The Dunlop Touring Car Trophy / TCR UK Championship returns for its fourth round of the year at Brands Hatch. With two rounds left of the season, Lewis Kent will be looking to extend his championship lead after a spectacular double victory at Croft earlier in the month.
In the TCT class, Henry Neal leads the way, driving his father’s Honda Civic Type R. Son of former-BTCC champion Matt, Henry has stood on the podium three times this season, topping the class on two occasions, most recently last time out at Croft. The Touring Car Trophy is open to drivers and teams racing Next-Gen Touring Cars (NGTC) and S2000 vehicles. Driving for Team Dynamics the Worcestershire driver faces stiff competition from 19-year-old Alex Day. The HMS Racing driver will be driving the Audi A4 “Sherman” that famously raced in the BTCC up until 2016.
Both drivers will be looking to not only beat each other, but the TCR field, which includes another famous surname in the Touring Car world. James Turkington recorded two podiums at Croft and sits just 2 points behind championship leader Kent. The Ciceley Motorsport driver will be looking to follow in his brothers footsteps this weekend and a strong result could see the Cupra TCR star join Colin in leading a National Touring Car series.
One driver in particular will be determined to stop him though; Lewis Kent. Driving the Hyundai i30 N TCR the Essex and Kent Motorsport driver had a perfect weekend at Croft, securing pole, taking the rounds fastest lap and winning both races. Kent is one of two TCR UK drivers returning to Brands Hatch from 2018, where he picked up one of his two podiums.
Also returning to the TCR UK for the first time this season will be Stewart Lines, driving the Maximum Motorsport run Seat Cupra TCR. Lines competed in the TCR UK last season in six of the seven rounds and manged a podium in the last round at Donington.
Darrelle Wilson, another driver making consecutive appearances in the series, will join the grid at Brands Hatch in his Opel Astra. Darrelle picked up a maiden podium at Croft and will now be looking to close the gap to Kent and Turkington in the standings.
Nick Halstead returns after a one round break competing for Orange Motorsports in TCR UK. Driving the Honda TCR, he picked up two top six finishes during a hectic Donington Park round that supported the British GT. He’ll be a threat to both TCR and TCT runners, as both compete for the overall victory.
The races will be 23 minutes in length, plus one lap. Qualifying will determine the grid for race one, with the result determining the order for race two.