Two time BTCC champion James Thompson will return to the series for the final three rounds of the 2011 season at Silverstone this weekend, joining Airwaves Racing in a supporting role to Mat Jackson.
Thompson will take over the team's third car, which Michael Caine raced at Rockingham and Brands Hatch, supporting Jackson's bid for the overall drivers championship and the independents title. Jackson sits fourth, 36 points behind, in the overall standings and second in the independents rankings, fifteen points behind.
Team Boss David Bartrum commented: “We've got to support Mat and give him the best chance in the last three races. It's not over for us in the overall points as the top three drivers are sure to battle with each other. We hope that James can jump in the car and get straight onto the pace of the front runners.”
Thompson, who had a test in the car yesterday, said: “I'm genuinely excited to be coming back to compete in the finale of the Championship. I'm here to lend support to Mat and the Airwaves team in their quest for the title and try not to cause too much mischief out on the track!”
“The test will be my first time in the Airwaves Focus and although it's never easy to step straight into a new car, it's still got four wheels and steering wheel like the rest of them so I should hope that all my years' racing will deliver a great result for the team at Silverstone.”
Commenting on Caine's participation in the last two meetings, Bartrum added: “Michael has had a taster of the BTCC to help him with his plans for next year. I'm delighted with the progress he made; he had a mountain to climb in a very short time with no testing.”