Brick and Steel Civic Ecosse Challenge champion Euan Duncan has a brand new car – and it’s all thanks to Honda UK! The Japanese manufacturer has given Aberdeen driver Duncan the use of a top-spec Honda Civic Type R for the year as a reward for his efforts in Scotland’s one-make Civic rally championship last season.
26 year-old Euan blew everyone away on the stages last year, winning five rounds of the inaugural Civic Challenge and clinching the series title on the final rally of 2010. What’s more, the Grampian rally hero – who earns a living by day as a service engineer – beat many more expensive and newer cars along the way to secure some stunning results outright in his Honda. Now, to cap it all off Euan will have the latest version of the class-leading hot hatch sitting on his driveway for all of 2011 as a reminder of his achievements.
Having successfully put the Honda name on the Scottish rallying map in 2010, Euan received the keys to the gleaming red Type R at Honda’s Town & County dealership in his home town of Aberdeen. When Euan’s not out doing events in his own rally car, the Honda UK-provided Civic will help him get around Scotland over the next twelve months, promoting the Honda brand and the Challenge along the way.
“It’s great to support grass roots racing in Scotland through the Civic Ecosse Challenge, it complements what we’re doing on a national basis with the British Touring Car Championship,” believes Sarah Mayo, the Partnerships Manager for Honda UK’s Corporate Affairs division. “Civic is a very important car for Honda, especially as it’s built in Britain, so this is a way to further promote the model within Scotland. From a dealer perspective, it supports Town and County Honda’s local activity to have an association with Euan and the Championship.”
“To get the use of such an iconic car for a year from Honda UK is an excellent prize – probably one of the best prizes in UK rallying, and certainly in Scotland,” adds Brick and Steel Ecosse Challenge Chairman and double Scottish Rally Champion Andrew Wood. “And it could not have gone to a more popular and deserving person in Euan. As a Championship organisation we are delighted and will work with Honda UK and Euan to promote the brand and our Championship during 2011.”
“This is a brilliant prize, one of the best I’ve ever won in all the time I’ve been rallying,” declares Euan Duncan, who plans to contest selected events in 2011 whilst working closely with Honda and the Ecosse Challenge to raise the profile of both. “The older Civics have proven they are capable of doing the business out on the rally stages, so I am looking forward to continuing my positive relationship with Hondas on the road!”