BTC Racing and Michael Crees part ways before season opener

BTC Racing have announced that they have parted ways with Michael Crees, just one week before Round 1 of the season begins.

The announcement comes unexpectedly for BTCC fans, as the pair enjoyed a strong 2020 campaign in which Crees won the Jack Sears Trophy.

A statement read: “Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship team BTC Racing regrets to announce it has parted ways with driver Michael Crees ahead of the start of the 2021 season.

“Crees, who was set to contest the new BTCC campaign in the No.777 Honda Civic Type-R FK8, will no longer be participating in the championship and leaves the Brackley team – with which he won the Jack Sears Trophy last year – on amicable terms.

“BTC Racing’s preparations for the new 30-round touring car season continue apace with drivers Josh Cook and Jade Edwards ahead of the first event of 2021, at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire, over the weekend 8th/9th May.

“A replacement driver will be announced in the next few days, prior to Thruxton.”

The news comes just over a week after the BTCC’s season launch at Silverstone, where the 37-year-old ended the day third on the timesheets.

In a statement, BTC Racing Owner Steve Dudman said it’s “a shame” that the partnership has come to an abrupt end.

“On behalf of everyone at BTC Racing, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Michael for his participation with the team in the British Touring Car Championship,” he said.

“It’s a shame the partnership isn’t continuing, but we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

With just over a week until the cars take to the grid for the first race of the year, eyes will be on who BTC Racing appoint as their third driver.