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Thompson to return to BTCC

Team Dynamics has announced that double HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship title winner James Thompson will drive one of its Honda Civics from the next round of the season at Thruxton.

Thompson will come into the team to replace Gordon Shedden having previously tested the Civic over the winter, and will mean that four past champions could line up for the second rounds of the season – providing Jason Plato can extend his deal with RML into another weekend.

While Shedden will not now compete in the second rounds of the season, team principal Steve Neal revealed that talks were ongoing to secure the backing needed to run a third car for the Scot later in the season.

“This change in our driver line-up has come about due to contractual commitments,” he said. “Gordon has been part of Dynamics since 2006 and has been a great performer for us. We are currently negotiating further sponsorship to run a third car for him alongside James and David Pinkney which is hoped will materialise sooner rather than later.

“James' addition to the Dynamics line-up, meanwhile, is one I have personally hoped for since Matt (Neal) moved to the VX Racing team at the end of 2007. We are all hugely competitive at Team Dynamics and of course wish to return to the same sort of form that enabled us to win the BTCC outright in 2005 and 2006.

"James is truly one of the world's top touring car drivers and I am absolutely confident that he can take the fight to the opposition and provide us with a further step-up in performance.”

Thompson last raced in the BTCC in 2006 when he competed in a part-season with SEAT.


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stephen - Unregistered

April 15, 2009 4:38 PM

Whilst this is great news for the championship and for Thommo, I fail to see why they have replaced Sheddan!?? Why they put Pinkney in that car to start with is beyond me... I've always said that it should have been Sheddan and Thommo at dynamics...they're halfway there.

Steve Gray - Unregistered

April 15, 2009 10:04 PM

I tell you what I am absolutely gob smacked at this decision made by Steve Neal, Gordon is a fantastic driver and has been for a good few seasons ever since he entered the BTCC, How can they just replace him after the start of the season, it shouldnt happen at all, even If James is a fantastic driver, which he is. The third car should be for James, not Gordon and when the money has been brought in for this third car thats when James should come back. Im amazed by this decision



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