PalmerSport instructor James Gornall joins 2020 BTCC grid
09 January 2020
Frequent PalmerSport instructor and 2019 MINI CHALLENGE JCW champion James Gornall will step up to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship grid for the 2020 season with Trade Price Cars Racing.
Gornall will make his debut in the UK’s premier tin-top series in an Audi S3 for Trade Price Cars Racing joining recent signing Bobby Thompson.
Gornall’s impressive racing CV includes multiple British titles with the 2008 British GT GT3 champion also taking a class win in the Britcar 24 Hour race in 2009. Other notable achievements include numerous karting titles and single-seater success in Formula Renault 2.0.
Last year saw Gornall secure a total of five wins and 13 podiums on his way to securing the overall drivers’ trophy in the high-profile MINI CHALLENGE JCW series in just his first year of competition in front-wheel-drive machinery. The accomplishment landed him a test in a Motorbase prepared BTCC Ford Focus RS.
Gornall said: "When I decided to enter the MINI Challenge last season, it was with the aim of learning the skills required to move into British Touring Cars in the future, as I'd never raced in front-wheel drive before. The test I did in the Focus as a reward for winning the title only increased my desire to join the grid, as I felt comfortable straight away and knew that I would be able to do myself justice.
"As a driver, you always want to win races and if you don't go into a new season feeling you can win, then you won't do. The team has shown that it can fight for victories and that has to be my target in 2020; to fight for silverware and to challenge for both the Independents' title and the Jack Sears Trophy."
Trade Price Cars' team owner Dan Kirby said: "I'm really pleased to now welcome James into the team. I've raced against him in the past, and you only have to look at the success he has enjoyed in his career to date to see what a talented driver he is.
"As a newcomer to the series, James is a driver who fans might not be too familiar with. However, I'm confident that they will soon see what James can do when the season gets underway as you don't become a six-time British champion in a range of disciplines without being a quick driver. James has a winning mentality, and I'm looking forward to seeing him make his mark on the BTCC during his maiden season."