Simon Belcher has confirmed that both himself and his Handy Motorsport squad will be once again on the grid for the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The former Renault UK Clio Cup racer will once again be racing a Toyota Avensis with Handy Motorsport, having finished 24th in the Independents’ championship of his maiden BTCC season this year.
Although the rookie did not score a championship point in 2014, his best result of the season was a quartet of 18th place finishes, famously escaping a huge shunt at Thruxton out of his control.
The 40-year-old enjoyed the learning process of his maiden BTCC foray, and will continue in 2015 with Handy Motorsport who are also retaining collaboration with Speedworks Motorsport after enjoying a very beneficial partnership in 2014.
Belcher said: “I am delighted to be back on the BTCC grid for a second season, being able to announce our return so early should put us in the strongest possible position for 2015.
“We had a fantastic time in the championship this year, it was such a good experience and so much better than we ever expected. We haven’t finalised all of the plans yet, but it is all coming together and I am targeting considerable improvements next season where we will also be strengthening our engineering team which should help us push forward and move further up the grid.”
Belcher praised the link with Christian Dick‘s Speedworks squad throughout 2014, concluding: “Handy Motorsport and Speedworks worked very well together this year, Christian [Dick] runs a great team and I am personally delighted to continue our partnership.
“With such terrific continuity, hopes are high we can really make the most of it and start to climb the order in the BTCC. There’s a lot of hard work ahead, but we can’t wait to get started.”