Four wins on two continents for
Civic Type R TCR
Commanding victories for Atlanta Speedwerks and Halder Motorsport plus a class win for Massive Motorsport made for another successful weekend for the Honda Civic Type R TCR.
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
Brian Henderson and Robert Noaker scored their first TCR win in their JAS Motorsport-built car to give Atlanta Speedwerks back-to-back victories in the series at Watkins Glen.
Henderson hit the front 35 minutes into the two-hour race, neither he nor 17-year-old co-driver Noaker relinquishing the position to the chequered flag as the pair climbed to sixth in the Drivers’ points.
A superb stint from rookie Scott Smithson brought the sister car from 10th on the grid to fifth by the end of his stint.
Co-driver Ryan Eversley continued their car’s climb, benefitting from a late-race caution period to pounce on several other drivers and steal second place on the last lap.
Unfortunately their car was found to be underweight post-race, causing it to be moved back to 15th in the results - which remain provisional as the team intends to appeal the decision.
Series returnee Jon Miller, sharing VGMC’s car with Lance Bergstein, showed strong pace to unlap himself from Noaker while in search of a top-10 finish from 13th on the grid. Unfortunately a puncture caused him to spin out with 15 minutes left.
Honda remains on top in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
Mike Halder increased his series lead with a double win at Jarama to add to the pair of victories he’d scored in the season-opener at Navarra in May.
The German sprinted into the lead of Friday’s opening race within two laps of the start and won in commanding fashion. He was equally as dominant in Saturday’s finale and added third place in the reversed-grid second race.
A technical issue prevented Halder Motorsport team-mate Michelle Halder from starting any of Saturday’s races. She’d finished sixth on Friday from the same position on the TCR grid.
Massive Motorsport’s Kenn Bach scored his first win of 2021 in the Trophy Class in the opening race at Jyllands-Ringen to maintain his push for the title for non-professional drivers in the series.
His team-mate Kasper H Jensen - the 2020 overall champion - was second and fifth in the first two races overall, but was hit while battling for the lead of Race Three, sustained a puncture and dropped to 15th.
Steffen Larsen scored his career-best result with 10th in Race Two in his own team’s FK2 Civic Type R TCR while TPR Motorsport’s William Nyberg and Miccar Racing’s Carsten Lorenzen recorded best finishes of 12th and 14th.
Main Robert Noaker/Brian Henderson, Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Watkins Glen, USA (credit: Daylon Barr/Atlanta Speedwerks); Lower 1 Scott Smithson/Ryan Eversley, Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Watkins Glen, USA (credit: Daylon Barr/Atlanta Speedwerks); 2(L) Lance Bergstein/Jon Miller, VGMC Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Watkins Glen, USA (credit: Honda America); (R) Mike Halder, Halder Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Spain, Jarama, Spain (credit: TCR Spain); 3 Mike Halder, Halder Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Spain, Jarama, Spain (credit: TCR Spain); 4(L) Michelle Halder, Halder Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Spain, Jarama, Spain (credit: TCR Spain); R Kenn Bach, Massive Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Denmark, Jyllands-Ringen, Denmark (credit: Kim Gripping/TCR Denmark); 5 Kenn Bach, Massive Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Denmark, Jyllands-Ringen, Denmark (credit: Kim Gripping/TCR Denmark).
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.