Reigning Elf Renault Clio Cup Champion Phil Glew has today been announced at the Triple Eight Race Engineering outfit ahead of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Lincolnshire based Glew, 26, won an impressive 11 races as he claimed the Clio Cup crown with 3 races to go, and will be locking horns again with his 2009 Clio rival, Alex MacDowall, who has been confirmed at Silverline Chevrolet, in a works backed Chevrolet Cruze.

The Triple Eight Race Engineering is one of the most successful in the BTCC, having won 20 titles since they were formed in 1997, and taken 105 race victories. With the Vauxhall Vectra, the team took a brace of driver's titles with Fabrizio Giovanardi.

A delighted Glew said about the last minute deal: “I am over the moon to finally get my chance to move into the BTCC after such a successful season last year and especially with such a prestigious team as Triple Eight Race Engineering”

“I tested for the team two weeks ago and was blown away by how professional they were and I knew straight away that this was the place for me. We had to work really hard since the test to put a deal together with the team and I am delighted that my current sponsors WD-40 and 3-IN-ONE  as well as new sponsor, paint company – Glasurit will be supporting us for the 2010 BTCC season”

Ian Harrison, Triple Eight Team Principle said: “I’m really pleased to have Phil on-board the Vectra this season. Although he will be starting with very little preparation time, his track record in Clio's will stand him in good stead”.

Glew with race the number 88 Vectra in this seasons BTCC, and can't wait for the season to start: “I am extremely excited about making my debut at Thruxton, but it is going to be a steep learning curve especially with no opportunity to test the car. I am going to be thrown right at the deep end and will have to make the most of the two free practice sessions on Saturday morning, but I am looking forward to the challenge and learning from Triple Eight’s experience as the season unfolds”

The opening rounds of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship take place at Thruxton, Hampshire in just over a week's time, over the 3rd and 4th April.

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