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Brett Smith confirms BTCC return with Eurotech

Tuesday, February 13 2018

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship squad Eurotech Racing has confirmed that Brett Smith will complete its driver line-up for the 2018 season, which gets underway at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

Brett is the son of Eurotech driver and Team Principal Jeff Smith, who was sidelined by injuries sustained in qualifying at Croft. Smith junior made his BTCC debut at Snetterton and scored points in the third race before just missing out on a top ten finish in the penultimate round at Brands Hatch, having topped the second practice session.

Smith dovetailed his BTCC duties with a successful MINI CHALLENGE JCW campaign in which he was crowned champion. The 25-year-old will join race-winner Jack Goff and Matt Simpson in the squad's Honda Civic Type Rs as it targets the independent teams' and drivers' titles.

"Obviously the circumstances around me coming into the BTCC weren't ideal," said Brett. "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."

"The BTCC is a monumental step up from any other UK championship," added Eurotech Team Principal Jeff Smith. "With Brett having had no testing in the Honda Civic Type R, we were initially quite conservative on car set up.

"Whilst I have always been aware of Brett's natural talent as a driver, I like many others were taken aback by just how quickly he got to grips with BTCC. As we saw in Free Practice at the final race weekend at Brands, he was fully committed.

"Unfortunately in qualifying, he was caught out by the rapidly changing conditions. Had this not happened, I'm sure he would have been right at the sharp end and would have got his maiden podium. Given this success, I see no reason for Brett not to be challenging very hard this year and look forward to seeing him on the podium."

Tickets for all MSV BTCC rounds in 2018 are on sale now, with free admission for under-13s. For a list of all events, click here.