Nathan Edwards will look to build on a strong end to the 2022 season after confirming his return to the Vertu Motors MINI CHALLENGE Trophy for a third full campaign.

Edwards will continue with the same EXCELR8 team that he rejoined mid-way through the last season, having initially made his series debut with the Suffolk-based squad back in 2020.

Having started the year with MRM, Edwards returned to EXCELR8 ahead of round four of the year at Thruxton and would end the year as one of the form drivers in the series with a run of seven top ten finishes in the final eight races.

The Brands Hatch season finale saw Edwards qualify on the second row of the grid before a double podium finish in wet conditions helped him to break into the top ten in the championship standings.

Having retained the support of a number of key commercial partners over the winer, Edwards now heads into 2023 looking to maintain that strong form, which his goal being to push for race wins and a championship challenge..

“After rejoining EXCELR8 halfway through 2022, it was plain to see the upwards trend in results – which culminated in the double podium at Brands Hatch,” he said. “The aim for this season is to continue on that same trajectory, to score more podiums and to get onto the top step.

“Working with EXCELR8 has been fantastic and I’m full of confidence that they will be able to help me achieve my goals not only this season but into the future.

“We’ve worked hard away from the track to make this season happen and I’m determined to repay the faith of my loyal partners Intercleanse, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions and WP Commercials.”

Team owner Justina Williams welcomed news that Edwards would remain with the EXCELR8 squad.

“When Nathan rejoined the team last year, we knew we were getting a driver who had the potential to run at the front of the Cooper field, as he then went on to show at Brands Hatch,” she said.

“Having ended 2022 in such strong fashion, we have high hopes for Nathan for the season ahead and are confident that it won’t be long until we see him on the top step of the podium.”