4-time UK Renault Clio Cup champion Rivett has been drafted in to pilot one of many squad’s 4 Ford Focuses, which follows Neate withdrawing from the latest Oulton Park assembly as a consequence of ongoing health points ensuing from COVID.
Neate contracted the virus within the five-week break between June’s assembly at Manufacturers Hatch and the journey to Oulton Park final month.
Though he had introduced a detrimental check previous to the occasion, the 46-year-old was pressured to drag out after qualifying.
Rivett will fill the seat for this weekend’s journey north of the border and the next assembly at Thruxton on 28-29 August, with Neate slated to rejoin the staff at Croft in September.
Rivett made his BTCC debut final season, contesting the Snetterton and Manufacturers Hatch rounds in a TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 ran by the AMD squad that merged with Motorbase pre-season.
The 42-year-old picked up his maiden factors end with a fifteenth place end at Manufacturers Hatch.
“I can’t wait to get into such a incredible automotive with such a incredible staff,” mentioned Rivett.
“After my first expertise in a BTCC automotive final 12 months I’ve been ready to get again out in a touring automotive ever since. Whereas it’s a nice alternative for me, I actually hope that Andy is again to full health quickly.”
Andy Neate, Motorbase Efficiency Ford Focus ST
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Neate mentioned: “Sadly COVID has actually taken a maintain of me this previous month, there’s merely no manner I may be slot in time for Knockhill or Thruxton.
“I’ll be again for the ultimate 4 rounds of the BTCC all being effectively and if issues work our okay for me. Till then I’ll be wishing Motorbase luck in my absence.”
Motorbase staff principal Pete Osborne mentioned: “Clearly our ideas are with Andy for the time being and we want him all the perfect in his restoration.
“Within the meantime we now have put our religion in Paul to do job within the subsequent two occasions.
“Paul has greater than confirmed himself within the BTCC assist package deal Clio Cup up to now and now comes again to the BTCC with expertise from final season, he is aware of the collection, the circuit and the NGTC automobiles, so will probably be fascinating for all to see how effectively he goes this weekend.”