TCR / 01 August 2022
One-two finish for Civic Type R TCR in Japan
The JAS Motorsport-built Honda Civic Type R TCR scored a one-two finish in the latest round of Japan's Super Taikyu Series as Team Noah increased their series lead with half the season now complete.
Team Noah, the 2021 ST-TCR Champions, were beaten to class pole position at Autopolis by chief title rivals M&K Honda Okegawa Racing on Saturday.
But the squad led by Yoshikazu Sobu moved ahead during the first half of the five-hour race when their rivals suffered a delay. Sobu, Yuji Kiyotaki, Toshiro Tsukada and Yasuhiro Ogushi were able to take a two-lap victory.
M&K's crew came home second, anchored by ex-Formula 1 racer Shinji Nakano and also featuring team regulars Mitsuhiro Endo, Kazuma Nishimura and Yusuke Mitsui.
After several delays owing to the impact of the global pandemic in Asia, the new season got underway at Zhuzhou, China with the first two rounds of the championship held over four days at the track.
Zi Lun Zen qualified 16th in the Am class for the opening round and finished 11th; the privateer then not starting Race Two. An excursion into the gravel put paid to any hopes of success in the second double-header, held over the weekend.