GKR TradePriceCars.com has confirmed that multiple Clio Cup Trophy champion Paul Rivett will debut in the BTCC at the final two events of this season.
Rivett will be replacing James Gornall, who will not drive for the remainder of the season, in his Audi S3 at the final two race weekends at Snetterton and Brands Hatch.
Gornall claimed the team’s best finish with a seventh-placed finish at Brands Hatch, the highest finish for a rookie driver amongst the past two seasons.
Rivett said: “It’s no secret that I have always wanted to race in the BTCC and at the age of 42, I know I’m not getting any younger.
“My mother sadly passed away earlier this year and it really made me realise that I can’t let time pass by, and that I had to try and make it happen.”
The team are aiming for the four-time Clio Cup Trophy Champion to fight for the Jack Sears Trophy, with Gornall having claimed one of the three victories earlier this year.
Bobby Thompson currently leads the Jack Sears Trophy standings on 240 points, whilst Gornall holds sixth.
“My goal is to use these two weekends to show what I can do,” he continued.
“I’ve always adapted quite well to new cars and the aim will be to get quicker every time I go out on track and look to keep progressing forwards.
“It’s a shame that I’m not able to also race at Croft this weekend (due to a prior commitment), but I’ll be cheering Bobby [Thompson] and the team on and look forward to joining him on track.”
Joint-Team Principal Andy Wilmot said: “It’s a shame that James [Gornall] won’t be racing with us for the remainder of the season as he has been a popular member of the team.
“But at the same time, we’re delighted to be able to give Paul the opportunity to join the grid for the final two rounds.”
Wilmot expressed his confidence in Paul ahead of the Snetterton and Brands Hatch weekends, as his drivers will be set to fight for the Jack Sears Trophy title.