When everyone else seems to be using hatchbacks and sedans, Honda Yuasa Racing has confirmed that they will be using the Honda Civic Tourer for the 2014 British Touring Car Championships.
Driven by 3-time BTCC champion Matt Neal and 2012 BTCC drivers champion Gordon Shedden, the Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Tourer will headline the pair's assault on next year's championship series. The team have their sights set firmly on a clean sweep of titles after the Honda Civics secured both the teams’ and manufacturers’ crowns for the fourth year in a row with Matt and Flash narrowly missing out on the drivers’ crown in the 2013 season.
“Of course it was disappointing not to retain the drivers title but we’re looking forward to what I’m sure will be a strong year for the team in 2014 - and more excitingly, with a new car,” said Gordon 'Flash' Shedden. “It might be a Tourer, but it’s still a Civic, the car that has won every championship in BTCC for the last three seasons. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of next season, and to seeing what the Tourer can do on race day.”
“Although we’re racing a new model, the inherent advantages of the Civic hatchback from the past two years remain so there’s no reason why this car can’t be a winner straight out of the box,” said Matt Neal. “We’ll be testing the car early in the new year and I can’t wait to see it on track.”
Testing of the new model commences in January ahead of its race debut at Brands Hatch for the first round of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on 29/30 March.