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2017

On March 20, 2017 Norbert Michelisz and Dávid Bári announced that they founded their own racing team, M1RA, which was named after Michelisz’s daughter (yet to be born at the time), Mira. They started their first year with a Honda Civic Type R TCR, going into the top TCR championship, the International Series, straght away. Their full-time drivers were Attila Tassi and TCR Italy champion Roberto Colciago, but Michelisz, Italian driver Giacomo Altoé and British driver Josh Files also took the wheel across the year. All five of them finished on the podium in that season, which M1RA started out as a newbie team and finished as the champions.

Right at the season opener at Georgia, the team scored a podium finish – with Tassi finishing in second place with Honda. At the next round in Bahrain, Colciago collected the team’s first victory, and then in Monza they had their first 1-2 finish, when Colciago won and Tassi finished second. They repeated this at the Salzburgring despite Tassi’s Honda being destroyed in practice. They managed to get a replacement car for the next day and saved the weekend.

20 races
15 podiums
6 victories

At the Hungaroring, Michelisz himself entered the race and gained the first pole position for the team, followed by the first international victory in Tassi’s career. Michelisz finished in second. From this point on, Honda always received the heftiest weight penalty, which hampered the car’s performance. On top of all this, at Oschersleben Colciago suffered rib injuries in a race accident, which forced him to skip out on the Thailand round and eventually meant he had no chance to compete for the championship title.

In Thailand, the team’s set up included Michelisz and Altoé, and all three drivers stood on the podium. It was at the season closer that M1RA secured teams’ title, with Tassi finishing second and Colciago fifth in the drivers’ rankings. In Dubai, TCR Germany champion Files joined the team as well, finishing in third place. This was M1RA’s 15th podium in the season, the most podiums of any team in the championship. The Hungarian National Auto Sport Association voted M1RA the best team of the year in its first year of operation.

 


Drivers

 

Attila Tassi

20 races
7 podiums
2 victories

Roberto Colciago

18 races
4 podiums
3 victories

Norbert Michelisz

4 races
2 podiums
1 victory

Giacomo Altoé

2 races
1 podium
0 victory

Josh Files

2 races
1 podium
0 victory

Calendar of Events

TCR International Series
Georgia
Rustavi International Motorpark

April 1-2, 2017
Results

Race 1: Roberto Colciago 4th, Attila Tassi 5th
Race 2: Attila Tassi 2nd, Roberto Colciago 12th

TCR International Series
Bahrain
Bahrain International Circuit

April 15-16, 2017
Results

Race 1: Roberto Colciago 1st, Attila Tassi 12th
Race 2: Roberto Colciago 5th, Attila Tassi 8th

TCR International Series
Belgium
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

May 6-7, 2017
Results

Race 1: Attila Tassi 3rd, Roberto Colciago 20th
Race 2: Attila Tassi 9th, Roberto Colciago 13th

TCR International Series
Italy
Autodromo Nazionale Monza

May 13-14, 2017
Results

Race 1: Roberto Colciago 1st, Attila Tassi 2nd
Race 2: Roberto Colciago 2nd, Attila Tassi 9th

TCR International Series
Austria
Salzburgring

10-11 June 2017
Results

Race 1: Attila Tassi 9th, Roberto Colciago 12th
Race 2: Roberto Colciago 1st, Attila Tassi 2nd

TCR International Series
Hungary
Hungaroring

17-18 June 2017
Results

Race 1: Attila Tassi 1st, Nobert Michelisz 2nd, Roberto Colciago 4th
Race 2: Attila Tassi 1st, Roberto Colciago 5th, Norbert Michelisz 6th

TCR International Series
Germany
Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

July 8-9, 2017
Results

Race 1: Roberto Colciago 14th, Attila Tassi -
Race 2: Attila Tassi 11th, Roberto Colciago -

TCR International Series
Thailand
Chang International Circuit

September 2-3, 2017
Results

Race 1: Norbert Michelisz 1st, Attila Tassi 3rd, Giacomo Altoé 6th
Race 2: Giacomo Altoé 2nd, Attila Tassi 4th, Norbert Michelisz 22nd

TCR International Series
China
Zheijang International Circuit

October 7-8, 2017
Results

Race 1: Roberto Colciago 7th, Attila Tassi 11th
Race 2: Roberto Colciago 8th, Attila Tassi 9th

TCR International Series
United Arab Emirates
Dubai Autodrome

November 17-18, 2017
Results

Race 1: Attila Tassi 5th, Josh Files 6th, Roberto Colciago -
Race 2: Josh Files 3rd, Attila Tassi 12th, Roberto Colciago -

car

 

Honda CIVIC TYPE-R TCR

ENGINE
Turbocharged 4-cylinder in line, transversally installed
Distribution: two overhead camshafts, 16 valves
Displacement: 1998.2 cc
Bore x stroke: 86 x 86 mm
Max. output 340hp @ 6200 rpm
Max. torque: 420nm @ 3800 rpm
Lubrication: wet sump

TRANSMISSION
Front-wheel-drive
Gearbox: Sadev 6-speed sequential with paddle shift
Clutch: multi-disc sinter-metallic
Differential: mechanical limited slip differential

CHASSIS
Front suspension: McPherson strut, coil springs, gas-filled dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: torsion beam, coil springs, gas-filled dampers, anti-roll bar
Steering: electrical power assisted rack and pinion.

BRAKES
Dual circuit hydraulic system
Front brakes: 6-piston callipers, 378 mm steel ventilated discs
Rear brakes: 2-piston callipers, 261 mm steel discs

DIMENSIONS
Length: 4476 mm
Width: 1950 mm
Wheelbase 2655 mm
Minimum weight: 1285 kg including the driver