Andy Neate has confirmed that he is to run a booted Next Generation Spec Chevrolet Cruze for the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and will race under his own newly formed team IP Tech Race Engineering.

After recovering from life threatening injuries during the Britcar 24hr race in 2008 Neate realised his ambition of reaching the BTCC in 2010 driving for West Surrey Racing. Since then he has also driven for Team Aon in 2011 and Triple 8 in their MG in 2012.

Despite showing good speed, to date Neate hasn’t quite managed to turn that into a break through result with so far a best finish of 6th last year in race 1 at Croft his best result in 3 years of BTCC racing.

During that time Neate has had his fair share of incidents which hasn’t always gone down well within the paddock but hopes this year things will change as he is carefully putting together a strong group of people around him and said, “If there is one thing I know it is how to put together a really good team of people – my long-time engineer Phil Overall as well as Jeff Kingston, who ran Colin Turkington to the title in 2009 at WSR, are already on board and in fact it’s the same calibre of person at every role.”

Andy Neate
Andy Neate

Photo by: Pat Cranham

Speaking more about the project Neate revealed that Ray Mallock Limited (the men behind the all conquering World Touring Car Chevrolet team) are building the shell before his team take delivery of the car and said, “I have absolutely no concerns at all either about the build quality and strength of the Cruze. RML, who have run Chevrolet’s title-winning World Touring Car programme for the past eight years, have fabricated the car, although we will do the rest ourselves. We’re certainly going to town on perfecting the aerodynamics side of things. We also plan a bespoke RML-tuned engine based on the engine that ran in the Cruzes when the model previously raced in S2000 specification.”

Finally Neate confirmed that there will be two Chevrolets build but the priority is to get his Cruze up to speed before entering the second which will be built at their newly acquired workshop and said, “We will build two cars this season but the priority is to get the first car up to speed and reliable so I can do myself justice. The new workshop is top notch and everything about this project already shouts ‘success’.”