2021 runner-up Bruce Winfield has confirmed he’ll be back for a second TCR UK season in 2022 and will be aiming to go one better this year driving a newer specification CUPRA TCR.

The twice race-winner drove a CUPRA TCR DSG last year and took the fight to the frontrunners in the second half of the season, using the capabilities of the electronic paddle-actuated transmission to ‘ace’ the race starts. He now turns to the more conventional sequential gear boxed CUPRA TCR for 2022 and hopes that the newer car and more direct shift mechanism will give him the little bit extra he’s looking for.

With a full season under his belt, the 2020 Milltek Sport Civic Cup champion stays with Area Motorsport for the third season in succession and intends to use his experience with the team and last year’s TCR UK Championship to good effect. Having sampled the capabilities of his new car at a recent test, Winfield looks forward to the year ahead:

“We had a great season in 2021, winning two races and finishing second in the championship. We were aiming to be on the pace of the front-runners, but didn’t expect to be taking podiums, setting pole positions or taking race victories.

“TCR UK was a new experience for me and the team. Normally, things take time to bed-in and develop, so we were pleased to be able to improve quickly and then make good progress in the second half of the season.

“Each year, everyone always wants to go one better and for me, that would mean aiming for the title. But it’s not that easy. I’m hoping that with the ‘sequential’ CUPRA I can squeeze that little extra bit of performance from the car this year in what looks like it will be a larger and more competitive field.”