Andy Wilmot will compete in the full 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season with Welch Motorsport.

Having taken part in the Rockingham rounds of BTCC 2013, the VW Cup racer has been working on a full-time return to the series. With no previous experience of the car at Rockingham, Wilmot made significant progress over the course of the weekend to score three top twenty results and admits he will have plenty to learn ahead of his full season debut with Welch Motorsport.

"It's a dream come true for me - the reality has not really sunk in yet!" Wilmot said. "I certainly have a lot to learn, but over the winter months with the test schedule planned and in a car that is very well sorted handling-wise, I think Dan and John [Welch] will get the best out of me. The team has a lot of experience in the BTCC, and having watched the guys over the past year, everything is coming together nicely to drive the #12 car.

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"I still have a part of the budget to find but the support I am getting from my sponsors is outstanding. Everybody is as excited as myself, and we fully understand it is a big step up to the top touring car series, but I have a lot of racing experience and am willing to learn. Exiting times lie ahead and I just can't wait to get going!"

John Welch, Team Principal of Welch Motorsport, said it was pleasing that Wilmot was keen to join the team after a tough 2014 season as the team finished 20th in the teams' championship.

"I'm delighted that Andy has shown faith in us, we certainly did not have the best year with developing our own engines - Ollie [Jackson] and Dan [Welch] were so patient with us and it was rather humbling," Welch said. "For next season the organisers are evaluating the engine parity regulations and this certainly will make a big difference.

"As yet we have not taken the decision which way we will go with the engine - using the TOCA unit or our own - and we won't make the choice until we have completed the dyno program with updated components and electronics that has been underway since the season finished with XtecR.

"Andy fits in well with us and has been working very hard to pull this deal together, it's our intention to ensure he is fully competitive and also enjoys his first complete season in the championship."