For the second consecutive year, the Honda Civic Type R was named TCR Model of the Year, becoming the first model to twice win this honorary accolade that was previously awarded to the SEAT León in 2017 and the Audi RS 3 LMS in 2018.
The Model of the Year is awarded by WSC on the basis of a classification that takes into account the results achieved by all the TCR-certified model cars in all the TCR-sanctioned races held during the season.
During a season that was largely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 226 races awarded points for the Model of the Year classification. The Honda Civic cars have scored 6034.75 points, claiming 44 victories in twelve different championships or series and in the ADAC 24H race at the Nürburgring. The Audi RS 3 LMS and the Hyundai i30 N were classified second and third in a repetition of last year’s podium.
A total of 14 different models scored points for the Model of the Year classification.
WSC President Marcello Lotti commented: “This second consecutive Model of the Year award for the Honda Civic Type R is testament to the professionalism and passion with which Honda and its technical partner JAS Motorsport have always supported their customer teams in all the TCR competitions around the world. Their efforts have been deservedly repaid with the brilliant results achieved by the drivers who were at the wheel of the many Civic cars that took to the track during this difficult season.”
Mads Fischer, JAS Motorsport TCR Project Leader, said: “It is a huge honour to see the Honda Civic Type R TCR named as the TCR Model of the Year, and even more so as the first car to win this prestigious award two years in a row. We are extremely proud to be a technical partner of Honda for over 20 years and to have achieved this success for them. This award is both a testament to the determination and professionalism of our customer TCR teams across the world and also a vindication of both the quality of the Honda Civic Type R production model and of the technical and sales support we offer to our customers. There is an incredibly hard-working group of people at our headquarters in Arluno, Italy, comprising mechanics, engineers, logistic, sales and support staff, and this shines a light on the fantastic job they have all done on the Civic Type R TCR project.”