Michel Vaillant inspired Honda Art Car Jean Graton, has been entered into the latest round of TCR Benelux at the historic Dutch circuit ad will be run by Bousten Ginion Racing.
Fans will be able to get the first glimpse of the car with thress races held over 2 days and the opening-race grib will be decided by a fan vote.
The inspiration for the Honda Art Car Jean Graton was the Michel Vaillant Art Stip, ‘A Fond!’, which depicts him at the wheel of his Formula 1 car in pursuit of a Ferrari through Monaco’s tunnel.
Jean-Louis Dauger, Director of Development – Jean Graton Foundation, said: “We are very pleased to be giving the Honda Art Car Jean Graton its racing debut at Zandvoort. The response to the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed was incredible and we’d like to thank everybody who voted for it to win the WTCC Art Car Contest by showing it off in a dynamic way in TCR Benelux. Michel Vaillant has had many incredible successes throughout his racing career and we’re aiming to add to that list this weekend. I will have an exceptional co-driver in Tiago Monteiro – one of the best drivers in touring car racing – and a great team in Boutsen-Ginion Racing preparing the car, so we are aiming high.”
Tiago Monteiro, driver, commented: “It’s really cool to be asked to drive the Honda Art Car Jean Graton at Zandvoort. The car looks absolutely stunning and I’m sure we can have a strong result too. I already have experience of TCR Benelux after racing – and winning – at Spa-Francorchamps in May and I’m looking forward to having another go. The cars are fun to drive and I really like some of the elements of the weekend such as the fan vote for pole position – so don’t forget to vote for us! Zandvoort is a fantastic circuit with so much motorsport history – and it’s where I made my World Touring Car debut in 2007 too, so I have good memories of the place.”