Kris Richard replaces Esteban Guerrieri at Campos for Japan

Kris Richard has replaced Esteban Guerrieri for this weekend’s Japanese round of the WTCC, which paves the way for the Argentinian to move to Honda to deputise for Tiago Monteiro.

Swiss driver Richard won a one-off race appearance in the WTCC as a prize for winning the 2016 European Touring Car Cup last year with Rikli Motorsport, and has been busy this year racing in the TCR Germany series for Target Competition.

Richard will now take over from Guerrieri, twice a race winner this season, with an announcement expected soon confirming that the Argentinian will be drafted in to replace Tiago Monteiro at Honda, while Gabriele Tarquini races at Adria in the TCR Europe Trophy for Hyundai.

“I don’t know the car, the team, the track, the WTCC or anything but these are plus points for me because I have no pressure,” said Richard. “I just go there to do the best I can out of the situation, completely free in the mind. I am really excited and really looking forward.”