Scott Sumpton


Scott Sumpton is making his BTCC debut in 2024. The 19-year old is racing for a new team in Restart Racing, alongside returning driver Chris Smiley.

Scott started motor racing in 2015 at just 10-years-old. Scott competed in various club events around the UK and in the British Kart Championship, where he proved his talent, racing against more experienced drivers.

He took the step up from karts to cars in 2020, competing in the Junior Saloon Car Championship. Unfortunately, owing to COVID-19, the season got off to a slow start due to a lack of testing. A positive change happened during 2021 when Scott changed teams for the last three races of the year, where he quickly progress to be fighting at the front of the field.

Sumpton has raced in other touring car categories over the past two years driving both a Honda Civic and a Hyundai i30.

His journey has now taken him to the UK's premier motorsport championship where he will be contesting his debut season in the BTCC, which also makes him eligible for the Jack Sears Trophy.

Chris Smiley


Chris Smiley made his debut in the BTCC in 2016 for TLC Racing in the Toyota Avensis, competing in the first half of the season.

In 2017, Smiley would compete in his first full season in the BTCC for BTC Norlin Racing with a season best finish of ninth.

It would only take until his second full season before Smiley would take his first and only, to date, BTCC win at Rockingham in race three. Adding a second place at Donington Park saw Smiley almost halve his championship position on his debut season.

A return to the Honda Civic, as in 2018, saw Smiley return to the podium places again on multiple occasions in 2019. Making a season best finish of second in the opening race at Croft.

In 2020, Smiley would make the switch to drive the Hyundai i30 with EXCELR8 Motorsport having another successful season adding a further podium to his resume.

2021 would be Smiley’s last BTCC season to date, once more in the Hyundai i30, just missing out on a podium with a season best finish of fourth. 

After two seasons away the Northern Irishman makes his return to the BTCC with Restart Racing in the Cupra Leon.

Nick Halstead


Halstead was a relative latecomer to racing, making his debut in 2017 and winning the Am category of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge in just his second season.

Halstead went on to become a regular on the BTCC support package in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, scoring 16 podiums – including five wins – in his debut year alone, and then entered the British GT Championship in the GT4 Pro/Am class in 2020, ending the year as Vice Champion.

In 2021, Halstead made his Championship debut, after Rick Parfitt was unable to take part at Croft. Improving throughout race day, the Kent racer secured a best finish of 21st during the third contest on the 2.13-mile circuit.

In 2023, he embarked on his first full season in the Championship with defending champions BRISTOL STREET MOTORS with EXCELR8.

Halstead returns to the renamed Team BRISTOL STREET MOTORS in 2024 looking to add to his two points scoring results of 2023, with a best result of seventh coming in the opening round at Donington Park.

Rob Huff


Rob Huff competed in the BTCC back in 2004 for Seat – racing a Toledo Cupra to two victories – one at Brands and one at Snetterton – and a further three podiums, including one at Silverstone on the way to seventh in the standings.

Huff then went on a world tour to begin a 13-year stint in the WTCC. Becoming World Champion in 2012 in the Chevrolet Cruze. During his last season of WTCC, Huff made an appearance in the BTCC for Power Maxed Racing at Silverstone securing his eighth podium in the series in the final race of the day. After 2017 the Cambridgeshire man competed in the World Touring Car Cup and during his last season he again made an appearance in the BTCC, this time at Knockhill for Team HARD. 

Now in 2024, 20 years after his debut season, Huff will compete in his second full season of BTCC racing with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK. 

Daryl DeLeon

DeLeon started karting in 2008, and his first race followed five years later at Rye House Kart Raceway. The 17-year-old has since become champion in the Bizkart Rental Championship and HKC Honda Clubman category and taken wins in the finals for the Motorsport UK British Kart Championship and UKC Ultimate Karting Championship.

In 2021 he contended in a handful of Radical SR1 events, claiming a double win at Donington Park and was also a class podium finisher at the Algarve Circuit in the Radical Intercontinental Cup. 

The winning run has continued into 2022 taking another victory during the first round of the SR1 season at Donington Park in April, and a follow-up triumph at Brands Hatch. 

In 2023, Daryl DeLeon made his BTCC debut as a part of Team HARD’s line-up scoring 6 points. In 2024 he will drive for Duckhams Racing with Bartercard.

Mikey Doble


Doble began his car racing career in 2018 in the BMW Compact Cup, continuing in the category in 2019 and 2020. The following year he moved to the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, ending the year fourth overall in the standings.

In 2022, Doble produced a superb season-long performance, with a total of 12 victories and 10 further podium finishes in both the Ginetta GT5 Challenge and BMW Compact Cup, to ultimately be crowned the champion of each category on the same, thrilling weekend.

