· RealTime Racing debuts TCR-spec Honda Civic Type R
· Additional Honda efforts take to the track in TC, TCA
· Touring Car season opens this weekend at Circuit of the Americas
TORRANCE, Calif. (March 22, 2018) – A pair of Honda Civic Type Rs will join the popular new TCR category as the Touring Car divisions of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge series begin their season this weekend with a pair of races at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
RealTime Racing will field veteran Honda driver Ryan Eversley and the returning Nick Esayian aboard Honda Civic Type Rs in a competitive TCR field that includes no fewer than 14 entries representing five major automobile manufacturers.
“TCR is arguably the fastest-growing worldwide Touring Car racing category, and all of us at Honda and HPD enjoy taking part in competitive racing series which feature multiple manufacturers,” said Art St. Cyr, president of HPD. “We are looking forward to introducing and offering this Civic Type R-based TCR race car to Honda fans and racers.
“While RealTime Racing has been closely associated with our Acura GT race programs in recent seasons, the team also has been very successful in Touring Car classes, winning multiple titles with both the Honda and Acura brands dating all the way back to the early 1990s.”
“I’m very happy to continue my relationship with RealTime Racing and HPD,” said Eversley, a winner for Honda and Acura in multiple series, including the PWC GT ranks. “If you look at RealTime’s history, they’ve had tremendous success with front-wheel drive touring cars, so being able to race one for them is what I’ve dreamed about since I started out as a race car driver. It’s very exciting.”
The Touring Car division of the Pirelli World Challenge is made up of 12 races over six weekends and includes three separate classes: TCR, TC and TCA. Nine manufacturers take part in the three classes, each of which features a pair of 40-minute races during each event weekend. In TCR, the Honda Civic Type R will take on competition from Audi, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Alfa Romeo in a 14-car field.