Civic Type R TCR wins again in Super Taikyu
The Honda Civic Type R TCR continued its perfect start to the Super Taikyu season with another commanding victory at Sportsland Sugo by Team Noah.
The quartet of Shigetomo Shimono, Yuji Kiyotaki, Yoshikazu Sobu and Toshiro Tsukada were unchallenged on their way to pole position in the ST-TCR class in their JAS Motorsport-built car in wet conditions.
A dry raceday dawned, and despite an earthquake warning that forced a red flag in the earlier Group 2 race for smaller-capacity cars, the Group 1 event got underway without delay.
A strong and consistent performance from the Team Noah line-up brought them home at the top of the class. It was the second victory of the year for Shimono and Sobu, while Kiyotaki and Tsukada stood in for Motegi winners Kuniyuki Haga and Riki Tanioka.
Team Noah now have a commanding and increased lead at the head of the standings; cementing their status as title favourites.
Main Shigetomo Shimono/Yuji Kiyotaki/Yoshikazu Sobu/Toshiro Tsukada, Team Noah Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu, Sugo, Japan (credit: Team Noah); Lower Shigetomo Shimono/Yuji Kiyotaki/Yoshikazu Sobu/Toshiro Tsukada, Team Noah Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu, Sugo, Japan (credit: Team Noah).
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 38 major titles so far (23 with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car; itself a 15-time title winner.