TOURING CARS: Swindon Honda excited by new car

SWINDON Honda Yuasa Racing are to go in search of glory in the 2014 British Touring Car Championship with a new car.

March will see the track debut of the new Swindon-built Civic Tourer - the only estate car on the grid - with drivers Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden in the hunt for yet more wins.

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 running last time out, with Neal and Shedden narrowly missing out on the drivers’ crown.

Team manager Peter Crolla said: “After two competitive seasons in the BTCC with the hatchback, it will be an interesting challenge to ensure the Tourer keeps Matt, Flash (Shedden) and the team at the head of the championships throughout next season.

“We’ve worked hard over the past few months to develop the first car which will be completed as we head towards the new year.”

Testing of the new model commences in January ahead of its race debut at Brands Hatch for the first round of the British Touring Car Championship on March 29-30.

Neal added: “We’re all confident that the car can continue the long-standing success of the Civic in the championship and are very much looking forward to putting it through its paces.

“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.

“We’ll be testing the car early in the new year and I can’t wait to see it on track.”

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