Vauxhall news good for BTCC
Firms are remembering just what a race programme can do
Vauxhall joining the British Touring Car Championship with Power Maxed Racing is a huge boost for the series, and hopefully it can return the brand to the glory days it has enjoyed in the category.
It should be one of five manufacturer-constructor entries on the grid in 2017 alongside WSR-BMW, Dynamics-honda, Triple Eight-mg and Team Bmr-subaru. That is a pretty healthy roster given the landscape that is emerging elsewhere on planet motorsport. And, from what we hear at Motorsport News, this will not be the end of the positive announcements on the horizon concerning the BTCC.
Firms are no longer willing to plough in the millions of pounds that they used to, particularly not for what is only a domestic campaign. Gone are the free spending Super Touring days, but in their place have come a set of regulations which allow a manufacturer to take a close look at the series without giving the bean counters a heart attack.
The legacy of a strong race programme doesn’t last for 12 months, it lasts a lot longer, and the BTCC is giving manufacturers the platform to build that history. Matt James, Editor (Twitter: @Mattjmnews)