More podiums for Civic Type R TCR in Japan
A superb double-podium finish by touring car debutant Yusuke Shiotsu at Motegi fired Dome Racing Team and Honda back into contention for the TCR Japan overall title.
The single-seater racer was second in both Friday practice sessions in his JAS Motorsport-built car and converted that speed into a front-row starting position for the Saturday Series race.
Running side-by-side with the polesitter through the opening three corners, Shiotsu settled into line and finished second - a result he repeated the following day off the back of a storming pole position.
His results, combined with those taken by Ai Miura earlier in the season in the same car, moved Dome into second place in the Entrants’ standings and Honda to the same position in the Manufacturers’ points race.
There was celebration from Daiwa N Trading Akiland Racing as well as Masayoshi Oyama scored his first series podium in the Sunday race.
Recent Honda convert ‘Mototino’ scored his best result with the Civic Type R TCR as well, coming home sixth in the Sunday Series event.
Main Yusuke Shiotsu, Dome Racing Team Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Japan, Motegi, Japan (credit: TCR Japan); Lower 1 Yusuke Shiotsu (L), Dome Racing Team, Masayoshi Oyama (R), Daiwa N Trading Akiland Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Japan, Motegi, Japan (credit: TCR Japan); 2(L) Masayoshi Oyama, Daiwa N Trading Akiland Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Japan, Motegi, Japan (credit: TCR Japan); (R) Mototino, 55Moto Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Japan, Motegi, Japan (credit: TCR Japan).
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.