Belcher steps down from BTCC race seat

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Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship team owner Si­mon Belcher will step down from driv­ing this sea­son to con­cen­trate on run­ning his Handy Mo­tor­sport team.

Handy is aim­ing to run two cars in the cham­pi­onship this year with Rob Austin signed up to drive the first of the op­er­a­tion’s Toy­ota Aven­sis.

“Our longer term plan is to be­come a fron­trun­ning team and, as such, 2016 will be a cru­cial year for Handy,” said Belcher. “The plans mean that I have had to make a per­sonal sac­ri­fice in terms of my own rac­ing in or­der to head up the team in a man­age­ment role. Now we have the deal in place with Rob Austin, we can push for­ward with the plans for a se­cond car.

“We think a two-car team is a re­al­ity this sea­son and we are in talks with sev­eral driv­ers to make this hap­pen.”

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