The British Automobile Racing Club has welcomed the news that former double champions Fabrizio Giovanardi and Alain Menu are to return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2014, forecasting a 'blockbuster' season ahead.

Following Menu's deal to race for Team BMR this year, it was confirmed on Tuesday that fellow erstwhile BTCC title-winner Giovanardi is also set to rejoin the fray after inking an agreement with Airwaves Racing [see separate story - HERE].

"The BTCC is the jewel in the BARC's crown, and over the years, it has provided some real edge-of-the-seat, breathtaking entertainment," said BARC business manager Ian Watson. "This year, there will be at least six champions on the starting grid, and with a field that looks set to be filled to capacity again, fans are in for a blockbuster season.

"We are delighted that BARC circuits play host to two of the ten rounds on the schedule, and both Thruxton and Croft invariably generate superb wheel-to-wheel, doorhandle-to-doorhandle racing. We are very much looking forward to seeing Alain and Fabrizio getting stuck in once more - and who knows, perhaps back on the top step of the podium, too."

BTCC competitors will feature in the Thruxton test on 18 February, with the championship's 2014 campaign set to kick off at Brands Hatch on 29-30 March.

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