Vital points for Civic Type R TCR in TC America opener
The Honda Civic Type R TCR scored a pair of top-10 finishes as the TC America Series kicked off at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Driving for the LAP Motorsports-run LA Honda World Racing team, Harry Cheung produced two consistent drives in his JAS Motorsport-built car to maximise his potential as Balance of Performance measures left him short of top speed.
Having triumphed in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Cup race at Daytona in January, LA Honda World Racing watched Cheung go ninth in opening practice and then improve to seventh by the end of Friday.
He qualified ninth for Saturday’s opener and; after climbing to fifth with a superb start, slipped back ninth as his pace through the demanding high-speed esses counted for little due to his straightline-speed deficiency.
He recovered from 11th to ninth the following day with another mistake-free performance to sit 10th in the Drivers’ points.
Mads Fischer, JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader, said: “It’s been a solid start for Harry and LA Honda World Racing. Last year the Civic Type R TCR won the Drivers’ title with Ryan Eversley, but we knew that with a new sanctioning body taking over this year and judging BoP differently, we could probably expect to see some differences in the performances of the cars. The Civic has suffered on top speed, which is a big penalty at Austin with its long straights, but through the corners the pace was strong and this is a good sign for upcoming events.”
Main: Harry Cheung, LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TC America, Austin, USA; Lower (L): Harry Cheung, LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TC America, Austin, USA; (R): Harry Cheung, LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TC America, Austin, USA.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 has claimed 19 major titles so far (seven with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.