Aron Smith has put pen to paper on a contract extension with Team BMR, one that will see him remain with the outfit through to the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The Irishman has enjoyed an impressive season driving the outfit's Chrome Edition Restart Racing Volkswagen CC, picking up a pair of wins already at Oulton Park and most recently at Snetterton.
Following on from that win at Snetterton, which saw Smith produce a masterclass in defensive driving from former team-mate Mat Jackson, he has opted to agree a new deal with Team BMR to drive the improving VW well before the end of the 2014 season.
“I couldn't be happier with the news; I feel completely at home at Team BMR,” he said. “This has all come about very early but it has put us in a great position for next season; everything we achieve before the end of this year is an added bonus. I truly believe that this is only the beginning of our journey together and to say I'm excited to see what we can achieve is an understatement.”
Part of an ambitious four man squad that also includes former champion Alain Menu, Jack Goff and team owner-driver Warren Scott, the latter is delighted to have firmed some of his 2015 plans well in advance.
“The season so far has been way above our expectations and I am extremely pleased,” said Scott. “I'm also delighted to have signed up Aron for next season as we want to continue to build on the continuity and momentum we've gained so far.
“Everyone has done a fantastic job, particularly the team behind the scenes. Aron sees the progress we've made and we see the development and potential in him – now our expectations have been raised a little and we want to go further together.
“Aron has been consistently fast this season and has also shown his mettle under extreme pressure, like with his win at Snetterton, and I have been very impressed. It's a real sign of a champion and for me it's a case of 'when' not 'if' with Aron.
“As a team we're not just here to make up the numbers. I'm not saying we're going to win the title next year but ultimately that is what we're here to do in the future. We're collecting a lot of data and experience this year, which can only help us to improve again in 2015, and in the years to come we want to be serious title contenders.
“It is therefore fantastic to have already re-signed a race-winner for our team next season. Aron is completely focused on the job and alongside the team will continue to work hard for success.”
Smith is currently classified ninth in the BTCC standings after six events, ahead of prestigious team-mate Menu.