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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Tue Dec 07 2010, 11:45

    To add to the Dan Welch rumour:
    Dan Welch/ Welch Motorsport looking at running a 1 car team next year - no idea as to what car other than the team manager would like to race something different from anyone else according to the BTC forum

    Possibly the worst covered up rumour so far this year:
    Motorbase seem to be up to something - considering they have always said they were a rear-wheel drive only team, there seems to be good reason to believe they will be racing Fords next year - team has been renamed Airwaves Racing, and the Racing part of their logo is in the Ford Racing font. Don't know if they are the new 2011 Focus or the 2010 Arena cars yet though, although word has it that the 2010 Arena cars have been sold recently
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Wed Dec 08 2010, 12:34

    Motorbase/Ford/ Airwaves Racing confirmed:

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    Airwaves BMW switches to Ford

    The Airwaves BMW team will switch to Ford Focuses for the 2011 BTCC season, purchasing the three cars built by Arena Motorsport and will run with the new Mountune developed NGTC-spec engine.
    The Motorbase Performance team will compete as Airwaves Racing in 2011, with the brand entering a third year in title sponsorship of the Kent based squad.

    The team are also hoping to run all three cars in this year’s British Touring Car Championship.

    “From the point of view of the team going forward we need to progress, and I don’t think we can progress with what we’ve got," said Team Principal David Bartrum to TouringCarTimes.

    “This opportunity came up and it was too good to miss.”

    “We’ll have exactly the same engine (as Arena). The first time it runs in anger in the first race it will be the same in engine in both cars for the first time.”

    The new cost saving Next Generation Touring Car platform comes into force for all teams in 2011 after a limited engine development programme by Eurotech and Pinkney Motorsport in 2010. Airwaves Racing are now the latest team to switch to the S2000 chassis with NGTC engine combination.

    “The engine saving is obviously a major thing,” said Bartrum.

    “The two-litre turbo NGTC Mountune engine is very cost effective, and it’s a good engine.”

    “For us it’s a must, we’re a young team, we’ve not been in touring cars long and we can’t afford to have a year where we’re not going forwards….this package will enable us to do that hopefully.”

    Airwaves Racing’s chief rival in the BTCC independents’ championship was Arena this season, with the Aon backed squad claiming the drivers’ title with Tom Chilton. With Arena now becoming the chassis and parts supplier to Airwaves Racing, Airwaves don’t expect to be running second best to the indie champions either:
    “You always want to go up and race against everyone who wants to race you, and you want to do the best against them. Whether it’s Arena, Dynamics, West Surrey, Chevrolet – whoever it may be, we want to beat them and as a small independent team it’s quite tough to do and that’s why we want the best equipment available for us to do it with.”

    David Bartrum has a history racing Fords in UK Motorsport, winning the 1998 Ford Saloon Car Championship in a Ford Escort Cosworth with 11 wins from 14 races, as well as racing with BTCC regular Dave Pinkney in the Esso Production Saloon Championship in the late 80s in Sierras.

    “My own background is quite heavily Ford funnily enough, so it feels comfortable…we needed a two-litre turbo-charged engine and there isn’t one available (for the BMW) at the moment.”

    "We could have carried on with the BMW, and I really am genuinely quite sad about not running the BMW, it’s a fantastic car, and their touring car heritage is massive…but if I’ve got to move brand, then a Ford it will be”.

    The team have not confirmed drivers for next year, recently evaluating drivers Liam Griffin, George Richardson, Tim Bridgman and Ben Collins in the BMW 320si at Brands Hatch, but Bartrum admitted:
    “We want to keep Mat Jackson, Mat’s blisteringly quick in front or rear-wheel drive…we’ve not got anything concrete done yet but I’m sure we’ll be there and we will be running three cars.”
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Wed Dec 08 2010, 12:35

    BMW moaning about NGTC (What a shock) Rolling Eyes

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    BMW "not happy" with NGTC regulations

    BMW recently confirmed that they are going to continue supporting the S2000 regulations with the new 1.6 turbo engine for customer teams. But the new NGTC regulations set for the BTCC is something BMW is not happy with.
    "We are obviously not happy that the BTCC in the UK takes a different path," said BMW Motorsport boss Mario Theissen to motorsport-total.com.
    The touring car scene of the world is currently in an unstable state with several different regulations turning up. FIA and WTCC are set for S2000 with the new 1.6 turbo engine, BTCC introduces the all-new NGTC regulations, STCC considers both NGTC and Solution-F and DTM is going to introduce all-new regulations from 2012.

