Slovakian driver Martin Ryba will return to the TCR Europe series for a second season in 2019, switching from a Volkswagen Golf to a brand new Honda Civic Type-R FK8 run by the Brutal Fish Racing Team.
Ryba contested last year’s TCR Europe series for five of the seven events, notching up a best finish of 13th in the second race at the Hungaroring.
The 41-year-old has once again been involved in pre-season preparation, having recently contested all three rounds of the TCR Malaysia series in January and February, scoring a podium finish in the season-opener.
“It’s great to join this fantastic series again,” said Ryba. “The starting grid is looking even ‘faster’ than it was last year. I will approach it with great respect and hopefully looking for some serious results.
“Now we are happy members of the JAS family, having switched to the Honda Civic. The new car looks fantastic, we have just done some testing and it feels great.
“We have great expectations for the 2019 season, but as always we at Brutal Fish are looking to have fun and enjoy ourselves.
“We were very happy with the winter programme in TCR Malaysia. It’s a well-organized series and it was a useful practice for us. We have managed P3 overall and P2 in the Cup so it was also our first success in TCR.”