Following the earlier announcement that Phil Glew is to return to the British Touring Car Championship with YourRacingCar.com in a Special Tuning UK prepared SEAT Leon the reiging Clio Cup Champion has been talking about his move.
“This is a big jump for YourRacingCar and it is a good opportunity for me to build a relationship with YRC for the future, as the BTCC is where I want to be,” he said. “I have been successful in other championships and British Touring Cars is the next step.”
“I'm the reigning Clio champion so it works well to be joining forces with a team that is moving up from the Clio Cup and it is thanks to my sponsors at Glasurit, 3 in 1 and WD-40 that we have been able to team up with YourRacingCar to make this possible.”
After his first move in to BTCC collapsed after his race debut at Thruxton with Triple Eight following UNIQ pulling the plug on sponsorship Glew is glad to have joined a team which is on the up.
“YourRacingCar is a fantastic and exciting concept as it gives fans the opportunity to have added involvement with a team and if we can go out there and get a good result, then it will be a massive bonus to them. If I was a fan, then YourRacingCar is certainly something I'd want to be involved in.”
The move is made more interesting by the fact the engine powering the SEAT Leon will be another NGTC engine rather than the petrol engine of the other Special Tuning UK SEAT Leon of Tom Boardman.
“The new engine will be an unknown for us so we aren't completely sure where we stand going into the weekend,” Glew added. “We know it isn't going to be easy, but it is good for us to be involved in the development of the NGTC engine as we will be the first people to run it in a car other than the Vauxhall.
Glew admits that it’s going to be a tough challenge and has set realistic targets.
“As a racing driver, I always go out on track to win, but it is important for us not to be unrealistic in our aims with what is an unproven package. Initially we want to be inside the top ten, but with hard work and some luck on our side, I believe that the top six is an achievable target.
“Our main aim for the weekend is to get good publicity for everyone – fans and sponsors alike – who are involved in the programme.”