    The fact that both BTCC and STCC are moving away from S2000 is something BMW is not happy with.

    "We find it hard to understand that the Swedes want to follow this path. It is quite clear that we will not build a new car for those regulations," said Theissen.

    Theissen instead opens the door to build a S2000 version of the next 3-series generation, set for launch in 2012, despite the fact that they have pulled out as a factory team in the WTCC.

    "We are going to continue to support the S2000 class, as long as it is the leading regulations. We are going to consider a successor [to the current 320si E90] during the coming twelve months," said Theissen.
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Sun Dec 12 2010, 12:59

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    This has been accidentally uploaded to the BTCC website without a press release it seems before it was removed from where the public could see it.

    Presume official press release will be coming within teh next 24 hours - but this covers the Audi rumours - seems to be another team stepping up from teh Ginetta G50s
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by mardionu on Sun Dec 12 2010, 14:39

    virtual tuning Smile
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Sun Dec 12 2010, 17:24

    man, I hope that happens....!! :checkeredflag:


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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Alex Koda on Sun Dec 12 2010, 18:01

    Looks fake to me detective but I wish this is true bounce


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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Sun Dec 12 2010, 19:45

    Alex Koda wrote:Looks fake to me detective but I wish this is true bounce

    It's a photoshop job - the image is captioned something like "Artist's impression of Rob Austin's Audi". Apparently it's a photoshop of a Superstars Audi, but it's been uploaded to the BTCC site and Rob Austin has been hinting on their facebook that something is going on - probably going to be released tomorrow I think Wink

    The original rumour came from the same person who said that Arena's Fords had been sold to Motorbase so should be pretty reliable... hopefully :biggrin:
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    Re: BTCC 2011

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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Mon Dec 13 2010, 10:34

    Confirmation of the Audi project between Rob Austin Racing and GPR Motorsport who will be building the cars:

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    Rob Austin Racing planning to enter Audis


    Rob Austin Racing plans to step up to the BTCC with a pair of Audi A4s prepared to the new NGTC regulations in 2011.
    BTCC.net confirms the team plans to enter two cars, which will be prepared by GPR Motorsport, who have already developed the template Toyota Avensis which will be used by Speedworks and Dynojet Racing next season.

    GPR Motorsport's owners have a background working with Audi, and this will be the first non Toyota Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) in the BTCC also developed by GPR Motorsport.

    The team has released this artist's impression, based on Audi Sport Italia's Audi RS4 which has raced in the Italian SuperStars series.

    The team hopes to have the car ready in early March, giving them a month to prepare before the first round at Brands Hatch on April 3rd.
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Mon Dec 13 2010, 14:50

    2011 could be a wicked year !!! :checkeredflag:


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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Mon Dec 13 2010, 16:21

    From Shaun Hollemby's twitter - presume the 3rd SEAT is the one rumoured for Welch Motorsport:

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    "BTCC will look like a round of the VAG Trophy next year: 1 VW, 2 Audis and up to 3 SEATS! Gonna be fun!"
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Fri Jan 07 2011, 18:42

    Didn't see this one coming:

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    Special Tuning expand to (up to) four Leons:

    The Special Tuning UK team could run as many as four SEAT Leons in 2011’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

    Team principal John Boardman has confirmed his squad has acquired a fourth S2000-spec Leon chassis to add to the three already in his squad’s workshops in Preston, Lancashire.

    All four cars will be adapted to run with turbocharged engines built to the BTCC’s new Next Generation Touring Car technical regulations. It has opted to undertake its own engine development programme based on SEAT's TFSI powerplant.

    Boardman said: "This new Leon chassis was previously raced very successfully by Adam Jones and is the latest specification Leon S2000 chassis.

    “Due to the high level of interest in our 2011 BTCC programme, using the Leon and our new SEAT TFSI NGTC engine combination, we felt it necessary to obtain this additional chassis as we believe this is going to be a very competitive package. This now gives Special Tuning Racing the capability of running up to four cars.”

    Special Tuning entered the BTCC for the first time in 2010 after winning one-make SEAT titles in the UK and Spain. Its maiden season, as a single-car entry, was hugely impressive with driver Tom Boardman twice leading races and achieving four top six finishes.

