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Lewis Kent to defend TCR UK crown

Lewis Kent will look to defend his TCR UK title in 2021 after the family-run Essex & Kent Motorsport team confirmed a two-car entry into the new Touring Car Trophy incorporating TCR UK season.

Kent will be at the wheel of one of the Hyundai i30 N TCR cars that were used in WTCR last season by Engstler Motorsport, and which were acquired by Essex & Kent Motorsport over the winter.

Brother Bradley will be at the wheel of a second Hyundai as he makes his series debut, having competed last season in the Volkswagen Racing Cup.

“With all the team has learnt about the Hyundai since we entered TCR UK for its first season in 2018, my goal will be to defend the title,” Kent said. “With more drivers on the grid, I know the competition is going to be even tougher this year. In fact, I’m expecting one of the biggest challenges to come from my brother, who’ll be driving exactly the same car as I am!

“I’m really looking forward to the new-look season and the circuits we’ll be visiting. Let’s hope we can welcome back the spectators and supporters and make this a year to remember for all the right reasons”.

Series promoter Stewart Lines welcomed the expanded programme onto the grid for the new season.

“We are delighted to see Lewis making his return to TCR UK this year and, after an impressive debut season in the VW Cup, it’s a double bonus to have Bradley join us too,” he said

“If their previous performances are anything to go by, we expect to see Lewis and Bradley running at the front of the field and challenging for overall honours. The Essex & Kent team’s two-car entry is a great addition to our grid, which I’m pleased to report is getting bigger all the time.

“It’s a clear signal that the changes we’ve made for this year are steering the series in the right direction.”