Honda Civic Type R TCR makes Russian debut
The Honda Civic Type R TCR entered yet another new series last weekend as Neva Motorsport gave the car its TCR Russia Cup debut at the Kazan Ring.
Driver Oleg Kharuk qualified seventh of the competitors aiming for the TCR Trophy for gentleman drivers, and 16th overall, but started the opening race from the pitlane; the standard penalty handed out by the series to drivers that switch cars between events.
Kharuk drove a solid race to finish 16th overall in and seventh of the Trophy contenders in the JAS Motorsport-built car.
He started Sunday’s race from his rightful 16th spot and, despite nearly stalling on the line, came home 14th – once again seventh of the Trophy candidates.
He lies seventh in the Trophy standings while Neva Motorsports hold fifth in the overall Teams’ points table.
Mads Fischer, JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader, said: “When we launched the Civic Type R TCR last October, we said we wanted to see it racing in more territories than the old car, which won 12 titles last year. We have achieved this with the expansion of our customer TCR programme to include North America and now Russia too. Neva Motorsports and Oleg Kharuk have a pretty steep learning curve with the car, but they’re a well-run team and I’m sure they’ll unlock their potential soon. Having been in Kazan this weekend, I’m extremely impressed with TCR Russia; its organisation and media programme and the variety of cars and quality of drivers. I’d like to see more Civic Type R TCRs racing here very soon.”
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All: Oleg Kharuk, Neva Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Russia Cup, Kazan Ring, Russia.
About JAS Motorsport
Founded in 1995, JAS Motorsport is one of the world's leading touring car teams and constructors. Initially fielding Alfa Romeos in the ITC, JAS became a technical partner of Honda in 1998 and has been at the forefront of its activities with touring cars and rallying ever since. In 2012, JAS was chosen to develop, in partnership with Honda R&D, the Civic WTCC, with which it claimed the Manufacturers' world title a year later. JAS designed and built the Civic Type R TCR, which claimed 12 major titles in 2016 and '17 and is now responsible for the build of both the all-new Civic TCR and the NSX GT3 supercar.