Edwards joins Excler8 Motorsport
Edwards joins Excler8 Motorsport

Kent’s Nathan Edwards will be back on the grid this weekend as he lines up in the Mini Challenge Cooper Class at Croft.

He will join the Exceler8 Motorsport team, as he looks to achieve his ambition of racing on the national stage.

The Tunbridge Wells racer who has only recently turned 22 will be back and live on ITV at the weekend as the Mini Challenge Cooper Class is part of the BTCC support package.

Becoming the fifth member of an already talent stacked EXCELR8 team in the Cooper Class, Edwards will be looking to challenge for the podium with his new team.

For the second time in his career, the Shoreham Vehicle Auctions-sponsored driver will be making his debut with a new team at Croft, having previously returning to the Renault Clio Cup during the 2019 season. Excelling on debut, Edwards picked up a top five finish in his first race, further impressing throughout the year with two Graduate Cup podiums.

Edwards has a rich history in racing, starting out on the car racing scene in 2013 with the Fiesta Junior Championship. He was a race winner and regular podium finisher by 2015, finishing third in the standings. From here he would step up the senior BRSCC Fiesta Championship, winning races in his first season and being recognized by the Racing Steps Foundation, as a Finalists for their MSA Young Driver award.

Edwards stepped up the Clio Cup for 2018, quickly adapting to the new machinery and even beating current-BTCC drivers Jade Edwards and Nicholas Hamilton on his debut weekend, becoming a regular point’s scorer, returning in 2019.

Speaking about getting back on track, Edwards said: “I’m really excited to join EXCELR8 and the Mini Challenge. Prior to my shakedown test on the 30th September, I’d never driven the car before. I’m expecting a steep learning curve, one that we’re up for, looking to get to grips as quickly as possible and racing at the front.”

“I’ve raced at Croft twice, including in the Clio Cup last year, where I came close to a podium, but missed out on the last lap which I was gutted about. So, I can focus on getting to grips with the car during the weekend.”