BTC Norlin Racing will remain on the grid for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, albeit with different cars.

Switching from the Chevrolet Cruze to the Honda Civic Type R, the Independent outfit are keen to build on what proved to be a successful debut season last year.

Fielding Chris Smiley and Dave Newsham in 2017, the team enjoyed a string of top ten finishes as well as a maiden podium at Silverstone.

Acquiring the front-wheel-drive, TOCA-powered machines from championship-winning squad Team Dynamics, the team will continue to work with main title sponsors Norlin Hotels and Central Fusion.

Bert Taylor, Team Director, said: “The move highlights the ambitions of the BTC Norlin Racing team to continue to invest in the BTCC and progress to become a regular fixture on the podium.

“We wish to extend special thanks to Honda, Barry Plowman, Steve Neal and Matt Neal from Team Dynamics, who have given us this unique opportunity to acquire world-class manufacturer’s machinery.”

Focused on becoming one of the teams to beat in the Independents’ category, the need to switch to a front-running machine such as the Type R was seen as a necessity.

“Consistently the Honda Civic Type R has been at the front of the grid with Shedden and Neal,” Richard Irwin, BTC Norlin Racing co-owner, added.

“Norlin strives to steadily challenge for the Independent title in the coming seasons and therefore the switch of cars was important to achieve this.”

Whilst the team have confirmed what cars they will run in 2018, BTC Norlin Racing are yet to announce who will be behind the wheel of them.

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