Nathan Edwards will make his debut in the JCW class of the Vertu MINI CHALLENGE in 2024 after extending his relationship with multiple champions EXCELR8.

Edwards made his debut in the Cooper class with the team back in 2020, and returned to EXCELR8 mid-way through the 2022 campaign.

Last season, Edwards bounced back from a tough start to end the year as one of the form drivers on the grid, taking four wins in the final eight races of the year, with victory at Donington Park marking his first in the series.

Having worked hard over the winter to try and secure the backing needed to make the step up into the top class, Edwards will take his place on the grid next weekend for the Donington Park season opener with hopes high of a successful campaign.

“I’m incredibly excited to be stepping up to the JCW Category this season with EXCELR8 Motorsport,” he said. “Whilst this season will be about gaining experience in the car, due to our limited testing programme, I have no doubt that I have the best team around me to get to grips with the new car, and start to show what I am capable of achieving later on in the season and into 2025. 

“We’ve worked tirelessly 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 – who have made this possible.”

Team owner Justina Williams said she confident that Edwards would be able to make an impression when he hits the track in the top class.

“We’re delighted to confirm that Nathan will be part of our JCW line-up for the 2024 on the back of a fine season in the Coopers,” she said.

“Having rejoined our line-up mid-way through 2022, it was fantastic to see him grow and develop as a driver last year and seeing him make it onto the top step of the podium for the first time at Donington Park was a real highlight.

“I know how much hard work and effort has gone in behind the scenes to make this happen, and I have no doubt that Nathan will make sure he grabs this opportunity with both hands.”