Honda confirms Tarquini and Monteiro for its first season in the WTCC

Honda has announced Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro as its drivers for its first season in the World Touring Car Championship

Honda confirms Tarquini and Monteiro for its first season in the WTCC

The duo will drive the Civic cars run by Italian team JAS Motorsport.

Honda said Monteiro will enter the final three races of the 2012 season at Suzuka, Shanghai and Macau as part of the Japanese manufacturer's development programme.

Tarquini, the 2009 world champion, will start assisting the team already this year.

"We are delighted to have Gabriele back with us and excited to welcome Tiago into the Honda racing family for the first time," said Honda's motorsport boss Hideo Sato.

"Both are former Formula 1 drivers and have also proven time and again that they belong in the absolute top echelon of world touring car drivers.

"We are convinced that both drivers will contribute to the success of the Honda Civic in the FIA WTCC. I'd also like to express a special gratitude to the FIA and Eurosport Events, who have both been instrumental in making our entry in the WTCC possible from this year onwards."

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