David Pinkney has acquired a Vauxhall Vectra to compete in the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
A statement from the 57-year-old revealed that the car, an ex-factory Vauxhall Vetra previously used by BTCC Champion Fabrizio Giovanardi, will be run by his own team, Pinkney Motorsport.
“It was great to drive for Dynamics last year and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time with the team, the opportunity to drive along side James (Thompson) and Johnny (Herbert) was the icing on the cake,” said Pinkney.
“I have however always enjoyed the challenge of running my own team and have achieved my best result when doing so. We will be running the NGTC (new generation touring car) Engine supplied by Swindon Race Engines, and feel we have a very competitive package as a result.”
Pinkney has recruited Ross Davis, to be his chief mechanic. Davis, a former number one mechanic at Triple Eight Engineering on the Vectra's, will be in charge of the preparation of the car and the team will maintain close ties with Triple Eight Engineering over the course of the season.
Andrew Dean meanwhile will return to his position of team manager, having last undertaken the role in 2006 for Pinkney's best BTCC campaign to date with Motorbase and the Honda Integra.
The team are aiming to undertake a comprehensive testing program as soon as the engine is made available to them.
“Time spent testing the car pre-season will be very important both for David and the team,” said Dean. “Ross will play a major role in the team as he has the knowledge and expertise on the car and the rest of the team will need the testing time to work with him”.
It will come as no surprise that the car will sport a typical Pinkney livery which the team plan to unveil at the Autosport show in January - subject to the finalising of sponsorship deals.