British Touring Car veteran James Kaye will rejoin the championship in 2013 behind the wheel of AmDTuning.com‘s S2000 Volkswagen Golf.
Kaye, twice a winner of the Independents title in the 1990s, will take over from Olly Jackson as the squad prepares its Next-Generation Touring Car.
The 49-year-old, who was Production class champion in 2002, appeared in the series in 2010 but it will be his first full-time commitments since 2006.
“It’s a few years since I last competed in the BTCC, but I’m delighted to have the chance to make a return this season,” he said. “I’ve known Shaun for quite a few years now and it’s great that we have been able to do a deal that will see me in the Volkswagen this season.
“We know that we won’t be running at the front of the field against the NGTC cars with the rules as they are for this season, but I think we have a good package amongst the Jack Sears Trophy runners and even though I’ve not been on the grid for a while, I’m confident we’ll quickly be up to speed and right in contention for honours amongst the S2000 cars.”
The team, which is considering running an ex-Motorbase Ford Focus as well, struggled with the Golf at times last season but shone in the wet conditions, particularly at Rockingham.
Team principal Shaun Hollamby said Kaye’s experience meant it had no concerns over how competitive it would be in a field likely to be dominated by NGTCs.
He said: “While we have made no secret of our plans to work towards running an NGTC car, we always said we would love to continue our relationship with the Golf if the chance arose and it’s good that we’ve be able to do a deal with James to have the car on track again this season.
“I have no doubt it will be a strong contender amongst the S2000 cars and is more than capable of taking the Jack Sears Trophy. With an experienced driver like James behind the wheel, that has to be our goal.”