Honda’s successes in the recent World Touring Car Championship rounds at Hungary and Morocco remain provisional as the FIA technical delegate moves closer to ruling whether the flat floor design fitted to the Civic WTCC chassis is compliant with the technical regulations.

Honda swept to a 1-2-3 lockout of qualifying and the main race results in Marrakech last weekend to reignite their championship battle with Citroën, however the team’s recent form could be a false dawn if they are subsequently excluded from the results.

A technical bulletin was issued during the recent Race of Hungary announcing that the flat floor design of the field’s four Honda Civics – those being the works entries of Robert Huff, Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz, as well as the privateer entry of Ferenc Ficza – was being investigated.

All four cars were subsequently declared compliant by the event’s stewards, however it is understood that the more senior FIA technical delegate is continuing to inspect the issue and will soon make an official ruling.

The floor design is believed to better help mitigate the impact of any compensation ballast the cars have had to carry in recent events – 70kg in Hungary, 40kg in Morocco – although the technical regulations appear open to interpretation and this is the specific crux of the investigation.

Image via FIA WTCC Media

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