BTC Racing has introduced that it’s going to retain two of the three drivers it ran this 12 months for the 2021 BTCC season after agreeing phrases on new offers with each Josh Prepare dinner and Michael Crees.
Prepare dinner will probably be getting into his third 12 months with the Honda staff – now beneath the only possession of Steve Dudman – trying to combat for championship honours after a tricky run of kind within the early levels of the marketing campaign noticed him drop out of title rivalry.
Regardless of that, he recovered to take three race wins and completed the marketing campaign ninth within the championship standings, having completed fourth a 12 months earlier in his first season with the FK8 Honda Civic Kind-R.
“I’m very pleased to be a part of BTC Racing once more for 2021,” he mentioned. “This will probably be my third season with the staff and I’ve recognized a lot of the crew since I joined, so I’m wanting ahead to working with all of them once more. I’m equally delighted to be working with Michael once more – he is a superb team-mate. We work rather well collectively and plan to push even tougher in 2021.
“We had a troublesome begin to 2020 however we hit the second half of the 12 months with three wins, a number of quickest laps and a pole place – we have been again the place we must always have been. With the brand new administration construction lately introduced at BTC Racing, we’re all much more decided to maintain pushing forwards. Lastly, an enormous thanks to Steve Dudman for his continued help. I can not wait to get again out within the automotive and get began.”
Crees in the meantime will embark on his third season within the collection because the reigning Jack Sears Trophy champion on the again of a strong marketing campaign that noticed him commonly problem for factors – ending inside the highest 15 in just below half of the races run and taking twelve JST wins.
“I’m tremendous excited to be staying with BTC Racing and competing within the BTCC once more subsequent season,” he mentioned. “I wish to begin by saying an enormous thanks to my companions for coming collectively and making the deal occur and, in fact, staff principal Steve Dudman for his on-going help. It makes absolute sense for us to proceed to work collectively to develop the staff.
“At this level, I wish to additionally say an enormous thanks to my team-mate Josh Prepare dinner, who actually introduced me on this 12 months; I’ve learnt a lot from him, which massively developed me as a driver. I’m buzzing and actually wanting ahead to racing the identical automotive for a second season, for the primary time in my profession. I’d additionally prefer to say thanks to all of my sponsors and followers who’ve supported me alongside the way in which.”
BTC had already introduced plans to run three automobiles once more in 2021, with the third driver nonetheless to be confirmed.
“It truly is improbable to have the ability to announce that Josh and Michael are remaining with BTC Racing for the 2021 season within the BTCC,” staff principal Dudman mentioned. “Everybody is aware of Josh’s credentials as a a number of race-winner in touring automobiles, and we’re all assured he’ll be capable of mount a real problem for the outright BTCC crown, in addition to the Independents’ Trophy title.
“Michael actually did come of age as a driver final 12 months in his first season with us at BTC Racing and, when you think about he solely began racing automobiles in 2017, his progress has been excellent. Successful the Jack Sears Trophy was an awesome achievement and the goal subsequent 12 months will definitely be for him to attain common total factors finishes and problem for the outright prime ten.”