|Kptk92 was behind the wheel of the Megane at Tsukuba testing and was setting front running times immediately|
BTCC Season 5 Champion Kptk92 has confirmed that he will attempt to defend his title with Renault.
The move comes as a surprise to most within the paddock, as SEAT appeared the most likely to retain their driver who brought them the Driver's Title for the first time in three seasons and also participated in the first pre-season test at Sedona with them, but the switch was finalised quickly with both parties agreeing terms within hours.
The announcement was made moments after the final pre-season test at Tsukuba had concluded, where Kptk92 got his first taste of the squad's season 6 challenger, the Megane. In the paddock after the test, Kptk92 said: "Renault are a race winning team in this series and they know what it takes to win again. They've never been able to sustain a full challenge for the title even though it's apparent that the car has been quick. I want to make this car a regular front runner, the team deserve their chance of success and I'm looking forward to seeing what the partnership between myself and the team can produce."
The partnership got off to a perfect start at Tsukuba, with the Renault scoring 4 victories in 5 races and the team will now be full of confidence when the season kicks off next week at Road Atlanta.
Renault are the first of two teams to announce a driver addition to their team, as Volvo also confirmed that they would be retaining oHoncho for the forthcoming season. It is widely expected that Ford will make a move to bring oO Troggy Oo back after a disappointing season with Chevrolet but it remains to be seen where title protagonists x Shuffle and o0o JAM1E o0o will end up.