Tom Oliphant joins WSR for 2019 British Touring Car Championship
|By Matt James||Wednesday, December 12th 2018, 08:03 GMT|
Tom Oliphant has joined the WSR British Touring Car Championship team for the 2019 season.
The 28-year-old made his debut in the BTCC this year at the wheel of a Ciceley Motorsport-run Mercedes-Benz A-Class and took a best finish of seventh in the opening race at Knockhill. He finished 22nd in the overall standings and 12th in the Independents Trophy chase.
"It's a dream come true to join WSR and I'm incredibly proud that Dick Bennetts and the team have shown the faith in me," said Oliphant.
"This gives me a great platform to achieve my targets in the BTCC, which are to take wins and podiums in 2019, finish in the top 10 of the points and compete for the Jack Sears Trophy."
Oliphant was the 2015 Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion and has also been a race winner in British GT.
He graduated to the BTCC after a season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship.
Dick Bennetts, WSR team principal, said: "We're very pleased to announce Tom as the first member of our 2019 line-up.
"We have a long history of working with young drivers and turning them into frontrunners and champions, and we're sure Tom has all the right attributes to achieve his potential with us.
"We were impressed with him in the BTCC support categories and the speed he showed in his rookie season in 2018 has convinced us that he'll be the ideal driver to help us push on and achieve our aim of even more success in 2019."
Colin Turkington claimed the BTCC drivers' title in 2018 with WSR and team-mates Andrew Jordan and Rob Collard were also race winners in their BMWs.
The squad also won the teams' championship and the manufacturers-constructors' crown.
An announcement regarding WSR's other two drivers for 2019 is expected soon.