Tech-Speed confirms 2013 BTCC return with Joe Girling

Tech-Speed Motorsport has confirmed its return to the British Touring Car Championship in a joint-programme with Finesse Motorsport and driver Joe Girling

Tech-Speed confirms 2013 BTCC return with Joe Girling

AUTOSPORT revealed last August that Tech-Speed boss Marvin Humphries was working on a deal to run one of the team's S2000 Chevrolet Cruzes powered by an NGTC-spec turbocharged engine this year.

The agreement to run Girling, who tested the Cruze at Donington Park last December, in conjunction with Renault Clio Cup squad Finesse, has now been firmed-up.

Girling will contest the Jack Sears Trophy for S2000 machines.

"Working with Finesse makes sense for us as a one-car team," said Humphries.

"We believe the Cruze is still a very capable car, and are confident that Joe will soon settle in and find good results amongst the Jack Sears runners."

Tech-Speed has never won a BTCC race, but has achieved podium finishes with Michael Bentwood and Paul O'Neill during the last decade with Vauxhall, Honda and Chevrolet machinery.

Production Car Trophy graduate Girling, 22, hopes that the experience Humphries' squad will bring to the Finesse partnership will allow him to score some strong results this year.

"It's quite daunting to be honest, but it's obviously very exciting too," he said.

"To be racing in the same events as the likes of Matt Neal and Jason Plato is a little surreal, but I'll be aiming to keep my head down and produce some decent results.

"I am not one to make bold claims and I'm sure it will take me a little while to acclimatise to it all, but I am confident in my own ability and the Cruze is also a very capable car."

The Tech-Speed/Finesse car will be entered under the M247 banner this year.

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