The Ciceley Motorsport team will make the switch from the outgoing Mercedes-Benz A Class to the BMW 3 Series in the 2021 BTCC season.
West Surrey Racing (WSR) have been able to secure five of the six titles the BMW 330i has raced in since its first participation in the 2019 campaign.
Ciceley Motorsport have been using two outgoing outgoing Mercedes-Benz A Class entries in the BTCC since 2014, but will field two customer BMWs from WSR.
Team-mate to Jack Butel, Adam Morgan, said: “We have to look to the future. The hybrid era of the BTCC will be upon us before we know it and we must, as a team, be ready for the next challenge.
“Although our philosophy as a team is to enjoy our racing, we definitely enjoy it more when we’re winning,” having secured the team’s first and only win at Silverstone earlier this year.”
Next season will be yet another massive learning curve for us all, but we are still hungry for success.
“We now need to secure the services of a teammate, who is able to complement the team and clinch the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships.”
The BTCC is set to opt for hybrid powertrains across the grid in 2021, and Ciceley Motorsport have described their consideration across a range of models to come to the BMW 3 Series.
Russell Morgan, Ciceley Motorsport Team Principal, described the announcement to be “exciting times” to use the rear-wheel drive BMW saloons.
He also said it was an “incredibly hard decision” but complemented the outgoing efforts of [Adam] Morgan and lead engineer Steve Farrell.
Their upcoming customer BMW entries will be eligible to run until the 2023 season.
Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, said: “They are a professional team with a strong engineering mindset, so the WSR-designed-and-built cars should give them everything they need to become title challengers.
“Since the 3 Series first turned a wheel in late March last year, we’ve won five titles out of a possible six and scored 48 podiums from 57 races, which shows the quality of the base machinery.
“The team’s main title sponsors – Carlube Triple R and associate team partner Mac Tools – are also pleased by the decision and will continue their partnership with the team into the new hybrid era.