HONDA CONFIRMS FACTORY ENTRY FOR 2011 BTCC & SWITCH TO NEW 'NGTC' ENGINE REGULATIONS
Honda has confirmed its commitment to the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, in which it will enter two racing Honda Civics, prepared by Team Dynamics.
The Honda Racing Team will again compete in the UK's premier motor racing championship next season as a full 'works' entry and continue a successful partnership with the West Midlands-based Dynamics company, with which Honda has secured BTCC's 2010 Manufacturers title.
Dynamics and Neil Brown Engineering have already begun development of a two-litre turbo-charged Honda engine that will meet the BTCC's new 'NGTC' technical regulations.
"After another positive year of racing, we are delighted to commit to the BTCC for 2011," said David Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda (UK).
"Almost 90 per cent of the Honda cars we sell in this country are built in the UK, so we believe it's important to support a national championship. We can't wait to get back on track next year with another competitive Civic race car."
It's been a successful 2010 for Honda in the BTCC, with the team racing to 22 podiums and five race wins each for drivers Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden. It goes into the final round at Brands Hatch this weekend in first place in the HiQ Teams' standings, and with both Neal and Shedden in with a shout of taking the Drivers' Championship.
Steve Neal, Team Principal of Team Dynamics, said: "We are really pleased that Honda is giving us the opportunity to continue to run its team in the 2011 BTCC. To gain the endorsement of Honda is testament to the hard work put in by our team and, of course, the results achieved. We know that results matter and expect to be challenging for championship honours once again next season.
"We know we have a beautifully balanced car in the Civic and the race engineering 'know how' to maximise the benefit of the extra power the new regulations bring."
Honda said that its drivers and sponsors for 2011 will be announced in the coming months.