The TCR UK series has announced that Öhlins will be the official suspension partner ahead of the first-ever season of the new series in 2018.
Swedish brand Öhlins have a long history in touring car racing, including helping Rickard Rydell to the 1998 British Touring Car Championship title and Thed Björk to the 2017 World Touring Car Championship crown.
As part of the deal, British Öhlins centre Mick Gardner Racing will be present in the paddock at each of the seven race meetings in 2018 to provide service, support and advice to competitors.
“As we near the start of the inaugural TCR UK championship, Öhlins is an important brand to welcome onboard as a series partner,” said TCR UK Championship Manager Jennifer Mouratsing.
“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.”
Öhlins Distribution & Test Centre General Manager Chris Witter added: “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!”
The 2018 TCR UK Series kicks off at Silverstone on 31 March 2018.