Brett Smith has been named as Eurotech Racing’s third and final driver for its 2018 British Touring Car Championship line-up having retained his place after taking over from father Jeff Smith midway through 2017.

The younger Smith replaced the team principal after he was sidelined by injuries sustained from an accident at Croft. Despite having to combine his 2017 Mini title challenge with BTCC the 25-year-old excelled by sealing the BTCC support series title along with four points finishes over his five-round outing last year.

As a result, Smith has been handed a full-time Eurotech Racing drive alongside the already announced Matt Simpson and Jack Goff for the 2018 BTCC campaign. Smith is relishing the opportunity and is eager to build upon his early experience in the series to challenge for top spot honours.

“Obviously the circumstances around me coming into the BTCC weren’t ideal,” Smith said. “It would have been great to share the grid with my Dad as I have done in the Mini Challenge, though we are all still hoping that can be realised with a swift recovery.

“Nevertheless, it’s always been a dream of mine to race in the BTCC. It has a rich history, and it’s an unrivalled spectacle but for me it’s the challenge of beating 31 other drivers who on their day are also capable of beating you.

“There are very few other championships in the world which can lay claim to that and it’s my intention this year to build upon the steady progress I made between Snetterton to Brands Hatch and to be towards the front, challenging for podiums and, with a little bit of reverse grid luck, possibly even a win in 2018.”