Eurotech Racing has confirmed that Brett Smith, the son of regular driver and Team Principal Jeff, will take over driving duties in the team’s Honda Civic Type R for the remainder of the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The severity of Jeff’s injuries sustained during the qualifying crash at Croft Circuit earlier this month have unfortunately ruled out the experienced racer for at least the rest of this season.
After careful assessment and consideration, the team have decided to put Brett in the second car, alongside team-mate Jack Goff.
Brett is currently leading the MINI Challenge Championship with Eurotech Racing in only his second season in the championship, having taken three pole positions, five wins, ten podiums and six fastest laps in the events so far in 2017. The 25-year-old has also previously successfully competed in the Clio Cup, BARC Clios and Mazda MX5 Championship.
“I am naturally extremely disappointed for my season to be ended in this way,” said Jeff Smith. “Having assessed a number of driver options the team are in agreement that Brett gives us the best opportunity to provide a strong second half to the season.”
Brett will get his first proper test in a BTCC car during next week’s (5/6 July) official group test at Snetterton. His race debut will then take place at the same venue with rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the championship scheduled over the weekend of the 29th and 30th July. By Marc Waller