Multiple Macau Touring Car champion Henry Ho made his TCR International Series debut on the streets of his home Guia Circuit last year, the Macanese driver impressive in early practice, running inside the top five before electrical gremlins and an opening lap crash kept him from claiming a result in the two races that capped off the inaugural season.

Despite being a relatively short campaign, Ho was nonetheless inspired by the experience, the three time Macau Touring Car champion and Chinese Touring Car Championship front-runner admitting he was a big fan of the TCR concept and desperate to be a part of TCR Asia’s second season. “I think TCR is a very successful formula throughout the world and I like what the concept is doing for Touring Cars,” he explained. As an official driver for Honda China, and with the support of JAS Motorsport, I feel we can be very competitive in the Asian series, especially after the Civic TCR claimed the title last year, and the 2016 International Series has already shown the Honda to be a very fast and capable challenger. It was nice to get a feel for the car in Macau, even though my two races were shortened by issues outside of our control, but I feel sure that we can be competitive this season very quickly, even though many of the circuits we’ll compete on this season are new to me.”

Ho is still working out the finer details on team logistics for his Honda entry, but he is convinced the JAS Motorsport prepared Civic will be one of the cars to beat this year.

“I had a great battle in the CTCC last year with Andy Yan who has just revealed he will be in TCR Asia this year. Sadly I missed one round of that championship last year, so couldn’t take the fight all the way to the final round, but I will be doing my best to go after the crown this year, regardless of who the competition will be.

“I’m really looking forward to the opening round in South Korea, and have to thank my family and the Macau Government for supporting me to follow my dreams.”

Ben Potter

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