Gabriele Tarquini says he is delighted to give Honda a much desired World Touring Car Championship win on home soil as the factory team returned to winning ways in Suzuka.

The Italian took full advantage of his reverse grid race two pole position (for qualifying tenth ahead of race one) to lead from the first corner to the chequered flag.

Though a second win for the Honda Civic following Mehdi Bennani's success in China, Tarquini's triumph was the first for the Castrol team since the switch to TC1 regulations and it came in ideal surroundings.

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"I am really pleased with my result," he said. "This was my chance to win and I took it. In order to win the race I knew I had to get away from the pack to quickly create a gap which I could do.

"I was confident because we know the Civic has good race pace. It is never easy but I could control the pace and manage the gap right to the end. It is very important for Honda at their home track and not having an Italian race this year I now think this is my home event! I am really, really happy."

The victory sets up a three-way Honda battle for fourth place in the overall standings with Tiago Monteiro, Norbert Michelisz and Tarquini split by just seven points.