Former double Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Alain Menu will return to the series this weekend (10/11 October), replacing the injured Warren Scott at Team BMR.
The 1997 and 2000 BTCC champion will return to the Volkswagen outfit for a one-off appearance at the Kent circuit wearing the #9, bidding to help team-mates Jason Plato and Colin Turkington fight for Drivers’ Championship glory alongside aiding BMR’s Teams’ Championship push.
Menu will take the wheel of Scott’s vacant, repaired Volkswagen CC, the latter having suffered injuries too severe to compete following a crash in practice at Silverstone.
“I called Alain on Friday on my way back from hospital to invite him to drive as my replacement,” Scott said.
“I am absolutely gutted that I’m not going to be in the seat myself as it would have been a great end to an amazing year. Alain is the natural choice to replace me and I am very grateful to him for stepping in.”
Menu raced alongside Scott in the BMR squad during the 2014 BTCC season, collecting two visits to the podium along the way at Rockingham and Silverstone. The Swiss ace has since remained an integral part of the team, working as mentor to team boss, Scott.
“I am grateful to Warren and Team BMR for asking me to make a comeback in the BTCC at Brands Hatch,” enthused the returning Menu. “The circumstances are unfortunate due to Warren’s injury from Silverstone and it’s going to be a big challenge to be competitive as I haven’t driven for a year, but at the same time I am excited to be back.”
Team BMR RCIB Insurance sit top of the pile in the Teams’ Championship this weekend, the squad in fact in the hunt for glory in four championships at Brands Hatch GP with the Drivers’, Teams’, Independent Drivers’ and Independent Teams’ titles all potentially available for the Volkswagen squad to fight for.