Tony Gilham will continue his assault on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after securing the backing needed to contest the second round of the season.
The Triple Eight driver enjoyed an impressive debut at Brands Hatch – where he finished as top rookie in all three races – but looked like missing out on a Donington appearance after a potential sponsorship deal fell through.
However, with team sponsor Collins Contractors increasing its financial commitment and additional backers being found, Gilham will be able to take his place on the grid for rounds four, five and six this weekend.
“First of all I have to record my sincere thanks to Phil Lavender, MD of Collins Contractors,” he said. “When the major deal I thought I had came unstuck, he was the first to step in and help out. Sarah at Sponsorship Bidder has been a real help and I have to mention the fans too. Since Brands the number signing up to my fanzone and our competitions has been fantastic. I appreciate their support very much.”
Team-mate James Nash meanwhile goes to Donington Park aiming to build on an impressive Brands Hatch weekend, where he claimed a podium finish on Triple Eight's first meeting running an NGTC-spec turbo engine in its Vauxhall Vectra.
“I'm really looking forward to Donington,” he said. “We had a great first weekend at Brands Hatch scoring a podium in the first race and running strongly in the other two. We hadn't had much opportunity to go testing beforehand and so the best thing for me to take away from Brands was the fact that we learnt so much about the car and in particular, the turbo engine we're using for the first time this season.”