KCMG Civic Type R TCR finishes Super Taikyu season on podium
KCMG ended their Super Taikyu campaign on a high as they scored their best result of the year with their Honda Civic Type R TCR at Okayama.
Fresh from taking four titles in TCR Japan just two weeks ago, the Hong Kong team marked themselves out as contenders for the win in practice.
But a mistake in qualifying from Paul Ip meant that he, Jim Ka To and Matt Howson had to start from the back of the ST-TCR grid.
Despite this setback, the trip performed superbly to finish in the runner-up spot; their second podium finish of the season and the seventh for the JAS Motorsport-built car.
Fellow Honda squad Dome Racing Team began the race just half a point from the series lead, and were one of six crews capable of taking the title.
Unfortunately, Hiroki Otsu sustained a left-front puncture just 45 minutes from home while running second.
The delay from pitting for a replacement meant he was seventh when he emerged and, despite a determined charge in which he was the fastest ST-TCR driver on-track, he could only climb to fifth.
This result meant he, Tadao Uematsu, Shinji Nakano and Mitsuhiro Endo, finished second in the championship.
Team Noah’s Jun Fujii and Takahisa Oono finished a solid fourth while RFC’s Toshiro Tsukada, Yoshikazu Sobu, Shingo Wada and Yuji Wada were classified ninth after a major delay at half-distance.
Main: Matt Howson/Paul Ip/Jim Ka To, KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu, Okayama, Japan (credit: Ishibashi/Dome); Lower (in order): 1 Hiroki Otsu/Mitsuhiro Endo/Shinji Nakano/Tadao Uematsu, Modulo Dome Racing Team Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu, Okayama, Japan (credit: Ishibashi/Dome); 2 Jun Fujii/Takahisa Oono, Team Noah Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu, Okayama, Japan (credit: Ishibashi/Dome); 3 Shingo Wada/Yuji Wada/Toshiro Tsukada/Yoshikazu Sobu, RFC Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu, Okayama, Japan (credit: Ishibashi/Dome).
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 31 major titles so far (17 with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.