BTCC race winner Senna Proctor will join forces with Excelr8 Motorsport as the team’s first driver announcement for the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
The 21-year-old has been a regular in the UK’s premier Touring Car series for three seasons. During that time, he’s raced in two different cars and outfits, bringing a range of experience to Excelr8 as the team embark on its new adventure with the Hyundai i30 Fastback N Performance.
Since being founded in 2009, the Excelr8 name has secured 22 motorsport titles and is now looking for success at the highest level of national touring car racing, as the squad prepares for its second season of competition. 2019 saw them secure a top ten finish in the Independent Teams’ Championship, helped by overall points finishes from both drivers.
Proctor is the team’s first signing to be announced following the turn of the decade, as both parties engage for a new chapter of their BTCC careers.
“I am incredibly excited to be joining Excelr8 Motorsport and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new Hyundai BTCC car,” said Proctor. “When Excelr8 contacted me back in September about the possibility of leading a new car development for them I have to say I was honoured.
“Having met the team at Excelr8, it was clear that they share the same ambitions as me of one day lifting the BTCC crown and with my past experience of front-wheel drive we can grow together and make this become a reality over the next few seasons.
“But it’s one step at a time and we are under no illusion that there will be a lot of hard work ahead for 2020, it will be top ten and hopefully podiums finishes to get the ball rolling.
“I am heading into my fourth season in the BTCC and along with the expertise of Excelr8 Motorsport I think we could be a force to be reckoned with in 2020 and beyond.”
“We are delighted to have attracted Senna to our team,” said founder and team owner Justina Williams. “He is proven in BTCC and will now help lead our new Hyundai i30 development. This will ensure that we continue on our journey towards the sharp end of the BTCC grid and in the longer term to be challenging for BTCC titles together.”
Team Principal Oliver Shepherd followed up; “2019 was a year of learning for Excelr8 in BTCC, whereas 2020 is the year where the squad we will show that we are not just in BTCC to make up the numbers. Senna joining the team is a massive step towards this aim and we are certain that his raw speed and experience in BTCC will be key ingredients in helping us to make this step up. We are looking forward to working together with Senna to take the fight to the established teams, bring it on!”