Honda has confirmed that Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro will head its line-up as it launches its works programme in the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship.
The pair will join forces in an operation run by former WTCC team JAS Motorsports, who will develop an S2000-spec version of the five-door Honda Civic model. Honda itself will be responsible for developing its bespoke 1.6-litre turbo engine.
The deal means that Monteiro – who current races in a SUNRED León this season – will debut the new car in the final three championship rounds at Suzuka, Shanghai and Macau.
Tarquini – who raced in Honda colours in the late 1990s and early 2000s – will see out his season with Lukoil Racing SEAT before joining the squad in the 2012-13 off-season.
“We are delighted to have Gabriele back with us and excited to welcome Tiago into the Honda racing family for the first time,” Honda’s motorsport boss, Hideo Sato, is quoted as saying.
“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.”