Boutsen Ginion Racing has confirmed it will contest the inaugural 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup championship.

Founded in 1998 by Olivier Lainé and former Grand Prix driver Thierry Boutsen, the Belgian outfit has achieved success in various single-seater, touring car and GT competitions.

The team won the 2016 and 2017 TCR BeNeLux Touring Car Championships with Stéphane Lémeret and Benjamin Lessennes. The team also entered selected rounds of the TCR International Series in 2017 with Lessennes, Tom Coronel and Aurélien Panis in its line-up, with Panis claiming the team’s first win in the category at the Buriram International Circuit in Thailand.

Boutsen Ginion Racing will run a pair of Honda Civic FK8 Type Rs (pictured above) in the forthcoming season, continuing their association with the Japanese carmaker.

“It’s a new and great challenge which is coming for my team,” said team manager Olivier Laine.

“I am pleased to start a new adventure in the FIA World Touring Car Cup. After two years full of successes, it made sense for us to continue with Honda. I am really looking forward to start the first tests with the new Civic TCR.”

The team’s driving line-up will be confirmed at a later date.

Image via Boutsen Ginion Racing

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