Michels takes another NZ win with Civic Type R TCR
Jordan Michels continued the Honda Civic Type R TCR’s unbeaten record with another dominant performance in New Zealand’s South Island Endurance Series.
The Kiwi put his Team Williams Racing entry, which is run by Evolution Motorsport, on pole position in Class B for the one-hour race at Timaru, and was untouchable once more in the category for two-litre machinery.
Edging away as the race progressed, his third win from as many SIEDRC races in 2019 increased his championship lead to 23 points with just one race left, meaning he will win the title if he finishes seventh or higher.
TCR UK’s second season concluded at Donington Park with Orange Motorsport’s Nick Halstead, driving an older FK2 Civic, second-fastest in practice and fourth in qualifying.
Halstead challenged for a podium in Race One before a trip across the grass relegated him to sixth; a result he repeated in the season finale.
He finished fourth in the Drivers’ points with Orange Motorsport – which is run by Fox Motorsport – fifth in the Teams’ standings and the Civic Type R TCR fourth in the Mode of the Year rankings.
It was also the final round of the TC America season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with VGMC’s Victor Gonzalez Jr the only Civic Type R TCR driver in action.
After impressively qualifying third on his first visit to the ‘roval’ course, the Puerto Rican endured a frustrating pair of races.
Contact at the first corner put him out of Saturday’s opener while a power loss put him out of the season finale. But with two TCR victories to his name, he still ended the year fifth in the Drivers’ Championship.
Main: Jordan Michels, Team Williams Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, South Island Endurance Series, Timaru, New Zealand (credit: Dave Loudon Photography, Invercargil); Lower (in order): 1 Nick Halstead, Orange Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR UK, Donington Park, UK (credit: Jakob Ebrey/Fox Motorsport); 2 Victor Gonzalez Jr, VGMC Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TC America, Las Vegas, USA (credit: Fabian Lagunas/SRO).
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.