Wilmot returns to BTCC
Wilmot returns to BTCC

Andy Wilmot has been announced as returning to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship grid today.

Wilmot will replace Jack Butel for the final rounds of the season at his home circuit of Brands Hatch.

He will be behind the wheel of the Excelr8 with TradePriceCars.com racing Hyundai i30 Fastback N for his first BTCC outing this season.

Andy has been involved with the team throughout the season thanks to his involvement with TradePriceCars.com and will be making his first appearance in the series since 2015 when he lines up on the grid for the finale.

Since then, he has competed in a range of different championships including the Renault Clio Cup and the Volkswagen Racing Cup, which he won last season.

Although unable to compete this weekend, Jack will be present to support Andy and the remainder of the EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com team as it bids to fight for championship silverware on three fronts.

Speaking about the opportunity, Wilmot said: “When I got the call from Derek [Butel] to ask if I wanted to step in to replace Jack for Brands Hatch, I think I replied to say yes without having to even think about it!

“This is a massively unexpected opportunity, but one that I am looking forward to as it will give me a chance to go out there and compete in the BTCC with a decent car underneath me, which hasn’t been the case in the past. I know that EXCELR8 build and engineer a great car having worked with them all year in a consultant role, and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel.

“I haven’t done much racing this season but when I joined the grid in TCR UK, I didn’t take long to get up to speed and hopefully it will be the same this weekend. I want to go out there and enjoy myself and I’m not going to set any wild targets as the rest of the field has been racing all season and I’m coming in at the last minute. If I can stay with the pack, get involved and make up some ground in the races then it will be a job well done.“