Successful one-make ‘tin top’ racer Rob Smith will achieve his long-held ambition of becoming a British Touring Car Championship driver in 2019 after today, 21st November, being officially confirmed as the first signing for new BTCC squad Excelr8 Motorsport.
Smith, from Telford in Shropshire, is no stranger to the Excelr8 ranks having competed with the squad for the past four years in the MINI CHALLENGE as part of the official MINI UK VIP Customer Team, where the 26-year-old has been a consistent front runner.
Now, as the Norfolk squad makes its step-up to the pinnacle of British motorsport after purchasing a pair of MG6 cars and the required TBLs [TOCA BTCC Licences] from the AMD Tuning team, Smith too climbs the ladder for his eagerly awaited maiden season in the BTCC.
With five months still to go until the start of the 2019 BTCC season, Smith’s immediate focus now is to work on bringing additional partners on board to join his existing portfolio which will be revealed at the annual ‘Media Day’ season launch next Spring.
Rob Smith ended the all-action 2018 MINI Challenge with a deserved podium finish during the final race of the season at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 23rd September, to conclude the championship fourth in the driver standings.
Through a season which has been badly impacted by misfortune on multiple occasions, the Nantwich 26-year-old was pleased to finish the year back on the rostrum and is now striving to secure the commercial support to enable graduation into touring cars for next year.