Top award for WTCR race-winning Honda
The five wins scored by the Honda Civic Type R TCR in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup helped the JAS Motorsport-built car land the TCR Model of the Year prize for the second season running.
Awarded by WSC Group, the company behind the TCR formula, the Model of the Year title recognises the most successful car over a 12-month period, with results in all TCR-affiliated series counting for points.
While the 2020 racing season was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Honda Civic Type R TCR – based on the Civic Type R production vehicle – nevertheless achieved remarkable success, with six major titles and 44 victories claimed by drivers of the JAS Motorsport-built car.
On the world stage, highlights included Esteban Guerrieri’s four victories in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup aboard an ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Civic Type R TCR on Goodyear tyres, and another for stablemate and fellow Argentine Néstor Girolami.
Guerrieri’s tally of victories was the most for any driver in the WTCR in 2020 and moved him to the top of the WTCR’s all-time winners’ list, as he became the first driver in WTCR competition to reach 10 race wins.
He and fellow Münnich Motorsport WTCR driver Tiago Monteiro were also part of the Fugel Sport-run Team Castrol Honda Racing crew that won the TCR class within the ADAC TOTAL 24h-Rennen.
Hiroshi Shimizu, General Manager Motorsport Division, Honda Motor Co, Ltd. said: “First of all, we would like to thank all the customers over the world who chose the Civic Type R TCR and to race with the Honda brand. It is a great honour for Honda to receive this TCR Model of the Year award for the second consecutive year. It shows what a strong base car the Civic Type R production vehicle is and why it has strong support from customers.
“Winning this award not only proves that the Civic Type R TCR is a customer-supported product in the spirit of the category, but also we believe that the customer support we have provided in collaboration with JAS motorsport is working properly.
“At Honda we advocate ‘The Three Joys’ when delivering our products – The Joy of Buying, The Joy of Selling, and The Joy of Creating. TCR is based on the spirit of customer racing and being active in the category is a great opportunity to realise our philosophy. We sincerely hope that our customers will have more success and experience ‘The Power of Dreams’ in the 2021 season.”
Mads Fischer, JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader, said: “It is a huge honour to see the Honda Civic Type R TCR named as the TCR Model of the Year, and even more so as the first car to win this prestigious award two years in a row. We are extremely proud to be a technical partner of Honda for over 20 years and to have achieved this success for them. This award is both a testament to the determination and professionalism of our customer TCR teams across the world and also a vindication of both the quality of the Honda Civic Type R production model and of the technical and sales support we offer to our customers.
“There is an incredibly hard-working group of people at our headquarters in Arluno, Italy, comprising mechanics, engineers, logistic, sales and support staff, and this shines a light on the fantastic job they have all done on the Civic Type R TCR project.”