TCR Talk: The Brits racing abroad in 2020

With the new year underway in very strange and different circumstances due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, the TCR Talk blog will continue to follow British drivers racing overseas during the 2020 season of TCR Competition.

This was a series that we began last year, following the progress of the various British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad.

TCR Talk: The Brits Abroad – 2019

Credit: TCR Japan

2019 saw three British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad, who was not involved in both the TCR Europe Touring Car Series and The FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR):

Daniel Lloyd ran a full-time campaign in the TCR China Touring Car Championship, where he drove for the MacPro Racing team in a Honda Civic Type R FK7. The 2018 TCR UK Champion went on to finish the season as runner up.

Matt Howson made his touring car debut in the brand new TCR Japan Touring Car Series, where he drove for the KCMG team in a Honda Civic Type R FK7. Howson would go on to become the Saturday Series Champion and was crowned the overall champion.

Bradley Burns made his touring car debut in the ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship, where he drove for the Pyro Motorsport team in a Honda Civic Type R FK7. Howson was a leading contender in the Honda Junior Cup before withdrawing from the series before the end of the season.

We’ll be looking out for the British drivers as they compete for honours once again in the various TCR Series around the globe and reporting back on their progress.

TCR Talk: The Brits Abroad – 2020!

Rob Huff at Macau in 2019. Credit: Clement Marin / DPPI

TCR Talk will once again be following the progress of the British Drivers who race in TCR Series outside of the UK and who are not involved in both TCR Europe and WTCR. These details are based on confirmations made before the the Covid-19 global pandemic forced all Motorsport and Sport in general to come to a halt

2020 will see the following British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad:

Macau King Rob Huff announced over the winter that he was not able to secure a seat on the WTCR grid for 2020, which in my mind is a big loss for the series. However, the British driver will be involved in racing activities in 2020.

Huff has signed for the Lestrup Racing Team, who are returning to the STCC / TCR Scandinavia series this year after a break away competing in Endurance racing. Whilst this may seem to be an odd move, STCC / TCR Scandinavia is one of the more competitive domestic series and Huffy will be up against it.

TCR Talk will monitor his progress with interest.

Daniel Lloyd in the Brutal Fish Racing Honda in TCR Malaysia. Credit: TCR Malaysia/Ying Ching Heng

Daniel Lloyd returned to compete in a full-time campaign in the TCR Malaysia Touring Car Series, where he drove for the Brutal Fish Racing team in a Honda Civic Type R FK7.

The 2018 TCR UK Champion went on to finish the season as runner up after leading the series early on, taking one race win. Lloyd will return to action for the team for his second season in the TCR Europe Touring Car Series where he will once again join Team Owner Martin Ryba.

The team will be running three cars in TCR Europe with the third driver to be announced later on. Lloyd also competed in TCR China Touring Car Championship, where he drove for the MacPro Racing team last year, however, there has been no confirmation yet if he will return.

British fans will need to look towards Asia to follow the progress of 2019 TCR Europe Drivers Champion Josh Files this year. After a successful campaign in Europe with Hyundai, the British driver will remain with the Korean marque for 2020.

Josh Files in the Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai in TCR Malaysia. Credit: TCR Malaysia/Ying Ching Heng

Files has already begun his Asian Odyssey this year by running in a partial entry of the TCR Malaysia Touring Car Series. The British driver competed in a familiar Hyundai i30 N TCR for the Solite Indigo Racing squad in rounds three and four before moving to a Veloster N TCR for the final two races.

Files will remain with the team as they take on a full season of the 2020 TCR Asia International Series.

These are the three confirmed British drivers who will be racing abroad in 2020 and TCR Talk will also be keeping track of any other British drivers who will race in foreign TCR Series.

Of course, it’s very clear that all of these confirmations were announced before the lockdown period for Covid-19 took place and please be assured that TCR Talk is monitoring the situation for when we can potentially return to a time where Motorsport and more specifically, TCR Series can return to action.

Credit: FIA WTCR / DPPI

I will be keeping things up to date on here as well as in The Official TCR Talk Group & The TCR UK Fans Group where members will also be sharing their thoughts and any news from The 2020 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), The 2020 TCR Europe Touring Car Series, The 2020 TCR UK Touring Car Championship and other Domestic & Regional TCR Series from around the world.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil!!!

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