Renault Clio Cup racer Dan Rowbottom will join Ciceley Motorsport for the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season, racing one of the Lancashire teams’ Mercedes-Benz A-Class cars.
Rowbottom, 29, moves up to the BTCC from the Renault UK clio Cup, where he secured three race wins on his way to fourth overall in the drivers’standings.
The Kidderminster racer will make the move up the racing ladder with support from sponsor Cataclean.
“To join the BTCC grid is a dream come true,” said Rowbottom, who first raced cars in 2008 in the SEAT Cupra Championship. “Cataclean has been a great backer of my racing and with its support we have been able to make this possible for 2019 and beyond.
“With Ciceley Motorsport we have found a team that is a perfect fit and one that I am really happy to be with.
“We have been talking to the guys at Ciceley for a while and I have a really good feeling about the team and it will be great to be able to learn from Adam Morgan who has proved that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a winning car. I can’t wait to get started.”
Ciceley Motorsport Commercial Director Norman Burgess says that the team have been following Rowbottom’s progress in the BTCC-supporting Clio Cup in recent years, after he joined the series in 2016.
“We are delighted to welcome Dan to the team,” said Burgess. “We have been watching his pace in the Renault Clio Cup and have been very impressed, especially as he has been the real underdog up against the bigger teams.
“We are confident that he will soon be up to speed in the BTCC and we look forward to working with Dan and seeing him progress in the championship.
“Dan is a class act both at and away from the race track, we nearly secured his services while running our Clio team, everybody at Ciceley Motorsport is really looking forward to working with him.
“We are delighted to welcome Cataclean to the grid as well. A new, major sponsor on the BTCC grid is always welcome and we look forward to helping Cataclean promote its message successfully next season.”