terribly crucial for all of us, scoring some perfect results and we thought what we are in a position to originate. The climate is asking moderately refined the following day for qualifying, it’s all compacted in in some unspecified time in the future the following day the qualifying, this will doubtless also be relaxing and obviously the competition is terribly tight and one or two tenths will form the difference here on the this music so we will derive a draw to ought to quiet be right.

Q:

We noticed final twelve months you and Yvan having a extremely feisty battle heading within the correct direction. Are we going to have a repeat this twelve months?

EG:

No, because this used to be on the long music and now we are on the rapid one! It used to be somewhat of a misunderstanding in qualifying that point with Yvan. Issues happen in racing, now it’s one other memoir and confidently we don’t have this form of plot back in qualifying. Having acknowledged that on this music, with 52 or 55 seconds if it’s moist or somewhat more maybe and 30 autos heading within the correct direction this will doubtless also be in actuality titillating to search out the gap. Moreover, with the spray this will doubtless also be a chic day the following day and strive to be alert to what’s occurring. To place one lap together goes to be tricky however we strive to search out that.

Q:

Racing in Japan manner so a lot to you, that’s the put you accept as true with your helpful seat and it additionally reminds you of a particular Ayrton Senna?

EG:

I was never in Japan except I arrived here and signed for Honda so it used to be a extremely special welcome from this nation. Then I came throughout how the folks are. They are realty fashion and it’s amazing how the custom of this nation works since it’s completely hundreds of from what I thought sooner than. It’s very advantageous and I’m very proud to be phase of Honda. In a means I in actuality feel at home in this nation. Having acknowledged this, apt here and looking to originate correctly for Honda… and my hero Ayrton Senna used to be a Honda ambassador and driver so it’s a advantageous scheme to approach support here and have these reminiscences. Nonetheless it absolutely’s crucial to copy these heading within the correct direction as correctly.

Q:

Turning to Norbert Michelisz, Ningbo used to be a first fee weekend for you – you’re now leading the standings?

NM:

It used to be k! In fact, we did ask Ningbo to be solid for us since you would possibly maybe perchance well also thought additionally final twelve months the layout is suiting our automotive. Within the quit scoring enormous parts and apt a glide you would possibly maybe perchance well even be gratified. I’m somewhat disappointed about Flee 3 because I neglected some parts, however taking the championship lead is a advantageous feeling, apt a glide is a advantageous feeling and within the quit shall we even be happy with that.

Q:

You and Tom Coronel are the fully WTCR drivers to have won on this circuit – present us about the Suzuka Circuit East Course?

NM:

For me, even supposing it’s rapid, it’s moderately refined. Like Esteban says, for me it’s a circuit about the drivers. Right here is because the gaps could be very little. If it’s miles a dry qualifying, when you happen to put your lap together most potentially you are alright. Nonetheless when you happen to form a mistake and also you lose one tenth, you would possibly maybe perchance well even be 12 locations down the facet toll road. For me the main focal point is to be trim in my laps and create all the draw thru the head 10 in each qualifying classes. For me the goal is to have the boldness within the automotive since you would possibly maybe perchance well even have a extremely refined braking and turn-in on the first corner and then it’s all about changing direction and preserving a trim line. For me on this circuit, over-riding costs you mighty better than having a confident kindly draw.

Q:

So, originate you would possibly maybe perchance well even have self belief within the automotive this weekend?

NM:

For certain, always. This season we showed on some circuits we are the reference automotive. The Hyundai is for me a extremely perfect all-round bundle. You would possibly maybe perchance well even thought after we won the championship final twelve months, this twelve months we are repeatedly bettering and I’m moderately confident for the comfort of the season and additionally for this circuit. Within the quit the competition never sleeps. For certain I will now not lean support because as you noticed in Ningbo, Yvan used to be having an unprecedented weekend. I’m looking ahead to Esteban, Yvan, however additionally the exchange folks to be solid and to be there. It’s now not fully us however as a minimum Thed [Björk] and Mikel [Azcona] are having an opportunity as correctly.

Q:

After 415 days stopping you had a extremely emotional comeback here final twelve months. Dispute us about that and the draw the final twelve months has been for you?

