Mini champion James Gornall has joined Trade Price Cars Racing, completing their line-up for the 2020 British Touring Car Championship.
The team recently announced that Bobby Thompson will be joining the team for next season, and have now confirmed that Gornall will switch to the BTCC from the Mini championship, completing an all-new line-up for the Audi team.
The 35-year-old won his first championship in 2003, securing the Formula Renault 2.0 title, before following it up with the 2008 British GT title in the GT3 class and the BMW Compact Championship title in 2016.
He subsequently moved to the Mini Challenge in 2018, taking part in three races, before joining the series full-time last year, where he won the championship, taking five victories, in addition to 13 podiums.
Speaking about the announcement, Gornall said: “When I decided to enter the MINI Challenge last season, it was with the aim of learning the skills required to move into British Touring Cars in the future, as I’d never raced in front wheel drive before.
“The test I did in the Focus as a reward for winning the title only increased my desire to join the grid, as I felt comfortable straight away and knew that I would be able to do myself justice.
“I’ve known Dan for a few years from our time racing against each other in the Compact Cup, and we had a chat about his plans for the touring cars with the Audis twelve months ago at the Autosport Show.
“I’ve kept a keen interest in how things have been going since then, and it’s great that I’m now going to be part of the team for my debut season in the BTCC.
“As a driver you always want to win races and if you don’t go into a new season feeling you can win, then you won’t do.
“The team has shown that it can fight for victories and that has to be my target in 2020; to fight for silverware and to challenge for both the Independents’ title and the Jack Sears Trophy.”
Despite being a rookie to the series, Trade Price Cars Racing team owner, Dan Kirby believes that Gornall possesses all the qualities to help the team improve and challenge for regular points.
“On the back of our 2019 season, there was a lot of interest in the Audis and a lot of speculation about who would be at the wheel, and I’m really pleased to now welcome James into the team.” commented Kirby.
“I’ve raced against him in the past, and you only have to look at the success he has enjoyed in his career to date to see what a talented driver he is.
“As a newcomer to the series, James is a driver who fans might not be too familiar with.
“However, I’m confident that they will soon see what James can do when the season gets underway as you don’t become a six-time British champion in a range of disciplines without being a quick driver.
“James has a winning mentality, and I’m looking forward to seeing him make his mark on the BTCC during his maiden season.”