James Nash is to make his debut in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship during next weekend's race meeting at Oulton Park after inking a deal to join RML.
Nash, who tested for the Motorbase Performance team prior to Christmas, will become the third driver in the Chevrolet team, although he will score points for RML and not for the sister Racing Silverline squad of Mat Jackson and Jason Plato.
Nash - who was rated by Motorbase chief David Bartrum as one to watch following his test at Brands Hatch - makes the move into the BTCC having run in the SEAT Leon Eurocup last season – where he finished in fifth place.
While he was unable to secure a seat with Motorbase for the 2009 campaign, Nash will now get chance to make his maiden appearance in touring cars in the Chevrolet Lacetti which has already won twice this season – in the hands of Plato at Brands Hatch and Jackson at Thruxton.
“I'm extremely happy that we have finally reached this deal with RML,” he said. “We've been looking at BTCC for some time, following a great first-season in the Eurocup last year, and I am just really excited to be working with RML. It's a big organisation with a rich history in touring cars and of course, RML runs the very successful works Chevrolet team in the World touring car championship.
“Having switched from single-seater to saloons at the beginning of last year, I have relatively little experience in comparison to other competitors in the BTCC. However, through working with RML I know this will be one of the biggest stepping stones in my career and, to date, one of the most positive moves I have made.
“I'm really looking forward to getting out there. Having raced in UK Formula Ford I am familiar with all the circuits on the calendar this year and front-wheel-drive isn't completely new to me. I'm sure I'll learn a lot and make the very best of this opportunity and give it my all.”
RML team manager Paul Field said he was delighted to welcome Nash into an ever-expanding line-up, adding that was keen to see how the youngster would shape up against the established stars.
“It's great that we have managed to put a deal together to run James,” he said. “Our BTCC team is just going from strength to strength and is growing tremendously quickly over such a short period of time.
“James has been highly competitive in every series he has raced in and I know has caught the eye of many in the industry. His enthusiasm and willingness to learn has also impressed me and we're all looking forward to working with him and seeing how he fares in his first outing at Oulton Park.”
The addition of Nash should take the BTCC grid up to at least 23 for the Cheshire weekend.