Wins for Civic Type R TCR in Sweden and New Zealand
Superb victories from Mattias Andersson and Jordan Michels continued the Honda Civic Type R TCR success story on opposite sides of the world last weekend.
Swede Andersson scored a scintillating last-corner victory in his JAS Motorsport-built car as the TCR Scandinavia season concluded at Mantorp Park.
Having missed the whole of Friday’s second practice, the Honda Racing Sweden driver bounced back brilliantly to qualify third on the grid for Saturday’s first race.
After running second for most of the duration, he muscled past the long-time leader at the race’s final turn to claim his second win of the season. He added a second-place finish in the final race of the season a few hours later.
His 46 points made him the highest-scoring driver of the weekend and ensured he finished the season fifth in the Drivers’ Championship with Honda Racing Sweden fourth in the Teams’ standings.
New Zealand’s South Island Endurance Series continued at the spectacular Highlands Park circuit, and it was business as usual for Jordan Michels, who made it two wins out of two in the one-hour event for Team Williams Racing.
Michels qualified on Class B pole position, but was late arriving at the collecting area, so was forced to start from the pitlane. Despite this, he managed to carve his way through to the category lead and won by over a lap.
Main: Mattias Andersson, Honda Racing Sweden Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Scandinavia, Mantorp Park, Sweden (credit: Bengt-Ace Gustavsson); Lower (in order): 1 Mattias Andersson, Honda Racing Sweden Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Scandinavia, Mantorp Park, Sweden (credit: Bengt-Ace Gustavsson); 2 Jordan Michels, Team Williams Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, South Island Endurance Series, Highlands Park, New Zealand (credit: Dave Loudon Photography, Teretonga).
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.