Arena confirms Neate for 2011

Andy Neate has confirmed his switch to Arena Motorsport for this year's British Touring Car Championship

Arena confirms Neate for 2011

Neate, 36, finished 18th in his first full BTCC campaign in a WSR BMW last year and has tested for Arena during recent weeks. He will race one of the team's new 'Global' Ford Focus machines alongside independents' champion Tom Chilton.

Arena has submitted three entries into the championship, with the official entry list being revealed at Silverstone on Thursday ahead of collective testing.

Although the third car does not have a driver assigned to it, team principal Mike Earle confirmed that former Triple 8 driver Phil Glew is a candidate for the seat along with several other drivers.

Twenty seven entries have been lodged for the championship with a record 10 different makes represented and five cars built entirely to the new-for-2011 NGTC regulations.

Full entry list:

 1. Jason Plato Chevrolet (RML) Chevrolet Cruze 2. Matt Neal Honda (Team Dynamics) Honda Civic 5. Tom Chilton Arena Motorsport 'Global' Ford Focus 7. Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 8. Rob Collard WSR BMW 320si 11. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota Avensis 12. David Pinkney Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 13. TBA Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 14. James Nash Triple 8 Engineering Vauxhall Vectra 17. Dave Newsham Geoff Steel Racing BMW 320si 18. Nick Foster WSR BMW 320si 20. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet (RML) Chevrolet Cruze 22. Tom Boardman Special Tuning Racing SEAT Leon 28. John George Tech-Speed Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze 29. Paul O'Neill Tech-Speed Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze 34. Tony Gilham Triple 8 Engineering Vauxhall Vectra 42. Dan Welch Welch Automotive Proton Gen-2 43. Lea Wood Team Wood Racing Honda Integra 44. Andy Neate Arena Motorsport 'Global' Ford Focus 50. Tony Hughes Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 52. Gordon Shedden Honda (Team Dynamics) Honda Civic 55. Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Vauxhall Vectra 66. Liam Griffin Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST 77. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Racing Vauxhall Vectra 78. Chris James Team ES Racing Chevrolet Lacetti 99. Tom Onslow-Cole AmD Milltek Racing Volkswagen Golf Mk5 TBA TBA Arena Motorsport 'Global' Ford Focus 
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