BTC switches to new-gen Civics for 2019 BTCC season
BTC Racing’s will field two new Honda Civic Type Rs in the BTCC this season for racers Josh Cook and Chris Smiley.
The team, which has recently been relocated to Brackley in Northamptonshire, has formed an alliance with factory-backed Team Dynamics, which gave the new FK8 machines a race-winning debut in the BTCC last year.
Dan Cammish and three-time champion Matt Neal took the Team Dynamics Motorsport cars to four victories in 2018, while Smiley took a single success in BTC Racing’s older-spec FK2 version at Rockingham.
Joint BTC Racing team principals, Steve Dudman and Bert Taylor, have said that the extended relationship with Team Dynamics Motorsport was a crucial part of their plans for the 2019 attack.
Dudman said: “The group at Team Dynamics Motorsport are consummate professionals in everything they do.
“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.”
Taylor added: “Our relationship with TDM just moved up a gear. 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.”
As well as switching chassis, BTC Racing will also move away from the Swindon Racing Engines motor, and instead use the bespoke Honda powerplant which was fitted to the factory machines last year.
The new Honda two-litre turbocharged engine is tuned by Neil Brown Engines.
Team Dynamics Motorsport team manager James Rodgers said: “We are delighted to be supporting BTC Racing in the 2019 BTCC.
"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.”
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