In his next season Doble built on this success and took on the biggest season of his racing career to date, after confirming his seat with CarStore Power Maxed Racing in his maiden BTCC campaign. In which he was the only man not in a NAPA Racing UK car to take a pole position narrowly missing out on the Jack Sears’ Trophy.

In 2024, Doble will aim to improve his Jack Sears’ Trophy position that extra place along with moving further through the field in his second season.

Sam Osborne

Sam Osborne navigated his way to the BTCC via single-make series the MINI CHALLENGE and Renault UK Clio Cup, with a brief stint in Radical racing in-between.

A multiple race-winner in MINIs, Osborne finished fourth in the Cooper category in 2010 and replicated that result in the headlining JCW class in both 2011 and 2012.

He returned to the championship in 2015 and 2016 – placing just outside the top ten in the standings on both occasions – before switching to Clios as he continued to learn the ropes of tin-top racing, establishing himself as a regular top ten challenger in the TOCA support series.

Osborne made his BTCC debut in 2019 with series newcomer EXCELR8 Motorsport, completing the team’s two-car MG6 GT entry and scoring points on the team’s home turf at Snetterton.

In his sophomore BTCC campaign, Osborne tackled fresh challenges in his MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Honda Civic Type R (FK2), securing two top ten finishes.

Having moved to Racing with Wera & Photon Group in 2021, Osborne continued in the Motorbase Performance-backed Ford Focus ST in 2022, under the Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan banner alongside Ollie Jackson. He kicked off the year with his best qualifying performance of the year and would conclude the campaign fourth in the highly-competitive Jack Sears Trophy battle.

In 2023, we see Osborne join NAPA Racing UK’s line-up, as part of the then Motorbase Performance-run squad’s expanded four-car line-up.

Returning to the newly named Alliance Racing-run NAPA Racing UK, Osborne looks to add to his 14 point-score finishes of 2023.

Ronan Pearson

Pearson had an impressive 2022 campaign, where he took three race wins to spearhead EXCELR8’s championship assault in the BTCC supporting MINI CHALLENGE series.

As a member of EXCELR8’s BTCC Young Driver Development Programme, Pearson also spent the 2022 season working alongside its title-winning BTCC team to gain insight into what is required to compete at the highest level of British motorsport.

In 2023, Ronan Pearson made his BTCC debut as a part of EXCELR8 Motorsport’s line-up. The Scot impressed during his rookie season narrowly missing out on his first podium with his best finish of the season being fourth place, at his home race of Knockhill. This season Pearson will have his sights firmly set on the Jack Sears’ Trophy after finishing fifth in 2023.

Bobby Thompson

Bobby Thompson makes his return to the BTCC after a shortened 2023 season and missing Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2024 season. Returning in the fourth WSR-run BMW for Zeus Cloud Racing with WSR.

Thompson was a Ford Fiesta champion before making his way to VW Cup racing. This is where he would be introduced to two BTCC teams driving for both Team HARD and Power Maxed Racing. Winning the VW Cup in 2017, Thompson made the step up to the BTCC in a Volkswagen with Team HARD.

The Hornchurch-born driver continued to work his way up the order before a crash in 2020 saw him miss the next round due to concussion. Subsequently, he missed the majority of 2021 before making a return to the MINI Challenge UK.

In 2022 he would come back to the BTCC in the Cupra Leon with Team HARD. His best BTCC season to date saw Thompson win the Jack Sears' Trophy retaining his spot on the grid fro 2023. The following year would agai be in the Cupra Leon before having a shortened season due to financial constraints.

The #19 returns to the BTCC paddock in 2024 at the third round of the season at Snetterton. A track in which BMW's have run well at in the previous five years, securing the most wins and podiums of any manufacturer at the circuit in this time frame. A great starting point to what is a welcome return to a fan favourite.

Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson joined CarStore Power Maxed Racing with a wealth of racing expertise, having contested high-level GT machinery since 2015; examples include the FIA World Endurance Championship, the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, GT World Challenge Europe and British GT.

Watson began his motor racing career at the age of 15, in the Ginetta Junior Ireland Championship, making regular podiums through to 2011.

The Northern Irishman’s resume also includes experience driving in major endurance events such as the Daytona 24 Hours and Spa 24 Hours, and Watson has enjoyed further success on the world stage in the FIA WEC with class podiums at the 6 Hours of Monza and 8 Hours of Bahrain alongside a class podium at the Bathurst 12 Hour.

In 2023, Watson claimed the Jack Sears’ Trophy in his first season of BTCC racing, taking the title ahead of rookie teammate Mikey Doble. 

A champion in his first season, Watson moves to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK for his second season in 2024, immediately moving up to a manufacturer drive.