American driver Robb Holland has been lined up to replace Simon Belcher at Handy Motorsport for the next three events in the British Touring Car Championship.

The 47-year-old became the first American to compete in the BTCC on a full-time basis last year driving for Rotek Racing in an Audi S3 and will step in for Belcher at Snetterton, Knockhill and Rockingham with the backing of long-time sponsor Oakley Motorsports.

Belcher confirmed he would be moving aside after Croft due to financial reasons and will remain as Handy Motorsport team principal while Holland competes for the team. The Swindon driver will then return to racing for the final two rounds of the season at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

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Holland is delighted to be handed a shot at returning to the BTCC but is well aware it'll be a tough challenge to be competitive jumping into the Toyota Avensis which he has never raced in before.

"It will be tough jumping back into the championship halfway through the season," Holland said. "The Avensis looks to be a really good car and the team is strong as well. I am sure they'll help me get up to speed quickly and we can make some good progress."

Belcher confirms the temporary driver change will add stability to the team's financial position and welcomes the Denver-born driver with open arms.

"He's exactly the sort of driver we wanted and everyone at the team is looking forward to working with him for the first time," Belcher said. "We wanted someone with BTCC experience and a desire to try and help the team move forward, and Robb fits the bill perfectly. We can't wait to see how he gets on at Snetterton."