By Mick Palmer
Darron Lewis steps back into TCR racing for 2023 after committing to a full term in his Audi RS3 LMS in the TCR UK championship.
Lewis is no stranger to the series after taking part in the second of the rounds held at Donington Park in 2022 where he secured a top 10 finish in the second race.
“Last year’s one-off entry at Donington Park in August was fun and for me,” he said. “That’s why I go motor racing, I do it because I enjoy it. Having said that, it’s also clear that TCR UK has grown since I last took part properly in 2021 and my decision to be a part of it for a full season was easy to make.”
Lewis raced in the TCR UK predecessor the Touring Car Trophy with Team Hard as a one off in 2019 (running the NGTC VW CC that Bobby Thompson had campaigned that year,) and in four rounds in 2021 (in an ex-Adam Morgan NGTC A-Class.)
Lewis is gearing up for 2023 with a programme of testing in place to grow his familiarity with the Audi before the season kicks off in early April. His Audi RS3 may have been superseded by the arrival of newer generation examples of from the company, but like others on the grid in a similar position his intention is to hit hard with the points early in the season while the newer machines are finding their feet.
“It’s great to see that there are newer models coming in for 2023,” he stated. “However, that means I can work on making sure that I have the speed and reliability to be fast when others struggle. Touring car racing is partly about luck, so I’m aiming for good speed and reliability in the first half of the season, giving myself an edge for others to try to catch up on.”