Honda Racing's Gabriele Tarquini feels his team has all the right ingredients to challenge for World Touring Car Championship titles in 2015.

The Japanese manufacturer has five Honda Civics running in this season's WTCC series, two Castrol-liveried driven by Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro, as well as Zengo Motorsport's Norbert Michelisz, Proteam Racing with Dusan Borkovic and Nika International's Rickard Rydell.

Tarquini, who returns for his third consecutive season with the factory Honda team, says he is full of confidence for the new season but adds it will be challenging season with a competitive grid anticipated.

"I am ready for the new season and having completed more testing than last winter I am more confident than ever that we can deliver results with the Honda Civic," said the 2009 WTCC champion. "This is a world championship with the best drivers, best teams and the most competitive cars so results do not come easy. But I feel we are ready to challenge hard and Argentina will see the reality of our work."

Honda's Daisuke Horiuchi, head of its WTCC operations, says the 2015 Civic is an upgrade on last year's model, with an improved engine and chassis package.

"Evolutions to the engine specification including higher compression ratio, advanced fuel and ignition mapping and improved exhaust flow have increased power and drivability," Horiuchi said. "Changes to the chassis include a new power steering system and altered shock absorber ratings. Test sessions in Spain and France have confirmed the performance improvements."

The teams is expecting further developments by the third round of the season in Hungary (2-3 May). The season commences this weekend (7-8 March) in Argentina before traveling to Morocco a month later.



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