Emmerdale TV actor lands BTCC drive for 2016

Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher will graduate to the British Touring Car Championship this season at the wheel of a Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze

Emmerdale TV actor lands BTCC drive for 2016

The 32-year-old, who played Andy Sugden in the ITV soap, has experience in Porsche racing and has competed in the V de V Challenge and the Ginetta GT5 series.

He will line up alongside Hunter Abbott in the two-litre turbocharged cars.

Fletcher's campaign will be supported by students from the University of Bolton. Last year's racer Josh Cook scored a podium finish for the team at Rockingham in September.

Fletcher said: "I'm really looking forward to making the step up to the BTCC, signing with such a solid team as Power Maxed Racing will no doubt make the transition a smooth one.

"I'm a massive motorsport fan and have been watching the BTCC for as long as I can remember, it has been a lifelong dream to race against my childhood heroes and it is about to become a reality thanks to Power Maxed Racing and the University of Bolton."

Team boss Adam Weaver said: "We are delighted to welcome Kelvin to PMR and give him his chance to step up into the BTCC.

"He has a strong sportscar track record and he is more than ready to make the transition to the UK's finest domestic racing series.

"We think Kelvin is an excellent choice to race alongside Hunter, we feel they will work together and will both be turning a few heads this year.
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The 2016 British Touring Car Championship kicks off at Brands Hatch on April 2/3.

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