Honda Civic Type R TCR on podium at Imola
Max Mugelli and MM Motorsport took the first TCR Italy podium for the 2018-spec Honda Civic Type R TCR on a dramatic weekend at Imola.
Mugelli, who is competing in the series for the first time this year, qualified in a season’s-best third place and drove well to claim second place in a race truncated by two long spells behind the safety car.
He finished 17th in Sunday’s race to hold ninth spot in the Drivers’ Championship while new team-mate Mauro Guastamacchia took a best finish of 11th on his debut weekend in the series in an older model.
Misano race-winner Jurgen Schmarl was a double points finisher in his 2017 model run by Target Competition. He showed excellent racecraft in Race One to emerge in fifth place, making up two spots on the final lap.
The Austrian then added seventh on Sunday to sit sixth in the points table.
Team-mate Marco Pellegrini was spun out of a top-10 finish midway through Race One by a rival driver and did not score a point during the weekend. Jose Rodrigues retired from the opening race, but his co-driver Cesar Machado did finish 14th in Race Two.
Mads Fischer, JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader, said: “We are an Italian organisation, based in Milan, so while our Civic Type R TCR customer programme is a global one, we do like to see our cars achieving strong results in our national series. MM Motorsport were the first TCR Italy team to take delivery of a 2018 car and so it is great to see their hard work rewarded with a first podium for Max Mugelli.”
Notes to editors:
Main: Max Mugellli, MM Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Italy, Imola, Italy; Lower: (Row 1 L) Jurgen Schmarl, Target Competition, Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Italy, Imola, Italy (R) Jose Rodrigues/Cesar Machado, Target Competition, Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Italy, Imola, Italy; (Row 2 L) Marco Pellegrini, Target Competition, Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Italy, Imola, Italy; (R) Mauro Guastamacchia, MM Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Italy, Imola, Italy.
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.