Cleland returns to British GTs

British Touring Car Championship veteran John Cleland will return to the British GT championship next weekend in a Brookspeed Motorsport-run Chrysler Viper GT.

Cleland returns to British GTs

The double BTCC champion will be partnered in the team by Caterham stalwart David Clarke.

Cleland drove the Cirtek Motorsport-run Porsche 911 GT3-R with ex-Formula Three ace Warren Hughes in the British GT season-opener at Thruxton in March.

The pair were forced out of the car after a disagreement with Cirtek team boss Rob Schirle over the length of their contract. Cleland has now secured himself a seat in what is likely to be a front-running car.

The ex-Chamberlain Motorsport car, raced in the FIA GT Championship by the team, is the latest model available and can be expected to contend for overall victories this year. The similar HKM/Parr Motorsport-run Viper of Stephen Day and Neil Cunningham currently leads the championship after two rounds.

Team boss Martin Braybrook said he was delighted with the deal and confident that the car would be out in time for the next round at Oulton Park on May 1.

He added: 'We have spent an awful amount of time trying to get this deal together. It's good for us and it's great for PowerTour. It's a good car, but we have to be realistic about our chances. This is a five-year deal with the car for us, so we're going to pace it out.'

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