First TCR Australia win for Civic Type R TCR
John Martin claimed the first TCR Australia victory for the Honda Civic Type R TCR while Yu Kanamaru was a double-winner on a superb weekend in TCR Japan.
Martin, third and fourth in the other races, grabbed the lead halfway through the finale at The Bend Motorsport Park and gave Wall Racing a maiden TCR Australia victory with the JAS Motorsport-built car.
Team-mate Tony D’Alberto was 13th, ninth and seventh to maintain fourth place in the championship standings.
Jordan Cox enjoyed a sensational TCR debut in an expanded three-car Wall line-up. Fastest in a wet opening practice session, he finished in the top six in all three races with a best-ever fourth spot in Race Three.
Yu Kanamaru sensationally won a wet Fuji TCR Japan opener from the back row of the grid. The Team Goh Models driver hit the front just beyond half-distance and pulled away for a nine-second victory.
His Race-Two win, which also put him at the head of the Sunday Series standings, was more straightforward from pole position.
KCMG’s Matt Howson maintained his lead of the Saturday Series with sixth place in Race One, but retired early in Race Two. Team-mates Yukinori Taniguchi and Paul Ip each took a third-place finish in the Gentleman category. Resshu Shioya was 10th in Race Two for G/Motion.
Kevin Giacon marked his first time out in MM Motorsport’s FK7 Civic Type R TCR with a magnificent Coppa Italia Turismo victory at Misano, heading Mauro Guastamacchia in a one-two finish for the team.
Giacon, who was a first-lap retiree in Race One after taking pole position, sensationally climbed from 13th on the Race Two grid to rob Guastamacchia of the lead with just under a third of the race to go as they lapped a backmarker.
Samuele Piccin was fourth, one place lower than his co-driver Alessio Aiello had finished in Race One.
Daniel Lloyd scored his and Brutal Fish Racing’s maiden TCR Europe podium with a sensational move on the last lap to secure third place at the Red Bull Ring, Austria. The reigning TCR UK champion had qualified a career-best fifth earlier in the day.
Tom Coronel led all but the final lap-and-a-half of Race Two and finished third on the road, but the Dutchman was penalised 30 seconds as the Boutsen Ginion Racing team had worked on the car after the five-minute board had been shown on the grid. He was 18th.
Lloyd’s team-mate Martin Ryba and PSS Racing’s Viktor Davidovski took best finishes of 19th and 14th.
Honda Racing Sweden’s Mattias Andersson took his second TCR Scandinavia podium of the year with second place at Falkenberg, Sweden.
The series veteran, whose car is run by his own MA:GP team, resisted intense pressure to secure the result in Race Two, having earlier done exactly the same on his way to fourth. The results put him sixth in the points.
Insight Racing’s Jonas Lynge qualified 10th on his series return and finished the two races ninth and 10th.
Sonoma winner Victor Gonzalez Jr scored a brace of big points finishes as TC America moved on to Portland.
The VGMC driver snatched fourth spot on the final lap of Race One and had climbed from ninth to sixth in Race Two when a red flag – after which the race was not restarted - prevented him from progressing further.
There was a new driver at Neva Motorsports as TCR Russia moved on to the Kazan Ring as Anton Nemkin switched to the Civic Type R TCR previously driven by Oleg Kharuk, and a new team name as his car was entered under the Motor Sharks banner.
Nemkin qualified fourth in the Cup class and finished there in Race One with a strong drive. He was a non-finisher in Race Two after being hit hard by a rival on the start line.
Main: John Martin, Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Australia, The Bend, Australia (credit: TCR Australia); Lower (in order): 1 Tony D'Alberto, Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Australia, The Bend, Australia (credit: TCR Australia); 2 Jordan Cox, Wall Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Australia, The Bend, Australia (credit: TCR Australia); 3 Yu Kanamaru, Team Goh Models Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Japan, Fuji, Japan (credit: TCR Japan); 4 Paul Ip, KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Japan, Fuji, Japan (credit: TCR Japan); 5 Matt Howson, KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Japan, Fuji, Japan (credit: TCR Japan); 6 Yukinori Taniguchi, KCMG Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Japan, Fuji, Japan (credit: TCR Japan); 7 Resshu Shioya, G/Motion Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Japan, Fuji, Japan (credit: TCR Japan); 8 Mattias Andersson, Honda Racing Sweden Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Iberico, Scandinavia, Falkenberg, Sweden (credit: TCR Scandinavia); 9 Jonas Lynge, Insight Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Iberico, Scandinavia, Falkenberg, Sweden (credit: TCR Scandinavia); 10 Victor Gonzalez Jr, VGMC Honda Civic Type R TCR, TC America, Portland, USA (credit: SRO).
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.