West Surrey Racing have announced that Nick Foster will return to the squad to replace Andy Priaulx in the IHG®Rewards Club BMW at this weekend’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship visit to Rockingham.
The in-form Priaulx, who won the opening race at Croft in late June, will miss the event in Corby due to scheduled GT commitments with BMW, the WSR squad claiming that they had been in talks with up to 16 potential replacement drivers.
Former BTCC racer Foster has been the man given the nod, returning to the team which he made his debut with back in 2011 and subsequently took a best ever result from four seasons of second place at Croft in the same campaign.
On his coming return alongside BMW team-mates Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard, Foster said: ”I can’t wait to work with our championship winning team again and look forward to seeing many familiar faces and old friends in the BTCC paddock.
“It will be serious business over the weekend, however, as I hope to help the team in their battle for constructors’ and teams’ honours.
“The BMW 1-Series is a car I know very well, WSR is a team I’ve worked with for many years and I also really enjoy racing at Rockingham, so I am delighted to be given this opportunity. I’d like to thank Dick Bennetts, IHG® Reward Club and of course Contour Electronics for putting their faith in me and I can’t wait for the weekend to get underway.”
The Hampshire driver tested the 2014 Teams’ Championship-winning car at Donington Park today (1 September), before his return to the series officially on the 5/6 September racing under the #8.
Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, added: ”It’s great to welcome Nick back to the BTCC and he’ll always be a part of the WSR family. People wouldn’t believe the number and calibre of names that wanted to drive for us next weekend, which made for a really tough decision.
“We need a driver who we can trust and hopefully score some solid points at Rockingham – we’re confident Nick is that man.”