Chris Smiley

Smiley adds his name to BTCC winners list

BTC Norlin Racing’s Chris Smiley has won his first ever Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race after a dramatic final contest at Rockingham – the Northern Irishman becomes the 12th different race winner of the season so far.

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Proceedings got off to a rather bizarre start when debutant Ricky Collard’s BMW 125i M Sport broke down on the green flag and a series of race delays commenced whilst his stricken Team BMW machine was retrieved by the recovery team.

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Smiley returns to Norlin, but Newsham retires

After the news that the outfit would switch to Honda for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, BTC Norlin Racing has today announced that Chris Smiley will once again race for the team throughout the coming campaign.

The Northern Irishman returns for a third consecutive campaign in Britain’s premier motor sport championship and he is keen to jump into proven title-winning machinery in the Civic Type R come Season Launch in March.

Smiley signs for BTC Norlin

Chris Smiley will return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship next season, after signing with new team BTC Norlin Racing.

Chris Smiley has signed up for 2017

As revealed last week when the entry list for 2017 was published, BTC Racing is making a comeback to the series, and the team has a multi-year sponsorship deal with leading hotel development company Norlin.

A second driver is due to be announced shortly.

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Third car for Team Hard

Kent-based Team HARD will expand to a three-car operation in the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after securing a third TOCA BTCC Licence (TBL) in recent days.

The news follows last week’s announcement that Jake Hill will contest a full campaign with the squad, alongside the previously signed rookie Chris Smiley, but now the ambitious outfit is committed to building a third Toyota Avensis ahead of the new BTCC season.