Williams gets Lexus seat

British Touring Car Championship newcomer SpeedEquipe will retain the services of its Renault Clio race winner Richard Williams in its inaugural BTCC season

Williams gets Lexus seat

The team is the first to take advantage of the new rule that allows locally homologated Super 2000 cars to enter the championship, building a Lexus IS200 for Williams to drive.

"I'm really looking forward to the prospect of racing in the BTCC with SpeedEquipe and the Lexus," said Williams. "Both the team and car have a lot of potential and I'm hoping to benefit from the working relationship I already have with SpeedEquipe. They are the best team in the Clio Cup and it won't be long before they are amongst the best in the BTCC."

SpeedEquipe boss Dave Older said that signing Williams showed his team's commitment to bringing talented saloon racers up through the ranks to the BTCC.

"Working with Richard during 2004 proved to us what a real talent he is," said Older. "Also we have always hoped to be able to create a career ladder for drivers within the team, so signing Richard gives us the best of both worlds."

The team will start the season with a single Lexus for Williams, but may add a second car later in the year.

Williams' graduation to the BTCC comes in only his third season of car racing. He switched from Caterham Roadsports to the Renault Clio Cup in 2004 and finished fourth in the series, winning at Snetterton.

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