TM:

It used to be here the comeback after a twelve months and a half of restoration and labor. It paid off and I’m chuffed I made all these efforts and didn’t quit because, within the quit, by tackling all of the issues very soon, very early, making all of the that you just would possibly maybe perchance well also imagine therapies… that’s one in every of the important thing causes for my restoration. I’m chuffed I did it and chuffed obviously to be support. It used to be an emotional comeback here with all of the amazing welcome from my company on the music and obviously the followers and the total motorsport family. Since then it’s been moderately a spell binding rollercoaster. We’re stopping in a extremely aggressive atmosphere with amazing drivers and amazing groups, all people is terribly tight. We would favor to have everything suited to ought to have a suited weekend since it would possibly maybe tear very without order corrupt. We’ve had about a of those, we’ve had some perfect results this twelve months, in particular within the twisty, technical tracks. Nonetheless we’ve additionally had some very titillating weekends. You want manage with that and it’s miles valuable to beef up from there. I bet we’ve been bettering all twelve months long and verify out to be more consistent on the front. We’ve proved shall we even be on the front, we’ve won a glide, however we’re now not consistent ample so we desire to work on that and that’s what we’ve been looking to originate within the outdated couple of weeks and months. Right here it’s a extremely hundreds of music, very rapid. Qualifying could be some distance more crucial and the following day is a extremely enormous day with everything the following day, potentially moist. This is in a position to perchance well also be attention-grabbing, same for everyone so up to us to employ the fully out of it and verify out to originate a first fee job out of it however total, I’m heavenly confident.

Q:

In Ningbo we noticed you having a extremely enormous crash at Ningbo. What have been the aftereffects and the draw is the automotive?

TM:

Ningbo used to be heavenly harsh for hundreds of oldsters. There used to be hundreds of contacts, hundreds of aggressivity, hundreds of enjoyment from many people. That’s the vogue maybe the music configuration used to be and the mood of the drivers on the time. The impact used to be heavenly solid, however there used to be no bodily effects on myself. There were some checks on the clinic however upright precaution. I was very kindly within the automotive and no issues there. On the exchange facet my automotive used to be heavenly broken. I in actuality have a brand fresh chassis this weekend, the front-left used to be fully destroyed so I in actuality have a mark-fresh automotive. It used to be titillating for the mechanics because they had a heavenly tough night time in China and they also arrived here a puny bit bit earlier in narrate to put together everything. Every thing appears to be like to be like perfect, they’re an improbable group of oldsters so it wants to be perfect the following day.

Q:

Turning to Yvan Muller, what a weekend Ningbo used to be for you and we’ve got somewhat of a feeling of déjà vu heading into these outdated couple of rounds. Focus on over with us about Ningbo and this weekend, up to P3 within the standings?

YM:

Let’s thought if we are righteous to originate the same weekend of Ningbo however that could be potentially tricky here. Nonetheless this circuit can swimsuit our automotive because our automotive is a first fee automotive as correctly on every form of circuit. The rapid circuit is maybe better for us with the energy penalty now we have is less a penalty. Nonetheless the rest can happen throughout the weekend. This is in a position to perchance well also be tricky with a transient circuit, virtually 30 autos on maybe a 55-2d lap, we don’t know exactly. It goes to be coated by lower than two seconds so this will doubtless also be complex in qualifying and the glide to boot to that. Nonetheless as Tiago acknowledged, it’s the same for everyone so let’s thought what happens.

Q:

You are one point within the support of Esteban Guerrieri. A large a menace is he to you this weekend?

YM:

My abilities from the previous suggested me now not to search after the parts . I upright originate my job as fully as I will and we are in a position to thought on the quit of the season the put we are.

Q:

Welcome to the WTCR Ryuichiro Tomita, one in every of our Eastern wildcards. You were very leisurely into the enviornment of riding and racing, you fully got your licence when you were 21, present us about that and the vogue you managed to derive into the enviornment of racing?

RT:

I cherish racing for a extremely long time however I don’t have any probability for racing. Nonetheless some probability came after getting the riding licence and after some time I derive an opportunity in Eastern GT. Now I pass to Audi Team Hitotsuyama in Huge GT with the R8 LMS and I derive a first fee abilities for me.

Q:

Even though you are fully known for your GT riding you for the time being are within the support of the wheel of a TCR automotive so what does it indicate to you to be riding in WTCR at home?


RT:

The adaptation is huge and the following day I will derive my abilities in Free Apply 1 and Free Apply 2. We have a first fee engineer in our group and I in actuality ought to focus on over with him to focus on about my riding and adjusting. I bet we are in a position to originate our fully the following day.


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