It has been announced that Mark Blundell, former Formula 1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hours winner, will return to racing in 2019, joining the British Touring Car Championship with Trade Price Cars in an Audi S3.
Blundell returns to full time racing for the first time since 2001, as his involvement from then until now had slowly declined, despite finishing second at Le Mans in 2003, only behind the other Bentley.
Prior to his Le Mans success Blundell raced in Formula 1 from 1991 through to the end of 1995, driving for the likes of Tyrrell, Ligier and McLaren. In his time at the pinnacle of motorsport he achieved a three third place finishes. Blundell took a year out from F1 in 1992 to focus on endurance racing, where he won the Le Mans 24 Hours with Peugeot.
Following his first stint as a driver, Blundell turner to punditry and was one of the main spokesman on Formula from 2002 until 2008, when ITV lost the rights to the BBC. In addition to his TV commitments, Blundell also runs a management company, helping to negotiate contracts of some of the big stars around.
Talking to the press about his move into the BTCC, Blundell said, “Once the opportunity arose to get back behind the wheel, it was something I was very keen to make happen. The British Touring Car Championship is a fantastic series that I have always wanted to race in but it has never been possible until now.”
Blundell continued, “I have been lucky enough to have had a fantastic motor racing career to date and to have been a part of British motorsport for many years. The sport is in a fantastic place across the UK at this current time and the BTCC and the overall TOCA package is a major part of that, providing an excellent platform for top-level professional drivers and many bright talents behind the wheel.”
“The strength of the series is shown by the thousands of fans that join trackside up and down the country and the millions more that tune in from home on ITV.”
The British Touring Car Championship kicks off at Brands Hatch on the 7th April.