Today’s TCR UK test day at Silverstone gave Finlay Crocker the first opportunity to drive his brand new Honda Civic Type R TCR. The car only arrived in the UK from Italy last week and so the Silverstone event was also the first time that the car – in its stunning camouflage livery – had been seen in public.
“It’s fantastic,” enthused Crocker. “JAS have done a really good job and there’s a real difference in finish compared to the old car. This is my first time out in it, obviously, so it’s a bit conservative at the moment but all in all I think we’ve got the basis of a really good car.
“The new Civic is quite a development and I think it’s got the potential to make good gains. We’re really looking forward to the TCR UK championship; it’s only three weeks or so away now and we need more testing time, but that’s down to the fact that the car only came into the UK on Monday and so hopefully we’ll get a decent grid in the first few rounds and the championship will go from strength to strength.”
The performance of the car was only half the story, with the car’s striking livery attracting early attention from the photographers attending the day. Finlay admits that the decision to opt for the colour scheme was relatively straightforward.
“I’m probably the least artistic person you’ll ever meet, but I saw a picture of the car in the camouflage livery and I thought ‘that’s a bit different’ so we’ve gone with that. Hopefully it’ll earn us a bit of support and quite a decent profile for our sponsors.”
On a drying track, Crocker saw his times steadily improve over the day’s four half-hour sessions, setting his best lap time (1:00.619) during the dying minutes of the final stint.