Twice winner of the British Touring Car Championship and third-placed in the 2007 FIA World Touring Car Championship, the Englishman is considered one of the fastest and most experienced touring car drivers worldwide.
Thompson has not driven much over the last few years, restarting his career in 2012 for only a couple of events and with a new car, the Granta.
But he is now adamant that he will be competitive as he looks to make a big impact in Slovakia.
“When we started in 2009, it was hoped we would continue and develop the car over the coming years, and so it was disappointing for everyone when the programme was stopped,” he said. “But I think that time made us stronger and better prepared for these years ahead now with the Granta.
“The team is strong and still growing as our competitiveness increases. I was quietly confident that our starting point would be much higher than ever before, because of these things and I am confident that we will surprise a lot of people.”
“We have been in the top 10 of every practice session and made Q2 on both occasions,” he added. “That was the first goal, to be consistently competitive and not just a flash in the pan. Now we must improve our performance step by step which we most certainly can.”