Although Kevin Ceccon took victory on the road, a five second penalty meant that he’d drop behind championship leader Gabriele Tarquini.
2018 WTCR – Suzuka
Rob Huff took his second race win of 2018 after beating Pepe Oriola, while Norbert Michelisz made a long-awaited return to the top three.
Kevin Ceccon’s superb victory in the opening race at Suzuka provided Team Mulsanne with a much-needed boost, particularly following the recent departure of Fabrizio Giovanardi due to doubts about the car’s performance.
Following Fabrizio Giovanardi’s sudden departure from Team Mulsanne, Luigi Ferrara has been enlisted to drive one of the WTCR Alfa Romeos alongside Kevin Ceccon.
Having been out injured for over a year, Tiago Monteiro will be warmly welcomed back to the World Touring Car Cup grid when the series heads to Japan.
The Peugeot 308TCR and Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR are relative minnows amongst the World Touring Car ranks, yet this didn’t stop Aurelien Comte and Kevin Ceccon from getting the best out of them at Suzuka.