Three more podiums for Civic Type R
teams in Europe
Three more outright podium finishes and a class win were the highlights of a weekend when customer activity for the Honda Civic Type R TCR centred on Europe.
WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup
Nestor Girolami defied an unfavourable combination of compensation weight and Balance of Performance to claim his second podium result of the year with second place in Race Two at the Hungaroring in his JAS Motorsport-built car.
Unfortunately he was later penalised five seconds for contact, dropping him to fifth in the results and putting him 10th in the Drivers’ standings.
The ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport driver had set the pace in opening practice and qualified fourth; adding ninth spot from Race 1’s partially-reversed grid.
Team-mate Esteban Guerrieri was eighth in both races while Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi in the neighbouring ALL-INKL.DE Munnich Motorsport cars achieved best results of ninth and 10th respectively.
Kasper H Jensen maintained his series lead - and his hopes of a second-straight title with a triple podium finish at Jyllands-Ringen; the highlight of which was second spot in Race One.
His Massive Motorsport team-mate Kenn Bach - who had topped the first practice session - was given a drive-through penalty in Race One for a false start and spent the rest of the weekend in fightback mode.
His determination was rewarded with a Trophy class win in Race Three in seventh overall; a result that keeps him firmly in contention for the title for ‘Am’ drivers.
William Nyberg of TPR Motorsport was 14th in Race Three while a technical issue prevented team-mate Louise Frost from starting any of the races. Privateer Steffen Larsen and Miccar Racing’s Carsten Lorenzen took best results of 12th and 17th.
Baltic Endurance Championship
Coming off the back of a win and a second-place finish at the opening two rounds, ALM Customer Racing arrived at their home track of Parnu, Estonia, for another six-hour race with a revised driver line-up.
Regulars Sven Karuse and Peeter Peek were joined by Raul Orav and Joosep Ralf Nogere, qualifying sixth in TCR and topping warm-up, but suffering driveshaft and fuel-pump issues that restricted them to seventh in the race.
Main Nestor Girolami, ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, FIA World Touring Car Cup, Hungaroring, Hungary (credit: DPPI/FIA WTCR); Lower 1 Esteban Guerrieri, ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, FIA World Touring Car Cup, Hungaroring, Hungary (credit: DPPI/FIA WTCR); 2(L) Attila Tassi, ALL-INKL.DE Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, FIA World Touring Car Cup, Hungaroring, Hungary (credit: DPPI/FIA WTCR); (R) Tiago Monteiro, ALL-INKL.DE Munnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, FIA World Touring Car Cup, Hungaroring, Hungary (credit: DPPI/FIA WTCR); 3 Kasper H Jensen, Massive Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Denmark, Jyllands-Ringen, Denmark (credit: Kim Gripping/TCR Denmark); 4(L) Kenn Bach, Massive Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Denmark, Jyllands-Ringen, Denmark (credit: Kim Gripping/TCR Denmark); (R) Sven Karuse/Peeter Peek, Raul Orav/Joosep Ralf Nogere, ALM Customer Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, Baltic Endurance Championship, Parnu, Estonia (credit: BATCC/Egidijus Babelis).
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.