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NI-owned Norlin team make Honda switch in quest to clinch title glory

By Sammy Hamill

The Northern Ireland-owned BTC Norlin Racing team will switch from Chevrolet to Honda for the 2018 British Touring Car Championship.

Having taken over the BTC team, Norlin had an impressive first season in Britain's premier racing series with drivers Dave Newsham and Ulsterman Chris Smylie recording 10 top-10 finishes and coming fourth in the 2017 Independents' Championship.

Now, in an ambitious move, they have acquired the Type R Honda Civics driven by Gordon Sheddon and Matt Neal for Team Dynamics in 2017.

Hondas have carried Neal and Sheddon to the BTCC drivers' title in four of the last six years.

Richard Irwin, co-owner of Norlin Racing alongside Stephen Symington, said: "The Honda Civic Type R has consistently been at the front of the BTCC grid and, as Norlin strive to challenge for the Independents' title, we feel the switch of body shells is an important step towards achieving this."

He has given no indication who will drive the cars in 2018, but experienced Welshman Newsham claimed the team's first podium at Silverstone, while 25-year-old Smylie, from Carrickfergus, made steady progress throughout his first full BTCC season, resulting in a number of top-10 finishes.

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