The TCR UK championship heads to Donington Park in Leicestershire this weekend (October 13th/14th) for the seventh and final race weekend of the season. The 1.98-mile National Circuit will play host to rounds 13 and 14 of the series that began at Silverstone over the Easter weekend and has visited Knockhill, Brands Hatch, Castle Combe, Oulton Park and Croft over the past six months.
Unsurprisingly, the focus this weekend will be on the battle for the Drivers’ championship, with the Team’s title already having been provisionally won by WestCoast Racing. The Swedish team has enjoyed a string of victories and podium finishes from its trio of drivers Dan Lloyd and Andreas and Jessica Bäckman – the most recent being Andreas’ maiden race victory at Croft last month – while also contesting the 2018 TCR Scandinavia series using the same three Volkswagen Golf GTIs.
The Drivers’ title fight is now a two-way affair, with Dan Lloyd 31 points ahead of Pyro Motorsport’s Ollie Taylor with a possible 91 on offer (11 for pole position and 40 for winning each race). Dan has clocked up seven victories compared to Ollie’s string of consistent podium finishes and two race wins, but whichever of the pair clinches the title on Sunday will be a worthy winner of the first-ever TCR UK series.
Behind the leading duo, Andreas Bäckman still has a mathematical chance of finishing the season as runner-up, while his sister Jessica is just six points ahead of Lewis Kent in the battle for fourth place. All three will be keen to end the season on a high note, as will Sean Walkinshaw (Sean Walkinshaw Racing), Finlay Crocker (Verizon Connect Racing), Stewart Lines (Maximum Motorsport) and Darelle Wilson (DW Racing) with the latter pair still looking for their first podium finishes of the year.
Returning to the championship for the final race weekend are Carl Swift, Josh Price and Alex Morgan. Both Carl and Josh have finished on the podium already this year while Alex makes his second appearance of the season in the Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane as part of the car’s development programme.
Warm-up, Free Practice and Qualifying will take place on Saturday while on Sunday Race 1 is scheduled for 13.15 and Race 2 at 16.10. Both races will be streamed live on Facebook, the TCR websites, the TCR UK YouTube channel, Motor Trend on Demand and the online portal of motorsport.tv