Another former champion is to join the burgeoning ranks of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid.
Alain Menu will contest his first full season since leaving the series as champion at the end of 2000. The Swiss driver is a veteran of over 200 BTCC contests and has scored 86 podiums and 36 wins since his debut in 1992.
Team BMR joined the BTCC for the first time in 2013, and over the winter period has expanded from a one-car operation to four cars, acquiring the remaining three Team Hard cars following the original purchase of the first Volkswagen Passat CC midway through last season.
Menu will pilot one of the Team BMR VWs, which is already a podium-winning car having scored a third and second place at Thruxton and a third place at Croft in its first competitive season last year.
“This is exciting. The best times of my career have been in the BTCC and it’s going to be nice to see many people I’ve not seen for many years,” Menu said. “I’m well aware that it will be different with a new team and new cars, but I’ve been watching the races, have spoken to a lot of people about it and the championship is really picking up at the moment. With lots of competitors, spectators and live TV, there are many reasons to be here.”
“We’re incredibly excited about the year ahead,” said team owner Warren Scott. “We’ve worked very hard getting the cars prepared this winter. For us it was key to build a team that can make front- running cars before going after drivers that can challenge for the championship. I am extremely proud to be associated with such an enthusiastic group of hardworking people that make up the newly formed Team BMR.”