Luke Sargeant will make his debut in the 2023 TCR UK Touring Car Championship, where he will compete in an Area Motorsport run Hyundai i30 N TCR in the first season of his car racing career.
Luke is throwing himself in the deep end at the beginning of his racing career by taking on TCR UK, which in 2023, sees the national multi-marque championship returning as the headline act for the first time since 2018.
Luke is making the move after purchasing the ex-Team Target Competition Hyundai i30 N TCR, which saw action in last year’s TCR Italy Touring Car Championship.
When deciding on where to begin racing, Luke credits his friend, Jamie Tonks, whom some of you may well know as the winner of round nine at Oulton Park during the 2022 season. Apparently, making the move to TCR was Jamie’s idea and Luke is sticking to this!
Having tested the car recently at Snetterton as part of the Pre-Season Test, Luke was able to get to grips quickly with the Hyundai and was impressed with its grip, speed and handling in the changing conditions during the test. is eager to get his part-time campaign underway.
Luke is eager to get his part-time campaign underway, which will see him race at Oulton Park in June, at Silverstone on the National circuit in August and at Donington Park, also on the national circuit in September.
“I wanted to go racing and figured the best way to do this was to throw myself in at the deep end, so after speaking with my good friend Jamie, he made the suggestion to go racing in a TCR Touring Car and here I am!” explained Luke.
“I really enjoyed the Hyundai during the Pre-Season Test and it got me excited to go out and go racing in one of the fastest-growing touring car championships in the UK. My aim is simple, to make sure I’m not last, however, if the results prove to be good, then I’m already looking at adding more venues to my calendar in 2023.”
Area Motorsport Team Principal Rob Baker is happy to have Luke in the team, as he embarks on his racing career.
“Luke joined us early this year having only done track days so far in various machinery. He purchased a i30 N TCR with a view to go racing. He’s impressed on his test days with his ability and getting to grips with the car and we’re looking forward to helping him throughout the 2023 season as he starts his racing career.”
The 2023 TCR UK Touring Car Championship season kicks off at Snetterton on the 300 on the 8th and 9th April, visit https://www.tcr-uk.co.uk/ for more info and how to get involved.