Donington Park will see the inaugural TCR UK champion crowned this weekend as the touring car series wraps up its debut season in Britain.

Title protagonist Dan Lloyd has seen his early season run of six victories from six races eroded as penalties and mechanical problems have brought Ollie Taylor to within 31 points of the championship lead.

With 40 points for each of the final two races up for grabs, along with 11 for pole position, Taylor could see himself vault his rival after almost conceding the championship prior to the last round at Croft.

“There are several variables that you have to consider about my chances of winning the TCR UK title,” the Pyro Motorsport driver said.

“All I can try to do is put the car on pole and win both races, so my job is actually very clear. Having said that, the title is definitely winnable, but I’m not assuming anything at this stage.

“Before Croft, I’d kind of accepted finishing the season in second place but I’m right back in the chase because of what happened.

“I’m going to give it all I’ve got at Donington and see what happens.”

Last season Taylor campaigned in a BMW M3 in the European Supercar Challenge Supersport series where he claimed the division two title. He has adjusted easily from the rear-wheel drive M3 to the front-wheel drive Honda Civic-TCR he is campaigning in this season.

After picking up three podiums in the opening two rounds in a ninth-generation Civic, Taylor switched to a 2018 chassis. He has found the car easier to drive, and much easier on tyres than his older machine.

After a podium at Brands Hatch Taylor picked up his first win at Castle Combe. A race one clash with Lloyd saw the championship leader handed a penalty and dropped down to second place.

After leading almost all of the race Taylor was tagged by Lloyd on the last lap at Quarry. The West Coast Racing driver crossed the line first but the race stewards deemed the move to be over-optimistic.

Taylor stormed to his second win in the race two at Croft to make sure the title battle goes down to the final round.

Lloyd had the perfect start to the season with his Golf GTI when he won both races in the season opener at Silverstone. A clean sweep through the next two rounds was followed by a return to the BTCC where the Huddersfield native picked up his first race win in that series at Croft.

After the tête-à-tête with Taylor at Combe, where he was handed a 15 point penalty, Lloyd struggled onto the podium at Oulton Park with 60kg of success. A second incident saw a further 15 points pulled from his overall tally.

Croft may have been a joyous occasion in the BTCC for Lloyd, but in TCR UK a hangover penalty from Combe and Oulton saw him forced to start both races from the back of the grid.

A third place behind Taylor in race one was followed up by suspension failure at the beginning of race two after clipping a kerb at the chicane.

Both drivers have backup in their battle. Finlay Crocker partners Taylor at Pyro, but with brother and sister Andreas and Jessica Bäckman lining up alongside Lloyd at West Coast it would appear that the Golf drivers have the advantage.

Apart from a one off appearance for BTCC champion Ash Sutton at Oulton, where he picked up both wins, the only other victor this year has been Andreas. His win at Croft (in a one off drive with a Honda Civic) has helped him to third in the championship ahead of Jessica.

The pair have battled for podiums in their first season of circuit racing and could easily interfere with Taylor if team orders are implemented.

This series may have suffered from a lack of entries in its first season, but with 13 cars lining up for the championship showdown, and a host of machines available at a price way below what is needed to run in the BTCC, whoever takes the crown should be defending it against a strong field in 2019.