Michael Crees has confirmed that he will remain in the British Touring Car Championship in 2020, after signing with BTC Racing.
Crees made his debut in the championship last year, racing for Team HARD, and ended the season 26th in the driver’s standings, achieving a best result of ninth in the final race at Silverstone.
The 36-year-old will now swap the Volkswagen CC for a FK8-generation Honda Civic Type R, as he targets to fight for regular top ten finishes, after BTC Racing had a strong season, ending the year fourth in the teams’ standings.
Speaking about the announcement, Crees said: “In the last couple of weeks it was looking increasingly likely that I’d missed the boat to get a spot on the British Touring Car Championship grid in 2020, but this deal with BTC Racing came up at exactly the right time and I’m over the moon.
“BTC Racing have proven over the last couple of years that they are one of the top teams on the grid, while for me, the Honda Civic FK8 is the best front-wheel drive car on the grid.
“Together, it’s a package that offers me a great chance to work my way up the grid this year.
“It’s going to be a big challenge for me to get to grips with a new car again and get into the battle for regular points finishes in one of the most competitive series in the world, but it’s an opportunity I’m relishing and I can’t wait to get stuck into the action.”
Crees’ signing means that BTC has now completed its 2020 line-up, with the team previously announcing that Josh Cook and Tom Chilton have signed for the Brackley based squad, and Team Principal, Bert Taylor, believes that it will Crees will be able to learn a lot, teaming up with two experienced drivers in the series.
“I think this is an exciting signing for BTC Racing.” aded Taylor.
“Michael joining us completes what I believe is a very strong line-up for 2020.
“It’s a great opportunity to give a rookie driver the chance to come and learn his craft in a top-flight team and car.
“Although he’s relatively new to the grid, he brings great energy to the team and willingness to improve.
“He should learn a lot from Josh and Tom, and will benefit greatly from working with them.
“I feel sure that the three of them will work well together and we can look forward to lots of success as a team.”