Bobby Thompson has signed for Trade Price Cars Racing for the 2020 Kwik Fit British phaeton Championship season.
The 23-year-old from Hornchurch is the first driver who confirmed with the team for what is going to be its second season in Britain’s premier racing series, with the second part of a replacement line-up to be announced in due course.
Trade Price Cars Racing will once more field a pair of Audi S3s next year on the rear of a shocking 2019 season that included a fine win at Knockhill, and ended with the team sitting fourth within the Independent Teams’ Championship.
As with many young drivers, Thompson started his career in karting before taking the step into auto racing, initially within the Ford Fiesta Championship before two meetings in British Formula Ford in 2014, where he picked up six top-10 finishes in six starts.
With a long-term ambition to undertake and make it into touring cars, Thompson reverted back to tin tops for 2015 with an entry into the Volkswagen Racing Cup, securing his maiden win at Snetterton on the way to 10th within the championship standings.
Improving to fifth place overall 12 months later, Thompson then became the person to hammer in the highly-competitive series in 2017 as he stormed to the championship title in impressive fashion, taking six wins and only failing to form stage fourfold all season.
That opened the door for a dream enter the BTCC and in two seasons within the series so far , he has shown his pace with variety of top 10 finishes at the wheel of a VW CC, including sixth place at the 2019 season opener at Brands Hatch.
Now at the wheel of the Trade Price Cars Racing Audi – arguably one among the foremost improved cars on the grid in 2019 – Thompson will hope to regularly challenge for top 10 finishes, together with his ultimate goal being to fight for a primary podium and to launch a bid for the Jack Sears Trophy, hospitable drivers who have yet to secure a top-three finish within the series.
Following a planned pre-season testing programme, Thompson will make his Trade Price Cars Racing debut when the 2020 campaign kicks off at Donington Park on the weekend of March 28/29.