Lewis Kent clinches TCR UK title with double victory from finale weekend
Lewis Kent clinched the TCR UK title, after taking two wins from the final weekend of the season at Donington Park.
- Lewis Kent clinched the TCR UK title by winning two of the three races on the final weekend of the season at Donington Park in his Hyundai i30 N TCR
- The Essex & Kent Motorsport driver overcame the disappointment of narrowly missing out on the 2019 title at the same venue
- The double success at the season finale completed a near perfect season for Kent, who had previously run each of the races run at Oulton Park and Silverstone earlier in the season.
With the wins Kent overcame the disappointment of the 2019 season where he lost out in the championship battle at the same track. The results also completed an almost perfect season for he and the family-run Essex & Kent Motorsport team, as he was only beaten to a TCR UK win in the very last race of the year.
The championship crown was the reward at the end of a hugely successful season. Across the first two rounds of the series – held at Oulton Park and Silverstone – Kent won the TCR UK class in every race. Furthermore, as the TCR UK runners share the grid with those contesting the Touring Car Trophy series Kent not only had to compete against other drivers in TCR-spec cars, but he was also racing his i30 N TCR against – arguably – more powerful cars from the recent years of the British Touring Car Championship.
Twice – once each at the two tracks the series visited before the Donington Park finale – Kent won the race overall. The first was a masterful performance in slippery conditions at Oulton Park, the second, in contrast, a fine defensive performance on the Silverstone National Circuit.
While his strong results against the other TCR UK runners gave him a comfortable lead in that championship arriving at the final round Kent was also in a close battle for the overall Touring Car Trophy title.
He started the final weekend very strongly – qualifying on pole by over half a second. However, in the races his focus was on the TCR UK title – though he was still able to take the battle for the Touring Car Trophy title into the final race of the year.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Operations Leader Andrew Johns said: “Lewis Kent has been very strong this season, and it shows in his results on track, and the fact he has finished the year as TCR UK champion. As a driver he is part of a very small team, but they have always been able to put their i30 N TCR at the front of the races this season, regardless of the conditions. The championship win is well deserved after coming so close last year. As one of the earliest customers for the i30 N TCR Lewis has improved in his driving over the past seasons, and hopefully the TCR UK title is the basis for his next step as a Hyundai customer.”
2020 TCR UK Drivers’ Standings
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