The Sean Walkinshaw Racing team has expressed a desire to expand its entry in the TCR UK championship to two cars for 2019 after running a single car last season.

The team’s distinctive blue and black Honda Civic FK2 contested five of the seven TCR UK events in 2018, with Andreas Bäckman recording a dominant victory in Race 1 at Croft under the WestCoast Racing banner. Andreas then finished third in the all-Honda podium in the other Croft race, with the car also recording podium finishes for team owner Sean Walkinshaw (Race 2 at Knockhill) and Howard Fuller (Race 2 at Brands Hatch).

SWR Team Principal Ken Page said: “A successful first year in TCR UK meant we learned a lot about the championship and particularly the car. It would be a logical move for us to add another Honda Civic FK2 if we are asked to do so and the sheer number of TCR championships around the world means that we can source a car quite easily if we need to.

“Obviously the highlight of last season was the win at Croft, but the fact that the car also finished in the top three at Knockhill and Brands Hatch confirmed that we made the right decision to run the FK2 Civic. The car is also a very cost-effective way for a driver to get a foot on the first rung of the TCR ladder and so adding a second car, with the two drivers able to work together and compare data, would make a lot of sense for us.”