Paul Sheard Racing have confirmed they will return to the TCR UK Championship at Donington Park on Monday 29th August, using a car that has a strong link to the series.
The team will be using the 2018 title-winning Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR, originally driven by TCR UK’s inaugural champion Daniel Lloyd. The car will be driven by the team’s current driver George Heler, during rounds 12 and 13 on Bank Holiday Monday, where the field will use the National layout of the Leicestershire circuit.
Heler has already put his time learning the Donington Park circuit to good use, by winning the TCR class in the recent British Endurance Championship event at the wheel of an Audi RS3 LMS TCR II, however, his entry into TCR UK will be George’s first time driving in the sprint format of TCR.
Having last competed in the championship back in 2019, the team took two race wins at the British GT supporting Donington Park event in June that year, courtesy of Max Coates.
Race Engineer Peppe Planeta explains further about the thinking behind about their entry.
“After the recent class-winning drive from George in the British Endurance Championship, we wanted to see how both he as a driver, and we as a team, would fair in TCR UK and it made sense to enter the championship at a circuit we know well,” explains Peppe.
“We’re using the 2018 Daniel Lloyd title-winning car and for us, we feel this is a great way for the car to return to the championship, which itself has grown so much since we last took part.”
Championship Manager Stewart Lines said:
“It’s great to see Paul Sheard Racing return to the TCR UK Championship and to see the first TCR UK title-winning car return in 2022. We’ve had new drivers, new teams and new cars taking part this season and its shows that the championship has grown from strength to strength.
“A lot has changed since Paul Sheard Racing competed in 2019, however, their decision to return shows that the appeal of racing in TCR from competitors old and new is gaining pace all the time, as more drivers and teams look towards joining the championship.”