Stewart Lines has joined Houseman Racing for the upcoming British Touring Car Championship.

Lines has competed in Motocross and the Clio Cup before moving into the Volkswagen Cup and VAG Trophy series.

"I'm thrilled to sign for Houseman Racing and to be part of the BTCC," Lines said. "I know I've got a steep learning curve to get used to the unfamiliar NGTC machinery, but I'm confident that with some good solid track time, I will soon adapt to the new car and prepare to race in this illustrious championship."

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Lea Wood, the 2013 BTCC Jack Sears Champion, will assist Lines as he gets up to speed with the fresh challenge and hopes to get him up to speed as quickly as possible in the new territory that is the BTCC.

"Stewart is a very competent racing driver and is experienced in one make saloon car championships," Wood added. "This will help tremendously in his adaptation to theToyota Avensis. We are very excited to be working together in 2015."

Rob Houseman, Houseman Racing's team principal says the team plans to set up a structure which can ease Lines in the BTCC circuit support the driver as he adapts to saloon car racing.

"We are thrilled to sign Stewart for our 2015 BTCC campaign," Houseman said. "Stewart has a great history in competitive motorsport and is focussed on working hard with the team to get up to speed and be competitive quickly. We'll aid his development as a driver and aim to get him working in a structured, methodical way that is important in delivering a consistent result within the BTCC."

The team will launch its new livery at the BTCC season launch on the 24th of March.