Crees looking forward to new season
Crees looking forward to new season

Broadstairs race ace Michael Crees is itching for the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship to get underway.

Unfortunately with the current COVID-19 outbreak that won’t be until at least the end of June at the earliest. However in the enforced break Kent Sports News caught up with Michael to get his thoughts on the coming season.

Speaking about his move to BTC Racing and the new Honda Civic for 2020, Crees said: “It is unbelievable so the new Honda FK8 is one of the best cars on the grid so I just can’t wait to get going!”

Obviously for his debut season Michael raced with his local team Team Hard and it was a tough decision to move to BTC Racing for 2020, but it was an opportunity he had to grab with both hands.

He added: “Yes and no really as I got on really well with the team and Tony and thank them for giving me a chance but to go to one of the best teams and cars on the grid I couldn’t resist.”

As part of introducing his new car to the fans, Michael took it to his old primary school, hoping to inspire the next generation of fans, and he loved every minute of taking the car back to his old school.

“It was amazing as my son Hugo is at school there and it was a great opportunity to put BROADSTAIRS on the map and give back for all the local support. I hope a few of them inspire to be future champions.”

Joining Michael at BTC Racing in 2020 is championship and team regular Josh Cook and touring car legend Tom Chilton, and he is thrilled about his new teammates.

He said: “I am unbelievably excited as I watched Tom as a fan years ago and now he is my team mate and Josh is a real talent to work with too and he has already been helping drive coach me which is exactly what I need.”

Testing and the media day have come and gone and although they can’t get on track at the moment, he loved the feel of the car when on track.

“It was brilliant I felt part of the car from the off, I just feel really comfortable in the Honda and now I have to work on my driving.

“I have my eyes set on the Jack Sears trophy so as long as I’m winning that I’m not too bothered where I am on the grid.”

Crees became a fans favourite in his first season on the BTCC grid because of his passion for the race series, something he hopes will continue for 2020.

He added: “Yes for sure that is one of my massive drives and to try and fight with the front runners will give them something to cheer about now.” 

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