British Touring Car Championship team Tech-Speed/sunshine.co.uk will continue with Paul O'Neill behind the wheel of one of their Honda Integra's. The team will also continue with the old BTC specifications on their cars. "I'm just as excited as when things fell into place at the start of last season, only this time we can all go into the first round with a lot more experience," said team boss Chris Brown to BTCC.net.
"We didn't get the cars until the end of February last year, whereas this time around we'll have had the winter break to work on them and prepare," said Brown.
The team is aiming for a second car and possibly a third one. "With Paul on-board, we've of course got a driver who can offer a lot of experience and tuition. He'd be a perfect team-mate from that point of view."
With a 3rd place at Snetterton as best result last season the team is hoping for more this time. "Of course it'd be nice to steal a win and Paul certainly has got what it takes to win. If we were to get a first win and it was with him then it would be pretty special."
British tuning company AmD has announced their intent to take part in the British Touring Car Championship with a Volkswagen Golf.
"We are really proud to be bringing the Volkswagen name back into top-line touring cars," said Shaun Hollamby of AmD at their webpage.
"We have been working on a plan to move up to the BTCC arena after winning the Dunlop Sportmaxx Cup in 2009 and a BTCC VW Golf is a perfect fit," said Hollamby.
Hollamby has previously driven some single seaters but most recently taken part in the Volkswagen Racing Cup.
The Volkswagen Golf Hollamby is going to take part with is in S2000 specification, more or less.
The car is powered with a two liter, naturally aspirated, four cylindered engine - the same engine used by Kristoffersson Motorsport in the Audi A4 of the Swedish Touring Car Championship. The car has been raced in Estonia and Finland previously.
"Starting with a new car package, we expect 2010 to be a gradual development season but I am confident I can get a few competitive results.
Winning races is not a realistic target at this stage but, having won races in every series in which I have competed, I would like to think I can hold my own at this level," said Hollamby.
yes they are BTCC have an agreement that anything allowed to race/win the title in STCC is eligible to run in BTCC and that Golf that has been entered is 3 door and has also got special dispensation to race
West Surrey Racing have unveiled a new design on their BMW 320si. The step down for RAC from title to co-sponsor is showing, to say the least. The previous all-orange color is long gone and replaced with the white and blue colors of Alvara.
The new sponsor for the team, Alvara, is part of Ceravision, a company developing High Efficiency Plasma (HEP) technology and lighting.
The final version of the livery of the team for the British Touring Car Championship 2010 season is not set yet and will most likely change from the one shown today.
Despite losing their title sponsor and running cars both in WTCC and ETCC West Surrey Racing might expand to a three cars in the British Touring Car Championship.
"We've got three BMW 320si's and we proved in 2009 that we have the resources to run all three cars to the same competitive level." said team boss Dick Bennetts.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
At the moment their drivers are still a question mark. Neither reigning champion Colin Turkington nor Stephen Jelley are confirmed for 2010.
"We'd very much like to retain Colin and Stephen; however we are talking to a number of other drivers for the third seat. We’re not just looking at drivers from 'tin tops' either, as Stephen has proved that you don't have to have this background to be a competitive touring car driver."
It's grown on me the more I see it, however it's only a temporary livery by the sound of things.
The blue and white are the Ceravision/ Alvara brand colours. Its only in those colours at the moment so that the car looked smart on the stand. If they get a title sponsor or a decent sized sponsor then the livery will change.
I like it but as Rob says I imagine Motorbase and Forster will me mainly white as well. I think it would look menacing in the black and silver like WSR used on the MGs in 2004 if they don't get a title sponsor
Alan Gow has refused the entry of this car and said they havent even enquired about it anyway because the Punto is too short for NGTC and hatch backs are disallowed under the NGTC regs plus its too short for S2000 touring car regs aswell