Dome secure Super Taikyu win for Civic Type R TCR
Dome Racing Team gave the Honda Civic Type R TCR its first Super Taikyu ST-TCR victory of the season at Autopolis.
With the race starting on a damp track, Hiroki Otsu used his skills to hit the front of the field early on, and he, Shinji Nakano, Tadao Uematsu and Mitsuhiro Endo were untouchable as they moved up from ninth to fifth in the points table.
Third place went to RFC’s Jun Fujii and Takahisa Oono, who started from the back, and who are now sixth in the points.
Toshihiro Tsukada and Yoshikazu Sobu gave Team Noah their first pole position, but Tsukada was hit at the first corner and dropped to fifth.
He, Sobu, Yuji Kiyotaki and Daisuke Imamura were on course for a podium before a brush with a barrier the rain with 30 minutes left dropped them to sixth.
KCMG did not start after Paul Ip, who was due to share his car with Matt Howson and Jim Ka To, fell ill during qualifying.
Honda maintained the lead of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Manufacturers’ Championship thanks to a podium finish for Atlanta Speedwerks at Lime Rock Park.
Brian Henderson qualified third and ran inside the top three throughout his stint. The team rolled the dice with 30 minutes left, opting not to follow most of the field into the pits for a second tyre stop under safety-car conditions.
While this gave co-driver Todd Lamb the lead, his lack of grip meant he could not hold on to the top spot.
HART dropped to the back after a penalty applied for a crew member not being correctly dressed at a pitstop, but Ryan Eversley charged back to fifth place in the car he shares with Chad Gilsinger. Max Faulkner/Colin Mullan were sixth for LA Honda World Racing.
Their team-mates, Shelby Blackstock and Tom O’Gorman, who started the race leading the Drivers’ Championship, climbed to fifth after a tough first half of the race, but retired in the pits with a technical issue on their LAP Motorsports-run car.
They are second in the points with Lamb/Henderson third, Mullan/Faulkner seventh and Eversley/Gilsinger eighth.
Race Republic made a storming debut in TCR Italy as Denis Grigoriev finished sixth at Mugello.
The Swiss driver had brilliantly climbed from 13th to eighth in Race One and followed that up with an even better result 24 hours later.
MM Motorsport’s Kevin Giacon was 10th in Race One on his series return, but was spun out of sixth in Race Two by a rival. Team-mate Davide Nardilli retired from sixth in Race One with a puncture and did not start on Sunday either.
Main: Tadao Uematsu/Shinji Nakano/Hiroki Otsu/Mitsuhiro Endo, Modulo Dome Racing Team Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu Series, Autopolis, Japan (credit: Ishbashi/Dome); Lower (in order): 1 Jun Fujii/Takahisa Oono, RFC Honda Civic Type R TCR, Super Taikyu Series, Autopolis, Japan (credit: Ishbashi/Dome); 2 Brian Henderson/Todd Lamb, Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Lime Rock, USA (credit: Daylon Barr); 3 Colin Mullan/Max Faulkner, LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Lime Rock, USA (credit: Halston Pitman); 4 Shelby Blackstock/Tom O'Gorman, LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Lime Rock, USA (credit: Halston Pitman); 5 Denis Grigoriev, Race Republic Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Italy, Mugello (credit: TCR Italy); 6 Kevin Giacon, MM Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Italy, Mugello (credit: TCR Italy); 7 Davide Nardilli, MM Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Italy, Mugello (credit: TCR Italy).
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.