The Honda Civic Type R has now scored four key championships in the world of touring cars after taking three titles in one weekend (October 1-2).
Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden took the driver’s crown in the MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch in dramatic style, passing points leader Sam Tordoff in the very last race of the last round of the season, in similar fashion to last year, winning by just two points, in his NGTC-specification Type R, built and run by Team Dynamics.
The team fought off some really tough competition from the West Surrey Racing BMWs and Team BMR Subarus to clinch the title.
In addition, the JAS Motorsport-built Civic Type R TCRs delivered two titles in two days, with Brit Josh Files winning the inaugural ADAC TCR Germany crown on Saturday, October 1st with the Target Competition team at Hockenheim.
And a mere 24 hours after File secured his championship, Kris Richard from Switzerland followed things up by taking the FIA European Touring Car Cup after a couple of second-place finishes at Imola in Italy in his Rikli Motorsport Civic Type R.
Richard won a total of five races throughout the 2016 ETCC season, including one at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, where the Civic Type R still holds the front-wheel drive lap record.
The weekend’s excellent results mean that four major touring car series have been won by Civic Type Rs this year after Roberto Colciago won the TCR Italy title with his AGS team a week earlier.
And the success of the Type R continued as Colciago and Kevin Gleason took victories in their races at the TCR International Series at Sepang in Malaysia.
The Type R could even add another title to its collection in the next couple of weeks as Stephane Lemeret sits in the lead of the TCR Benelux Series after picking up multiple victories throughout the year, racing for Boutsen Ginion Racing.
Philip Crossman, the Managing Director of Honda UK said of the weekend’s successes: “To have this level of success in one weekend is an amazing achievement for the Civic Type R.
“Back to back drivers’ championships in the BTCC for Gordon was exciting enough at Brands Hatch on Sunday – but to compound it with the other three successes is outstanding.
“The new Civic Type R, which we unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last week, is going to have a lot to live up to!”
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