TCR UK has announced that the renowned Swedish suspension manufacturer Öhlins is to be the championship’s Suspension Partner ahead of its first-ever season starting in March at Silverstone. The announcement was made at the 2018 Autosport International Show last week.
Öhlins is already a familiar name in Touring Car paddocks around the globe, with the company having won championships in WTCC, BTCC, DTM and at Le Mans.
The 1998 British Touring Car Champion Rickard Rydell used Öhlins suspension on his TWR Volvo S40, while another Swedish Volvo driver – Thed Björk – also relied on Öhlins suspension to help him clinch the most recent World Touring Car title.
As well as the partnership between Öhlins and TCR UK, it has been confirmed that the British Öhlins centre Mick Gardner Racing will be present in the paddock at each of the seven race meetings to provide suspension service, support and advice to teams.
Jennifer Mouratsing, TCR UK Championship Manager commented on the announcement made at the 2018 Autosport International Show.
“As we near the start of the inaugural TCR UK championship, Öhlins is an important brand to welcome onboard as a series partner. We’re delighted that the company shares our view that TCR is the future of Touring Car racing and that they feel this is a logical partnership that can benefit their road car customers as well as the racing teams.
“Not only do they bring an unrivalled motorsport heritage with them, but their nominated Suspension Service agent Mick Gardner Racing is already very well known amongst many of our teams, which will give the whole paddock faith in their technical expertise.”
Chris Witter, General Manager for Öhlins Distribution & Test Centre, added to the announcement.
“This is an exciting partnership for us as we look to expand our motorsport programme to include TCR and transfer that message over to our Road & Track product range. The TCR series is clearly a powerful network including interest from manufacturers, so it is great to see the series expand to the UK, one of the most enthusiastic markets in the world for Motorsport.
“It is also pleasing to have Mick Gardner Racing involved on the ground at each event; they are renowned as one of the most experienced Motorsport suspension specialists in the UK. We are looking forward to round one at Silverstone!”
As per usual, I will be keeping things up to date on here with the blog as well as with the members of the TCR Talk International Facebook Group & the TCR Talk UK Facebook Group & The TCR UK Fans Group who will also be sharing their thoughts as well as any news from FIA WTCR, The TCR Europe Series, Domestic TCR Series and any news on the TCR UK Series that starts in 2018.
Please note that all images in this blog post are used courtesy of WSC/TCR International Series
Until next time, all the best!