Robb Holland to become first American to compete in BTCC for more than 30 years
|By Kevin Turner||Thursday, July 12th 2012, 10:05 GMT|
An American driver will contest a British Touring Car Championship round for the first time in over 30 years after Tony Gilham Racing signed Robb Holland.
SCCA World Challenge racer Holland will drive Gilham's Honda Civic S2000, campaigned so far this season by Gilham, at the Snetterton and Knockhill rounds next month. Gilham is also expected to appear in another car.
The last driver from the USA to have competed in the BTCC is believed to be Bill Gubelmann in a Ford Capri in 1975. Only one American, Dan Gurney, has ever won a BTCC round, taking victory at Oulton Park in 1963 driving a Ford Galaxie.
Holland, 44, is set to test the turbocharged Honda at Snetterton tomorrow (Friday July 13). "The BTCC is very popular in the States, particularly when it's shown on the Speed channel, plus I've followed it for some time," he said. "I like Tony and the team's attitude and the opportunity was too good to miss.
"This will be a toe-in-the-water exercise, but I've talked to Tony and a few other teams and am planning on being in the championship permanently in 2013."
Gilham, who currently lies 13th in the BTCC standings, added: "We're very happy that Robb has chosen us for his first BTCC races. Coming over to race in the BTCC might be a bit of a culture shock for him - particularly a place like Knockhill! But Robb is massively experienced in touring cars in the States and is a very exciting addition to our team and the BTCC grid."