Taniguchi and Nika start campaign

"I had my first drive in the car today"

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By Olivier Ferret

2 May 2014 - 16:01
Taniguchi and Nika start campaign

NIKA Racing and Yukinori Taniguchi start their 2014 FIA WTCC campaign this weekend at the Hungaroring.

The Japanese driver, who won the first WTCC Asia Trophy last year, is at the wheel of the very first Honda Civic WTCC car, that was previously driven by Tiago Monteiro in the last three rounds of the 2012 season and by Takuya Izawa at Suzuka in 2013.

“It’s good to be back in the WTCC,” said the Japanese who last raced in 2013 season’s finale in Macau. “I had my first drive in the car today, doing seven timed laps in testing. The Honda is quite a difficult car compared to what I have driven in the past – BMW, Seat and Chevrolet. The last time I was here in Hungary was three years ago, so I kind of remembered the track. Some corners have been resurfaced, which is quite nice. Right now the car is just fine, all that’s missing is more seat time for me. But I’m gradually building up confidence lap by lap; slowly adapting the car to my liking.”

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