No sooner had entries opened for the TCR UK championship than the very first entry was submitted by Lewis Kent. Former World Champion Rob Huff recently predicted that TCR UK promises to be the ideal introduction to Touring Cars and 18-year old Lewis has clearly embraced that idea; already tweeting that he can’t wait until the season gets underway at Silverstone over the Easter weekend.
Lewis started out in karts at the tender age of seven, and worked his way up through various karting formulae including entries in European, World and USA championships. He then made the switch to the BRSCC Ford Fiesta Junior series in 2015, making the step up to the Senior category in 2017 where he finished second in the championship, having finished on the podium nine times during the season.
“I have never considered myself to be a single-seater driver and, once I started racing tin tops as a junior, I set my sights on a BTCC drive,” said Lewis. “Having looked at the costs involved I found it way out of my reach, so once a TCR UK series was announced it seemed like a clear way forward, giving me exposure in a high profile race series at less than half the cost.”
Kent was one of a number of drivers who attended the TCR UK Taster Day at Brands Hatch in November and sampled both the Hyundai and Honda TCR cars before opting to buy a brand new car i30 N TCR. The car, built by Hyundai Motorsport in Germany, arrived in the UK in January and has already been testing at Snetterton and Brands Hatch, with the Hyundai recently being wrapped ahead of its public debut at the TCR UK Media Day on March 6th. Its colour scheme was decided after a competition on social media, suggesting that Lewis is as adept at marketing as he is behind the wheel.
Lewis added “I watched the TCR International Series towards the end of last year, knowing that we may be competing in TCR UK. I paid special attention to those cars that were winning; the two cars which caught my eye were the Honda Civic and the Hyundai i30N which went straight to the front from their first meeting. I tried both cars at the TCR taster day at Brands Hatch and went for the Hyundai as I considered it the better car, although time will tell…”
Although he’ll be one of the youngest drivers on the grid, Lewis’s determination to succeed, coupled with the proven ability of the Hyundai i30 N TCR, suggest that he’ll be one to watch in the inaugural TCR UK championship season.