BTCC CHAMPIONS WSR CONFIRM FIRST DRIVER FOR 2010

WSR announced today that they have signed Andy Neate to compete in the prestigious 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

WSR has won the Independents Trophy for the last three seasons & won the overall Drivers Championship in 2009 with Colin Turkington driving a BMW 320si.

Team Principal, Dick Bennetts commented;

"We have known Andy for several years and were planning to run him in 2009, however due to his unfortunate accident in a Britcar event at the end of 2008, we were unable to. We are now very pleased to see that he's made a remarkable recovery and is now ready to step up to the BTCC, which is the biggest & best motorsport championship in the UK. . . . . Andy has watched Colin progress from Ford Fiesta Champion to become the 2009 BTCC Champion with WSR, so as a former Fiesta Champion, he has set his goal to try and emulate Colin's success."

"WSR have built up an enviable reputation over the years in not only developing, preparing and presenting very good race cars, but also their ability to help develop drivers in their pursuit to become professionals."

Andy Neate:

"For me as a pure racing spectacle it doesn't get any more exciting on track as touring cars. It's always been my dream to one day make it to the BTCC with a top team, it's something that I've aspired to do my entire racing career. I've raced in a number of single make tin top championships and enjoyed a lot of success along the way; includeing taking the title in the hard fought Fiesta series. With all this experience in my locker I'm not shy to this type of hard door to door racing and cannot wait to line up on the grid with some of the best touring car drivers in the world.

"I do not underestimate the level of competition and quality in the BTCC field and acknowledge I've got a huge learning curve ahead of me; however I'm not on the grid to make up the numbers and just for something to one day tell the grandkids. I've got one of the plum seats on the grid in the WSR BMW so I owe Dick Bennetts and the team a huge deal of gratitude for giving me this opportunity. I see this as a multi-year plan and I hope to develop as a touring car driver over the coming season and beyond."

-source: wsr