Joe Tanner joins Lydia Walmsley in BTC Racing’s MINI Challenge entry
Scottish driver delighted to make full-season debut in headline JCW class
BTCC support championship to begin next month at Snetterton 300
Scotland’s Joe Tanner will make a welcome return to full-time race action this year after today, Friday, 7th May, being confirmed as the second signing for Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship team BTC Racing’s exciting new programme in the MINI Challenge.
Announced on the eve of this weekend’s BTCC curtain-raiser at Thruxton, Tanner joins the previously confirmed Lydia Walmsley in BTC Racing’s squad which will contest the premier JCW class of the touring car feeder series.
Tanner, who away from the track owns the Rennat Design crash helmet design and painting business based at Knockhill Circuit in Fife, is elated to be returning to competitive action for a full campaign after only making selected race outings in recent years. On his JCW debut last year at Knockhill he impressed, taking pole position on his maiden appearance in the class.
Most prominently, Tanner was Vice-Champion of the Scottish MINI Cooper Cup in 2013 and a top-three finisher in 2014 and 2015 before concentrating on setting up his renowned business. Prior to moving into saloon cars, he was Scottish Formula Ford Champion.
Brackley-based BTC Racing is committed to supporting talented drivers in their quest to rise through the ranks to a possible future in touring cars. With Tanner alongside 19-year-old Ipswich driver Walmsley, the team’s MINI JCW entry undoubtedly has the potential to achieve great things in 2021.
MINI Challenge will race at seven of the 10 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship events this season, including a visit to Tanner’s home track Knockhill in mid-August. The MINI season will get underway at Snetterton 300 Circuit, Walmsley’s local venue, over the weekend 12th/13th June.
Steve Dudman – BTC Racing Owner and Team Principal:
“I’m delighted to welcome Joe to the team, he’s a fantastic addition to our MINI Challenge line-up alongside Lydia and I’m very confident they’re going to work together superbly well over the course of the season. Joe has been supporting and coaching Lydia for some time so they have a tremendous working relationship already.
“The intention with both our Young Driver Programme and the team within the MINI JCW series is to help support and nurture the best future touring car talent out there. Joe is very deserving of his place in the team and will be great ambassador for BTC Racing.”
Joe Tanner – BTC Racing Driver, MINI Challenge:
“I'm so excited to join BTC Racing and incredibly grateful to Steve [Dudman] and everyone at BTC for giving me this opportunity to be racing full time again. I will be pushing hard to try to get the best results I can, for both me and the team, but I'm also looking forward to continuing the support I’ve given Lydia as she makes the step-up to the JCW class.”
Diana Binks – Communications