AUCKLAND – Kiwi World Superbike Racer, Aaron Slight, has joined Peugeot’s British Touring Car line-up and will compete in ten rounds of the extremely competitive series later this year.
Slight will be driving a works Peugeot 406 Coupe when he contests the Donington Park meeting in July, Croft and Oulton Park in August, then Silverstone and Donington in September.
The 35-year-old’s Peugeot drive is the result of the BTCC’s promoter wanting to attract high-profile names from other arenas of motor sport.
Peugeot is confident that Slight will do well in the series, and there is a possibility that he could be offered a full-time drive with the French team next year. Kiwi racers are held in high regard in BTCC circles, particularly with the success of fellow New Zealander, Paul Radisich.
Slight is no newcomer to the cut and thrust world of the BTCC. In 1997 he made a one-off appearance in the BTCC TOCA shootout. He qualified seventh in a 21-car field, however his car was hit in the first heat, which ended his touring car debut in spectacular fashion.
Closer to home, Slight led the 1999 Pukekohe 500 race until 20 minutes from the end, when mechanical failure ended his chances.
Slight, who started competing in 1979, is a three-times Suzuki Eight-Hour winner, Australian Superbike champion and Pan-Pacific champion. He has been a top World Superbike rider since 1992 with 13 race wins and consistent top three championship placings.
“Driving in the BTCC for the factory Peugeot team is a dream come true,” says Slight.
“To drive for a global company like Peugeot will be awesome, and I look forward to working with them.”
Bike races don’t have a reputation for mucking around or giving up easily, so BTCC fans can expect a strong showing when Slight swaps two wheels for four in July.