James Cole joins the already announced team of Jason Plato, Colin Turkington and team boss Warren Scott.
Scott is pleased to complete his line up for 2016;
It’s great to welcome James to the team and I look forward to seeing how well he does in the Subaru Levorg. He has lots of experience to bring to the BMR team and I believe this is the right time and place for him to showcase his ability.”
Cole, who drove with Motorbase last season, had previously raced in the BTCC for Team Hard in 2013 in a Vauxhall Insignia and United Autosports in 2014 with a Toyota Avensis.
His Motorsport career began in 2007 competing in the BRSCC North West Formula Ford championship where he took the title, before moving up to the main championship in 2008 where he finished tenth.
He then went on to win the British Formula Ford title in 2009 and was nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award the same year. After moving to the British Formula 3 and then Formula 2, James decided to switch to saloon cars and the BTCC in 2013.
Cole is looking forward to the new season;
“I’m very excited to be joining Warren and the talented team of people he has brought together at BMR. I’ve still got loads to learn in BTCC and I couldn’t be in a better place to do that alongside Carl & Kevin, my engineer Richard Owen, and two of the best BTCC drivers, Jason and Colin. My previous successes came in rear wheel drive so I believe a big step forward can be made this year. I would also like to thank Warren for this great opportunity, I intend to make the most of it.”
BMR team manager Alan Cole is pleased to get another driver with experience of rear wheel drive on board;
“I am pleased to welcome James to the team, I look forward to adding his rear wheel drive experience to our new project and I am expecting good things for the season as he learns from his team mates.”
BMR now have a tight schedule to get the four Subaru’s built before the championship launch day at Donington Park on March 22nd. They will unfortunately miss out on a lot of pre season testing including at Thruxton this Wednesday and Thursday which will be attended by many of the championship’s leading teams. Marc Waller