Honda is going to expand to a fourth car for Ryo Michigami at the Japanese WTCC round at Motegi in September.
The 43-year-old has raced for Honda in various championships since 1998 including the Japanese Touring Car Championship and most recently in Super GT.
”I will be racing with my heart and soul at Motegi and putting all my experience to best use. Honda and JAS Motorsport have given me a wonderful opportunity.
"The car felt consistently fast in Spain and I’ll definitely be well-prepared for the races in Japan,” said Michigami.
WTCC Development of Honda R&D leader Daisuke Horiuchi commented: “I’m excited to have a Japanese driver competing for us at our home race.
"Ryo has been racing with Honda for a long time, so he immediately grasped the characteristics of the Civic WTCC at Barcelona.
"There isn’t much time between now and Motegi, but we’ll be working our hardest with JAS to provide the support he needs. We’re looking forward to Ryo racing fast in front of the Japanese fans," he added.
Michigami tested the WTCC specification Honda Civic at Barcelona last week and was pleased with his first taste.
“I had a chance to test the Civic WTCC at Barcelona last week and was hoping for an opportunity to race it, so I’m very excited that I’ll be able to do this so soon.
"I was involved in the development of the Civic Type R, which was released last year, and had been watching the Civic WTCC closely as well,” said Michigami.
The Japanese has also competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2004 and 2005 driving the Dome car in LMP1 category.
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