James Nash has secured a British Touring Car Championship return in 2018 with BTC Norlin Racing in the outfit’s second Honda Civic Type R.

Nash previously competed in BTCC in 2011 with Triple 8 Racing Vauxhall and finished the campaign fifth in the drivers’ championship before making a two-year switch in to the World Touring Car Championship. After joining the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in the Blancpain Endurance Series, Nash will make his BTCC return with BTC Norlin Racing and is relishing the opportunity.

“I’m delighted to be joining BTC Norlin Racing,” the former Independents’ champion said. “We’ve been looking at opportunities over the winter and Norlin made an offer we just couldn’t refuse.

“The Honda Civic Type R has proved itself to be one of the cars to beat so I’m confident of being competitive from the get-go.”

Team Principal Bert Taylor is delighted to welcome Nash back to BTCC and is confident he can compete of rostrums from the off at the season opener at Donington Park.

“We are really excited about our prospects in the 2018 season and now have two young drivers and cars that are capable of challenging for podium places at each round,” Taylor said. “James has the character and determination to win and we are thrilled to welcome him to BTC Norlin Racing.”

Nash will team-mate the already announced Chris Smiley at BTC Norlin Racing for 2018.