First TCR UK pole of 2019 for Civic Type R TCR
Nick Halstead scored the first TCR UK pole position of 2019 for the Honda Civic Type R TCR with a superb qualifying performance in wet conditions at Brands Hatch.
The Fox Motorsport driver, who was only contesting his second event in a touring car, mastered the tricky track surface to not only qualify at the head of the TCR UK field, but also to beat the supposedly faster cars from the Touring Car Trophy.
He finished second in the first race and third in the later event, only for a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits to push him back to fourth.
His results moved him up from eighth to fourth in the points table.
TCR Eastern Europe visited Grobnik in Croatia and also experienced mixed conditions. After a strong start to the season, ASK Vesnic driver Jakub Wyszomirski arrived in second place in the championship.
He qualified ninth and finished eighth and ninth in the two wet races in his FK2 Civic, but remains in title contention.
Main: Nick Halstead, Fox Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR UK, Brands Hatch, UK. (credit: Dzenis/Jakob Ebrey Photography); Lower (in order): 1 Nick Halstead, Fox Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR UK, Brands Hatch, UK. (credit: Dzenis/Jakob Ebrey Photography); 2 Jakub Wyszomirksi, ASK Vesnic Honda Civic Type R TCR, TCR Eastern Europe, Grobnik, Croatia (credit: Josef Hora/ESET TCR).
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.