Tom Boardman has announced plans to enter the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at the wheel of the Seat Leon TSi which he raced for Sunred in the 2009 FIA World Touring Car Championship.

26 year old Boardman, from Preston, Lancashire took a single independents win in the WTCC, in the second race at Brands Hatch. Tom finished fifth overall in the Yokohama Independents Trophy.

The 2010 BTCC Campaign sees Tom race for the newly set up team, Special Tuning (UK), and they are in discussions with drivers with regards to the second car.

After the announcement that Tom was to return to the BTCC after a 7 year absence, he had this to say: “Although the decision to contest the BTCC came quite late, I'm really looking forward to 2010, as I have missed racing in the UK for a few years now.

“It's going to be difficult with the number of experienced drivers that will continue in the BTCC this year, but we have set our targets high.”

The tie up between Boardman and Club Seat will mean that the car will end up in a number of less familiar surroundings as part of some new marketing activities.

Before the WTCC graduation with Sunred, Boardman had been in the SEAT Eurocup, and made his WTCC debut at Estoril in 2008, after his impressive performances in the Seat Eurocup.

Tom's last full time campaign in the UK was in 2005, when he won the Seat Cupra Championship, and did a half season in 2007, again in the Seat Cupra Championship.

Keep checking back at TCF for an interview with Tom Boardman, on his WTCC Experience and his expectations for the 2010 season.