Ollie Jackson and Michael Caine join 32-car BTCC field
|By Jamie O'Leary||Thursday, March 21st 2013, 10:02 GMT|
Ollie Jackson and Michael Caine have secured late entries for the British Touring Car Championship.
British GT champion Caine (pictured) will drive an NGTC-spec Ford Focus for Motorbase Performance, his campaign starting at Donington Park's second round of the season in April.
Caine drove an S2000 Focus for the same team in two rounds of the 2011 season.
Jackson, meanwhile, will drive Speedworks Motorsport's second NGTC-spec Toyota Avensis alongside fellow team newcomer Dave Newsham.
Jackson, 28, made his BTCC debut at Silverstone in 2011 in a Triple 8-run Vauxhall Vectra and spent last year racing AmD Tuning's Volkswagen Golf.
His best BTCC results so far are a trio of eighth places.
Both drivers were announced as part of a 32-car capacity entry list unveiled by series organiser TOCA at Donington Park on Thursday.
Daniel Welch also confirmed he will return to the series this season, driving an NGTC Proton.
The Welch Motorsport squad had already confirmed it will run and S2000 Ford Focus for David Nye. Now Welch, who finished 15th in the standings in 2012 with the Proton, completes the two-car line-up.
"It's great for continuity, with the same team and with the Proton," he said. "Hopefully it will be a good year.
"We didn't make the podium last season, but we know some of the problems and this year we're going for a win."
2013 British Touring Car line-up: Team Car Drivers Honda (Team Dynamics) Honda Civic Gordon Shedden/Matt Neal MG (Triple 8) MG6 Jason Plato/Sam Tordoff Motorbase Performance Ford Focus M Jackson/A Smith/L Griffin/M Caine WSR BMW 125 M C Turkington/R Collard/N Foster Team HARD VW Passat Tom Onslow-Cole/Howard Fuller Vauxhall Insignia Jack Goff/James Cole Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis Dave Newsham/Ollie Jackson Ciceley Racing Toyota Avensis Adam Morgan IP Tech Chevrolet Cruze Andy Neate/TBA AmD Tuning VW Golf James Kaye Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 Rob Austin/Will Bratt Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Andrew Jordan/Jeff Smith Dynojet Toyota Avensis Frank Wrathall Welch Motorsport Proton Gen-2 Dan Welch Ford Focus David Nye BTC Racing Chevrolet Cruze Chris Stockton Team BMR SEAT Leon Warren Scott Wood Vauxhall Vectra Lea Wood Tech-Speed/Finesse Chevrolet Cruze Joe Girling