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Button returns to Bathurst for Honda Civic run 

Tom Howard

Wednesday 8th May, 2019 - 3:02pm

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Former Formula 1 star Jenson Button has returned to Mount Panorama to cut laps behind the wheel of a Honda Civic Type R road car.

The 2009 F1 world champion set a new benchmark lap time for a front wheel drive production road car by posting a 2:35.207 effort around the 6.2km circuit.

Honda ambassador Button jumped behind the wheel of the Civic Type R as part of the Japanese brand’s Type R Challenge 2019 road tour which aims to showcase the capabilities of Honda’s new hot hatch road car.

The run held after last month’s Bathurst 6 Hour is also part of Honda’s 50 years in Australia celebrations.

The Brit has previous experience at Bathurst having driven a Triple Eight V8 Supercar and a McLaren F1 car around the circuit as part of a PR stunt for then team sponsors Vodafone in 2011.

During the event Button set an unofficial lap record of 1:48.8s in the McLaren F1 car.

The release of a special video charting Button’s run arrives in the same week Honda Australia confirmed support to Wall Racing’s Civic Type R TCR Australia campaign.

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