Mike Bushell is a British racing driver who most recently competed in the British Touring Car Championship. He made BTCC debut in 2013, then raced a full season in 2015 and returned again in 2018.
In the meantime, he spent the time in the Renault UK Clio Cup, winning the championship titles two times, in 2014 and 2017.
Starting a career in one-make competitions
Born in July 1989 in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Mike Bushell started his career in karting competitions in 2004, switching to car racing in 2011. He raced in the UK Ford Fiesta one-make series, scoring one podium.
In 2012, Mike entered the Renault UK Clio Cup with his own team Mike Bushell Racing. At the wheel of the #21 car, he scored one podium in the season's finale at Brands Hatch to finish 11th in the points.
BTCC debut in a Chevrolet Cruze in 2013
In 2013, Bushell was driving the #21 Clio for three different teams (Westbourne Motorsport, Scuderia Vittoria, MBR), scoring three podiums to finish 11th in the final standings.
In August 2013, Bushell made a debut in the British Touring Car Championship, replacing Team Club 44's owner Andy Neate in his Chevrolet Cruze at Knockhill's meeting. At the wheel of the #45 Cruze, Bushell was 18th in Race 1, 17th in Race 2 and didn't finish Race 3.
2014 Renault UK Clio Cup champion Mike Bushell
Renault Clio Cup champion in 2014
For the 2014 Renault Clio Cup season, Bushell joined Team Pyro to drive the #1 Renault Clio. He was a race winner four times and added five more podiums to his account, taking the championship title with a big gap ahead of Josh Cook.
With championship trophy in his hands, Bushell was ready for a full season in BTCC in 2015.
First full season in the BTCC in 2015
In 2015, Bushell signed with AmD Tuning team. He was driving the #21 Ford Focus ST, taking five wins in the Jack Sears Trophy and finishing second in the competition. In the overall standings, his best result was the tenth place at Snetterton and he finished 23rd in the points.
Bushell had a heavy accident at Thruxton during practice, not starting in races. That accident affected his budget and he didn't return to the championship in 2016.
Mike Bushell is a two-time Renault Clio Cup champion
Renault Clio Cup champion again in 2017
Bushell returned to the Clio Cup instead, rejoining Team Pyro in 2016 to drive the #1 Renault Clio. He was on a podium twelve times, including three wins, to finish second in the championship points behind Ant Whorton-Eales.
In 2017, Bushell stayed in the Clio Cup with Team Pyro, changing a number on a car to #21. He dominated in the championship, winning nine times to take his second Clio Cup title in a career.
Joining Tony Gilham in the 2018 BTCC season
In 2018, Bushell made his second return to the BTCC, joining Tony Gilham's Team HARD to drive the #21 Volkswagen CC under the banner of Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing. He was eligible to score points for the Jack Sears Trophy, taking two JST wins in the first part of the season, with fifth place at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit as his best overall result.
At the end of the season, he was 24th in the overall standings, 16th among independent drivers and eighth in the Jack Sears Trophy classification.
He had no seat for the 2019 BTCC season, joining AmD as Sam Tordoff's substitute for the last three rounds in a Honda Civic Type R.