For the fourth year in a row, I joined Team Honda Research West at the grueling 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race. We claimed a third-place finish in the E0 class with the no. 18 Honda Civic Type R. It was a difficult event, with incremental weather and fluctuating track conditions.
THR-W brought two Civic Type R race cars (no. 17 and no 18) to the race. Car no. 17 drove to second place, but had to retire after eight hours due to a brake issue. I drove car no. 18 with Mike Tsay, Corey Taguchi, Calvin Tam, and Tom O'Gorman. The event started out well, with car no. 18 starting on pole, then building into a 19-lap class lead, and running in the top-10 overall for the first 12 hours of the race. A middle-of-the-night transmission failure caused us to pit for 90-minutes, costing us the win, but we were able to get back on track and podium in third place by the end.
The team worked very hard to keep us running in the race and achieving third-place was a well-earned podium finish.
Read the full recap of THR-W at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in the Honda Newsroom.
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