F1 and Le Mans star Mark Blundell is to make a dramatic return to racing, joining Trade Price Cars to compete in this year's Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
In a coup for the team, owned by the award-winning Essex-based motor dealership and run by technical partners AmD Tuning, Blundell has agreed terms on a deal that will see him make his touring car debut at the wheel of an Audi S3.
BTC Racing has announced the return of Chris Smiley to complete his third full year in the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
Establishing himself in 2018 as a regular top ten finisher, Chris showed strong pace as soon as he stepped into the Honda Civic Type R FK2 at the start of last season.
Despite limited track time, he competed hard all season achieving career highlights, including his first podium at Donington Park and first BTCC race win at Rockingham Motor Speedway in August.
Aiden Moffat and the Laser Tools Racing team will run in the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship without the support of the Ciceley Motorsport team that has prepared his Mercedes A-Class in recent years.
"We’ve broken ties with Ciceley Motorsport," says Moffatt, "but they have been a great assistance with the transition.
Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher has today confirmed that Tom Chilton and Ollie Jackson will champion its two-car challenge on the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship title.
Unveiling the new-look driver line-up on the official BTCC stand at the Autosport International show this morning (January 10th), Team Principal David Bartrum welcomed Motorbase-returnee Ollie Jackson back to the squad, alongside Chilton, who finished 3rd in the Championship standings with the Kent-based outfit in 2018.
ITV commentator and former BTCC driver Paul O'Neill thinks the MINI Challenge will be an excellent addition to the TOCA package when it arrives in 2020.
O'Neill raced in the series as a guest driver when it visited his local circuit Oulton Park in 2018, and loved the experience.
The MINI Challenge will form an integral part of Britain’s biggest race weekends when it joins the British Touring Car Championship support bill full-time from the 2020 season onwards, further cementing the Challenge’s status as one of the county’s leading tin-top contests.
It will replace the Renault Clio Cup, which comes to a close in 2019, with the end of the life cycle of the current Clio race cars.
Andrew Jordan and BMW Pirtek Racing will continue together for a third straight campaign in the British Touring Car Championship in 2019.
Reigning Teams’ Champions WSR will once again run the 2013title-winner’s BMW in the 62nd edition of the UK’s most popular motor racing series.
Colin Turkington and Team BMW will return to the BritishTouring Car Championship this year to defend the titles won in 2018.
Turkington recorded his third BTCC crown with WSR-runTeam BMW in 2018, scoring 10 podiums – more than any other driver – and finishing inside the top five on 15 occasions at the wheel of his BMW 125i M Sport.