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Smiley joins EXCELR8 in Hyundai for 2020 BTCC

Monday, February 10 2020

Kwik Fit British Touring Car race-winner Chris Smiley will join EXCELR8 Motorsport in this year's championship after penning a deal to drive the outfit's new Hyundai i30 N Performance.

Smiley moves to EXCELR8 following a successful three-year-stint at BTC Racing in which he established himself as a regular points-scorer. Smiley joins Senna Proctor in the two-car line-up as the squad enters its newly-built machinery for the first time after contesting the 2019 season with a pair of older MGs. 

Smiley said: "I'm very excited to be joining EXCELR8 Motorsport for the new season. It is going to be a good challenge to work with the team and bring Hyundai into the BTCC as a new marque.

"I know the team at EXCELR8 have made an incredible effort with the new car over the winter months and have strengthened their engineering capabilities and brought in some very talented people to work on the project. Developing a new car is always a great challenge, and to do it with a brand that has a tremendous passion for motorsport like Hyundai means this is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved to create something really special.

"The BTCC is an ultra-competitive championship and being a race winner in the series I know that I can mix it at the sharp end of the series. I fully believe that this new project will allow me to do that, and I am more motivated than ever to make this new partnership a success - not just for one season but as a long-term plan for us both."

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