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Dragon Sport by Amigo Motorsport can today announce the return of their iconic Opel Astra TCR in the 2023 British Endurance Championship which took drivers Rhys Lloyd and Max Coates to a pair of podium finishes in 2022.
The car will be run by the Essex based Amigo Motorsport team and will see Yannick Mettler in the driving seat in place of Coates at the Brands Hatch Indy round whilst the Yorkshireman has other racing commitments.
After podiums at both Oulton Park and Silverstone GP the team is aiming for race wins and ultimately the class championship and are hoping that improvements made to the balance of performance of the car at the end of the 2022 season will pay dividends.
The emerging Dragon Sport team was out in force at the end of November for the teams inaugural scholarship event in which Jack Meakin was crowned the winner, alongside Jake Hewlett, Travis Coyne and Harry Hickton as Dragon Sport Academy drivers and ambassadors.
On returning to the British Endurance Championship Lloyd said “We are naturally excited to be returning to the series in 2023 and are sure with our learnings from last year and developments to the car, that we will be in a good position to challenge for class honours. It’s been a busy few months for the team and we have had lots of exciting conversations as we continue to grow from our scholarship last month.”
Coates added, “I had a lot of fun driving the Astra TCR last year, it’s a very raw driving experience and has its strong points as well as it’s challenges. I felt we learnt a lot about it during the year and we’ll be in a strong position going into 2023.”
Team manager Rob Gaffney said, “We had a fantastic year in 2022 with notable successes in Britcar. 2023 is set to be another great year with the Dragon Sport brand and Rhys and Max at the wheel. Yannick will no doubt do a fantastic job on his return to the UK too.
Following a winter rebuild the car will be ready to start testing ahead of the British Endurance opening round of the season at Donington Park in March."