Racer Swanwick to get British Touring Car opportunity

GREASLEY racing driver Chris Swanwick could become one of the youngest ever competitors in the British Touring Car Championship next year.

The 17-year-old, who currently races in one of the the BTCC’s support championships, the Clio Cup, has been handed a role as junior driver with Rob Austin Racing following a successful test session at the Pembrey Circuit in South Wales.

The plan is now for Swanwick to be present at all race meetings and testing to learn the ropes, and he will also get more opportunity to test and possibly compete in a race or two later in the 2012 season.

This would make him the second youngest driver ever to compete in the BTCC and the youngest currently competing.

Team manager Rob Austin said: “We were delighted with Chris’s performance at Pembrey. He showed remarkable maturity and speed in the car and he got faster and faster all day.

“He will be a force to be reckoned with when he races in the BTCC.”

Swanwick added: “The Pembrey test was fantastic. I loved every second of being in the car and can’t wait for my next outing.

“The plan is to use the balance of this year to get familiar with the team and car, in order to be a step ahead for a full campaign in 2012.”