Sharp aims for works Honda future

Former GP2 racer Ryan Sharp is hoping to convince Honda to enter a works team in the World Touring Car Championship

Sharp has switched to tin-tops with privateer Honda team JAS Motorsport this season after an unsuccessful GP2 campaign last year.

He is hoping that a visit of Honda Racing Development president Yasuhiro Wada to tomorrow's races at Brands Hatch will go some way to convincing the Japanese manufacturer to put works backing into a WTCC programme next season.

"World Touring Cars is as professional if not more professional than GP2," Sharp told "We've got Honda backing to a certain extent with a privateer team. JAS Motorsport are a proper team.

"Honda are not coming for no reason tomorrow. There has been no indication it is going to be yes or no but it can't hurt. They will see tomorrow that it will be the level of commitment from SEAT, Chevrolet and BMW.

"For the future if I can get the results it looks good for me. That was the reason for making the switch to touring cars at this level and try and prolong my career as long as possible.

"I looked at it very late, and that's why I went with Honda rather than being another customer of BMW or whoever.

"If they come with a works team it is 99 per cent certain it will be with JAS and it is up to me to try and impress them and prove to them I'm good enough for any drive. I'll be in a better situation than others."


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