Carl Swift and Ollie Taylor share the victories in TCR UK

Carl Swift and Ollie Taylor share the victories in TCR UK

Ollie Taylor
Photo: TCR UK

Carl Swift and Ollie Taylor shared the victories in the opening round of the TCR UK series at Oulton Park, with the series being held in conjunction with the new-for-2019 Touring Car Trophy.

Race one saw pole-sitter Henry Neal, in the Team Dynamics NGTC Honda Civic, make a poor start from pole position, allowing both the CUPRA TCR cars of Ollie Taylor and Carl Swift into the top two positions.

Neal fought back past Swift on lap five, getting through at the Knickerbrook chicane, and set about closing down Taylor’s one-second lead at the front.

Taylor defended the lead from Neal until lap 11, when the pair made contact at Old Hall corner. The following lap saw further contact between the duo at Old Hall, resulting in both cars going off and into the barriers, bringing out the red flags.

In the meantime Swift had taken the lead, with the result being given at the end of lap 11, giving Swift the win.

Neal was later excluded from the result for “causing a collision, repetition of serious mistakes or the appearance of a lack of control over the car.

HMS Racing’s Alex Day was classified in second in the NGTC Audi A4, with Teamwork Huff Motorsport’s Sunny Wong completing the podium in his Volkswagen Golf GTi.

Race one result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 45 Carl SWIFT Endurance Financial Racing CUPRA TCR 11 19:35.623 1:45.244 3
2 101 Alex DAY HMS Racing Audi A4 11 3.446 1:45.916 5
3 12 Sunny WONG Yat Shing Teamwork Huff Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 11.853 1:45.556 4
4 61 James TURKINGTON Ciceley Motorsport SEAT León 11 41.295 1:47.668 7
5 99 Guy COLCLOUGH Zest Racecar Engineering CUPRA TCR 11 45.142 1:48.902 6
R 32 Ollie TAYLOR Maximum Motorsport CUPRA TCR 11 DNF 1:45.093 2
DQ 42 Henry NEAL Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R 11 0.266 1:44.503 1
NS 38 Lewis KENT Essex & Kent Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR DNS N/A

Race two saw Swift start from pole, but he lost out to Day into the first corner, whilst Taylor made his way up to third by the end of the opening lap from sixth on the grid.

Taylor got past fellow CUPRA racer Swift for second on lap two, before moving up to the lead on lap four by passing Day.

Neal finished in second, having been running in fourth for much of the race until lap ten when Swift made a mistake and went off the road.

The podium was completed by Swift, some 17.5 seconds adrift, ahead of the Ciceley Motorsport-run S2000 SEAT of James Turkington in fourth, whilst Hong Kong racer Wong was fifth after he made his own mistake on lap six and dropped to the back of the field.

The second round of the TCT / TCR UK series takes place at Donington Park on June 22-23.

Race two result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 32 Ollie TAYLOR Maximum Motorsport CUPRA TCR 14 24:49.403 1:45.083 6
2 42 Henry NEAL Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R 14 1.586 1:44.862 7
3 45 Carl SWIFT Endurance Financial Racing CUPRA TCR 14 17.593 1:45.638 1
4 61 James TURKINGTON Ciceley Motorsport SEAT León 14 51.746 1:48.553 4
5 12 Sunny WONG Yat Shing Teamwork Huff Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 14 53.262 1:47.251 3
R 99 Guy COLCLOUGH Zest Racecar Engineering CUPRA TCR 13 DNF 1:49.259 5
R 101 Alex DAY HMS Racing Audi A4 11 DNF 1:45.648 2
NS 38 Lewis KENT Essex & Kent Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR DNS N/A