Rob Hedley to make BTCC debut in Thorney Vauxhall this year

Rob Hedley will make his British Touring Car Championship this year with Thorney Motorsport

Rob Hedley to make BTCC debut in Thorney Vauxhall this year

Hedley will partner team boss John Thorne in the two-car line-up of NGTC-spec Vauxhall Insignias.

Only Thorne's Insignia will be ready for the season-opener at Brands Hatch on April 1. Hedley is expected to join him from round four at Oulton Park on June 10.

"I'm obviously delighted, it's been a dream of mine as a schoolboy to race in the BTCC and to get a seat with such an established team as Thorney Motorsport - running in a full NGTC car - is way beyond my expectations," Hedley said.

"They may be new to the BTCC this season but take it from me if you can run a successful endurance race team, the BTCC is not going to cause them any issues!"

Hedley has competed in Star Mazda and Formula Ford 2000 in the USA and more recently in Britcar in the UK, but missed most of last season while he recovered from a knee injury.

Thorney has confirmed that Ricky Rouse has moved across from Welch Motorsport to become chief engineer, while Matt Upson - a technician on Alex MacDowall's RML-run Chevrolet last year - has also joined the team.

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