Mark Blundell to star in 2019 BTCC sequence
The 30-race sequence will kick off at Manufacturers Hatch on April sixth and seventh, coming to a detailed on the 12th and 13th of October. Blundell and workforce mate Nicholas Hamilton (Lewis’ youthful brother) will race his AmD Tuning-prepared Commerce Value Racing Vehicles Audi in opposition to BTCC veterans Jason Plato and Matt Neal, plus 2018 champion Colin Turkington.
Talking about his BTCC debut, Blundell mentioned: “As soon as the chance arose to get again behind the wheel, it was at all times one thing I used to be very eager to make occur. The British Touring Automotive Championship is a unbelievable sequence that I’ve at all times needed to race in but it surely has by no means been attainable till now.”
“I’ve been fortunate sufficient to have had a unbelievable motor racing profession so far and to have been part of British motorsport for a few years. The game is in a unbelievable place throughout the UK at this present time and the BTCC and the general TOCA bundle is a serious a part of that, offering a superb platform for top-level skilled drivers and lots of vivid abilities behind the wheel. The energy of the sequence is proven by the hundreds of followers that be a part of trackside up and down the nation and the hundreds of thousands extra that tune in from house on ITV.”
Within the 1990s, Blundell drove in Formulation One for Brabham, Ligier, Tyrrell and McLaren, scoring quite a few podiums, plus he additionally received the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1992 and bagged wins within the US CART championship. He then turned his consideration to sports activities administration, enterprise mentoring and managing racing drivers, earlier than a handful of outings within the 2013 British GT Championship.
Though none have not too long ago pushed in BTCC till now, quite a few former Formulation One drivers have made an look in earlier years. Racing legend Jim Clark acquired behind the wheel of a touring automotive within the 1960s, with Johnny Herbert, Derek Warwick, Jonathan Palmer and Nigel Mansell additionally racing within the British Touring Automotive Championship extra not too long ago.
“My participation within the sequence has come about as a result of a massively thrilling partnership that we’re trying ahead to asserting within the coming weeks,” mentioned Blundell. “It is going to be unbelievable information for the BTCC, bringing a world model onto the grid, and myself and the MB Companions workforce can’t wait to get to work on lots of the thrilling plans which are already in place.”