Crees looks ahead to 2021
Crees looks ahead to 2021

Michael Crees is looking forward to getting back on track for the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship as he returns for a third season.

Once again he will be back with BTC Racing in the Honda Civic the car he took the Jack Sears Trophy victory in. This season he will be joined once again by friend and teammate Josh Cook, and the pair will be joined by Jade Edwards who replaces Tom Chilton.

Kent Sports News caught up with the Broadstairs racer to look back at the 2020 season and discuss his aims for 2021.

Giving his thoughts on the 2020 season and the Jack Sears Trophy win, he said: “Unbelievable, at one point I didn’t think it was going to happen but the hard work payed off!”

It was even more special for him to take two class wins at his home track of Brands Hatch in difficult conditions.

He added: “Yeah we had more pace in the car but I only had the eyes on the prize and to do it at Brands in front of my family was special I have won all my championships at Brands so it does mean a lot to come back every year!”

Although he got to celebrate with family it was surreal for Crees to not be able to celebrate with the fans, as a fans favourite since he joined the series.

“Yeah for sure! It was still a nice feeling to pick the trophy up above my head and just take in the moment.”

In March no one was sure if the season would get going or not, but Crees has managed to achieve his target of the Jack Sears Trophy.

He said: “That was the target and we got it. This year I’m looking at strong top ten finishes and definitely a podium.

“TOCA did a great job as did the team to get the show on the road. It was a hard season as we were away most of the time when the season got off the ground.”

Now his thoughts turn to 2021 and remaining with BTC Racing and keeping Josh Cook as a teammate was definitely high on the list.

He added: “Yes massively! Josh has had a big part to play in my learning curve so far and really looking forward to working with him again to take the next step.”

Finally we asked Michael whether there was one highlight that stood out for him from the 2020 season.

“It is 100% Thurxton. To be running at the sharp end all weekend there was amazing considering I was not looking forward to going there, and battling with Matt Neal and Colin Turkington was a memorable moment.”

Images courtesy of Jakob Ebrey