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Michelisz: I want to improve further
30 January 2014
Norbert Michelisz insists his focus for the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season is to 'keep improving' as the Hungarian racer heads into his fifth full campaign in the series.
Michelisz will again drive a Honda Civic this year after Zengo Motorsport extended its agreement to run as a customer Honda team, with the team set to take delivery of a new TC1-spec car ahead of the opening meeting of the year in Morocco.
The 29-year-old was present at last week's test with the works-run JAS Motorsport team in Spain to see what drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro had to say about the new Civic and he admitted that he couldn't wait to get down to business.
“The impression was very positive,” he said. “Even though I did not drive, it was very useful to see how Gabriele and Tiago were handling the car and doing the development work. The words I had with them were already helpful for me in my preparations.
“It's my goal to improve my position every year, but we have to see how competitive our package will be. For me the most important thing is to improve my racing race after race and be competitive with the drivers who have the same material. If I achieve that goal and win some races, then I will be happy!”
With Citroen joining the fray for 2014, and with new TC1 cars from LADA and RML already confirmed, alongside a planned entry from Onyx with a currently unknown machine, the Honda teams are set to face a huge challenge on track in 2014 and Michelisz said it was hard to predict who would be the team to beat.
“At Citroen there are three world class drivers, a car that was tested for the last six months, but you must consider that it's a new project for them,” he said. “I'm sure Citroen will fight for race victories from the first moment.
“RML is one of the most competent teams, so there is no doubt about their car being strong again. However, because it will be run by customer teams, I don't think that the Cruze can fight for the top championship positions on a long term, despite it will be driven by qualified drivers.
“ LADA will profit the most from the new regulations. Considering this and the fact that they have two strong drivers like Thompson and Huff, we can expect them to fight for podium finishes at least.”
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