So thats 5 champions signed up so far with Alain Menu, Jason Plato, Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal & Gordan Sheddan. And with Colin Turkington due to announce where he's going soon that'll be 6! All we need is for someone (say Motorbase/Airwaves Racing) to sign Fabrizio Giovanardi and it'll be a very epic year!!!Two-time BTCC champion Alain Menu is making a sensational return to the series, 14 years after he secured his last title, driving for Warren Scott’s Team BMR outfit.
The 50-year-old Swiss driver is a veteran of more than 200 BTCC races, securing 86 podiums, 36 wins and titles in 1997 and 2000, and was last year voted ‘best driver of the Super Touring era’ by his peers.
Menu will drive one of Team BMR’s Volkswagen CCs, in the line-up alongside team owner Scott, Jack Goff, and another new signing, Irishman Aron Smith, who joins from Motorbase Performance.
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Menu said: “This is exciting. The best times of my career have been in the BTCC, and it’s going to be nice to see many people I’ve not seen for many years. I’m well aware that it will be different with a new team and new cars, but I’ve been watching the races, have spoken to a lot of people about it and the championship is really picking up at the moment. With lots of competitors, spectators and live TV, there are many reasons to be here.
“I got a call in early December – the plan all sounded good, so I came over to the UK around Christmas time to meet with Warren [Scott] and the team. Their plans and approach to the project are very appealing, we’re all highly motivated and it is our aim to be among the teams at the front. I am taking a realistic approach of course, it will take us some time and there are a few unknowns. With Geoff Kingston there as our engineer and Warren’s will to be the best I think we have a good opportunity to grab some strong results.
“I want to have fun too, this is a very important part of racing for me. It will be nice to race against people like Matt Neal again, and Gordon Shedden was trying to break into the BTCC just as I left so I’m looking forward to racing against him. Jason [Plato] has matured since we were team-mates too, so I’m sure we’ll get on well. Plus there is a whole generation of new talented drivers out there, so 2014 should be very exciting. I’m also looking forward to racing on the fantastic British circuits again. The tracks are great and the public are always enthusiastic. We’re going to have some test days soon, so I’ll know then what work needs to be done, but I’m sure it’ll all come back to me very quickly.”
Team BMR has expanded to a four-car operation over the winter, after purchasing the two Vauxhall Insignias and a second Volkswagen CC previously run by Tony Gilham Racing.
The team says it has made “significant personnel changes” in the off-season, to bring in experienced engineers, and has set its sights on challenging for the independent teams’ and drivers’ championships.