Kristensen beats Aiello to Honda BTCC drive

Tom Kristensen has beaten 1999 British Touring Car Champion Laurent Aiello to a drive with Honda next year.

Kristensen beats Aiello to Honda BTCC drive

The Danish driver, who won the 1997 Le Mans 24 Hours, will partner James Thompson in 2000.

Aiello is now said to be considering a switch to the German DTM series, driving for Opel.

'I am really excited about the prospect of driving for Honda in the BTCC,' said 32-year-old Kristensen.

'The Honda Accord made a really impressive debut this year and I am sure it will be a title-contender in 2000.

'The BTCC is the most competitive series in the world and I am looking forward to partnering James and racing in Britain.'

Honda Motor Europe motorsport manager William De Braekeleer added: 'Tom has impressed everyone at Honda over the course of the past two years.

'His run towards the end of last season was stunning and we have no doubt that he will be a great addition to the British squad.

'He and James will form a dynamic partnership and our ambition this season is to win the title.'

Kristensen was due to drive the Honda for the first time today at Brands Hatch today.

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