Parfitt Jr completes EXCELR8 line-up for 2021

EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars have announced multiple British GT Championship winner Rick Parfitt Jr as the teams fourth driver for the 2021 BTCC season.

The musician ventures into a new series of racing in the form of the BTCC, after a lengthy career in the British GT Championship.

The Surrey racer was crowned GT4 champion in 2013, before winning the GT3 championship in the 2017 season, becoming the only driver to win both the GT4 and GT3 categories in the British GT.

After sitting out the 2020 campaign due to Crohn’s disease, Parfitt Jr will use his place in the BTCC to raise awareness for the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

“After undergoing major surgery for Crohn’s disease in early 2020, the last 12 months have provided me with a chance to get myself in better physical shape than ever before,” Parfitt Jr said.

“And I hope to use this season to show people in a similar position to me that Crohn’s shouldn’t be a barrier towards doing anything they want to do in life.

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“Throughout my career in the music industry, I have loved the opportunity to go out and entertain people, and entertainment is what the BTCC is all about.

“There is so much energy and buzz around the series and even before doing this deal, the reactions from fans to the possibility of me racing has been fantastic.

The 46-year-old joins EXCELR8 to race alongside Tom Ingram, Chris Smiley and Jack Butel in 2021.

Team Owner Justina Williams added: “Rick’s performances in the British GT Championship in recent years have been hugely impressive, particularly when you consider the competitive nature of the field.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him develop as a touring car driver this year, and am confident that he will be able to make his mark on the BTCC as the season goes on.”

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