Rounds nine and ten of this year’s 16-round Milltek Sport Civic Cup will see the ultra-competitive championship for Honda Civic Type Rs manufactured between 2001 and 2011, pay its first ever visit to Castle Combe circuit on Saturday 6th August.
If any of this season’s previous eight rounds are anything to go by, spectators will be treated to some of the closest and most exciting racing currently on offer in the UK, with a grid of 24 Civics split between two classes; 18 in the Cup Class for modified cars and six in the Production Class for those that are closer to standard specification.
For some of the drivers, this will be their first ever visit to the Castle Combe and, as it’s a circuit with a reputation for favouring those who have experience of its technically demanding 1.85-mile lap, the outcome of the day’s two races is even more difficult to predict than usual.
Three meetings and eight rounds have taken place so far: three at Cadwell Park in May, another three at Brands Hatch in June and a further two at Oulton Park in July. Winners at Cadwell Park were Dan Thackeray, George Alp-Williams and Morgan Bailey, whilst at Brands, 2021 Champion Alistair Camp put his 2022 title hopes back on track with two wins from the three races, as Morgan Bailey recorded his second victory of the season in the other.
Camp was declared the winner in round seven at Oulton Park after the race was cut short due to a red-flag incident on lap three. Thankfully, round eight ran its full distance, when last year’s runner-up Matt Luff fought his way to the front to record his first win of 2022.
Camp’s three wins, coupled with a second place at Cadwell Park, sees him lead the championship ahead of Luff, whose round eight win added to four more visits to the podium, puts him in second. Bailey is currently third with a back catalogue featuring two wins and two podiums.
In the Production Class, Alfie Jeakins proved almost unstoppable at Cadwell and Brands, having scored five victories from six races. Whilst his two-second places at Oulton Park were still credible results, a win in round eight coupled with five second and two third place finishes, sees Dave Marshall jointly lead the category on equal points.
Loui Hounsell is currently a close third and is another who has made regular visits to the podium that have included wins at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park.
The Civic Cup action gets underway with a 15-minute Qualifying session starting at 11.00, followed by the two 15-minute races at 14.05 and 17.15 respectively. All three can be watched live on the following platforms:
The Milltek Sport Civic Cup is supported by Milltek Sport, Goodyear, Maximum Networks, Liqui Moly, MaxiCloud Hosted Telephony, Co-ordSport, Berkshire Turbo, Joyce Design, Steel Seal, PBS braking systems and Maximum Performance. The Championship is administered by Club Time Attack.