Dome claim latest Civic Type R TCR victory in Super Taikyu
Dome Racing Team scored the Honda Civic Type R TCR’s latest win of 2020 with a determined ST-TCR success in Japan’s ultra-competitive Super Taikyu Series at Autopolis.
The 2017 and ’18 ST-TCR champions remain in the hunt for this year’s title thanks to the win by Shinji Nakano, Mitsuhiro Endo and Syun Koide.
The trio qualified fourth while focusing on setting their JAS Motorsport-built car up for the five-hour race; a strategy that paid off handsomely.
Working their way to the front of the field with a combination of flawless pitwork and ultra-consistent laptimes, the foursome triumphed by 32 seconds - the smallest winning margin of the season.
Floral Racing with Uematsu's Tadao Uematsu, Shintaro Kawabata and Yuji Ide scored pole position on Saturday by over one second and secured crucial bonus championship points.
After leading the field away and building a solid advantage, their victory challenge came to an end late in the first hour when the car ran over some on-track debris, which flew into the engine bay and cut a service belt, causing their retirement.
They still lead the ST-TCR standings by 1.5 points, making the season finale - which takes place at Suzuka in January - an exciting four-way fight for the title.
Main: Shinji Nakano/Mitsuhiro Endo/Syun Koide, Dome Racing Team Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu, Autopolis, Japan (credit: Ishibashi/Dome); Lower 1(L): Shinji Nakano/Mitsuhiro Endo/Syun Koide, Dome Racing Team Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu, Autopolis, Japan (credit: Ishibashi/Dome); (R) Tadao Uematsu/Yuji Ide/Shintaro Kawabata, Floral Racing with Uematsu Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu, Autopolis, Japan (credit: Floral Racing with Uematsu).
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 36 major titles so far (22 with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.