Japanese brand has beaten its own front-drive marker around another European circuit.
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Another day, another Honda Civic Type R lap record. This time, the front-drive turbo tearaway has toppled its predecessor's mark around Estoril in Portugal.

Having started at Magny Cours in France, the Civic caravan rolled on to Silverstone (the GP circuit) and Spa, beating records held by its predecessor in the process.

That's right, this isn't some huge smackdown on the wider hot hatch community, it's an effort to beat markers set by the less powerful, sophisticated car the latest Type R replaces.

That's not to say the 2:01.84 marker laid down by WTCR driver Tiago Montero wasn't impressive – far from it, in fact. Check out the onboard footage (above) for an appreciation of just how planted the Type R seems, and just how hard Monetero is pushing. Race drivers don't do things by halves, evidently.

“The Type R is very stable and has very good braking efficiency and an amazing engine so it just feels like you are driving a race car – on the track it’s easy to forget that it’s a proper road car, but then you can drive it home," Montero said after his record lap.

“The new Type R is a big evolution. I mean we’re talking about a totally different car in terms of design, aero, suspension, geometries, engine, but more than anything the feeling of driving the car.”