When Honda announced it would enter its Civic Tourer into the BTCC, we questioned if the team was starting to get a little ambitious.
Never before has an estate car succeeded in winning a BTCC race, with the famous Volvo 850s of the 1990s only securing a best finish of fifth place.
But our doubts have been quashed, as the third race at Donington Park yesterday saw Gordon Shedden take victory in the Civic Tourer, after a dramatic last lap pass saw the Honda man overtake Colin Turkington in the BMW 125i.
When Honda first announced that the Civic Tourer would be entered into the BTCC back in December, team manager Peter Crolla dismissed any doubts that it wouldn’t be competitive:
“Racing with the Civic Tourer means no compromise over the Civic hatchback. The weight, wheelbase, layout and suspension remain the same, but naturally, the length of the car is extended due to the larger tailgate.”
The Civic Tourer is a serious competitor in the estate car market, with a boot space of 624 litres – more than a Volkswagen Passat. Deliveries for the first Honda Civic estate in 12 years have now started, with prices starting at £20,265.