Wilmot replaces Butel for Brands Hatch finale on medical grounds

EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars has confirmed Andy Wilmot will replace Jack Butel for the finale after suffering a concussion from an accident at Donington Park.

Andy Wilmot will return to the British Touring Car Championship since 2015 to race at his home circuit for the first time, in a Hyundai i30 N.

Team regular Jack Butel has been ruled out of the Brands Hatch GP weekend after experiencing the effects of concussion from a crash at the last rounds at Donington Park.

Although he is not set to race, Butel will be present at the weekend with the team.

Butel said: “Although I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to take part this weekend, the year has been a hugely positive one for me and I think I’ve made a massive amount of progress.

“I’ve scored multiple points finishes, won a Jack Sears Trophy and set a purple sector time which have all been huge achievements, and I hope that it can give me a platform to come back again in 2022 and challenge for the Jack Sears title (which was claimed dominantly by Daniel Rowbottom).

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Andy Wilmot added: “This is a massively unexpected opportunity, but one that I am looking forward to as it will give me a chance to go out there and compete in the BTCC with a decent car underneath me, which hasn’t been the case in the past.

“I want to go out there and enjoy myself and I’m not going to set any wild targets as the rest of the field has been racing all season and I’m coming in at the last minute.

“If I can stay with the pack, get involved and make up some ground in the races then it will be a job well done.”

One of his teammates, Tom Ingram, remains to be in the fight for the outright championship title which will be decided this weekend.

The 41-year-old will draw from his experience in the now-defunct Renault Clio Cup UK Trophy and the Volkswagen Racing Cup.

The Brands Hatch GP finale takes place this weekend on 22-24 October.