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Aron Taylor-Smith has announced he is to leave the British Touring Car Championship following the conclusion of the 2017 season. The 28-year-old has raced in the BTCC since 2011 and is now aiming for a career in the British GT championship, after finishing only 27th with MG.
Taylor-Smith started his BTCC career with Triple Eight Engineering in a one off appearance in which he races in a Vauxhall Vectra before joining Motorbase for the 2012 season, where he achieved his highest finishing position of eighth.
A second season with Motorbase followed prior to his switch to Team BMR in 2014, where he finished ninth and eleventh respectively.
2016 saw Taylor-Smith move to Team BKR for the team’s solitary season in the BTCC however he remained in the VW CC as Team BMR moved onto the now championship winning Subaru Levorg GT.
Last season was spent with MG in what proved to be a disappointing season for the Irishman as he finished with his lowest tally of points in a season, twenty-five, which only included one top 10 finish all season.
Speaking about his decision to leave the series Taylor-Smith said, “Alan Gow and TOCA do an exceptional job in putting together the series, but now after six seasons, I want to pursue a new chapter in my motorsport career. I will certainly miss a lot about the championship, I’ve made friends for life in the BTCC paddock and loved so much of my experience. It will be sad to leave but I feel this is the right decision for me. I would never rule out a return to the BTCC but for now, my focus is on exploring different avenues of motorsport.
“I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me over the years. From Motorbase who I celebrated my first BTCC win with in 2012 right through to my time with MG. It’s been a great few years and I’ve a lot to be thankful for.”
Taylor-Smith continued to say, “The thought of embarking on a new chapter of my motorsport career in the form of GT’s really excites me. I want to travel more and embark on new challenges. I’ve spent my whole life aiming for a career in the BTCC and for the first time ever my priorities have shifted. It’s a really exciting time.
“While my plans are not concrete yet I am currently exploring a few extremely exciting GT opportunities and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!”