Two-time Renault UK Clio Cup champion Mike Bushell says TCR UK is a “serious option” for him next season after testing a Honda Civic TCR car last week.
The 28-year-old had the test as part of the TCR UK taster day at Brands Hatch with the Team Pyro squad – the outfit he has won both Clio titles with – and was impressed by the car.
Bushell had one season in the British Touring Car Championship in 2015 in an ageing Ford Focus and said the TCR car was quicker than the BTCC machine.
“I went in with an open mind – there’s been a lot of talk about TCR,” he said. “To me it was straightaway easy to drive at 90 per cent. But that 100 per cent lap gave me such a thrill. In terms of lap time, I was actually quicker than I ever went in qualifying in 2015 with only three degrees track temperature.
“It’s a serious option [for 2018] and the beauty of it is the car can be raced anywhere. With World Touring Cars adopting TCR regulations and the European Trophy I can race in all of those three [including TCR UK] with the same car and for me that’s exciting.”
Drivers were able to sample cars from Audi, Alfa Romeo, Hyundai, Opel, SEAT and Volkswagen, as well as Honda, during the taster day and reigning BTCC champion Ash Sutton and current racer Mike Epps were among over 30 drivers attending.