A Statement regarding TCR Talk

With 2020 being such a unique year so far and also one where people have experienced difficult times and faced difficult decisions, the time has come for myself to update you all on a difficult decision regarding TCR Talk.

It is with great sadness that I confirm that TCR Talk will close on 31st October.


As many of you will know, my writing of this blog has been a hobby that began for me back in 2013 as a way of recovery after suffering a nervous breakdown.

As a suggestion from my wife and partner of ten years, I started to share my thoughts on my love and passion for motorsport and the blog steadily grew from there.

However, I’ve found that my time has become increasingly taken up by my full-time working role and this has led me to the decision that I am no longer able to commit the time required.

Therefore the blog will close at the end of October. The Twitter and Facebook pages will also close on 31st October.

Credit: BRSCC / TCR UK Series

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has followed my blog, from its humble beginnings as “The Tintop Guru” through to its current version as “TCR Talk”

I have been incredibly lucky to meet some amazing people in Motorsport circles and learn so much from them. I am forever thankful to you all.

Its been a true honour to cover series such as the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the British Touring Car Championship and both the TCR UK Touring car Champion and later, the Dunlop Touring Car Trophy.

I cannot put into words how much it has meant to be able to share my thoughts and develop myself into what I call “An Amateur Motorsport Journalist”.

Credit: DPPI / FIA WTCR

The blog allowed me to grasp the opportunities presented to me that led to my joining websites such as The Checkered Flag and Downforce Racing and developing further at both sites.

However, due to my own failings in not being able to make this a full-time change in my career, the time has come to call it a day.

Some might say that this is giving up. It’s far from it. This is a simple realisation that the dream I have pursued for the past seven years is no longer possible to make a reality.

I consider myself very lucky to have been able to contribute in a very small way to Motorsport through my writing and I have many wonderful memories that I take away with me.

Credit: WSC / TCR Europe

I will continue with my role as Owner of The Official TCR Talk Group & Admin of The TCR UK Fans Group sharing what news I find from drivers, teams and other sources.

Thank you to everyone who has followed the blog in its various guises and supported me over the past seven years.

With Kind Regards and humble thanks,

Phil Kinch

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Phil Kinch

Hi, I've been a fan of motorsport for over the past 30 years, following everything from Single Seaters to Touring Cars and to Rallycross. I started writing a blog back in March 2013 on Blogger as Tintop Guru and since then I have written articles and reports on the FIA World Touring Car Championship, The FIA World Rallycross Championship and the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship as well as sharing my thoughts on current Motorsport matters. In 2016 My blog was used to report on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and The TCR International Series. I write FIA World Rallycross Championship and FIA European Rallycross Championship reports for www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk and I was an official blogger for the 2015 Autosport International Show. From April 2018, the blog will concentrate solely on the TCR UK Touring Car Championship and the TCR Europe Touring Car Championship.

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