Honda WTCC driver Tiago Monteiro and Esteban Guerrieri will continue to represent the Japanese carmaker in the new FIA World Touring Car Cup.

Monteiro is the first driver announced in the Boutsen Ginion Racing team’s line-up, while Guerrieri will join Münnich Motorsport.

Boutsen Ginion Racing announced its graduation to the new WTCR series after two years competing in the TCR Benelux Touring Car Championship as well as spending 2017 racing in the WTCR’s forebear, the TCR International Series.

Monteiro will drive one of the Belgian squad’s Honda Civic FK8 Type R TCR entries, while the identity of the Portuguese driver’s teammate is still to be revealed.

The 41-year-old ex-Formula 1 driver has not raced since July while he has continued a lengthy recovery from serious injuries sustained in a high-speed testing accident at Barcelona. Monteiro was leading the WTCC Drivers’ Championship standings at the time, but his sidelining left him unable to compete for the remainder of the season which allowed Polestar Racing Volvo driver Thed Björk to clinch the title.

“I’m delighted to remain part of the Honda Racing family for another year,” Monteiro said. “Since I first worked with Honda in 2012, I feel we’ve been getting stronger and stronger by the season and by last year we were in a very good place to win the championship before my accident.

“The past six months have been incredibly tough, but thanks to some amazing support I’m now well on my way to getting back in a racing car. Boutsen Ginion Racing are a strong team, who I’ve won races with in TCR before, so I can’t wait to drive the car and for the season to start.”

Monteiro’s seat in the factory Honda WTCC squad was filled by Guerrieri, who claimed three race wins and was an outside chance to claim the Drivers’ Championship title in the final round of the season in Qatar.

Having started the 2017 campaign with Campos Racing in a privateer Chevrolet, the Argentine has been rewarded for his ‘super sub’ efforts.

He will join Münnich Motorsport team, which fielded Rob Huff in a single Citroën C-Elysée WTCC last year. The German outfit has previously competed with earlier-generation Honda Civic TCR-spec machinery in both the European Touring Car Cup and the TCR Germany Touring Car Championship with team principal René Münnich in the cockpit.

It is the second WTCC outfit to confirm its signing to the FIA World Touring Car Cup – a merger between the WTCC and TCR International series’ – and follows that of Sébastien Loeb Racing.

“I felt like last year was a real breakthrough year for me in world touring cars, so I’m extremely pleased to be racing a Honda Civic in 2018,” Guerrieri said.

“TCR is the fastest-growing touring car category in the world and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this programme. I had some great races against the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich cars in the WTCC last year and it’s clear they can run a very fast machine, so I’m optimistic of putting together a title challenge.”

2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup – Provisional Entry List
No. Driver Team Car
2 Gabriele Tarquini it BRC Racing Team it Hyundai i30 N
4 Denis Dupont be Comtoyou Racing be Audi RS3 LMS
5 Norbert Michelisz hu BRC Racing Team it Hyundai i30 N
12 Rob Huff uk Sébastien Loeb Racing fr Volkswagen Golf GTI
18 Tiago Monteiro pt Boutsen Ginion Racing be Honda Civic Type-R
25 Mehdi Bennani ma Sébastien Loeb Racing fr Volkswagen Golf GTI
28 Aurélien Panis fr Comtoyou Racing be Audi RS3 LMS
86 Esteban Guerrieri ar ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport de Honda Civic Type-R
TBA TBA ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport de Honda Civic Type-R
TBA TBA Boutsen Ginion Racing be Honda Civic Type-R
TBA TBA Romeo Ferraris it Alfa Romeo Giulietta
TBA TBA Romeo Ferraris it Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Image via Alfa Romeo

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