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WTCR Honda set for 24-hour race run

WTCR Honda set for 24-hour race run

11/01/2018 06:00

The FIA World Touring Car Cup-bound Honda Civic Type R TCR will make its race debut in Dubai this weekend.

RKC/TGM Motorsport, the first customer outfit to take delivery of the car, is contesting the opening round of the 24H Series.

David Drinkwater, Tom Gannon, Umair Khan and former factory Honda British Touring Car Championship driver James Kaye will join Team Principal Ricky Coomber in the Civic Type R TCR, one of 15 TCR cars competing in the Middle East twice-round-the-clock event.

The new Civic Type R TCR, based on the latest version of the road-going Civic Type R, is one of 25 being built by JAS Motorsport in Italy. It was unveiled in October and has undergone an intensive testing programme in Europe. The previous version of the car took 13 major championship titles in 2017 and 16 in total.

WTCR 2018 gets underway at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7-8 April. The all-new category is set to total 10 events in four continents with the finale scheduled for Macau from 15-18 November.

Tom Coronel and twin brother Tim have finished the gruelling Dakar Rally in South America, reaching the end of the final stage in Córdoba, Argentina, yesterday just outside the top 30.

Tiago Monteiro, a race winner and title contender during the final season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2017, has received Portugal’s Sport Merit Award.

Comtoyou Racing has signed its second FIA World Touring Car Cup contender in as many days with the addition of Aurélien Panis to its WTCR line-up for 2018.

WTCR Q&A: Denis Dupont

18/01/2018 12:00 - 2017

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

The 25-year-old Belgian will carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders – and his Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS – when he contests the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup for the RACB National Team. He’s had this to say.

Belgium’s motorsport federation, the RACB, has identified the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup as the ultimate international launch pad for its young star driver, Denis Dupont.

The man behind the Honda Civic Type R TCR project hopes several examples of the car will be on the grid when the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup begins in Morocco on 7 April.