For the first time in the 69 year history of the Avon Tyres/TTC Group MSA British Hillclimb Championship, a standard production car has scored points at the notorious hill climbing event after the Honda Civic Type R set a new class record at the Craigantlet Hillclimb.
Driver of the record breaking run was Scottish journalist David Finlay, who shaved over a second off the old class record in order to create motorsport history. Finlay finished ninth overall, claiming five points in the process for the Civic Type R after completing the 0.83 mile course in just 54.69 seconds.
The British built Honda Civic Type R is often labelled as the ‘race car for the road’, and the model driven at the event included:
Driver David Finlay commented: "I knew the car would be quick, but I had no idea just how quick. If I had left Craigantlet after setting a time in the 57s I would have been happy, so to have got into the 54s was a big surprise. The record run wasn't perfect by any means - there is definitely more time to come.
"I have driven many standard cars in hillclimbs, and so far the Civic is the one that has felt closest to being designed for the purpose. Honda's claim that it is a 'race car for the road' may seem like an optimistic piece of marketing, but after this weekend I can confirm that that's exactly what it is."
First held in in 1913, the Craigantlet Hillclimb is organised by the Ulster Automobile Club and is the only venue in Northern Ireland to host a round of the British Hillclimb Championship.