EUROTECH RACING CONFIRM BRETT SMITH IN THIRD HONDA

Eurotech Racing have confirmed their driver line-up for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, with Brett Smith filling the third seat.

Son of Team Principal Jeff Smith, Brett stepped up into the BTCC during the second half of the 2017 season as replacement for his father, who had sustained injuries in a crash at Croft.

Taking a brace of Jack Sears Trophy victories in the five events he took part in, Smith enjoyed an impressive run of results as he moved his way up the grid round-by-round.

Joining Jack Goff and Matt Simpson this year to pilot a Honda Civic Type R, last year’s MINI Challenge champion is keen to continue progressing through the ranks on what is shaping up to be an ultra-competitive grid.

“Obviously the circumstances around me coming into the BTCC weren’t ideal,” said Brett. “It would have been great to share the grid with my Dad as I have done in the Mini Challenge, though we are all still hoping that can be realised with a swift recovery!

“Nevertheless, it’s always been a dream of mine to race in the BTCC. It has a rich history, and it’s an unrivalled spectacle but for me it’s the challenge of beating 31 other drivers who on their day are also capable of beating you.

“There are very few other championships in the world which can lay claim to that and it’s my intention this year to build upon the steady progress I made between Snetterton to Brands Hatch and to be towards the front, challenging for podiums and, with a little bit of reverse grid luck, possibly even a win in 2018.”

Jeff Smith, added: “The BTCC is a monumental step up from any other UK championship. With Brett having had no testing in the Honda Civic Type R, we were initially quite conservative on car set up.

“Whilst I have always been aware of Brett’s natural talent as a driver, I like many others were taken aback by just how quickly he got to grips with BTCC. As we saw in Free Practice at the final race weekend at Brands, he was fully committed.

“Unfortunately in qualifying, he was caught out by the rapidly changing conditions. Had this not happened, I’m sure he would have been right at the sharp end and would have got his maiden podium. Given this success, I see no reason for Brett not to be challenging very hard this year and look forward to seeing him on the podium.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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