BTCC News Roundup

The motorsport season has truly begun with the Autosport International show hosting an array of BTCC announcements with several drivers in attendance.

Here’s a round up of all the news:

BTC Racing expands to three car team

Josh Cook retains his BTC drive with a title bid in mind, “Continuity is so important in this championship. I’ve never had the chance to have two seasons in the same team and car, and it’s such an important piece of the puzzle,” said Cook. 

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He will have competition from two new team mates Tom Chilton who has signed from Motorbase. is pleased to be joining, “I’m incredibly excited about joining BTC Racing,” said Chilton. “The team did a sterling job last year.” 

The other driver to join BTC racing is fans favourite and rookie from last year Michael Crees, after being unveiled as the final driver today to join the team. Crees can’t wait to get going as it looked like the Kent based driver would be without a drive for the 2020 season, “I’ve been working non-stop to secure a strong budget to be able to secure a deal this year. A week ago it didn’t look like I’d even have a drive. To go from no seat at all, to signing for a front-running team in only my fourth season of racing is amazing.”

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Team Trade Price Cars features all new line up

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With Jake Hill departing to join the AMD tuning team and Mark Blundell announcing his retirement from racing, two vacancies were left to be filled. The first would be the announcement of 2017 VW champion Bobby Thompson. “It’s great to have signed a deal with Trade Price Cars Racing and I’m really looking forward to the new season,” said Thompson. He will be joined by current Mini Challenge champion James Gornall, he brings a wealth of knowledge after a successful racing career in various disciplines. “I’m looking forward to working alongside Bobby and think we can have a lot of fun during the season ahead. A huge thanks to Dan and the team for making this deal happen, and I can’t wait to get started.”

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As mentioned above, Hill moves across to the Shaun Hollamby run AMD tuning team, racing the proven Honda Civic which took Rory Butcher to the independents crown. Joining Hill will be Sam Osbourne who leaves the Excelr8 team. His aim is to challenge for the Jack Sears trophy, “To regularly challenge for points finishes is the first objective and if I could then make a bid for the Jack Sears Trophy it would be fantastic.”

Ciceley motorsport retain driver lineup 

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Good news for ‘Robo’ fans as Daniel Rowbottom announced he is staying with the Ciceley motorsport squad for 2020 alongside Adam Morgan. Speaking of the news Rowbottom is looking forward to 2020 “Ciceley is a team I feel very comfortable with and Adam is a great team-mate to have. We worked well together and we identified areas where we can improve the car over the closed-season, so there will be no rest for the team.”

Excelr8 sign Senna Proctor to lead Hyundai challenge

Excelr8 have their first signing for 2020, Senna Proctor joins from BMR to lead the team in their new adventure with the all new Hyundal i30 Fastback N Performance. After a year learning the BTCC in the MGs the team are looking to move further up the grid and with Proctors experience to help develop the car. “I am incredibly excited to be joining Excelr8 Motorsport and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new Hyundai BTCC car,” said Proctor. The second driver is yet to be announced. 

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Teams and Drivers Announced So Far:

  • Aiden Moffat Racing – Aiden Moffat
  • AmD/Cobra exhausts – Jake Hill & Sam Osbourne
  • AmD/Trade Price Cars – Bobby Thompson & James Gornall
  • BTC Racing – Josh Cook, Tom Chilton & Michael Crees
  • Ciceley Motorsport – Daniel Rowbotton & Adam Morgan
  • Speedworks Motorsport – Tom Ingram
  • BMR racing – Ash Sutton
  • Team Dynamics – Matt Neal & Dan Cammish
  • Team Hard – Mike Bushell, Carl Boardley, Jack Goff & TBC
  • West Surrey Racing – Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant & Andrew Jordan
  • Excelr8 Motorsport – Senna Proctor and TBC
  • Team Parker Racing – TBC
  • Simpson Racing – TBC
  • Motorbase Performance – TBC
  • Power Maxed Racing – TBC

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