As the TCR UK Series heads to Oulton Park this weekend, Maximum Motorsport have announced that they plan to run a third car for Britcar Endurance racer, Tim Docker.
Alongside the two Cupra TCRs of Stewart Lines and Carl Swift, Docker will race the Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR pictured above.
Having purchased the Volkswagen from Motorbase Perfromance a few months ago, Docker has been successfully competing with it in recent rounds of the Britcar Endurance Series. While this means that he isn’t lacking in experience of the car, Docker will perhaps have to adjust his driving style to suit the sprint race format of TCR UK, compared to the long-distance endurance races that he’s driven so far this year.
Docker’s arrival means that the number of Volkswagens competing in the TCR UK Series will rise to four, with the WestCoast Racing trio of Dan Lloyd and the Backman siblings set to remain involved with the championship for the remainder of the season.
Lloyd and his team-mates have arguably been the stand-out performers up until now, so the Volkswagen is clearly a capable car. With Maximum Motorsport, Docker has joined a team on the up too. The team achieved their first podium result in the TCR UK Series last time out at Castle Combe, as Carl Swift claimed a deserved third place finish. Clearly then, the recipe is there for Docker to perform well in the remainder of the 2018 campaign.
Speaking ahead of his TCR UK Series debut, Tim Docker said: “I’m pleased to be joining the Maximum Motorsport team at Oulton Park this weekend in the MPS Networks-sponsored Volkswagen Golf we acquired from Motorbase in May.”
“Maximum have run the car for me in two Britcar meetings, at Oulton and then at Donington a couple of weeks ago, and we managed a fourth and a first in class respectively at the two Donington rounds. I’m really looking forward to the new challenge of TCR UK as well as meeting up with some of the VW Cup guys I’ve raced with over the past couple of years.”
As well as being a racer, Stewart Lines is also the team boss of Maximum Motorsport, and was keen to take the pressure off his new team-mate: “I’m personally delighted to see Tim stepping up to TCR UK, as we’ve worked together from when he first took part in a track day to competing in the VW Cup and Britcar. I persuaded him to buy the Golf and he’s already had great value for money from it, so let’s see how he gets on in TCR UK. There are no targets this weekend, it’s purely for Tim to enjoy himself and see how he gets on.”
The TCR UK Series will be at Oulton Park for one day only, as qualifying and both races will be live-streamed in succession on Saturday 4th August.