Katia Loggie and Harvey Riby have been given a boost ahead of their second seasons in the Vertu MINI CHALLENGE Trophy after being named as members of EXCELR8’s driver development programme.

The pair will both take up Academy Driver roles during the 2024 season, with the deals confirmed on the eve of the opening rounds of the campaign at Snetterton.

As development drivers, Loggie and Riby will both have the opportunity to work alongside EXCELR8’s British Touring Car Championship-winning team to gain valuable knowledge and experience as they seek to move up the racing ladder.

The livery on their car will also reflect their positions on the development programme, with both drivers running colour schemes similar to those seen on EXCELR8’s four BTCC cars.

“I was already looking forward to returning to the MINI CHALLENGE Trophy this season, but the excitement levels have increased even more after being named as an Academy Driver,” Riby said.

“It’s no secret that I would love to one day compete in touring cars so the opportunity to work alongside one of the best teams in the BTCC can only benefit me as I look towards the future.

“I think the car looks mega and I’m aiming to make the most of the opportunity I have been given and make an impression on track during the year ahead.”

Loggie was also thrilled to confirm her new position within the team.

“I’m delighted to launch my car, which showcases our sponsors and supporters, and to confirm my role as an Academy Driver with EXCELR8 this season,” she said.

“Racing with the same, eye-catching car livery as the Team Bristol Street Motors BTCC outfit, alongside my sponsor Saltire Energy, makes me incredibly proud and I’m excited to start my second season as part of the MINI CHALLENGE.

“I can’t wait to begin my Graduate campaign and will be working hard to secure improved results in 2024.”