Team Dynamics has today (18 March) announced Dan Rowbottom to complete their driver line-up for the 2021 British Touring Car Championship season.
Rowbottom was touted to take the remaining seat at Team Dynamics and make his return to the championship after taking a sabbatical in 2020 and he will now team up with Gordon Shedden in the Honda Civic Type R.
This move to Dynamics comes as part of a multi year partnership between Rowbottom’s long-time lead sponsor Cataclean who will now join forces with Halfords with both Honda and Yuasa deciding to focus on ‘other challenges’.
The 32-year-old will re-join the grid after his initial debut back in 2019 with Ciceley Motorsport discussed his delight on having secured a drive with a ‘topflight team’.
“For me this an absolute dream come true and I’m really looking forward to the season ahead,” said Rowbottom. “This is a great opportunity for me with a topflight team and the continued backing of Cataclean. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and see what this car can do, I’ve been studying the data and it looks fast on paper and has been proven to be fast on track, so I’m really excited to finally go testing next month.”
With both Shedden and Rowbottom now confirmed though, this means that Matt Neal will step away from the championship for a season for the first time since 1991 and will adapt to a behind-the-scenes role for the upcoming campaign.
“Firstly, it is great to welcome Cataclean to the team and continue our long-standing relationship with Halfords,” he said. “Secondly, I am going to be taking a year out of the sport this season, but I will still be representing Halfords as a Brand Ambassador and acting as a mentor, both on and off track, for both drivers.
“Honda and Yuasa have both decided to focus on different challenges this year so we have been working hard over the winter to pull a package together that will still see us contending at the sharp end of the grid and ultimately achieve our goals and aspirations, which is winning titles! I’m really excited for the coming season.”