HONDA CIVIC TYPE R R3 READY FOR THE CHALLENGE OF SANREMO The Honda Civic Type R R3, built and run by JAS Motorsport in Italy, is contesting what will be practically a home event this weekend. Three Hondas will compete on the all-asphalt...
HONDA CIVIC TYPE R R3 READY FOR THE CHALLENGE OF SANREMO
The Honda Civic Type R R3, built and run by JAS Motorsport in Italy, is contesting what will be practically a home event this weekend.
Three Hondas will compete on the all-asphalt Sanremo Rally this weekend, round 10 of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, where they will face stiff opposition and challenging mountain roads. Adding to the notorious complexity of the Sanremo stages is changeable weather, a constant feature of the Ligurian event.
Italian driver Sandro Sottile was the top two-wheel drive finisher in Sanremo last year, thanks to an excellent 17th overall ahead of a number of four-wheel drive cars. This year, he will be aiming to repeat the achievement with Honda power once more. Sottile benefited not only from the high-revving characteristics of the Mugen-prepared VTEC engine but also from perfect reliability, which allowed him to get to the end of one of the most demanding rallies on the calendar without any problems.
Two other Honda Civic Type R R3s will also compete on the Sanremo Rally, driven by Laszlo Vizin and Janos Puskady from Hungary. Vizin and Puskady have met with plenty of success back home while gaining international experience at the wheel of the Civic Type R R3. As long-time Honda customers, both have appreciated the speed and reliability of the Civic, and they are looking forward to another asphalt outing in Sanremo, which has some similar characteristics to certain Hungarian rallies.
The Honda Civic R3 will go head to head against a number of strong rivals in the category at Sanremo, underlining the popularity of the two-litre, two-wheel drive class: designed to provide the perfect compromise between performance and affordability. Honda has a very strong track record in Sanremo, one of the best-known rallies in the sport. Sanremo formed part of the World Rally Championship until 2003, before being adopted by the Intercontinental Rally Challenge - on which Honda is a registered manufacturer - from 2006.
The Honda Civic Type R R3 has consistently been a frontrunner on the IRC two-wheel drive Cup, narrowly missing out on the title, and has also competed on the Junior World Rally Championship as well as on national championships all over the world.
JAS Motorsport team principal Alessandro Mariani commented: "We're delighted that the Honda family will be represented on the Sanremo Rally, which is an icon in the sport. The characteristics of the Honda Civic Type R R3 should suit the stages well, as we have a powerful car that is very easy to drive. We're also looking forward to seeing once again how we compare to the opposition. Last year we won the two-wheel drive category, and obviously this will be our objective once more this year. It only remains for me to wish Sandro, Laszlo and Janos the very best of luck on what is well-known as a tricky but very exciting event."<:i>
The Rallye Sanremo gets underway on Friday 24 September at 1300, for the first of six special stages, including the 44-kilometre Ronde stage, run at night. Day two on Saturday 25 September consists of five more stages, making a total competitive distance for the rally of 220 kilometres.