The Honda Civic Type R has made history setting a new class record and becoming the first standard production car to score points in the 69 year history of the Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb championship.
With sponsorship from Primo Insurance and raising awareness for the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, Scottish Journalist, David Finlay, drove the Type R to success, shaving over a second off the old class record and in the process creating motorsport history.
Swooping five points, the Honda Civic Type R came ninth overall and completed the 0.83 mile course in just 54.69 seconds, over a second faster than the previous record.
Craiganlet Hillclimb is a speed event organised by the Ulster Automobile Club which was first held back in 1913. It is the only such venue in Northern Ireland to host a round of the British Hillclimb Championship, which commenced in 1947.
Claimed to be the ‘race car for the road’, the British built Honda Civic Type R is powered by the fiercest and highest-performing Type R engine ever built. The direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque stands at 400 Nm at 2,400 rpm – both higher than any previous Honda Civic Type R model.
On making history with the Type R, David Finlay said: “I knew the car would be quick, but I had no idea just how quick. I have driven many standard cars in hillclimbs, and so far the Civic is the one that has felt closest to being designed for purpose. Honda’s claim that it is a ‘race car for the road’ may seem like an optimistic piece of marketing, but after this weekend I can confirm that that’s exactly what it is.”
Phil Webb, Head of Cars at Honda UK, added: “The current Civic Type R is on its way to becoming one of the most successful race cars we have ever had. Having taken Gordon Shedden to victor in the British Touring Cars last year, it has now created history at the Craigantlet hillclimb this weekend.”
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