YourRacingCar to join BTCC grid Fan-funded race team YourRacingCar.com can today reveal the exciting news that it will contest the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone on the weekend of 21/22 ...
YourRacingCar to join BTCC grid
Fan-funded race team YourRacingCar.com can today reveal the exciting news that it will contest the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone on the weekend of 21/22 August.
YourRacingCar was initially conceived -- as all good ideas are -- on the back of a beer mat, with the team spending recent years competing in the Ginetta G50 Championship and Renault Clio Cup.
The main idea behind YourRacingCar has always been to allow fans to have a greater involvement in motorsport, with those who sign up as YRC members benefitting from a raft of offers while also getting their picture on the team's race car.
In order to give those fans greater exposure - and as part of long-term plans to move into the BTCC in 2011 - YourRacingCar has now agreed a deal with the Special Tuning UK team which will see it field a SEAT Leon in the colours of YRC members at Silverstone.
It marks the most exciting move yet for one of British motorsport's most ambitious outfits as it seeks to take the fight to some of the top touring car teams around.
With YourRacingCar electing to make such a high-profile debut in its home event, the team has taken the decision to bring in a driver with touring car experience for its first BTCC race weekend in the shape of Phil Glew.
Phil clinched the Renault Clio Cup title last season and made his BTCC debut in the opening rounds of the 2010 season in a Triple Eight Racing Vauxhall Vectra, securing two top-ten finishes from three races at Thruxton.
Phil also benefitted from working alongside multiple touring car champion Fabrizio Giovanardi over the course of the Thruxton weekend and will now hope to use the knowledge he gained to give the YourRacingCar members reason to cheer.
"This is a big jump for YourRacingCar and it is a good opportunity for me to build a relationship with YRC for the future, as the BTCC is where I want to be," he said. "I have been successful in other championships and British Touring Cars is the next step.
"I'm the reigning Clio champion so it works well to be joining forces with a team that is moving up from the Clio Cup and it is thanks to my sponsors at Glasurit, 3 in 1 and WD-40 that we have been able to team up with YourRacingCar to make this possible.
"YourRacingCar is a fantastic and exciting concept as it gives fans the opportunity to have added involvement with a team and if we can go out there and get a good result, then it will be a massive bonus to them. If I was a fan, then YourRacingCar is certainly something I'd want to be involved in."
As if moving into the BTCC isn't exciting enough for YourRacingCar and its members, the team will also become the first to run the series' Next Generation Touring Car Engine in something other than a Vauxhall Vectra.
The new turbo-charged two-litre engine is a key component in the future direction of the BTCC as the series seeks to bring down the costs involved in the sport, with YourRacingCar set to play a vital role in its continued development.
"The new engine will be an unknown for us so we aren't completely sure where we stand going into the weekend," Phil added. "We know it isn't going to be easy, but it is good for us to be involved in the development of the NGTC engine as we will be the first people to run it in a car other than the Vauxhall.
"As a racing driver, I always go out on track to win, but it is important for us not to be unrealistic in our aims with what is an unproven package. Initially we want to be inside the top ten, but with hard work and some luck on our side, I believe that the top six is an achievable target.
"Our main aim for the weekend is to get good publicity for everyone -- fans and sponsors alike -- who are involved in the programme."
Although Phil will be at the wheel of the YourRacingCar SEAT in its debut event, current driver Fulvio Mussi remains a key part of the YRC programme and will be present at Silverstone to meet with members during the course of the weekend.
Fulvio will continue to work alongside YourRacingCar team principal Hannah James on putting together the team's racing programme for 2011, with the focus firmly on delivering the maximum return for those fans who have invested hard earned funds into the project in recent years.
"We're a passionate bunch of people," Hannah said. "The BTCC has always been the dream for YRC and all our incredibly loyal fan sponsors. It's with thanks to every member who forked out £25 this year and the faith shown in us by Talent Works, Glasurit, WD-40, 3 in 1 and SEATCupra.net that we can do this in the way we wanted to, with a car that we believe in and we're committed to developing for the future.
"While he might not be driving at Silverstone, Fulvio's involvement in the team is as important as it's ever been. He remains instrumental in our future plans and we're all focused on securing a two car line up for 2011."
Fans who wish to sign up to support YourRacingCar can do so by visiting www.yourracingcar.com, where they can benefit from a special BTCC offer.
For £18, fans can get their picture on the YourRacingCar SEAT Leon while also picking up an exclusive YRC t-shirt designed by Unlap.