Aron Taylor-Smith is set to step away from the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2018 as he looks to explore options within GT racing.
Completing six full seasons in the series, the Irishman has become somewhat of a stalwart of the championship having raced for the likes of Motorbase Performance, Team BMR, Team BKR and Triple Eight Racing.
Scoring a total of, 18 podiums, one pole position and four wins from the 177 races he has competed in, Taylor-Smith has forged a name for himself in the tin top category.
Although his plans aren’t finalised yet for 2018, the 27-year-old believes now is the perfect time to step away from the BTCC, whilst also not ruling out that a return could be possible in the future.
“Firstly, I just want to thank Warren and Vicki Scott and of course Nico Ferrari for everything that they have done for me since joining the team in 2014,” Taylor-Smith told BTCC Crazy.
“I have lived, raced and worked full time at BMR for the last four years and have loved being a part of the wider BMR family, but now the time has come for me to move on.
“The BTCC is a brilliant championship; Alan Gow and TOCA do an exceptional job in putting together the series, but now after six seasons, I want to pursue a new chapter in my motorsport career.
“I will certainly miss a lot about the championship, I’ve made friends for life in the BTCC paddock and loved so much of my experience. It will be sad to leave but I feel this is the right decision for me. I would never rule out a return to the BTCC but for now, my focus is on exploring different avenues of motorsport.
“The thought of embarking on a new chapter of my motorsport career in the form of GT’s really excites me. I want to travel more and embark on new challenges. I’ve spent my whole life aiming for a career in the BTCC and for the first time ever my priorities have shifted. It’s a really exciting time.
“While my plans are not concrete yet I am currently exploring a few extremely exciting GT opportunities and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!”