RORY Collingbourne returns to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB grid this weekend as he joins the most successful team in series history, Redline Racing, for the 2018 season finale at Brands Hatch.

Collingbourne will team up alongside current championship leader Dino Zamparelli and series debutant Mike Wilds, with the former targeting an historic eleventh Carrera Cup GB driver's title for the Redline team.

The Newport racer, who celebrated his 21st birthday earlier this month, made his championship debut at the start of the 2018 campaign as he contested three of the first four meetings, with an impressive introduction seeing him battle at the front of the Pro-Am field from the off.

Collingbourne was no stranger to the BTCC support paddock having previously competed in the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2015 and 2016 before making a superb transition to sportscar racing last year as a podium finisher in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series.

With a tally of four class podium finishes from his first six Carrera Cup GB races, Collingbourne is now determined to secure a class victory at Brands Hatch as he races with support from Whitson Prestige and as an ambassador for children's charity Dreams and Wishes.

Collingbourne said: "I'm really looking forward to getting back on the Porsche Carrera Cup GB grid. I feel I got up to speed well in the first three rounds, especially considering I signed the deal only two days before media day, and we should have come away with a win.

"To get the early podium success was fantastic, however with contact in three of the last four races we contested, our chances for the championship were over so we decided to step back, reassess our plans and now we're coming back as a warm-up for 2019.

"Redline are the most successful team in the championship and I can't wait to race with them. I'm looking forward to seeing what performance I can produce with the car in a new team, and hopefully I can make that final step up to winning in class and competing with the pros.

"I've been out of the seat for a couple of months now so a few guys will be fresher than me, but I go to Brands Hatch with nothing to lose.

"The Pro-Am front-runners will be having to look at the title picture and count points, but I've got none of those pressures.

"I'm going full attack. I'm with the best team, with the best package and I'm going out there firmly with the intention of qualifying well and then battling for the class wins. I want to end my season on a high and then be ready for a title assault in 2019."

The 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season finale starts with two free-practice sessions around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on Friday, with qualifying following the next day ahead of Sunday's two races, the second of which will be televised live on ITV4.