Carl Swift has become the latest driver to confirm an entry for the 2019 TCR UK series. Swift will enter the first round, at Oulton Park on May 11th, in the same CUPRA TCR car he used in the 2018 championship.
A clash with a prior commitment means Swift will be forced to miss the second round of the series, but the 36-year old is hopeful of continuing his campaign later in the season, depending on results at Oulton Park. Last year’s event at the Cheshire circuit saw Carl crash out of the opening lap of the first race in an incident involving the Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Robert Gilmour.
Swift contested five of last year’s seven events, missing the Croft round because of the damage inflicted at Oulton Park while converting the CUPRA from DSG to sequential transmission meant he was also forced to skip Knockhill. His best result was a podium finish in Race 2 at Castle Combe, which helped him to end the season in ninth place in the Drivers’ standings.
Carl commented: “I’m pleased to be back in the car at Oulton Park, even if one of my biggest aims will just be making it past lap one! I really enjoyed competing in TCR UK last year and I think the series definitely has potential for the future. Hopefully the changes Stewart Lines and his team have introduced for 2019 will deliver the kind of grids the championship deserves.”