Rivett to make BTCC debut at Snetterton
Multiple Clio Cup champion Paul Rivett will make his debut in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, replacing James Gornall.Gornall stands down having secured the team's best result of the year to date, with a fine seventh place finish at Brands Hatch being the best finish for a rookie driver across the past two seasons. He also secured one of the three Jack Sears Trophy victories that the team has taken this year during the Brands Hatch weekend.In his place, Rivett makes the step up into the BTCC as the most successful driver to have ever competed in the Renault Clio Cup UK, winning the championship title no fewer than four times.The Surrey driver has also raced in a variety of other series during his career, and has been competing most recently in both the Fun Cup and the British Truck Racing Championship.He will compete in the final two rounds of the season at Snetterton and Brands Hatch, with a prior commitment preventing him from racing in the seventh round of the season this weekend at Croft.As a result, team regular Bobby Thompson will fly the flag alone for GKR TradePriceCars.com in North Yorkshire as he looks to build on the solid results he enjoyed last time out at Silverstone.The Essex-based racer picked up a brace of points scoring finishes at the wheel of the Audi, whilst his results across the weekend as a whole saw him rewarded with victory in the Jack Sears Trophy - open to drivers who haven’t yet taken an overall podium in the series.That victory, Thompson’s second of the season, moved him into the championship lead, with a slender advantage of eight points and nine races still to run."It’s no secret that I have always wanted to race in the BTCC," said Rivett, "and at the age of 42 I know I’m not getting any younger. My mother sadly passed away earlier this year and it really made me realise that I can’t let time pass by, and that I had to try and make it happen."I visited Silverstone to speak to a few people and see what opportunities there might be for next season, and suddenly the opportunity has come along for me to take part in the final two rounds of this season. That’s something I’m hugely excited about, and that I certainly wasn’t expecting."I’ve obviously watched the BTCC through the years whilst racing on the support package and have competed against a lot of the drivers on the grid during my time in the Clio Cup, and even before that when I was racing in Fiestas and had my novice cross alongside guys called Colin Turkington and Gordon Shedden, who have gone on to do quite well!"My goal is to use these two rounds to show what I can do. I’ve always adapted quite well to new cars and the aim will be to get quicker every time I go out on track and look to keep progressing forwards. Snetterton will all be geared towards preparing for Brands Hatch as that’s my home circuit, and I’d love to be able to go out there in the final rounds and challenge for some good results."It’s a shame that I’m not able to also race at Croft this weekend, but I’ll be cheering Bobby and the team on and look forward to joining him on track. I have to say a huge thank you to Trade Price Cars for the opportunity to fulfil a dream, and also to my long term sponsors WDE Recruitment and Tachosys for helping to make this possible.""It’s a shame that James won’t be racing with us for the remainder of the season as he has been a popular member of the team," said Trade Price Racing team principal Andy Wilmot.
"We’re delighted to be able to give Paul the opportunity to join the grid for the final two rounds. Speaking to him at Silverstone, it is clear to see the desire that he has to get into touring cars, and his record in the Renault Clio Cup through the years speaks for itself."Although it is a big ask for a driver to step into the BTCC mid-season, we’re confident that Paul will be able to do a good job on track at both Snetterton and Brands Hatch, and will form a strong partnership with Bobby as he looks to battle for the Jack Sears Trophy title."