The TCR UK Championship will dish out £75,000 in prizes across the 2023 season as the series launches a new initiative to reward podium finishes and the top slot in qualifying sessions – along with a £15,000 cheque for the championship winner.
The 15 race series will also reward drivers eligible for the Tom Walker Memorial Trophy and the Diamond Trophy. A ‘Driver of the Day’ award from championship fuel supplier Carless Racing Fuels will see an outstanding performer receive a 54 litre Keg of control race fuel.
“It’s fantastic for us to be able to offer such a brilliant incentive for the drivers for the 2023 season, which really sets us apart from other Championships in the UK,” Championship manager Ashley Gallagher said. “It’s so rare in modern motorsport that Championships are able to offer actual cash prizes for competitors, as opposed to credit towards something, so we are very excited to be able to add this extra element to the Championship and be able to give something back.”
A £1,500 prize is on offer for the winner of the first race of the weekend with partially reversed grid race winners picking up £750 (and for the third Knockhill race,) with pole position for race one raking in £1,000.
In the weekend opening race second and third will pick up £1,000 and £500, with those totals dropping to £500 and £250 for following races.
At the end of the year alongside the £15,000 prize for the championship winner, the runner-up will bank £10,000 while the third placed driver collects £5,000. The drivers who top the standings for the Tom Walker Memorial Trophy and Goodyear Diamond Trophy will take away £2,500 each.
“I’m very pleased that we have introduced this new prize fund for the 2023 season,” stated Championship Promoter Stewart Lines. “For the drivers to earn prize money for their on-track performance is a great reward for the hard work that the drivers put in. In the current climate where everyone is working so hard to go motor racing, during this difficult economic time, this offers a welcome change where we can give something back to those competing in the championship.”
The TCR UK 2023 season kicks off at Snetterton on the 8th/9th April and is preceded by a Media Day open to the public at Donington on March 28th.