    In a statement the team said it has already signed one driver for 2011 and is in advanced talks with several more. In addition, it also has an intensive pre-season testing programme planned, beginning with three days of running in Spain.

    Boardman concluded: “We are taking the 2011 season very seriously, the team firmly has its sights set on winning the Independents title next year and, with the highly experienced engineering team we have behind us combined with the Leon chassis and NGTC engine, we think this is a very achievable target.”
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Wed Jan 12 2011, 19:09

    Motorbase Announce their first 2 drivers, hopefully another announcement or 2 due tomorrow, as WSR have a BMW on the MSV stand at Autosport and a fair few other teams are there.

    Sunshine also have their Integras up for sale, and two of the ex-Maxtreme SEAT Toledos have been sold.

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    Mat Jackson (and Liam Griffin) confirmed for Airwaves Racing


    Mat Jackson has been confirmed as one of three drivers for Airwaves Racing in the British Touring Car Championship 2011.
    "This is a deal I've spent a long time looking at and to me it makes very good sense. This time we've got everything sorted early, know exactly where we need to focus our energies and therefore have a great opportunity to hit the ground running come round one at Brands Hatch," said Jackson.
    Jackson drove a BMW for the team during the 2010 BTCC season, finishing seventh in the championship.

    "I'm delighted that we've got Mat back with us again this year. He's an extremely talented driver and he works hard. It's great to have him on board again for 2011," said team boss David Bartrum.

    Jackson is going to drive one of the teams newly acquired Ford Focuses that will be powered by the new NGTC engine.

    "Things are coming together nicely ahead of the new season. We've got two of our three drivers in place, some great guys in the team and we’ve got some great sponsors on board," said Bartrum.

    While the third driver in the team is yet to be revealed, one of Jackson's team mates will be Liam Griffin, who is stepping up from Carrera Cup UK.

    "It will be a year of learning for Liam, but he'll have plenty of support from an experienced team. He had a good season with us in the Porsches last year and it’s great that he’s able to make the step up to the BTCC," said Bartrum.

    The team is scheduled to start pre-season testing at Brands Hatch next month.
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Thu Jan 13 2011, 03:16

    Mountune ready for expanded programme
    Mountune Racing will be heavily involved in the BTCC this season with a possible six car programme with Arena Motorsport and Motorbase Performance.

    We spoke to Roger Allen, General Manager at Mountune Racing about how preparations for the 2011 season were going.
    TcT: The 2010 season was a pretty good one for Mountune, winning the independents title with Arena in the second season with the Focus?

    "Yes, well, it obviously didn’t happen overnight, and when Arena saw us in the middle of 09 and said could we help, we said yes we could, as it was an engine we knew very well – and that enabled us to get going very quickly and produce the first engine in three weeks for the Snetterton meeting last year and gradually chipped away at it."

    "This year (2010) they decided that with the benefit of involvement from Calor they wanted to go LPG. We had done a little work on LPG for Jonathan Palmer’s group – they run all their corporate fleet on LPG…the team were doing it for commercial and performance reasons, so we said yeah, we’ll look into it."

    "Power was the question that was laid at our door all through the season, and it was a little bit frustrating as we had developed the engine hand in glove with TOCA, and we kept rigidly to the regulations that they laid down."

    TcT: This year will be a new challenge supplying engines to both Motorbase as well as Arena, after a strong year with the two Tom's. How do you see that going?

    "They’re a good little pair of drivers (Tom Chilton & Tom Onslow-Cole) and we rate them highly, as is the team – Arena are one of the best teams we’ve ever worked with and we've worked with quite a few over the years. Nice and easy, know what they want to do, how they want to do it, and it’s all done in a very calm, efficient way, everyone’s not at everyone’s throat, there’s no hidden politics and that’s good – you can see why they get results, because that’s the way to go motor racing."

    "And Motorbase…everyone here’s got high hopes with Motorbase, everyone knows they can work Dave Bartrum, very straight forward person, very experienced and they’re looking forward to it."

    "We’d hope to see Mat Jackson in one of the seats as Mat drove with us in Super Production Focuses a few years back with GR Motorsport, and obviously Mat, his brother Dan and father Tony run a Ford dealership – and we’re involved with them on our road car side, Mountune Performance. We’ve enjoyed working with Mat and Tony so it’d be good to rejoin them with that association if he’s going to drive for them." * Confirmed today.


