Third in the line of our 2021 BTCC Team Previews, our writers give their thoughts on BTC Racing and their chances in the upcoming season.
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The BTC Racing squad ended the 2020 season confidently with a third place in the Independent Teams’ standings, a Jack Sears Trophy title, and three race victories.
BTC Racing, in my opinion, have one of the most exciting line-ups on the BTCC grid this year, retaining Josh Cook and Michael Crees, and taking on Jade Edwards, who will contest her first full season in the series.
Cook will enter 2021 looking to mount a serious title battle against his rivals this year, especially after a strong second half of the 2020 campaign, with three victories and a pole position under his belt.
Crees will also be confident of having a good year ahead of him.
The 37-year-old will contest his second BTCC season, and his fifth as a racing car driver, meaning he has the experience to become a consistent driver towards the front of the grid. Not only this, but the Kent-born racer was crowned winner of the 2020 Jack Sears Trophy, so confidence will no doubt be high coming into this season.
Edwards will be keen on getting a great start in her first full year in the BTCC, and I believe we will see the 31-year-old come out strongly, especially as the year goes on.
Overall, I think BTC will have a strong year, and it would be unwise to suggest they won’t be consistently fighting at the front.
Few teams in the history of the British Touring Car Championship have had a better start in life than BTC Racing have managed to achieve. Continued investment from businessman Steve Dudman allowed the team to successfully compete at the front of the grid in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The 2021 season is shaping up to be another brilliant showing from the team with Josh Cook looking at a potential title challenge; Michael Crees, backed up by Jade Edwards, are going to have their eyes set on podiums and the Jack Sears trophy respectively.
Crees is coming off the back of a Jack Sears Trophy title in his 2020 season, so the expectation for him to perform and compete at the front is white hot.
Jade Edwards is the new addition to the team, having shown her obvious ability throughout her junior career, Edwards was given the opportunity to drive for Power Maxed Racing in their experimental car towards the end of the 2020 season. She managed to competently race and successfully beat much more experienced touring car drivers.
Therefore, in my mind, her seat is more than deserved.
Just like Adam, I see this team with one of the most exciting line-ups. And that really means something in the ultra-competitive field we are treated to this year.
Josh Cook tasted three race victories plus a podium at the Donington opening round last year. Needless to say, I expect for him to continue his form to challenge for victories in his third season with the team.
As for the current Jack Sears Trophy title winner, Michael Crees, I look forward to seeing him pushing for regular points finishes in the top-10 that will likely stand as the team’s minimum expectations of him.
With the same Honda Civic Type R FK8 package as last season, obviously proven to be a multiple race-winning car, he must be aiming for a few podiums to establish his place in the team.
Last but not least is Jade Edwards. Her BTCC debut last year at Silverstone impressed me seeing her show how to fight amongst the thick of it in that PMR Vauxhall Astra. Her performance during that weekend was enough to earn a full-time drive in the BTCC.
I expect her to be fighting in the top-15 points threshold to really contend for the Jack Sears Trophy, and to use this season as an authentic dive into the championship.