Honda Racing team Sweden to sit out WTCC Race of Japan

Sep 10, 2015

Honda Racing team Sweden to sit out WTCC Race of Japan

Stockholm, September 10, 2015

Honda Racing team Sweden will sit out this weekend’s FIA World Touring Car Championship round at the Motegi circuit in Japan.

The squad, Sweden’s only world championship-level racing outfit, scored a season-best result of eighth at the most recent WTCC meeting at Vila Real back in July, but a qualifying crash at the Portuguese street venue also left the team with extensive damage to its Honda Civic TC1.

While temporary repairs allowed the team to complete the Vila Real weekend, lengthier post-event maintenance then imposed delays on its logistics schedule, causing it to miss the official WTCC freight deadline from Europe to Japan.

While regretting its absence from the WTCC Race of Japan, Honda Racing team Sweden and driver Rickard Rydell are already looking forward to return to action at the following round in China later this month.

Nicklas Karlsson (team principal)

”It’s obviously disappointing having to skip this weekend’s races in Motegi – not least because it’s Honda’s home event – but the crash in Portugal meant we simply have no option. We continue to work flat out back at base in Sweden and are already eager to return to the grid in China and to complete the rest of the 2015 FIA WTCC campaign in the best way possible.”     

Stefan Lindberg (sporting director)

”Unfortunately, the damage sustained in Vila Real qualifying forced us to carry out extensive and time consuming repairs following that event, and that’s the underlying reason for our absence in Japan this weekend. Still, the feeling inside the team is very much one of progress and optimism at the moment. We enjoyed our strongest weekend so far in Portugal last time out, scoring our best race and qualifying results and going third-quickest in practice. I’ve said it before, but the people working in this operation really are fantastic. I’m sure we can do even better in the races ahead of us, starting in Shanghai.”     

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