Civic Type R TCRs compete in Russia and Belgium
A new TCR Russia season kicked off at Grozny last weekend with JAS Motorsport machinery represented by the Honda Civic Type R TCR of Oleg Kharuk.
The Neva Motorsports driver battled hard in changeable weather conditions throughout the weekend to qualify 24th on the grid and finish 21st in Saturday’s opening race.
With renewed confidence and some overnight set-up changes affected, he was able to climb to 17th spot on Sunday.
Using an older FK2-model Civic, Capricorn-Racing tackled the Spa 12 Hours; the latest round of the pan-European 24H Series.
Drivers Patrik Meier and Claudio Truffer qualified eighth in the TCR class and ran as high as fourth in the race’s third hour, but suffered several issues later in the race – which was split into two parts on successive days – and did not finish.
Mads Fischer, JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader, said: “The races that took place at the weekend continue to show how the Civic Type R TCR is now entered in diverse championships all over the world and to be a part of TCR Russia; one of the fastest-growing of these series, is very important. The FK2 was the car with which we began our journey in TCR and it’s great to see that five years on from its debut, it is still providing a great platform for drivers all over the world in both sprint and endurance competition."
Main: Oleg Kharuk, Neva Motorsports Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Russia, Grozny, Russia (credit: Danil Kolodin); Lower: Claudio Truffer/Patrik Meier, Capricorn-Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, 24H Series, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (credit: 24H Series).
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 19 major titles so far (seven with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.