Ciceley Motorsport will expand to a two-car team for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, running a second Mercedes Benz A-Class for Tom Oliphant.

With the Independent-run outfit acquiring an additional TOCA BTCC Licence, Oliphant will graduate from the Porsche Carrera Cup GB to partner Adam Morgan for the forthcoming campaign.

Following four seasons on the TOCA support package, enjoying plenty of success including title glory in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup in 2015, the 27-year-old is relishing the opportunity to step up into Britain’s premier race series.

“I’m delighted to announce that I will be stepping up to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this season with Ciceley Motorsport,” Oliphant said. “The BTCC is the biggest championship in the UK and it’s a fantastic opportunity for me and my partners.

“I’m under no illusions as to the challenge facing me this season. It’s my first season in touring cars and I’ll be coming up against a hugely competitive grid filled with talented drivers, but we’re up for the challenge and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

“I’m really happy to be working with Ciceley Motorsport. They are a proven front-running squad in the championship and the Mercedes is an established race-winning car, which combined is a perfect platform for me to be competitive in the series from the off.”

Oliphant is set to join Morgan on-track in the coming weeks as pre-season testing commences before unveiling the livery of his front-wheel-drive machine at the annual BTCC Season Launch, held at Donington Park on Tuesday 27th March.

He added: “We’re currently finalising deals with sponsors moving forward and look forward to announcing our partners in March, while we’re are always looking to get new companies on-board as we enter the highest-profile series in the UK.”

Russell Morgan, Ciceley Motorsport Team Principal, added: “These are exciting times for Ciceley Motorsport with Tom joining Adam Morgan. We have two gifted young drivers peddling our Mercedes-Benz A Class’ in the BTCC this year.

“As soon as I heard that Tom was available we moved mountains in our quest to sign him. He is exactly the type of driver I want in my squad: professional in and out of the car and blisteringly fast. I expect him to do well in both the Independents and the Jack Sears Trophy.

“Although Tom has no front-wheel drive experience, our cars are very well balanced and we have a comprehensive pre-season test schedule arranged. I am confident that Tom will soon get to grips with the car and be on the pace straight away.”

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