Mark Busfield is to leave his role as team manager of the Chevrolet World Touring Car Championship outfit at the end of the season.

Busfield will leave RML - the team behind the Chevrolet entry - to take up the post of managing director with sportscar outfit CRS Racing.

He will make the switch on 1 December, following the conclusion of the WTCC season in Macau.

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"This is great opportunity for us to step up a gear at CRS," he said. "The team has an excellent track record, a state-of-the-art technical centre and a solid infrastructure.

"That, combined with my experience and the passion to succeed of Chris Niarchos and Andrew Kirkaldy, means we can take CRS into the wider motorsport arena!"

Busfield's appointment comes after the departure of Malcolm Swetnam from his role as team manager, and is the what the team refers to as 'the first part of the puzzle' as it prepares for the future - with plans to expand beyond the racing programmes undertaken in 2009.

"CRS is on the threshold of revealing extensive plans for 2010 and beyond," said team principal Chris Niarchos. "As a team we have come a long way in a very short space of time. Next year we will enter two, if not three, international championships and two domestic championships.

"In addition to this we are working hard to establish ourselves as a high level technical partner in some exciting motorsport projects. We needed someone with extensive experience in this arena and that is why we chose Mark Busfield."

CRS campaigned cars in the FIA GT and GT3 Championships as well as Formula Renault UK this season.