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Champion James Gornall joins BTCC grid for 2020

Thursday, January 09 2020

James Gornall, 2019 MINI CHALLENGE JCW champion and frequent PalmerSport instructor, will make his British Touring Car Championship debut this year with Trade Price Cars Racing.

The former MSV FIA Formula 2 Championship coordinator will fill the seat of the second Audi S3 alongside recent signing Bobby Thompson in the teams' second year of competition within the UK's premier tin-top series.

Gornall brings with him a wealth of experience with the multiple karting champion also enjoying championship victory in British GT's premier GT3 division. Last year Gornall secured a total of five wins and 13 podiums on his way to lifting the drivers' trophy in the MINI CHALLENGE JCW series in just his first year of racing in front-wheel-drive machinery. The accomplishment landed him a test in a Motorbase prepared BTCC Ford Focus RS at Snetterton at the end of last season.

Gornall said: "When I decided to enter the MINI Challenge last season, it was with the aim of learning the skills required to move into British Touring Cars in the future, as I'd never raced in front-wheel drive before. The test I did in the Focus as a reward for winning the title only increased my desire to join the grid, as I felt comfortable straight away and knew that I would be able to do myself justice.

"As a driver, you always want to win races and if you don't go into a new season feeling you can win, then you won't do. The team has shown that it can fight for victories and that has to be my target in 2020; to fight for silverware and to challenge for both the Independents' title and the Jack Sears Trophy."

Trade Price Cars' team owner Dan Kirby said: "I'm really pleased to now welcome James into the team. I've raced against him in the past, and you only have to look at the success he has enjoyed in his career to date to see what a talented driver he is.

"As a newcomer to the series, James is a driver who fans might not be too familiar with. However, I'm confident that they will soon see what James can do when the season gets underway as you don't become a six-time British champion in a range of disciplines without being a quick driver. James has a winning mentality, and I'm looking forward to seeing him make his mark on the BTCC during his maiden season."

Tickets for all MSV rounds of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship are on sale now. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.