FAC­TORY SYNCHRO HONDA TO GET FULL BRIT­CAR CAM­PAIGN

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook Pho­tos: Rachel Bourne, Jakob Ebrey

Synchro Mo­tor­sport will race its new fac­tory-backed Honda Civic Type R in this year’s Brit­car En­durance Cham­pi­onship.

The team, which is run by vol­un­teers from the Swin­don Honda fac­tory, built the ma­jor­ity of its new chal­lenger from stan­dard parts and also re­ceived help with its rollcage from the mar­que’s fac­tory out­fit, Team Dy­nam­ics.

The Type R made its rac­ing de­but in the Race of Re­mem­brance at An­gle­sey in Novem­ber of last year where it fin­ished se­cond. The car is likely to be raced by Martin By­ford, Alyn James and Dan Wheeler this sea­son.

Team man­ager Robin Trem­blin said the team ex­pected to com­pete in Brit­car this sea­son, while also plan­ning out­ings in the Creven­tic 24H se­ries races at Sil­ver­stone and Barcelona.

“This year, we’ve pro­vi­sion­ally agreed to do it [Brit­car],” he said. “The Civic is 85 per cent fac­tory parts and even the ma­jor­ity of the sus­pen­sion is stan­dard. We could have gone and built a fully be­spoke rac­ing car, but we wanted to keep the car as close to pro­duc­tion spec as pos­si­ble as it’s an ad­vert for what the Type R is ca­pa­ble of.

“En­durance rac­ing fits with us be­cause it means that the team in­volve­ment is huge in the races; it’s not just a sprint race, there’s a lot of in­volve­ment from the pit crew. The new Brit­car team [headed up by Claire Hed­ley] has a very clear idea of what they want to do with the cham­pi­onship and we want to be part of it.”

Car is 85 per cent fac­tory com­po­nents Honda has only had a sin­gle race

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