Howard Fuller will finally return to the wheel of a BTCC car with Team HARD, the 21-year-old racing a Vauxhall Insignia in the next two meetings for the squad he made his series debut with last year.
The former Volkswagen Racing Cup race winner made his debut in BTCC with Tony Gilham‘s squad at Rockingham last year, and the same venue will at last mark Fuller’s return as he will take over the much-passed-about second Insignia driven previously by James Cole, Robb Holland and Paul O’Neill for the next two events on the 2013 calendar at Rockingham and Silverstone.
“Tony has given me the opportunity and I am absolutely delighted”, said Fuller, who scored a personal best finish of 11th at the Silverstone event in a Honda Civic last season. “It has been a little tough watching the season at times but we knew the chance would come so now I just can’t wait to get out there.
“I think we did a pretty solid job last year and although I’m still relatively new to the BTCC, I’m not new to racing. I’ll just approach it like it’s another race and I’ll be out to do the best job I can do.”
Fuller has many positive memories of Rockingham as he prepares for his comeback at the Corby venue, hoping to quickly adapt to the NGTC Insignia which team-mate Jack Goff qualified eighth with during the Snetterton round.
“My career seems to have a lot of links with Rockingham”, Fuller added. “I won my first VW Cup race there and also made my BTCC debut there – now I’m going back to make my first BTCC appearance this season. I have good memories of the circuit and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I had a little run in the car at Snetterton so at least I won’t be completely new to it when free practice gets underway next week. We know the car is good – I’ve obviously seen the progress Jack Goff has made with it but also having been close with the team during the build process of the cars and throughout the course of this year I know how hard everyone has worked.”
Having worked with Fuller over the past couple of years, team boss Gilham is enthusiastic about the youngster’s return, saying: “Howard has been patient but he’s finally got his chance, which is great. We know Howard has the speed, as he showed last season, so we’re all looking forward to seeing him in the car.”