Re­nault UK Clio Cup racer Proc­tor named as first Vaux­hall BTCC driver

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The new fac­tory-sup­ported Vaux­hall Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship team has signed its first driver, with Re­nault UK Clio Cup racer Senna Proc­tor step­ping in to the top flight in 2017.

Proc­tor, who was run­ner up in the Ginetta Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship in 2015 and was eighth in the French hatch­backs last year, will han­dle one of the new two-litre tur­bocharged As­tras. His 2017 team-mate has yet to be con­firmed.

“The re­al­i­sa­tion that I will be lin­ing up on the BTCC grid has not sunk in yet, let alone that I will be rac­ing for a man­u­fac­turer,” he said. “For that man­u­fac­turer to be Vaux­hall is al­most too good to be true. This move has prob­a­bly come a year ear­lier than planned, but when you are of­fered an op­por­tu­nity like this then of course you don’t turn it down.”

Team prin­ci­pal Adam Weaver said he was thrilled with the link up: “I’m so ex­cited to have Senna on board.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to once again be sup­port­ing young tal­ent, as we did with Josh Cook in 2015. I think Senna will cope with the added pres­sure this drive brings as he seems to have a very old head on young shoul­ders. In Senna, I think we have signed a driver who we can build a long-term re­la­tion­ship with and turn into a fu­ture cham­pion.”

Proc­tor was eighth in Clios

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