Honda Civic Type R To Race In British Touring Car Championship

Courtesy: Ker Robertson/Getty Images
Courtesy: Ker Robertson/Getty Images /

Halfords Yuasa Racing’s all-new Honda Civic Type R had its debut this morning at the Parcmotor Castellolí near Barcelona, Spain.

This car will endure nearly a week’s length of tests at the circuit, while the latest-get Civic Type R (FK8) undergoes additional evaluations. This all takes place as the team begins its pre-season program just ahead of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. The FK8 Type R, which was revealed at the circuit today, will run the first round at Brands Hatch on April 7th.

Driver Matt Neal and teammate Dan Cammish are said to get a better feel of the car in Spain before heading home to the Brands Hatch and Donington Park for more track-time and R&D.

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According to David Hodgetts, managing director for Honda U.K., the Honda Civic Type R has been “one of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s most successful cars during its time in the series.” After the launch of the FK8 road car last year, he says it will be exciting to see the next-gen out in full racing gear for the 2018 season. The new car paired with a new driver and teammate is sure to make the season one to remember.

It it without question that the Civic Type R deserved the slew of awards it has achieved, and Hodgetts is optimistic that it can follow up on that success on the track this year.

Courtesy: Ker Robertson/Getty Images
Courtesy: Ker Robertson/Getty Images /

According to BTTC, Matt Neal and Dan Cammish, are also very excited to see how this car performs.

"“This next generation Honda Civic Type R is fantastic and the guys have pulled out all the stops to get us to this point,” said Neal, a three-time BTCC champion. “I can’t wait to jump in and get out on track this week. If the car goes as fast as it looks then we’ll be in great shape this season!”“It’s really exciting to see the new car in the flesh, in full racing trim and it’s really something special,” added teammate Cammish. “Sitting in the cockpit for the first time will be a really proud moment for me.”"

The Team Dynamics squad spent countless hours building the Civic Type Rs over the winter. They are anticipating the unveiling of the 2018 livery at their all-new factory on March 22nd. The BTCC’s official Season Launch event will process to take place at Donington Park the following week. This will be the first time that all of the British Touring Car Championship challengers will be at the track together.

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Watch Halfords Yuasa Racing test run the Honda Civic Type R ahead of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship.

What are your thoughts on the “racy” Honda Civic Type R? It certainly looks fast, so we shall see if it performs just the same. Let us know your opinions in the comment section below.