BTC Racing will enter two brand new Honda Civic Type R (FK8) cars, with Honda-derived powerplants, in the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
The team’s 2018 move to Honda machinery in the shape of the previous generation
FK2 yielded breakthrough victories and a number of podium finishes. Team Principals Bert Taylor and Steve
Dudman of the Brackley-based squad have signalled their intent with the build
of two new cars to spearhead their 2019 campaign.
Team Dynamics Motorsport-backed Halfords Yuasa Racing ran
the FK8 in a race-winning debut BTCC season last year and the outfit
will be supporting BTC Racing throughout 2019 with its new Civic Type Rs. James
Rodgers, Team Dynamics Motorsport Team Manager, is eager to see the
relationship bear fruit.
“Team Dynamics Motorsport is delighted to be supporting BTC
Racing in the 2019 BTCC,” said Rodgers. “The team has shown
itself to be a force to be reckoned with in the championship and with its
new cars for the season we hope to see great things. We look forward to working
with BTC Racing this year.”
A host of changes have taken place behind the scenes at BTC Racing this winter, and the acquisition of the new Hondas becomes the latest boon as the team looks to establish itself as a podium and race-winning regular in Britain’s top tier.
Team Principals Steve Dudman and Bert Taylor expressed their confidence ahead of
the 2019 campaign, earmarking the extended partnership with TDM as a major contributor
to that assuredness.
“The team at Team Dynamics Motorsport are consummate professionals in
everything they do,” said Dudman. “They handle the fine line between
us as a customer and being their competitor with complete balance, fairness and
transparency and we look forward to reaping the rewards in 2019 for both
teams in equal measure.”
“Our relationship with TDM just
moved up a gear,” added Taylor. “By allowing us into the stable,
we’ve been granted privileged access to more than 20 years of hard work,
data and championship-winning experience.
“It is difficult to describe just how committed Barry
(Plowman, Technical Director) and the guys at
TDM are until you see what they
build. It’s a real masterclass in engineering for the Honda brand”.
With the cars currently undergoing
preparation for drivers
Chris Smiley and Josh Cook, BTC Racing has also secured the services of
Neil Brown Engineering – meaning the team will use the same engines as in the works Hondas in
The Honda Civic Type R is recognised as one of the most
successful cars of the NGTC era and Neil Brown Engineering has powered many outfits up and down the
grid to pole positions, race wins and BTCC titles over the years.
Team Principal Bert Taylor believes the Honda engine is the way to go, alongside its
“After two years with Swindon Engineering, we’re sad to leave
them,” said Taylor. “Especially after all the hard work and support
they have provided us with the TOCA engines used in
both our Chevrolet Cruzes and FK2-gen Honda Civic Type Rs.
“I’ve been a NBE customer previously, so for me and the
team it was like going home. Fiona and Neil (Brown) made such a good first impression. It
wasn’t a difficult decision in the end to make the jump and be sure that the
new cars would have the Honda powerplant in their engine bays.
“We feel we’ve got the best partners providing what is recognised as
one of the best engines in the championship. This yields the best opportunity
yet for us to challenge right at the sharp end for race wins and podium
“Having the Honda engine makes the car and team feel we
have a complete package,” added Dudman. “We look forward to working
with all of the team at NBE in what
we’re sure will be a great year in the BTCC.”
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