Although he was unable to break into the points last year, Parfitt was able to learn a huge amount that he hopes to benefit from in 2022, returning to rear-wheel drive in an Infiniti Q50 – the title-winning car from the past two seasons. He remains realistic, however, when it comes to what’s achievable.

“I’ve won titles in GT4 and GT3, but moving to touring cars has needed a different mindset,” he says. “We all want to win, but the reality is that it’s very unlikely I will be fighting for victories. You have to set your own targets, which almost become your personal wins, and I feel that’s the best way to approach it.

“It’s super-tough to put yourself into this position, but I’ve never F been one to shy away from a challenge, and this is the ultimate challenge for an amateur driver like myself – even more so when I have to deal with the effects of having Crohn’s.

“That’s something I need to manage, and it does have an impact when you’re up against some superfit youngsters, plus I’m the second-oldest driver on the grid, which plays a part as well! However, I won’t let Crohn’s define me and will always do the best I possibly can on track, try to connect with the fans and remember to have some fun.

“To have even made it to the BTCC is incredible, and it’s great to be a part of it.”


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