Speedworks Motorsport will once again be able to bank upon the support of Close Brothers Asset Finance during the 2021 British Touring Car Championship campaign, after extending its long-standing relationship with the leading merchant banking group.
Speedworks has been a fixture of the BTCC since 2011, and over the past decade it has developed from a midfield contender into a consistent race-winner and title protagonist, now running under the Toyota Gazoo Racing UK banner as an official Manufacturer entry in the UK’s premier motorsport series.
This season, the Northwich, Cheshire-based outfit will field a brace of Toyota Corollas for former Independents’ Champion Rory Butcher and series returnee Sam Smelt, and hopes are high off the back of a stellar run of success in recent years, yielding 16 outright victories, 25 further podiums and back-to-back Independent Drivers’ and Teams’ crowns in 2017 and 2018. Indeed, with five rostrum finishes from the final six races, the British-built Corolla was the highest-scoring car during the closing stages of 2020.
Founded in 1987, Close Brothers Asset Finance offers a range of flexible funding solutions to UK SMEs and has firmly established itself as one of the country’s leading asset finance specialists. Speedworks Motorsport is a long-term client of the company – a tie that was strengthened in 2019 by the addition of the current sponsorship agreement brokered by BTCC race-winner Rob Austin, who remains a brand ambassador.
The forthcoming campaign will get underway on 8/9 May at super-fast Thruxton, scene of a superb double victory for the Corolla last September. Every race will be televised live and in high-definition on ITV4.
Christian Dick, Team Principal, Speedworks Motorsport, said: “In a series as ultra-competitive as the BTCC, every little detail counts and having strong partners to rely upon is vital. Close Brothers Asset Finance have been loyal and steadfast supporters since 2019, cheering us on trackside and – last year – remotely, and we very much hope we will be able to welcome them back to the circuit to enjoy the full BTCC experience soon.
“It is an excellent partnership that has played a key role in our success in recent seasons, while their affiliation with the UK’s elite motorsport series unquestionably adds a dynamic edge to Close Brothers’ client interactions. What’s more, with strategically-placed logos on both the side and the back of the Corollas, we look forward to showing race fans – and our competitors – plenty of Close Brothers branding over the coming months...”
John Fawcett, Transport Division CEO, Close Brothers Asset Finance, added: “We are delighted to be involved in the 2021 BTCC campaign and to be extending our support of Speedworks Motorsport. This season is shaping up to be especially exciting with the team adding both a second car and two new drivers to its roster, which we’re confident will lead to even more success.
“I am genuinely looking forward to the day when we can bring guests back along to experience the incredible trackside atmosphere first-hand – hopefully at some point this year. At Close Brothers, we are proud to continue our support of the team, particularly during what has been a very difficult last 12 months. We would all like to wish everyone at Speedworks the best of luck for what we are sure will be a great season ahead!”