Championship glory for Civic Type R TCR in Canada
The Honda Civic Type R TCR claimed its 20th major title last weekend as Gary Kwok sealed the Canadian Touring Car Championship’s TCR crown at Mosport.
The M&S Racing driver had only switched to the latest FK7-specification Civic at the previous event at Trois Rivieres, having won twice earlier in the year in an older FK2 Civic, but he wasted little time in claiming his first win in the new car in Race One.
Brother Tom Kwok, who is still in an FK2, made it a one-two finish in TCR for the JAS Motorsport-built cars in Race One and then dominated Saturday’s season finale to claim his second victory in as many events while Gary finished sixth.
Gary Kwok’s title was the third of 2019 for the Civic Type R TCR, which had previously won the TCR Middle East Drivers’ and Teams’ crowns. Tom Kwok, who missed two CTCC events earlier in the season, finished eighth in the standings.
Honda remain on top of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR Manufacturers’ standings after an action-packed race at Virginia International Raceway, USA.
Starting second after qualifying was rained-out, LA Honda World Racing’s Shelby Blackstock ran inside the top three early on, but he and co-driver Tom O’Gorman twice dropped back at the pitstops and spent the rest of their stints fighting back into the podium spots.
Unfortunately O’Gorman was hit on the final lap by a rival and suffered a puncture, dropping him to sixth, while team-mates Colin Mullan/Max Faulkner finished 10th.
Blackstock/O’Gorman are third in the Drivers’ Championship – only nine points off the series lead – with their LAP Motorsports-run car third in the Teams’ standings.
Atlanta Speedwerks pair Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb finished 11th after their on-boad air jacks became stuck in the ‘down’ position after their first pitstop and necessitated an extra stop for repairs.
TCR Eastern Europe Trophy competitor Jakub Wyszomirski was fourth and fifth for the ASK Vesnic team at the Slovakia Ring. His squad continue to lead the Teams’ Championship while Wyszomirski is fifth in the Drivers’ points with a round to go.
Martin Ryba, who returned to the series for the first time since winning the season-opener for Brutal Fish Racing, qualified fifth but scored a best result of 10th in Race Two after a puncture had put him out of third in Race One.
Mads Fischer, JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader, said: “It’s unbelievable to think that the Civic Type R TCR, which debuted in 2015 with the FK2 model, has now won 20 championships, and that the FK7 model now has eight titles in less than two years of competition. A huge congratulations from all of us to Gary Kwok, who has won races in both cars this year and is a deserved CTCC champion. TCR is a truly global formula and the success of the Civic Type R TCR in Canada shows JAS Hondas can run at the front all over the world.”
Main: Gary Kwok, M&S Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Scandinavia, Mosport, Canada (credit: Philip Sutherland/ Touringcar.ca); Lower (in order): 1 Gary Kwok, M&S Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Scandinavia, Mosport, Canada (credit: Philip Sutherland/ Touringcar.ca); 2 Shelby Blackstock/Tom O'Gorman, LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Virginia, USA (credit: Halston Pitman); 3 Max Faulkner/Colin Mullan, LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Virginia, USA (credit: Halston Pitman); 4 Todd Lamb/Brian Henderson, Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Virginia, USA (credit: Halston Pitman); 5 Jakub Wyszomirski, ASK Vesnic Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Eastern Europe, Slovakia Ring (credit: Petr Fryba); 6 Martin Ryba, Brutal Fish Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Eastern Europe, Slovakia Ring (credit: Petr Fryba).
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 20 major titles so far (eight with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.