EXCELR8 Motorsport has announced the signing of Bradley Gravett in a move that will see him switch from Graves Motorsport as part of an expanded Quaife MINI CHALLENGE programme.

The son of 1990 British Touring Car Champion Robb, Gravett will join the Suffolk-based team for the remainder of the current JCW season – which has two rounds still to run – ahead of a full campaign with the multiple champions in 2023.

The 28-year-old will then return for a full season with the multiple championship-winning outfit in 2023 as he bids to further his career development – with the ultimate goal of following in his father’s footsteps and competing in Britain’s premier racing series.

The 28-year-old joined the JCW grid last season after a year in the Cooper class, and secured a brace of top twelve finishes en-route to third in the Rookie Cup.

Starting the current campaign with his strongest showing in the series to date at Donington Park, Gravett secured a career best seventh place in the final race of the weekend although a challenging run of form has seen him slip to 14th in the points.

Eager to end the 2022 season in the best possible shape, and with an eye on progressing in his career, Gravett will now make his debut in EXCELR8 Motorsport colours when the JCW field heads to Silverstone next month for the penultimate weekend of the season.

“I am very excited to be moving across to join EXCELR8 Motorsport for the remainder of the 2022 MINI CHALLENGE season, and it is fantastic for me to already have a deal in place with them for 2023,” he said.

“The team is one of the most professional in the British Touring Car paddock, and I feel that it provides me with the tools that I need to develop as a driver and to take my racing to the next level.

“I feel this is a hugely positive move for my career, and with a competitive car underneath me, I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”

Team Owner Justina Williams meanwhile said she was delighted to welcome Gravett into the EXCELR8 line-up.

“Bradley is a driver who has shown glimpses of what he is capable of on track, and has made clear progress since he joined the JCW grid last year,” she said.

“Bringing him onboard provides us with the chance to start work ahead of next year, but also strengthens our line-up as we look to challenge for honours during the remaining rounds of the current season.

“We’re looking forward to helping him to develop as a driver, and I’m confident he has plenty to give on track.”

With Gravett keen to one day make the move into touring cars, father Robb expressed confidence that the move to EXCELR8 would help him to reach his goal.

“The opportunity to join forces with EXCELR8 is a hugely exciting one for Bradley as it is not only the benchmark team in the MINI CHALLENGE, but is also firmly established as a front-running force in the BTCC – which is where Bradley ultimately wants to compete in the future,” he said.

“The level of professionalism throughout the team is clear to see, and the attention to detail that goes into everything it does is reflected in the success it has enjoyed on track through the years.

“I know from my own time racing that in such a highly-competitive championship, the importance of good preparation cannot be underestimated. I am in no doubt that EXCELR8 is the best possible team to provide Bradley with everything he needs at this stage of his career, and this is a hugely exciting move to help him realise his potential on track.”