For 23-year old former Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year Smith, 2013 also makes a welcome return to the Motorbase squad for his second season. The Irishman impressed during the closing rounds the 2012 season in particular, picking up his maiden race win at the season finale at Brands Hatch.
“Your first season is always a tricky one because you're very conscious that you need to prove yourself, so that was an added bit of pressure,” Smith said, “The best part about last season was being with Motorbase, everyone made me feel right at home and helped me to develop into a touring car driver.
“To return to for a second season with Motorbase is what I always wanted, so fingers crossed I can give them the results that they deserve. I don't think people realise how big a transition it is into the BTCC, so it's nice to know I don't have as big a learning curve ahead of me this year and that everyone at Motorbase is behind me.
“I think this season will be a great one to be part of as all the major teams have converted to the NGTC regulations which can only mean one thing - some great racing! Before Christmas, I got my first taster of the NGTC focus and was blown away by it. Since then the team have been flat out developing it even further, so I can't wait to start testing once again.”