Presented by TCR UK promotors Maximum Motorsport, the top three drivers in this year’s Junior Saloon Car Championship were awarded the chance to drive a TCR car during a test day at Donington Park on Tuesday (23rd November).
The Junior Saloon Car Championship is the UK’s acknowledged entry-level race programme for aspiring Touring Car drivers. All between the ages of 14 and 17, they compete in identical Citroen Saxos, which means the competition is always close and costs are kept to a minimum.
2021 JSCC Champion Charlie Hand together with Vice-Champion Harvey Caton and Runner-up Alfie Jeakins took turns to set laps on the Donington National circuit, under guidance from a number of experienced touring car drivers who coached them how to adjust to a TCR car.
All were thrilled by the experience, as they made the most of the opportunity to try out a machine they may aspire to drive in the future as they progress in their racing careers.
Charlie Hand – 2021 JSCC Champion:
“It was an insane experience driving a car that quick and with that amount of grip. Nothing like I have ever driven before. Even after it was all over, I couldn’t wait to go again.
It’s a memory I will never forget, and hopefully one day I can race in the TCR UK Championship myself. If any teams are looking for a young up and coming driver, I’m most definitely available!”
Harvey Caton – 2021 JSCC Vice-Champion:
“The Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR is a legendary car to experience and I really hope I’ll drive a car that can compare to its power and performance again. What a moment!”
Alfie Jeakins – 2021 JSCC Runner-up:
“It was a fantastic opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Audi RS3 LMS TCR. I was taken aback by the power and grip it had. It was simply amazing to drive. I didn’t want it to end!
“Initially it was strange sitting on the left-hand side and not using the clutch to change gear but after the opening laps, I didn’t really notice the difference. I’d like to thank Stewart Lines and the JSCC for a brilliant day.”
Stewart Lines – Maximum Motorsport owner and TCR UK promoter:
“I was impressed by the way each of the drivers approached their TCR test. It’s quite a daunting prospect to go from what’s in essence a low-powered standard car on-road tyres, to a purpose-built touring car on slicks.
“It was clear from their reactions they enjoyed the day and took a great deal away from the experience, which is what the prize was all about. I hope it won’t be long before we see them racing with us in TCR UK. After all, it’s the future!”