Honda have confirmed that they will compete in the 2012 British Touring Car Championship with its brand new Civic model, built by Team Dynamics to the NGTC regulations.
Dynamics are already building a pair of race-prepared Civics, based upon the ninth generation of the popular road car that will be revealed by the Japanese car company at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.
Honda UK joined forces with Dynamics for the 2010 season, where they won both the Manufacturers' and the Teams' titles. It currently leads both those standings again in 2011, with drivers Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal lying second and third respectively in the drivers' standings ahead of this weekend's races at Knockhill.
“We are delighted to enter the new Civic in next year's BTCC, and hope to build on the success we've already had with the current model,” said Dave Hodgetts, Managing Director of Honda (UK). “We've made significant improvements to the new road car, and we're confident those changes will make for a competitive race car too.
“The Civic is the perfect model to compete in British Touring Cars, as it has been born and bred in the UK. The new car has been tested on more UK roads than any other Honda, and it will continue to be built exclusively in Swindon.”
Neal said: “We are all looking forward to 2012, and from my point of view it is very exciting to have the prospect of driving the new Honda Civic.
“The team's development of the car is already well underway, and the new Civic will fit the BTCC’s ‘Next Generation Touring Car’ regulations. I’m sure it will keep Honda at the front, and in the winner’s circle, both off and on track!”
Team Dynamics have been linked to a future effort in the World Touring Car Championship in recent weeks, but this announcement reaffirms Honda UK's commitment to the BTCC.
Honda say that drivers and sponsors for 2012 will be announced over the coming months.