Honda Motorsport Weekend Round-Up: June 17-18
Global RallyCross, Touring Cars, and Superbikes top busy Honda weekend
We brought you a first weekend recap to keep you up on Honda in motorsport last weekend. While F1 and MotoGP both had the weekend off, Hondas were busy racing in rallycross, touring cars, and motorcycles. Here’s a quick rundown of the weekend to get you up to speed.
Red Bull Global RallyCross, Ottawa (Canada)
Global RallyCross debuted in Canada in Ottawa at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. The Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civics were contesting for the win. Mitchell deJong pressured both Tanner Foust and Steve Arpin in Race 1 of the weekend, but ultimately couldn’t stay ahead of either. He settled for third place.
In the weekend’s second race, deJong ran second place for most of the 10-lap final before a late-race overtake by Scott Speed gave deJong another third place finish. He finished just ahead of teammates Sebastian Eriksson and Oliver Eriksson to make a good points day for the Red Bull Civics.
TCR International Series, Hungaroring (Hungary)
Honda Civic driver Attila Tassi made it a weekend sweep at his home track, Hungaroring. In Race 1, team owner and Honda touring-car veteran Norbert Michelisz started from pole. He and Tassi both made good starts, then Michelisz let Tassi through while defending from the pursuing cars to let Tassi get away to the lead and, ultimately the win.
Tassi made a monster start from 8th on the grid to P3. He slipped past Jozy Altoe for second at the race’s halfway point, then overtook Honda driver and polesitter Jens Reno Moller with three laps to go. Tassi had turned 18 years old only four days before the races.
World Superbike Championship, Misano (Italy)
After a DNF in Race 1 at Misano, Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Stefan Bradl worked his way to 10th place in finish in Race 2. He had started from 18th on the grid.
In the World SuperSport class, CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Jules Cluzel finished a strong second place after an early-race battle with eventual winner Kenan Sofuoglu. Kyle Smith (5th) and Hannes Soomer (9th) added Top 10 finishes for Honda while Hikari Okubo charged to 15th from the last row of the grid in 33rd.
Aboard a CBR500, Mika Perez (above) won his second World SuperSport 300 race at Misano this weekend, as well. Perez won from pole, but a six-way fight for the lead made him earn the victory. He crossed the finish line just 0.027 second of ahead of Armando Pantone for the victory.
[Photo: World Superbike Championship]