Mason Filippi has joined RealTime Racing for the final two events of the Pirelli World Challenge, starting from this weekend at Tooele’s Utah Motorsports Campus. Filippi will drive one of the team’s Honda Civic Type R FK7 cars alongside the current points leader Ryan Eversley.
Filippi boasts a strong sportscar background, despite being only 20 years-old. After racing Spec Miata, he moved up to the professional ranks in the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup and then onto the TCA class in Pirelli World Challenge. He was immediately drawn to the TCR category when it debuted. “When I saw how the TCR class was shaping up and how competitive the cars were, it looked like a lot of fun to drive,” he said. “I wanted to pursue that and see what I could do in TCR. It looked like a really nice platform.”
Having competed in the TCR category already this year driving a Volkswagen Golf GTI run by the TFB team, Filippi is currently fourth in the point standings. His best result was a fourth place in Race 1 at Virginia International Raceway.
He is excited for a switch to the Honda: “RealTime has a really strong racing history, especially in World Challenge. They are extremely competitive this year. When a seat opened up, I couldn’t pass on that opportunity.”
“Mason has already proven to be a very strong TCR driver,” RealTime team owner Peter Cunningham said. “I have no doubt he’ll be up to speed in short order in our Civic Type R and I hope we can help him finish strong in the Championship.”
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