Seat Sport UK, the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) team, has appointed Dave Ward (pictured) as race team manager. Ward, who worked with the 1996 championship winning Audi team, returns to the BTCC after a ten-year absence.
Ward has spent the past two years in the Australian V8 Supercar, where he was team manager at Ford Performance Racing and then technical director at Holden’s PWR Racing. He has also worked with Seat drivers Jason Plato and Darren Turner in the past.
Ward will work closely with Seat joint team principals Grant Clearwater and Ian Fisher in his new role. Seat UK motorsport manager Scott Dennis says: “Dave’s certainly jumping in at the deep end as we get ready for the 2008 season with a totally new package, but I’m sure his experience will enable him to rise above the challenges we’re likely to face.”
Plato and Turner confirmed in December that they would stay with the Seat team for the 2008 season. Since entering the BTCC in 2004, Seat Sport UK has contested 120 races, winning 33. It was the BTCC manufacturers champion in 2006 and the BTCC teams champion in 2007.