Chris James says he is excited about the prospect of joining the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid after revealing that he will carry out a shakedown of his Team ES Racing Chevrolet Lacetti next week.

James, who is moving up from the Mini Challenge for the year ahead, is set to complete a shakedown test at Donington Park prior to the annual BTCC media day at Silverstone on 24 March.

The Lacetti has undergone a full service at RML prior to its on-track debut, with the team working to ensure the infrastructure required for a BTCC entry is in place before the season starts.

"The car has been to RML to have a full check-up and overhaul." says James. "As it came from Nika Racing in Sweden it was in very good condition anyway. We have just had to have a general service on items such as the lift jacks, steering rack etc. The engine is being supplied by RML, which we are excited about as this is a quality proven lump.

"It has been an interesting challenge pulling the team together, but having close links with good mechanical and electronic engineers have proven invaluable. We have done a deal with Arthur Forster of Forster MotorSport to buy his transporter and a 'turnkey' operation. We are also close to signing a deal with an experienced team manager for the season; once this is done every position is covered.

"We are looking to embrace the public and gain as many supporters as possible. The English love an underdog and that is what we will be for sure!"



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