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DW Racing commit to TCR UK return

DW Racing has confirmed that it will return to the TCR UK championship for 2019 with Darelle Wilson’s Vauxhall Astra.

Wilson secured a best finish of fourth during the 2018 season despite the team being forced to battle a number of technical issues over the course of the campaign, which limited him to tenth in the championship standings.

Eager to show the potential of the Astra on track, the team will now return in 2019 having worked hard to make improvements behind the scenes with the focus now on fighting towards the front of the field on a regular basis.

“Announcing our 2019 entry is a really positive step for us and we’re looking forward to the season,” team manager Les Latham said. “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.”