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EXCELR8 reveals livery for BTCC title defence

EXCELR8 has revealed the livery that Tom Ingram will use for the defence of his BTCC title during the 2023 season.

The livery – which will also be run by team-mate Tom Chilton – is again based around the colours of Bristol Street Motors, which remains onboard as primary backer of the Hyundai team.

An evolution of the one seen last year, the livery features tweaks to the colours used, lightning flashes on the front doors and NASCAR-style numbering.

Gold detailing has also been added to Ingram’s car to reflect his position as defending champion.

“I always enjoy this time of year when plans are starting to come together, and you get to see a new livery on your race car for the first time,” he said.

“This year is even more special, because having run the #80 throughout my career, this will be the first time I’ve carried the #1 – which is a huge honour in itself.

“The Hyundai was one of the best-looking cars on the grid last year and the livery we have for this season is an evolution of that thanks to the continued support of Bristol Street Motors.

“I think the 2023 version of the livery looks fantastic and I love the way that there have been little touches added to my car as defending champion, like the gold number and the gold wing mirrors. I can’t wait for Donington Park so we can get out on track and get down to business.”

Chilton was also pleased to show off the new look.

“As a driver, the first thing you want to see in your livery is for the car to look fast – and the 2023 Hyundai looks very quick!” he said.

“Although it’s similar to the car we had last year, there are a number of small changes that have been introduced – like the pink flashes – that link into some of the other partnerships that Bristol Street Motors are involved in. It shows the value that comes from being a sponsor in the BTCC – and it’s great that they are using our programme in that way.

“One thing I really love is the introduction of the numbers on the side, which are a bit NASCAR-like and look really cool. The whole car just looks ‘racy’, and I’m sure it’ll look even better when we get out on track.”

The liveries of newcomers Ronan Pearson and Nick Halstead will be revealed at a later date.