Fan-funded race team YourRacingCar.com has announced that it will join the grid to make its high-profile debut in the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone later this month.
YourRacingCar was initially conceived – as all good ideas are – on the back of a beer mat, with the team spending recent years competing in the Ginetta G50 Championship and Renault Clio Cup. The main idea behind the ambitious initiative is to allow fans a greater involvement in motorsport, with those who sign up as YRC members benefitting from a raft of offers whilst also getting their picture on the team's race car.
In order to give those fans greater exposure – and as a prelude to long-term plans to move into the BTCC in 2011 – YourRacingCar has now agreed a deal with the Special Tuning UK team which will see it field a SEAT Leon in the colours of YRC members at Silverstone, with the car to be driven by Phil Glew, who already has experience in the championship from his outing with Triple Eight Racing earlier this season, securing a brace of top ten finishes during the Thruxton curtain-raiser.
What's more, last year's Renault Clio Cup title-winner benefitted from working alongside multiple touring car champion Fabrizio Giovanardi
over the course of the Hampshire weekend, and he is now hoping to use the knowledge he gained to give YourRacingCar reason to cheer.
“This is a big jump for YourRacingCar and it is a good opportunity for me to build a relationship with YRC for the future, as the BTCC is where I want to be,” the 27-year-old affirmed. “I have been successful in other championships, and British Touring Cars is the next step. I'm the reigning Clio Cup Champion, so it works well to be joining forces with a team that is moving up from the Clio Cup and it is thanks to my sponsors at Glasurit, 3 in 1 and WD-40 that we have been able to team up with YourRacingCar to make this possible.
“YourRacingCar is a fantastic and exciting concept as it gives fans the opportunity to have added involvement with a team, and if we can go out there and get a good result, it will be a massive bonus to them. If I was a fan, then YourRacingCar is certainly something I'd want to be involved in.”
As if moving into the BTCC isn't exciting enough for YourRacingCar and its members, the team will also become the first to run the series' Next Generation Touring Car Engine in something other than a Vauxhall Vectra. The new turbocharged two-litre powerplant is a key component in the future direction of the series as it seeks to bring down the costs involved in the sport, with YRC set to play a vital role in its continued development.
“The new engine will be an unknown for us, so we aren't completely sure where we stand going into the weekend,” conceded Glew. “We know it isn't going to be easy, but it is good for us to be involved in the development of the NGTC engine.
“As a racing driver, I always go out on-track to win, but it is important for us not to be unrealistic in our aims with what is an unproven package. Initially we want to be inside the top ten, but with hard work and some luck on our side, I believe that the top six is an achievable target. Our main aim for the weekend is to get good publicity for everyone – fans and sponsors alike – who are involved in the programme.”