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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Thu Jan 13 2011, 16:45

    Silverstone set for Media Day in March
    Silverstone is going to host the annual Media Day for the British Touring Car Championship on March the 24th. The event features a test day as well as an opportunity for media to meet with the drivers and teams of the championship.
    Silverstone is also going to host the final race weekend of the year on the 16th of October.

    The Media Day is going to be available for the general public, with free access to the grandstand at Brooklands and Luffield as well as access to the BTCC paddock, with start from 13.00 GMT.


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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Thu Jan 13 2011, 19:22

    A few more bits:

    Pirtek Racing confirm 2 car team for Andy Jordan and Jeff Smith:

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    In today's Autosport, I haven't received my copy yet but it says that Dan Welch and Welch Motorpsort will lodge a 1 car entry, in full NGTC spec

    Hollemby's Golf and the WSR BMW were sporting the race numbers on the windows, so it looks like they're going to remove the race numbers from the doors: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Sat Jan 15 2011, 03:38

    well RML is confirmed for this year

    "Ray Mallock also confirmed that the team’s BTCC programme will see the Cruze run as expected on the normally aspirated 2.0 litre S2000 engine which the team used last year in both championships, once the commercial deals are all in place"



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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Sun Jan 16 2011, 18:51

    The latest article on Touring Car Times pretty much confirms WSR will be racing BMWs again:

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    Difficult situation for them really, considering there seems to be no sign of any decent sponsors so far again, rumours on the BTCC forum suggest Andy Neate could be off to Arena Ford - based on what people heard at teh Autosport Show (makes sense considering there were no Ceravision logos on the WSR car at the Autosport Show).

    Another piece of gossip from Autosport according to that forum was that Tom Onslow Cole could be on his way to Airwaves Racing

    Surely even the Swindon NGTC engine would be better and one hell of a lot cheaper than dealing with BMW over the s2000 engines, considering it's pretty much an orphaned car with BMW not doing anything with the 2 litre engine now.
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Sun Jan 30 2011, 00:08

    Runners & Riders

    Green = S2000 Car & Engine
    Blue = S2000 Car & NGTC Engine
    Red = NGTC Car & Engine
    Orange = BTC Spec

    Confirmed:

    1. Jason Plato - Chevrolet Cruze
    2. Shaun Hollemby - AMD Milltek VW Golf
    3. Matt Neal - Honda Racing
    4. Gordon Shedden - Honda Racing
    5. Matt Jackson - Airwaves Racing Ford
    6. Liam Griffin - Airwaves Racing Ford

    7. Tony Hughes - Speedworks Toyota Avensis
    8. Frank Wrathall - Dynojet Toyota Avensis

    9. Arthur Forster - Forster Motorsport BMW
    10. Martin Depper - Forster Motorsport (will start with BMW, wants to sell and buy FWD car.

    11. Jeff Smith - Pirtek Racing Vectra
    12. Andy Jordan - Pirtek Racing Vectra


    13. TBA Chevrolet Cruze (MacDowell?)

    14. TBA Arena Motorsport Ford (Chilton?)
    15. TBA Arena Motorsoirt (Andy Neate?)

    16. TBA Rob Austin Racing Audi
    17. TBA Rob Austing Racing Audi

    18. TBA Special Tuning Racing SEAT (Boardman?)
    19. TBA Special Tuning Racing SEAT
    20. TBA Special Tuning Racing SEAT (Believed to have 3 drivers signed)

    21. Rob Collard - WSR BMW??

    Rumours:

    22. Lea Wood - Central Group BTC Integra
    23. TBA Chevrolet Cruze (3rd car possible)
    24. TBA WSR BMW

    25. TBA Airwaves Racing Ford (Tom Onslow-Cole been rumoured)
    26. TBA Arena Motorsport Ford

    27. TBA Speedworks Toyota Avensis
    28. TBA Sunshine/ Techspeed (Paul O'Neill - Civic?)
    29. TBA Sunshine/ Techspeed (Civic?)

