Top-five finishes for Civic Type R TCRs at Austin
Honda Civic Type R TCR drivers scored top-five finishes as the TC America Championship kicked off at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, last weekend.
Both Victor Gonzalez Jr and Scott Smithson finished in the top five in their JAS Motorsport-built cars while CJ Moses snatched a pair of consistent finishes too.
Practice went well for the Civic drivers with Gonzalez – a two-time race winner in the series last year – second in FP1 for his VGMC team and Smithson – making his first appearance in the TCR class – repeating that achievement in the later session.
Rain just before qualifying jumbled up the grid, and from fifth spot, Gonzalez was hit at the first corner of the opening race, suffering damaged rear suspension that put him out of contention for a representative finish.
Smithson and Moses both had to take evasive action to avoid the gyrating Civic, and finished fifth and sixth.
Gonzalez finished fifth on Sunday with Smithson and Moses seventh and eighth.
Notes to editors:
Main: Daniel Lloyd, Brutal Fish Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Malaysia, Sepang, Malaysia (credit: TCR Malaysia); Lower (in order) 1: Victor Gonzalez Jr, VGMC Honda Civic Type R TCR, TC America, Austin, USA (credit: SRO); 2: CJ Moses, DXDT Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TC America, Austin, USA (credit: SRO); 3 Scott Smithson, DXDT Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TC America, Austin, USA (credit: 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 31 major titles so far (17 with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.