SWINDON’s Synchro Motorsport took the chequered flag in Barcelona to claim their first international championship title.

The team, who are based at Honda’s Swindon factory, returned to the UK having been crowned Creventic 24H A3 class champions after claiming their second race win of the year in the endurance series.

In addition, Synchro drivers Alyn James, Dan Wheeler and Martin Byford claimed the drivers’ championship in their class.

James, who is also Synchro team principal, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved in Synchro Motorsport.

“The hard work demonstrated throughout the year by all our Honda of the UK manufacturing associates has paid off. We consistently see developments in our abilities and our accomplishments, something that everyone in the team should be very proud of.”

The team of volunteers qualified first in class after demonstrating consistent speed throughout the circuit.

Within the first seven hours of the race, Synchro had moved from 27th to 17th overall, their eventual position after multiple battles with cars in superior classes.

The Honda Civic Type R completed 598 laps of the 4.655km Circuit de Catalunya, leaving a resounding 18-lap gap between its nearest rival.

Team manager Robin Tremblin added: “The 24-hour long format of this competition is the perfect platform for us to demonstrate both the performance and the reliability of the Civic Type R.”