Over 300 Civic Type R Fans Gather to Celebrate the Return of WTCC at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Honda will host an exclusive event with its loyal Civic Type R owners and fans to celebrate the World Touring Car Championship race at the infamous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. More than 180 Civic Type Rs and over 300 fans, from 12 different European countries, are confirmed to join this exciting event.
On Saturday 21st of June, all 180 owners will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive their car on an exclusive parade lap1 around the famous Spa Circuit, said to be one of the most beautiful race tracks in the world. It features the legendary Eau Rouge, renowned by racing drivers as one of the most challenging and unique sections of any circuit.
All 300 fans will receive VIP treatment to watch the WTCC feature races on Sunday from an exclusive terrace, and engage with Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team drivers, FIA WTCC Champion, Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro, as well as Norbert Michelisz from Zengo̎ Motorsport and Mehdi Bennani of Proteam Racing.
Honda will also be running a competition throughout the race weekend offering one lucky Type R fan attending the Spa Circuit the chance to be among one of the first to drive the new Honda Civic Type R at the launch event in 2015.
Honda Racing Corporation renews contract with Takahisa Fujinami until end of 2015 Honda Racing
Corporation and 2004 FIM Trial World Champion, Takahisa Fujinami have extended their contract, confirming his position in the Repsol Honda Team until 2015 season, marking his 20th year in the World Championship.
In 1996, Fujinami had his debut race in the World Championship at the age of 16, and just one year later he won the first of his 32 career victories. His most recent victory was during the inaugural race of the 2014 season in Australia. Fujinami now has a total of 150 podium finishes in his career, more than any current active rider in the Trial World Championship.
“I am very happy to be able to make the announcement that I will be part of the Repsol Honda Team one more season. Since I was 16 years old, I have had a contract with Honda, and with the Repsol Honda Team I will compete my 20th year in the World Championship. It is for this reason that I am very proud of being able to continue with Honda. Renewing a contract at this early is very important to me and is, without a doubt, one more reason that motivates me to compete. I am also very happy to hear that Toni Bou has also been renewed; he is the team’s number one and a good friend. This is a great team, the best in the Championship.”
Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of Honda Racing Corporation
“We are very satisfied that Takahisa Fujinami will continue riding for the Repsol Honda Team. As most of you already know Takahisa has been competing in the Trial World Championship for the last 19 years and is the only Japanese rider who has been a constant contender for the Championship. He is a unique competitor, and he has great ability as well as a will of iron: so far this season, he won the first day in Australia and ended in third position after the first day of the Japanese Grand Prix while suffering from a knee injury. He will continue riding for us and for all the motorcycle racing fans next season, too.”
Takahisa Fujinami’s Statistics
- 2004 Outdoor Trial World Champion
- 7 times 2nd in the Outdoor Trial World Championship
- 5 times 3rd in the Outdoor Trial World Championship
- 2004 2nd in the Indoor Trial World Championship
- 5 times Japanese Trial Champion
Takahisa Fujinami Rider Information
- Date of birth: January 13, 1980
- Place of birth: Mie – Japan
- Weight: 68 kg
- Height: 171 cm
- Hobbies: Music, tennis
- Nationality: Japanese