As we edge closer to the end of our 2021 BTCC Team Previews, our writers look at the Team Dynamics squad and their chances this season.
Team Dynamics enter this season with a loss of their Honda manufacturer backing after 15 years, but ensue a new driver line-up with Honda Civic Type R FK8 machinery.
Three-time champion Gordon Shedden makes his BTCC comeback with the very team he got those titles at, and Dan Rowbottom will debut alongside the veteran.
See our BTCC 2021 Team Previews so far:
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: Power Maxed Racing
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: BTC Racing
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: MB Motorsport
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: Motorbase Performance
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: Ciceley Motorsport
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: Team HARD Racing
- BTCC 2021 Team Preview: Laser Tools Racing
Team Dynamics have an exciting year ahead of them, with an all-new driver line-up in the form of Gordon Shedden and Daniel Rowbottom.
The news earlier in the year that Dan Cammish would not race with the team this year shocked the BTCC world, but Matt Neal’s team are looking good to fight at the front.
Shedden makes an exciting return to the series after a three-year absence from the grid, and will be hopeful that he can put up a fight for his fourth BTCC championship.
Rowbottom also returns to the grid after being forced to take a sabbatical last year, the 32-year-old made his debut in the BTCC in 2019 with Ciceley Motorsport, scoring five points with the team and ending the year 28th overall.
It might take the Kidderminster driver a few races to get up to speed with the Honda Civic Type R, but once he does, I think Rowbottom will be in for a strong year.
I believe we’ll see Shedden at the front of the pack once again, and we could see the 42-year-old be in a good position to take the championship in 2021.
Team Dynamics are replacing one of the BTCC’s most recognisable names in Dan Cammish for the 2021 season. Dan Rowbottom is the driver replacing Cammish, Rowbottom completed his first BTCC campaign with Cicely Motorsport back in 2019.
Rowbottom was forced away from the championship after 2019, however the Worcestershire-based Brit returns this year, keen to make an explosive return to the series.
Gordon Shedden is making his return to the series as well this year, the 42-year-old currently sits fifth on the all-time winners list in the BTCC’s extensive history of competitors having secured 48 victories in his career up until he departed the championship at the end of the 2017 campaign.
Overall, Team Dynamics are a team that has a lot of potential on one side of the garage, and years of race winning experience on the other. The new season is looking bright, if everything goes to plan for them.
Team Dynamics were one of the strongest forces out the independent outfits in last year’s narrative.
First and foremost, a great return from ‘Flash’ himself. Shedden will be keen to get back into his rhythm that he left back at the end of 2017. Needless to say, the fans are delighted to see him return but it will undoubtedly be a notable positive for the team – especially with Cammish now gone to Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
I look forward to seeing Shedden get up to speed with the FK8 Civic Type R and I am sure we will see him step onto the podium more than once this year.
Due to the parting of Cammish and Matt Neal becoming the Director at the team, a perfect opportunity stands for Dan Rowbottom to return to the championship. He has one of the best drivers to learn within the team, a race-winning FK8 package underneath him, and breather to return after a year out in NASCAR.
Understandably, he might not be sweeping up race victories this season, but his priorities will be qualifying into the midfield and striving for points finishes.
He will be one of the main contenders for the Jack Sears Trophy title so will have to get the hang of overtaking in the hectic BTCC environment he returns to.