Phil Glew has announced he will be returning to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after securing a deal with YourRacingCar.com to drive a SEAT Leon with a NGTC engine run by Special Tuning UK. Other backing comes in the form of Talent Works International, SEATCupra.net, Glasurit, WD-40 and 3-IN-ONE.
The reigning Renault Clio Cup champion made his debut at the start of the BTCC season in the Triple Eight run Vauxhall Vectra and despite a successful run which saw him finish sixth, and seventh, he was left without a drive as UNIQ pulled the plug on their sponsorship.
Since then it has been hard work for Glew to secure a sponsor to provide him with the budget needed to get back in the series, a problem that has also claimed the racing hopes of Matt Hamilton this year and also prevented champion Colin Turkington from defending his title.
The announcement comes as a relief to Glew who admits it has been a nightmare few months with potential sponsor deals falling through last minute.
Talking in a newsletter sent to YRC fans he said: “I'm over the moon to be asked to be part of the YRC team and I can't wait to do my very best to deliver the results you deserve for all the support you've shown.”
“Although there's a lot less pressure on me to deliver results on track due to the new engine and new package, I do feel a massive responsibility to deliver a good weekend for everyone involved due to all the hard work which has gone into the organisation of this from YRC's end!”
“I also have a responsibility to develop the new engine and chassis which I am very excited about as I'll be working very hard with my fantastic engineer to make this work!â€¦ Wish me luck!”
The BTCC returns to track at Silverstone on the weekend of 21/22 August with rounds 19, 20 and 21.