Volkswagen Racing Cup points leader Aaron Mason will make his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship debut this weekend at Oulton Park, after it was confirmed he has agreed a deal with the team.

The Doncaster-based racer - who leads the VW Cup standings thanks to four wins in the opening six rounds of the year - will replace regular James Kaye for the fourth round of the campaign. Kaye will miss the event due to a last minute business commitment that he was unable to reschedule.

Mason's deal to compete in the BTCC this weekend is the latest move in an on-going relationship with West Thurrock-based, who are one of the supporters of his programme in the Volkswagen Racing Cup.

The 33-year-old is the most successful driver in the history of the series in terms of race victories with no fewer than 15 to his name, and he will now aim to impress when he swaps his regular VW Scirocco R for's turbo-powered VW Golf.

As with Kaye, Mason will be competing in the newly-introduced Jack Sears Trophy, where he will aim to challenge for honours amongst those drivers using older Super 2000-spec machinery.

"I'm really excited about the chance to get behind the wheel of a touring car this weekend," he said. "I already have a relationship with from the VW Cup, and when the chance to race the Golf came along, I wasn't going to turn it down. Getting to the BTCC is the kind of thing I could only dream of when I started racing five years ago, so I'm glad to have the opportunity to give it a go.

"I think I can be competitive despite it being my first time in the car, although I'm not going to go into the weekend expecting too much as I know it is a big step up. Ultimately, the first aim has to be to secure three finishes from the weekend, but if I could finish in the top three in the Jack Sears Trophy, then it would be fantastic.

"My main focus this season is to win the Volkswagen Racing Cup but it'll be interesting to see how I get on this weekend, and who knows where it might lead for 2014." team principal Shaun Hollamby - who competed in the Volkswagen Racing Cup himself earlier in his career - said he was pleased to give Mason the chance to make his debut in the BTCC, and insisted he was confident that he could do a solid job, despite his lack of time at the wheel of his new car.

"Unfortunately, James has a last minute business commitment he couldn't reschedule which means that he isn't able to race at Oulton Park, but at the same time, it's fantastic that we're able to give Aaron the opportunity to make his BTCC debut," he added. "We know him well from the Volkswagen Racing Cup, where he has really shown himself to be one of the stand out drivers over the last few years. He was keen to see what touring cars was all about, so this is the ideal opportunity for him to get in the car and give it a go.

"The key thing for Aaron is to get three finishes and we don't expect fireworks given it will be his first time in the car with no prior testing. I have no doubt that if he was in the car longer term, he would be a contender for the Jack Sears Trophy, but this weekend is all experience and if we are able to come away from the weekend with some silverware, then it will be a huge bonus."



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