Mark Blundell Announces Racing Retirement

Mark Blundell won't contest another BTCC season. Image thanks to BTCC / Jakob Ebrey.

Mark Blundell has announced that he won’t return to contest a second BTCC season in 2020, as the former F1 and Le Mans podium finisher called time on his racing career.

Blundell, who campaigned in a Trade Price Cars Audi S3 in the 2019 season finished 27th in the overall standings with two points finishes coming at Brands Hatch Indy and Silverstone. He also ended the season 18th in the independent driver’s standings.

A Class C1 winner at Le Mans in 1992, and a triple podium finisher in F1 with Ligier and Tyrrell, Blundell also enjoyed wins in CART and the American Le Mans Series in his racing career which stretched back to Formula Ford at the age of 17.

Speaking about the decision, Blundell told his social media followers “Time to let the cat out of the bag and sign off from my racing career. For 30 years I’ve given my all behind the wheel, met the most amazing people and enjoyed moments I’ll never forget. Last year’s BTCC adventure was exactly that, and I loved the challenge of getting back behind the wheel – there can’t be too many grandads who have raced in the series!”

Blundell also hinted at a continued presence in the BTCC paddock, but in a non-racing driver capacity as well as revealing plans to grow his agency, MB Partners.

“2020 is a huge year ahead for all our drivers at MB Partners along with the next stage in the growth of the agency and who knows, I might still be found in the BTCC paddock this year one way or another. There are too many people to thank along the way but a massive thank you to all my family and friends, and also all the fans who helped me keep my foot in when the going got tough.”

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