Big Driver Shake-Up For Snetterton
Submitted on August 7th 2012 11:25 by James Mappin.
The Dunlop British Touring Car Championship returns this weekend as the teams head to Norfolk for round six of the championship at Snetterton with a lot of driver changes having taken place since the last round at Croft nearly six weeks ago.
Team Hard. were the first team to change their driver line up as it was confirmed that Robb Holland would step into the S200 Honda Civic at the expense of former driver and team boss, Tony Gilham. Robb makes the trip ‘over the pond’ from the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge in America to become the first American in 37 years to compete in the UK’s premier tin-top series.
However, Tony Gilham won’t be sitting out at Snetterton as he’s teamed up with Thorney Motorsport to take to the wheel of the NGTC Vauxhall Insignia, in a bid to give himself and the Team Hard. a first hand experience in a car built to the regulations they would be looking to enter in the 2013 season.
Not only will it give the Tony experience, he also believes that he can help John Thorne and the Thorney Motorsport team get the car further up the field and score it’s first ever points in the championship.
There’s also a change of drivers at Speedworks Motorsport as regular driver, Tony Hughes, comes back into the series after missing out in the previous round at Croft. Stand in driver at Croft, Paul O’Neill, will give up the drive after helping the team gain valuable data and experience from having an experienced BTCC driver at the wheel.
Another omission from the driver list will be that of Liam Griffin. Griffin will sit out this weekends round of the season to concentrate on family and business commitments leaving the Redstone Racing team with just the two cars this weekend.
Robb Holland IN Team Hard.
Tony Gilham IN Thorney Motorsport
Tony Hughes IN Speedworks Motorsport
Paul O’Neill OUT Speedworks Motorsport
John Thorne OUT Thorney Motorsport
Liam Griffin OUT Redstone Racing