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Monday, July 26, 2010

HPD Civic Scores First Victory in Toronto

TORONTO, Ont. (July 17, 2010) – Acuras and Hondas abounded in Victory Circle following three support races run at the Honda Indy Toronto, taking class wins in both the SCCA World Challenge and the Canadian Touring Car Championship events, and claiming the first World Challenge Touring Class victory for the HPD Honda Civic Si.

Driving the RealTime Racing-entered Honda, Nick Wittmer started from the pole and held off strong challenges from both Mazda and Scion entries to claim the Touring Class win, the first for the HPD Civic since its introduction earlier this year at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

In the GTS category, RealTime’s Peter Cunningham continued his winning ways, taking his Acura TSX to its fourth victory of 2010, and Cunningham’s record-extending 36th SCCA World Challenge class win.

Wittmer visited Victory Circle yet again in the first of two Canadian Touring Car Championship races at Toronto. Driving another Honda Civic Si, this time for Quebec-based Lombardi Honda Racing, Wittmer won both overall and the Super class in Saturday’s race, edging the Audette Racing Acura RSX of Mathieu Audette by just four-tenths of a second.

In the Touring category, local favorite Tom Kwok posted a pair of victories in his M&S Racing Honda Civic. Saturday’s race was a 1-2-3 sweep for Honda, as the Civics of Anthony Rapone (Compass360 Racing) and Patrick Sequin (Classic Canadian Cars Motorsports) filled out the podium.

A joint effort by Honda Performance Development and Honda R&D Americas, the RealTime Racing HPD Civic Si is competing in select SCCA World Challenge and Grand-Am Continental Tire Challenge events in 2010.

The HPD Civic utilizes a variety of components from HPD’s racing parts line, including HPD-designed brake ducts and camber/caster plates; a lightweight competition wiring harness developed by Honda R&D; a racing fuel cell produced to HPD specifications; and the Honda 2.0-liter K20 Type R race engine.

The HPD Civic Si will also serve as a platform for confirmation of the quality and performance capabilities of HPD-designed racing parts and branded components, available to racers through the Honda Racing Line.

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