John George has announced that he plans to return to the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship for the 2009 season.
George endured a tough end to his 2008 campaign when he barrel-rolled out of the Brands Hatch weekend following an incident involving the SEAT of Darren Turner, with his Honda Integra being written off the in the process.
With spares still available, George has elected to source another Integra for the season ahead and will now run the car that David Pinkney used for his return to the BTCC back in 2006, with the car being run by the same TH Motorsport team that has run his JAG Racing car for the past two seasons.
“It just made so much sense for us to run the Integra again although we didn't have a car we had numerous spares and all the tools and experience to run that car,” George, who is expected to get his first run in the car during next week's media day, said. “It will be great to get back behind the wheel again. I have only had a few laps since Brands in September 2008 so I expect I will be a bit rusty, I have been out on track days with my coach John Pratt during the winter so it really shouldn't take to long to get back up to speed.
“I am really looking forward to working with Trevor and the team at TH again it all ended very sadly for us last year when I had that big smash, so it will be good to see them all again. I am hoping for some better results this year, we really didn't have the luck in 2008, we went quicker at all but one tracks yet we just didn't feature in the positions though we should have, but that's racing.”