After taking his first win with the Honda Accord last time out at Imola, James Thompson will hope to make it two victories in as many race weekends as the World Touring Car Championship competes on European soil for the final time this weekend at Monza.
The Briton produced a stunning drive in the second race of the weekend in Imola to take his first win of the year which was also the first win for the Accord in the WTCC.
With confidence boosted on the back of that win, Thompson will now hope to try and repeat the form he enjoyed last season at Monza, when he took a double podium finish at the wheel of his Alfa Romeo 156.
“We were third in both races last year,” he said. “We have been focusing on establishing ourselves with the new car this year so top finishes have been slightly out of our sight but our performance in Imola was extremely encouraging.
“Monza has some of the features which were favourable to us in Imola so another strong result could be possible. We know the track very well and are getting better and better with the car so hopefully another podium isn't out of our reach!”
N.Technology, in collaboration with JAS Motorsport, will be running its second car at Monza for the first time with Yukinori Taniguchi at the wheel – as he will be for his home round in Okayama.
The Japanese racer had his first taste of the Accord during two days of testing with the team at Adria and admitted he couldn't wait to make his race debut.
“Although I don't expect to match someone of James' calibre, who already holds so much touring car racing experience, I hope to be competitive in Monza for the team's home rounds and then in Okayama for my national race meeting,” he said. “The test went very well and I am learning the car's limits and behaviour with every lap. The team is extremely professional and it is a pleasure to be working with them.”