DW Racing has announced that Darelle Wilson will campaign the team’s familiar bright green Vauxhall Astra in the 2019 TCR UK championship after finishing in the top ten in the Drivers’ points table in 2018.
The highlight of the team’s 2018 season was a fourth place at Knockhill, with Darelle’s bid to finish on the podium denied by a little over one-tenth of a second. The team learnt a lot from its inaugural TCR UK season, in which a string of relatively minor technical issues resulted in several frustrating zero-points finishes, and is determined to put those lessons to good use as it heads into its second season.
DW Racing Team Manager Les Latham said: “Announcing our 2019 entry is a really positive step for us and we’re looking forward to the season. We made a few mistakes last year but we’ve learnt from them and we now know the Astra really well. We’re still talking to a few sponsors, but we’d like to thank Taylex Displays and Exhibitions for continuing their support into 2019.
“There was no real help for us last season as we were running the only Astra in the UK and all the cars in TCR Germany were on a different tyre. That’s changed for 2019, so we hope we can share information and benefit from the fact that there’ll be something like twice as many Astras competing across Europe as there were last year. We’re also positive about the changes behind the scenes; we already have a relationship with VMax Engineering and Lubner Motorsport is in a good position to look after customer cars.
“2018 was very much a year of getting all our ducks in a row and so we should hit the ground running at Snetterton in April. We have a good understanding of the car, we have a good support network in place and there has been a restructuring of the team that’ll allow Darelle to focus on his driving and let us concentrate on running the car. It’s difficult to make predictions about results until we know the strength of the opposition, but we know the car is quick and Darelle certainly has the ability.”