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Old 20 Dec 2018, 16:49 (Ref:3871680)   #181
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Well, the coverage won't improve for as long as Eurosport continues to exist.
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Old 17 Jan 2019, 08:56 (Ref:3876662)   #182
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Team Mulsanne will return with a two car line up. Touringcartimes said that the two drivers will be Kevin Ceccon and Tom Coronel...

In the meantime there is no confirmation that Honda will support some team, so there could be some independent Honda team next year. It seems they have again Monteiro and Guerrieri with a contract
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Old 17 Jan 2019, 09:07 (Ref:3876666)   #183
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Glad to see them returning, hope they can do better this time
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Old 17 Jan 2019, 12:08 (Ref:3876701)   #184
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Glad to see them returning, hope they can do better this time
If the line-up will be Ceccon/Coronel at least one car will be fast, the other one I'm not so sure about...
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Old 17 Jan 2019, 14:13 (Ref:3876739)   #185
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There are some rumors that Attila Tassi will race in WTCR with Honda
http://www.serbiaring.com/vesti/atil...as-motorsport/
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Old 17 Jan 2019, 20:42 (Ref:3876839)   #186
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There are some rumors that Attila Tassi will race in WTCR with Honda
http://www.serbiaring.com/vesti/atil...as-motorsport/
And it seems that Honda want to place in WTCR one of his drivers.

So for now they should have:
- Monteiro
- Guerrieri ?
- Tassi ?
- japanese driver ?

Team still to be decided
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Old 20 Jan 2019, 15:00 (Ref:3877340)   #187
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A mechanic guy from Münnich (posted it as a Facebook comment, so it is debatable if we can beleive it) said that Tassi is not on their list if they will be the only Honda squad in 2019.
And here comes the question, if Münnich will continue with Hondas- they don't really have other options. And there is Josh Files at Honda too. He is placed "higher" at the japanese squad than Tassi, but Attila has a good backing from Hell Energy. If Münnich will be the only Honda squad, they don't really need drivers with a huge backing- as suggested by team owner René in a previous interview.

There are strong rumours that PUG ceased its factory backing at DG Sport and they don't want to invest money in WTCR anymore and are looking for a cheaper series like TCR Europe. So basically DG are without cars for 2019, as Eric Neve suggested in an interview for hungarian site motorzaj.hu. Here you can find the full interview if you understand the language:
http://motorzaj.hu/a-peugeot-kihuzta...eric-neve-vel/

The only problem is, that Szilvia Magyari, who spoke with Neve is too questionable sometimes -for me at least, so i do not consider it completely true. In the end of the interview, she says that we will find out what happens with the team and Comte until the 30th of January. So we will see in a few days if it is true or not.

The situatation at Comtoyou is also interesting. They have confirmed a few days ago, that Dupont will be racing in TCR Europe this year in their Audis alongside Gilles Magnus. Their team principal said they want to use all of their licences, but can't have 4 Audis due to the new regulations. An option was running two Audis and 2 Cupras (as Cupra is also VW brand). But rumours coming from Campos and Seat suggest that they want Azcona alongside Oriola and Filippi (more likely his money from Oscaro), so if they want him too, they need to run 4 cars as 3 isn't permitted. That would also mean that Zengő would remain without Cupras for 2019.
Remaining at Comtoyou, Vervisch tested a DTM car in December and had/has a few outings with Audi (Dubai 24 h- he was in the winner squad, Bathurst 12 h etc.) and there is growing speculation around him driving for WRT in DTM this year. With Dupont racing in TCR Europe, Panis has probably a strong link to the seat, having also good backing.

The 4th VW is a really good question. Turkington was confirmed at WSR (yes the curse was broken). Another option was Fredrik Ekblöm coming from STCC- but it seems that he will announce his retirement in weeks time, due to his job.

In the end I suggest a field of 26-28 cars. 32 is too optimistic, as Alfa seems to only have 2 cars- if another team will not join, and if PUG also ceases the factory backing. 4 Lynk, VW, Hyundai- confirmed, 4 Audi and Honda- strongly suggested, maybe 4 Cupras and then 2 Alfas and maybe 2 Peugeots if DG will remain as private squad.
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Old 22 Jan 2019, 10:47 (Ref:3877670)   #188
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The 4th VW is a really good question. Turkington was confirmed at WSR (yes the curse was broken). Another option was Fredrik Ekblöm coming from STCC- but it seems that he will announce his retirement in weeks time, due to his job.
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Old 22 Jan 2019, 16:20 (Ref:3877746)   #189
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That would be quite something if it happens
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Old 23 Jan 2019, 11:59 (Ref:3877912)   #190
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And here comes the question, if Münnich will continue with Hondas- they don't really have other options. And there is Josh Files at Honda too. He is placed "higher" at the japanese squad than Tassi, but Attila has a good backing from Hell Energy.
Actually neither Tassi nor Files is contracted to Honda, they were contracted to JAS Motorsport last season, and as far as I know Tassi is in discussion with JAS for 19. But it is not JAS who decides about drivers, although they can give feedback to Honda. If Münnich will be the only Honda team in WTCR this Year, Honda will offer their factory drivers to them, but they will decide, who they want to sign.

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There are strong rumours that PUG ceased its factory backing at DG Sport and they don't want to invest money in WTCR anymore and are looking for a cheaper series like TCR Europe.
I heared the same from other sources. Peugeot does not want to invest in WTCR anymore. So DG sport could try to find a budget, switch marque or leave.
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Old 24 Jan 2019, 10:05 (Ref:3878173)   #191
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I heared the same from other sources. Peugeot does not want to invest in WTCR anymore. So DG sport could try to find a budget, switch marque or leave.
The championship will be even more competitive next season so it's not a surprise. DG need some serious sponsor but probably they will go to TCR Europe where actually you can fight with other privateers with lower costs.

I hope some manufacturers will sign Aurelien Comte, he's very good in touring car
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Old 24 Jan 2019, 15:07 (Ref:3878261)   #192
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Actually neither Tassi nor Files is contracted to Honda, they were contracted to JAS Motorsport last season, and as far as I know Tassi is in discussion with JAS for 19. But it is not JAS who decides about drivers, although they can give feedback to Honda. If Münnich will be the only Honda team in WTCR this Year, Honda will offer their factory drivers to them, but they will decide, who they want to sign.



I heared the same from other sources. Peugeot does not want to invest in WTCR anymore. So DG sport could try to find a budget, switch marque or leave.
Thank you for the infos Atyánk . Since then I have read your article about Girolami joining Honda. As it was rumored since his WTCR visit in Japan, we will see. I'm not a huge fan of him, but will be a good addition to the already impressive field.

Berthon was confirmed today to be driving in WEC at Rebellion for the remaining 3 races and for the full 2019-20 season. As there are no clashes between the two championships, lets hope he will stay in WTCR as well. I was not expecting anything impressive from him last year, and in the end he beat Panis and Dupont too.

Greatings from GP-Zóna!

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Old 25 Jan 2019, 13:15 (Ref:3878551)   #193
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Nestor Girolami close to one of the Honda seat...
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Girolami and Guerrieri in at Munnich!

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Old 28 Jan 2019, 10:36 (Ref:3880138)   #195
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Girolami and Guerrieri in at Munnich!

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Also confirmed, that Münnich will only run two cars, and Monteiro will remain at Honda, being placed at a new team. TC Times suggests Boutsen-Ginion not returning, so maybe we can have a JAS run team, or even KCMG stepping up?
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