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Senna Proctor makes BMR Racing switch

Senna Proctor will make a return to BMR Racing for the 2019 BTCC season after being confirmed as the first driver for the Subaru squad.

Proctor raced under the BMR Academy banner in both the Ginetta Junior Championship and in the Renault Clio Cup UK prior to moving into the BTCC with Power Maxed Racing.

Having taken the Jack Sears Trophy title in his first year in the series, Proctor clinched a maiden victory last year at Brands Hatch and said he was keen to try and add to his tally during the season ahead.

“I am very excited to be returning to BMR Racing for 2019,” he said. “After racing under the BMR banner in 2015 and 2016, I felt the timing was right. When the call came in everything seemed to fit perfectly and it was an easy decision to make.

“I would like to thank everyone at BMR for putting their faith in me. I can’t wait to get out testing and sample the Subaru Levorg – I think rear-wheel drive will really suit my style.

“After two successful years in the BTCC, I have found my feet and I am ready for the next step. My aim this year is to win races and to be in with a shot of the title come the last round of the season.”

As well as confirming the signing of Proctor, BMR has also revealed that it will retain manufacturer backing from Subaru UK for a fourth season with a target of challenging for the Manufacturers’ title.

“There’s much more to come from our involvement in the BTCC,” Subaru UK managing director Paul Tunnicliffe said. “Delighted though we were with Ash Sutton’s epic Drivers’ title in 2017, we feel the superiority of the Subaru Levorg really deserves victory in the Manufacturers’ championship.

“Senna’s signing is the first step towards achieving this goal. He is a fitting driver to represent Subaru in this prestigious championship, and we expect to see him challenging for the top honours from the get-go. We can’t wait for Brands Hatch in April!”

Team manager Micky Sergeant meanwhile said he felt Proctor would be one to watch at the wheel of the Levorg during the season ahead.

“It is an absolute pleasure to have Senna on-board and to renew our contracts with both Adrian Flux Insurance Services [as title sponsor] and Subaru (UK),” he said. “Senna has unfinished business at BMR and he’s heading back to his roots, where his past rear-wheel drive experience saw him finish runner-up in a Ginetta as a BMR Academy driver in 2015.

“Winning the Jack Sears Trophy in his maiden BTCC year puts him in good company and his first win in 2018, along with a brace of podiums and a dozen top ten finishes, certainly makes him one to watch again in 2019.”

Proctor’s move to BMR means Power Maxed Racing will field an all-new line-up for the 2019 season, with Josh Cook having already announced a switch to BTC Racing earlier this week.