Third Millennium, the multi-award-winning manufacturer of advanced access control readers joined the team right from the start of the project in 2022, supporting the team as we turned up for the opening round of the TCR UK championship at Oulton Park last year. From there, we never looked back, with Chris Smiley going on to win the championship in a tense finale at Snetterton behind the wheel of his Honda Civic Type R.
Restart Racing is delighted to welcome back Third Millennium for another exciting season, with the team now expanding to become a two-car operation, with Smiley joined by young rising star Scott Sumpton. The team’s primary goal is to defend its title success from last year.
“We’re really looking forward to continuing our fantastic relationship with Third Millennium as we return to defend our title,” said Restart Racing Team Principal Bert Taylor.
“They’ve been with us right from the start of this incredible journey, and we’re glad to have them back on board for what promises to be an even more exciting season.”
“We’re delighted to be back involved with Restart Racing, and working with Chris Smiley for another year,” said Peter Jones, Managing Director of Third Millennium.
“We started working with Chris back in 2020, and when he and Restart Racing got together last year, it was a perfect partnership for everyone. 2022 was a thrilling season, with the team winning right from the outset, and picking up the title at the final round. I know this new team and also young championship are really going places, and it’s exciting for our brand to be a part of it.”
Restart Racing has prepared, raced, and won at some of the most famous race circuits in the world. The team has built up a wealth of experience in the motorsport industry and made it its business to consistently build and run race-winning cars.
Over the years the team has run cars by manufacturers such as Honda, TVR, BMW, Chevrolet, Vauxhall, Porsche, Hyundai and Volkswagen in the BTCC, GT3 sports car series, and Hot Rods.
In 2022, our Essex-based professional team competed in the hard-fought TCR UK Touring Car Championship with Chris Smiley at the wheel, pitted against a total of 16 other teams. Having collected our race car from Honda’s specialist preparation company in Italy only days before the start of the season, Chris went on to secure pole position and win the first race at Oulton Park, and would go on to win the championship at Snetterton at the final round.
It turned out to be a great season of racing at some of the UK’s premier circuits, culminating in the team being chosen to represent the UK at the prestigious FIA Motorsport Games at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, where Chris Smiley finished in eighth position against competitors from around the world.
Launched in 2018, the TCR UK championship is one of the UK’s most exciting new categories. Utilising the highly-successful TCR technical regulations, of which more than 1,000 cars have been built, the TCR UK championship is going from strength-to-strength, with free-to-air online broadcasting, manufacturer-supported customer racing programmes, and most of all, thrilling, door-to-door, classic touring car racing.
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