Honda Civic Type R drivers rack up hat-trick of titles at weekend
- Kris Richard snatches FIA ETCC title in dramatic season finale
- Gordon Shedden takes last-gasp BTCC success at Brands Hatch
- Josh Files takes ADAC TCR Germany crown with race win
The Honda Civic Type R has taken four key championships in 2016 after a treble title success in Europe last weekend (October 1-2).
JAS Motorsport-built Civic Type R TCRs, run by numerous customer racing teams across the globe, delivered two prestigious titles in as many days, starting with British driver Josh Files securing the inaugural ADAC TCR Germany crown with the Target Competition team at Hockenheim on Saturday.
Just 24 hours after Files’ success, Kris Richard became the new FIA European Touring Car Cup winner; the Swiss emerging victorious after a pair of second-place finishes in his Rikli Motorsport Civic Type R at Imola in Italy.
The winning did not end there either as later on Sunday, Gordon Shedden clinched the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in his NGTC-specification Type R, which was built and run by Team Dynamics.
The success of Richard, Shedden and Files means Civic Type Rs have now won four major touring car series in 2016 after Roberto Colciago clinched the TCR Italy title with the AGS team a week earlier.
There were two more major victories during the weekend as Colciago (Target Competition) and Kevin Gleason (West Coast Racing) claimed victories in the TCR International Series in their Type Rs at Sepang in Malaysia.
One further title could be won in the coming weeks with Stephane Lemeret leading the TCR Benelux Series after scoring several victories for Boutsen Ginion Racing during 2016.