Teamwork Huff Motorsport has ended its TCR UK programme with immediate effect, citing clashing commitments and a need to focus on preparing for the Macau Touring Car Cup as the reasons.
The team had entered Sunny Wong Yat Shing into this year’s TCR UK series, committing to its entry before the news that the series was to be combined with the Touring Car Trophy.
That resulted in a new calendar for the TCR UK / TCT series, resulting in clashing commitments for Wong and the Teamwork Huff outfit.
Wong was already committed to competing in the Nürburgring 24 Hours when a new second round for TCR UK was confirmed at Donington Park.
The team will therefore not take part in this weekend’s race meeting at Brands Hatch, reducing the total grid size across TCR and TCR to six cars.
“It’s a shame I won’t get to go to Brands Hatch or Donington Park, but I’m fully behind the the team’s decision,” said Hong Kong racer Wong.
“It’s been a really interesting year. It’s obviously been a challenging learning a new circuit every time out, and we’ve had some great results from the get-go, which fills us full of confidence as we get ready for the next step of our European journey.
“The key for us was to show we could be competitive in one of the strongest motorsport markets in the world, and I think we’ve already achieved that in just the short season we’ve taken part in.”
The team will now focus on its efforts for the Macau Touring Car Cup in November, whilst its Volkswagen Golf GTi will remain in Europe.
“We’re really thankful to the TCR UK championship and to Ciceley Motorsport for their support this year,” said Team Principal Paul Hui.
“Unfortunately, after an internal review, we’ve decided we need to focus on our key programmes for this year, which are in the TCR Asia International Series, which is proving to be a very competitive championship, and of course the Macau Touring Car Cup, where there are high expectations upon us after our successes last year.
“TCR UK was a new challenge for us, but it hasn’t quite proved to be the right first challenge for Teamwork Huff Motorsport.
“We still have aspirations to build our presence in the region, and with touring car superstar Rob Huff onboard, we’re looking into what options would be best for us in 2020.
“We’re still not done with Europe yet in 2019 however, and we have another exciting programme to announce soon.”
The team are expected to confirm their participation in the TCR Spa 500 endurance race in October in the coming weeks.