Reigning Independents champion Rory Butcher will be back behind the wheel of a Ford Focus to mount a 2020 BTCC title tilt.
The 32-year-old Fifer has returned to Motorbase Performance, the team which gave him his tin-top series debut in 2017, and has his sights set on the big prize.
Butcher made a huge impact in last season’s competition, taking fifth in the overall standings.
He claimed three overall wins and six podiums on his way to the privateers’ trophy – including converting his maiden BTCC pole into an emotional win at the Knockhill circuit where he is events manager.
Butcher said: “David Bartrum and Motorbase launched me on my British Touring Car journey, and it feels like ‘coming home’ to go back to the team.
“There are some very, very exciting plans for the 2020 season and to be in on the ground floor of those developments really motivates me.
“I have tasted glory in the Independents Trophy, which was a huge achievement, but my sights are set higher.
“I want more wins, and the overall championship is my aim,” said Butcher, a former Scottish Formula Ford champion who has also starred in the Porsche Carrera Cup and British GT.
“I know that I might not have the experience of some of the guys out there, but I am working relentlessly to absorb all the information I can and push myself, and Motorbase, forward to go for the biggest prizes we can.”
Motorbase will enter its ninth season with the Ford Focus, pairing Butcher with returning driver Ollie Jackson.
Team principal David Bartrum said: “I’m delighted to welcome Rory back for 2020. We have worked with Rory in GTs in the past and saw his abilities then which led to us giving him his BTCC debut in 2017.”
“We’ve obviously kept a very close eye on his progression since then. Over the last two seasons, he’s learnt a lot and has matured into a driver capable of a championship challenge.”
The flag drops on the 2020 BTCC season at Donington Park on March 28/29, with the series set to make its Knockhill visit on August 29/30.