Handy Motorsport have officially rebranded and will now be known as HMS Racing in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Following on from its most competitive season in the series where Rob Austin guided them to a maiden win in round 30 at Brands Hatch, preparations are already well underway for 2018.

Introducing the Alfa Romeo Giulietta to replace the Toyota Avensis that has run since debuting in 2014 next year, the team is set to embark on a new chapter.

HMS Racing Ltd was originally formed in 2011, when Handy Motorsport competed in the Legends Cars National Championship, however the team continued to trade under its more widely known brand until now.

“Next season marks a big change for the team with the introduction of the Alfa Romeo so it really is the ideal time to make the rebrand to HMS Racing”, said team principal Simon Belcher.

“HMS actually stands for Handy Motor Sport and when we founded the limited company in 2011 we shortened our name. Now, the time is right to move away from Handy Motorsport and use HMS Racing as our brand going forward.

“We’re all still coming down off the win at Brands to be honest, it was an amazing way to end our association with the Toyota, but everyone is already working hard on the build of the Giulietta and the preparations for 2018.

“This is the most important time in the history of our team, we’re determined HMS Racing will become consistent BTCC front-runners next season.”

With the build of the Alfa Romeo continuing at the moment, the team will officially unveil the car at the Autosport Show International in January.

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