DPE Motorsport, SWR and Maximum Motorsport on the grid
DPE Motorsport has announced that it will enter two Romeo Ferraris-built Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR cars for Aiden Moffat and Derek Palmer Jr; a third Giulietta may be added to the operation during the year.
Moffat is no stranger to UK fans, having become the BTCC’s youngest-ever driver at the age of 16, scoring his first podium finish in 2015 and then winning his first BTCC race in 2017. Palmer Jr has competed in Dutch Supercars, FIA European GT and British GT before joining the BTCC in 2015.
Team Manager, Derek Palmer Sr. commented: “Any petrolhead loves Alfa Romeos and it fulfills a personal ambition of mine to run two of these fantastic cars with two brilliant young drivers in the British arm of the world’s top Touring Car series.”
Howard Fuller has joined the SWR team for the 2018 TCR UK, where he will drive a Honda Civic TCR, the 25-year-old is relishing the opportunity to be back racing after a two-year hiatus from track action due to budget restrictions.
“Sean Walkinshaw and I have been very good friends for donkey’s years,” commented Fuller, “We both thought TCR UK would be very interesting for SWR to do, with all of the amazing Walkinshaw family history in touring cars, and it’s fantastic to now be racing for the team. Sean kindly invited me to shake down the Honda at Donington and it re-lit the fire. The dream is to obviously win races and mount a challenge for the championship, that’s where I want to be.”
Maximum Motorsport has confirmed that Stewart Lines will be driving the team’s CUPRA TCR car in selected rounds. Ex-BTCC driver Lines drove the car in the recent test day at Silverstone.
The car Lines will be campaigning is a CUPRA TCR DSG, which means he is the second driver eligible for the recently-announced DSG Trophy.
Lines said: “We’ve had the car for some time now as I strongly believe that TCR is the future of Touring Cars. We plan to compete in a number of championships with it and we’re starting 2018 with a programme of TCR UK events. Depending on how things go at Silverstone, we could well enter more rounds and have a real go at winning the DSG Trophy.”