Zest Racecar Engineering has confirmed that the team is exploring an entry in the 2019 TCR UK championship. In particular, the team is looking at entering the recently-announced TCR UK Cup with its DSG CUPRA TCR.
One of the first UK teams to buy a TCR car, Zest has links with SEAT cars that go back to 2006, when it entered the UK SEAT Leon championship. Since then, the team has contested a wide range of series across Europe and has specialised in Endurance racing over the last few years, while also providing technical support for teams in FIA GT, Heritage Classic Saloon Cars and the Renault UK Clio Cup amongst a wide range of formulae.
Last year, the team recorded a total of 21 podium finishes from 25 races in the various UK championships it entered. In addition, the team took a SEAT León TCR to second in the maiden TCR Endurance race in Dubai in 2016 and then finished third in both the Dubai 24H and the Portimāo 24H in 2017. ZRE has recently relocated to Silverstone and so is able to arrange test sessions at the circuit each week until the start of the season.
“It makes complete sense for us to move into the TCR UK championship,” commented Zest team principal Malcolm Cleland. “Our DSG CUPRA is a particularly cost-effective way for a driver to tackle the TCR UK series and the TCR UK Cup in particular.
“We plan to continue to use the car in Endurance racing this year, where the DSG transmission is definitely an advantage. As a result, if anyone asked us to use a sequential gearbox we’d almost certainly look to buy another car. Our long experience running SEAT racing cars means we’re already set up to run the CUPRA in TCR UK and so we’re keen to explore ways in which we can join the grid for 2019.”