Robb Holland will substitute for Handy Motorsport‘s Simon Belcher in the coming three Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races of the season.
Holland, originally from Denver, Colorado, moves into the driving seat of Belcher’s Toyota Avensis for the next nine races of the 2015 campaign, starting at Snetterton next month (8/9 August) before visits to Knockhill and Rockingham follow.
Former Team HARD racer Holland previously fronted the Rotek Racing outfit during the 2014 BTCC season, driving an Audi S3 to 27th position overall in the championship with a 15th place proving his best result of the campaign.
On his return, Holland stated: “I am, of course, very excited to be back in the championship. I’ve been working hard to put something together since I found out Rotek Racing wouldn’t be returning. I want to thank Simon Belcher, his existing sponsors and my long-time partner Oakley Motorsports for helping to make this happen.
“It will be tough jumping back into the championship halfway through the season, but the Avensis looks to be a really good car and the team is strong as well. I am sure they’ll help me get up to speed quickly and we can make some good progress.”
Handy Motorsport’s Belcher meanwhile, having admitted he was set to step away from the Avensis for the coming trio of meetings, said that Holland’s experience and desire for improvement made him the ideal candidate to fill the seat.
“We’re obviously delighted to welcome Robb into the team, he’s exactly the sort of driver we wanted and everyone at the team is looking forward to working with him for the first time,” said Belcher. “We wanted someone with BTCC experience and a desire to try and help the team move forward, and Robb fits the bill perfectly. We can’t wait to see how he gets on at Snetterton.”
Belcher will return for the final two meetings of 2015, which will take place at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.