He may be fifth in the drivers’ standings and consequently, out of the five who have a mathematical chance of claiming the 2021 Goodyear Touring Car Trophy/TCR UK title, has the most work to do at Monday’s season finale at Donington Park. But if Bruce Winfield has proved anything this year, it’s to never give up.
Coming into the season as Milltek Sport Civic Cup Champion, Bruce’s first year driving a TCR car started out in frustrating fashion, but undaunted he pushed on and recorded his first race victory in round 10 at Anglesey Circuit earlier this month. He followed it up with a second-place later in the day in round 11 and therefore, comes to Monday’s three-race showdown as a credible contender for the ultimate prize.
Driving the Area Motorsport-run CUPRA TCR DSG, Bruce heads to the event a not-insignificant 38-points behind the current leader Lewis Kent, but with a total of 78 points up for grabs, the door is most definitely open if he can repeat his North Wales performance and his rivals don’t deliver.
“I’m going to Donington with realistic expectations, knowing that it’s going to take luck to come my way in order to get anywhere close to challenging for the title – especially as the car will be carrying success ballast from Anglesey. However, as always, I shall do my level best and I’m hoping I can do enough to end the season in the top three.
“I think that qualifying well will be very important. If can get near the front of the grid, with the way the car launches off the line I might be able to gain an early advantage, as trying to get past others will be difficult and no one will want to suffer any damage with three races during the day.
“I really enjoy Donington and I’ve had some good results there in the past. If it’s hot and dry it may not favour us as the DSG system makes the car hard on brakes. However, I was pleased with our times and the amount of wear on the tyres during our recent test.
“As this is the last event of the season, I really want to enjoy it and a good result will be a great way to finish off 2021. I’ll then start planning my return to the Goodyear Touring Car Trophy in 2022!”