Hometown heroes Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal and fellow British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden are the first drivers to join the guest list for Autosport International 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC.
With another big season in the popular Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship set to conclude this weekend at Brands Hatch, the Honda trio will appear on the Saturday and Sunday of the 8-11 January show, as Autosport International celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Earlier this year, three months after securing his maiden BTCC title in the dramatic 2013 season finale, Jordan celebrated with local fans at the show. The Pirtek Racing driver started his title defence strongly, with a pair of victories, however a tough mid-season run at Snetterton and Knockhill hurt his chances.
With four victories, Jordan is fifth in the 2014 standings heading to this weekend’s final round, and also claimed a podium in a one-off FIA World Rallycross Championship appearance at Lydden Hill.
“Winning the British Touring Car Championship in 2013 is something I’ll always remember, and being able to share that with so many enthusiastic, local fans at Autosport International in January was special,” Jordan said.
“While ultimately this season hasn’t gone our way, we’re already planning for 2015, and Autosport International will be a great way to kick off the new year.”
Three-time champion Neal and 2012 titlist Shedden showed off their new Honda Civic Tourer at Autosport International 2014, with the estate attracting plenty of attention from BTCC fans. It has been a race winner in the hands of both drivers, with Shedden currently third in the championship and Neal eighth.
The three BTCC aces will dissect the 2014 season and look ahead to 2015 at Autosport International.
“The British Touring Car Championship has been a massively popular part of Autosport International over the years. We are delighted BTCC champions Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden will be attending the show again as we celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary.” Ian France, Autosport International Show Director, said.
Other local and international guests will be announced in the coming months, while Autosport International will also feature exclusive displays spanning karting to Formula One and exhilarating shows in the Live Action Arena. Under the same roof, the Performance Car Show in association with Autocar and PistonHeads.com will host the latest supercars and high-performance favourites.
Autosport International is spread over nine halls of the Birmingham NEC and is packed with racing cars, live action and much more. Advanced Adult tickets are available from £32, with children’s tickets priced from £21 (children under five years of age go free).
For more information about the show, visit www.autosportinternational.com.