New Driver Line-Up at VX Racing For 2005

5 September 2004.. VX Racing has confirmed a new, but as yet unnamed, driver will join the multiple championship-winning team for 2005. Incumbent VX Racing driver, James Thompson, has decided to leave the Vauxhall works team at the end of the 2004 season, creating an opening for the coveted drive along side Yvan Muller, who remains with VX Racing for 2005. A decision on the running of the third VX Racing car is yet to be made.

Stuart Harris, VX Racing Brand Manager, says, "It's great for VX Racing to have a new driver coming to the team, it will certainly change the dynamics of the team and give us new impetus. Vauxhall is not only focused on going out to win the championship but also with developing up and coming talent. With James going, it has left an opportunity for another driver. We are close to finalising James' replacement."

VX Racing has expressed its gratitude and thanks to Thompson for the dedication and talent he brought to the partnership, without which, the achievements in recent years may not have been possible. Vauxhall and VX Racing respect James' decision and wish him every success for the future.

Harris comments on Thompson's departure, "James has been driving in the BTCC for over ten years now, so it is understandable that he wants to move on to pursue new goals and opportunities. Of course, VX Racing is sorry to lose a driver of James' class and ability; he has helped Vauxhall achieve considerable success of the past few years. We wish him the best of luck in whatever he chooses to do next."

It is clear the decision was difficult for Thompson, he says, "I would like to thank Vauxhall for their loyalty and commitment over the years. I've had my most successful seasons with them and it has been great to be part of a championship winning team for so many years. The decision to go was not an easy one, but I now have the opportunity to take stock of all of the options that are open to me."

Thompson began his BTCC career in 1994 aged 19, assisted Vauxhall to the team and manufacturers' titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and claimed the drivers' championship as his own in 2002. The long and victorious relationship will come to an end later this year, but not before Thompson has completed the battled for this year's BTCC laurels.

James Thompson is heading the drivers' championship, with VX Racing leading the chase for both the team and manufacturers' titles. Thompson and the team will be on-track for the final round of the Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship on 25 and 26 September at Donington Park.