BTC Nor­lin con­firms Smi­ley as first driver

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BTC Nor­lin Rac­ing will join the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship grid in 2017 with a brace of Chevro­let Cruze cars.

The team has a multi-year deal with a lead­ing ho­tel devel­op­ment com­pany, Nor­lin, and has re­cruited Chris Smi­ley as its first driver. A sec­ond driver is due to be an­nounced shortly.

BTC Nor­lin Rac­ing boss Bert Tay­lor said: “I worked with Chris at Team Hard this sea­son and saw first-hand what a tal­ent he is. He is ut­terly fo­cused on his ca­reer and is ded­i­cated to win­ning, which is the same pas­sion that we have as a team.

“We have ex­panded the back­room staff and have brought in ex­per­tise. We have taken on staff that have worked with the likes of RML and Triple Eight, so we feel con­fi­dent we can move for­ward next sea­son.”

BTC Rac­ing took a sab­bat­i­cal in 2015, but has now pur­chased cars and two TOCA BTCC Li­cences from Power Maxed Rac­ing to re­turn to the top flight.

Car­rick­fer­gus racer Smi­ley, 24, stopped his maiden BTCC pro­gramme half­way through 2016 af­ter a trou­bled start with a Team Hard Toy­ota Aven­sis.

The for­mer Mini Chal­lenge cham­pion said: “For me, this is the start of my BTCC ca­reer. I didn’t get enough run­ning this year to learn any­thing, so I am start­ing afresh. I will be able to prop­erly at­tack. We want to be in the top 10 to start with and build from there. There is no rea­son we shouldn’t be ex­pect­ing podi­ums and strong re­sults from the start.”

Team will run two Chevys

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