    30. Dan Welch - Welch Motorsport (NGTC Spec car?)


    Other rumours:

    4th Special Tuning Leon
    Matt Hamilton
    Triple Eight
    James Nash?
    James Kaye?
    Martin Johnson?
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Sun Jan 30 2011, 00:14

    ^^^^^ Think I have covered most the ones I can think of ^^^^^
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Sun Jan 30 2011, 03:13

    coming on strong.... Wink


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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Mon Jan 31 2011, 16:44

    Rob Austin Racing confirm RWD and custom engines

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    BTCC newcomers Rob Austin Racing have announced they plan to run custom developed 2.0 litre engines in their debut season as well as rear-wheel drive Audi A4s.
    The team will use engines developed by Stockport based Ric Wood Motorsport in their Audi A4 chassis cars, which will be developed to the new NGTC engine specification.

    This means there will be two development streams for Volkswagen-Audi Group engines with Special Tuning Racing & AmD Milltek Racing developing a seperate unit.

    "We have considered a number of options including the TOCA engine but felt that the Audi A4 should have a VW/Audi group engine and that it should be prepared by someone that we know and trust," said Team Principal Rob Austin.

    The team has also surprisingly confirmed that the car in development by GPR Motorsport, who have built the Toyota Avensis for Dynojet Racing and Speedworks Motorsport, will feature a rear-wheel drive configuration, in difference to the A4's usual front-wheel or all-wheel drive layout.

    "We can’t wait for the season to get under way so that we can prove that the decision to go with the Rear Wheel Drive A4 was the right choice." added Austin.

    Engine partner Ric Wood added "I am delighted and excited to get the opportunity to show our skills in the BTCC. I feel certain that the Audi A4 with Ric Wood power is going to be the perfect car to demonstrate the
    effectiveness of the NGTC regulations."
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Wed Feb 09 2011, 16:22

    A few announcements in the past few days:

    1. Lea Wood returning in his BTC spec Honda Integra:

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    Wood To Race Integra Despite Weight Penalty

    Lea Wood, who made his debut in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship last season is returning to the series for his second consecutive season.

    Wood will be using the BTC-spec Honda Integra which he used last season despite having to incur the weight penalties brought on by using the dated car. A +50kg weight penalty will be added to the car for the duration of the season after Alan Gow, series director, made a U-turn to allow the BTC-spec cars for one further season.

    “We choose to use the Integra as we know the car very well after running the car last year and we would rather take the weight penalty than try and learn something new that could give alot of teething problems,” said Greg Wood from Team Wood Racing.

    “When you work on a tight budget as we do we felt there wasn’t many cars available to us that would still be as fast as the Integra.”

    Lea Wood contesting in seven of the ten rounds last season, narrowly missing out on top ten finishes on three occasions when he finished in 11th at Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Donington Park.

    Greg went on to say, We’ve stripped a lot of weight out the car which was down to poor maintanence before we had it so we can get it on to the limit and then put our ballast back where we want to which will help us. With all the new cars on the grid that could have there fair share of gremlins we hope our reliability will help pick up some top 10 finishes.”

    The teams travel to Silverstone for the BTCC Media Day on March 24th before heading to Brands Hatch for the first round of the season on April 3rd/4th.
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Wed Feb 09 2011, 16:23

    2. WSR to return with up to 3 BMWs:

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    WSR committed to BTCC

    West Surrey Racing has this morning re-affirmed its commitment to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, hinting that it could run as many as three BMWs in 2011’s series.

    Dick Bennetts’ famous squad, which won the BTCC title outright in 2009, has been a part of the grid every year since first entering in 1996 and is recognised as one of the pit lane’s ‘grandee’ teams.

    An official WSR statement confirmed the team’s plans to continue with Super 2000-specification versions of BMW’s 320si model which it has used since 2007. The statement read: “WSR will run two or potentially three BMW 320si using two-litre normally aspirated engines which are currently being updated. The team expects that these updates, together with further chassis enhancements, will make the BMWs even more competitive.”

    And team principal Bennetts commented: “We are really looking forward to running the BMWs in the BTCC again this year as they are a very good race car and, with the updates being done for 2011, I know we should be in with a chance. We will be aiming for regular podiums.

    "Robert Collard had a lot of bad luck last year and, when we analysed the season, we should have finished a lot higher. We’ve had the most reliable cars on the grid for a few years now and will be looking to get points in the bag early on whilst some of the others may be finding their feet with the new NGTC technical regulations.”

    He added: “We’re close on signing two drivers and will be announcing some new sponsors in the near future. The third seat is still up for grabs and we’re working hard on filling it. With the BTCC’s superb ITV package now broadcast in HD (High Definition) it will provide even better exposure for sponsors.”

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