BTCC News from Autosport International Live

A raft of British Touring Car Championship announcements were made at the opening day of Autosport International at the NEC.

First up was triple Championship winner Matt Neal and reigning BTCC Champ Gordon Shedden to unveil their stunning new Honda Civics Halfords Yuasa Racing livery.

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Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden unveil the new Halfords Yuasa Racing livery.

Team Dynamics  other unveiling was their newest partnership with Matt Simpson Racing.  Simpson, a former Hot Rod champ debuted in BTCC with Speedworks Motorsport in 2016.

A new name to the BTCC grid is Ant Whorton-Eales who will be driving AmDTuning’s second Audi S3. The Renault UK Clio Cup champion joins Ollie Jackson at the Essex based team. Ant, 22, a BRDC Rising Star and former 750 Motor Club Sax Max Champion, is aiming for the Jack Sears Trophy. Team boss Shaun Hollamby is confident the duo will make a strong partnership next season.

Rob Austin confirmed he is to continue with Handy Motorsport and revealed Northgate plc as their new sponsor. Also announced was Handy Motorsports generous prize package in the Legends Cars National Championship’s. Winner of the first prize will run 10 laps in the Handy Motorsports Toyota Avensis following 15 laps of instruction with Rob Austin.  Undoubtedly one of the best prize packages in club racing.

Motorbase Performance were on hand to announce the addition of Luke Davenport, who has previously raced in British GT, along with long standing BTCC driver Martin Depper, the pair join Mat Jackson helming the Shredded Wheat Ford Focus. A later announcement was Dunlop Tyres prize of a test drive in the Motorbase Ford Focus for the overall winner of the 2017 Fiesta Championship.

Also unveiled was the eagerly awaited West Surrey Racing, Pirtek Racing backed, BMW 125i M Sport. Standing by to do the honours was West Surrey Racing boss Dick Bennett and driver Andrew Jordan. Jordan signed a two year deal with West Surrey Racing in November after leaving Motorbase Performance at the end of last season.

Allison Remzi      Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick