Wilmot looking forward to going racing
Wilmot looking forward to going racing

With the recent announcement that there will be no motorsport until 30th June at the earliest, we decided to speak to drivers, teams and owners to keep you updated with their plans.

Today we are bringing you an interview with Andy Wilmot who is the joint team principle of Trade Price Cars Racing in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.

Speaking to Kent Sports News, Andy is excited for the teams second season in the championship, when it finally gets underway.

He said: “We are certainly excited to be here in the BTCC again. We feel last year we actually established ourselves early on and this year we will continue to work hard and carry on where we left off.”

It has been all change off the grid for the team in terms of drivers, with Jake Hill and Mark Blundell having moved to pastures new and Bobby Thompson and newcomer James Gornall taking the Audi seats for 2020.

Giving his thoughts on his new driver pairing Andy said: “In an ideal world everyone likes consistency. Initially we thought we would retain the drivers we had but quickly learnt that could not be the case.

“We were talking to Bobby at the start of 2019 so he was a potential driver for us last year but unfortunately it did not come off. James was also on the radar at the end of 2019. We worked hard to create a deal that worked for both James and Bobby as we thought they would be a very strong pairing.”

As well as the BTCC season the team will also be racing in TCR UK with Dan Kirby and a driver yet to be announced to get behind the wheel.

“Luckily for Trade Price Cars we are not running the TCR cars. We have left that to PowerMaxed (a rival BTCC team) Dan Kirby will be driving one of the cars and the second driver is not yet announced.

There have been some testing and a behind closed doors media session, and Andy gave his thoughts on the testing that has taken place so far.

He said: “The test days we have had so far have gone very well indeed. We had a couple of tricky obstacles to overcome but that’s exactly why we go testing.”

Andy is a racing driver himself and won in a Ford Focus last season, although he wasn’t planning on racing in 2020 he is itching to get back racing.

He added: “At the end of 2019 I was content with my achievements in my racing career and I said to myself afterwards that I would finish on a high and just concentrate on managing the BTCC Team.

“However, I’m getting itchy fingers I want to put my gloves back on but undecided on what route to take. (Watch this space).”

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