BTCC stole the stage at Thursday’s Autosport International Show, with livery launch after livery launch and the announcement that the championship would be continuing it’s partnership with Renault Clio Cup, who are one of the support races the trial the series across the country.
Two down, one to go for Eurotech
First up is Eurotech’s new Honda Civic Type R. The first of the three cars was shaken down in December last month and, from the team’s reactions, it went very well. The car was a hit on social media, going down very well with fans after the first images of the car were released. Car number two is ready now and three will be shortly.
Martin Depper and Jeff Smith both return to the line-up, but we’re still waiting to see who will join them.
“All of us at Eurotech are very excited about the forthcoming BTCC campaign,” said Smith. “The expansion of the team to run three cars in 2016 has made for an extremely busy winter, and all the boys have worked their socks off the keep us on schedule. Martin and I are both massively hyped about doing battle in the awesome new Civic Type R! We think it looks great – and if it’s as quick as it looks, then we should be onto a winner.”
David’s back to slay Goliath again
Also on show at the race were WIX Racing, returning to the BTCC after a team record fifth place in the teams’ championship last year. The new car was unveiled at the show, the familiar yellow and black on show once again.
“After such a strong year in 2015, I really can’t wait to go racing again!” said driver, Adam Morgan. “Our A-Class will be entering its third season in the BTCC and the development work we have carried out should make it a regular podium finished and contender for race wins.
“Although WIX Racing is only a small, family-run team, we have consistently punched above our weight and hopefully David will continue to slay Goliath on a regular basis in 2016!”
Simpson’s first taste of Autosport International as a BTCC driver
Our first glimpse of Matt Simpson’s challenger also came at the event. The BTCC new comer unveiled his new Simpson Race Exhausts banded Honda Civic Type R, which will be fielded by Speedworks Motorsport.
“It’s exciting to be unveiling my first British Touring Car,” Simpson said. “And the sheer interest and buzz around the Dunlop stand at Autosport International blew me away – to be racing in such a popular and prestigious championship is a huge deal for me.”
AmDTuning.com go for the iconic look
The iconic colours of the IMSA Audi 90 from the 80s are making a return on this year’s AmDTuning.com racer. The covers of the Audi S3 were pulled away and the car put proudly on display during the event. Having competed in five events last season, the team are looking forward to success in the coming season.
“We’re pleased to take the covers off the new-look Audi and think the end result will stand out on-track during the season ahead,” said team boss Shaun Hollamby.
“Audi has a huge amount of history and heritage in motorsport and, whilst we are an independent team, we are proud to celebrate part of that heritage in the livery we have chosen. The famous Audi stripes go well with our own red and black, and also with the colours of Cobra Exhausts who we are delighted to have on board again this season.”
Butlers Vehicle Solutions return to sponsor Moffat
And, last but not least, we have Laser Tools Racing and Aiden Moffat, who will be sponsored by Butlers Vehicle Solutions in the coming year, returning to the BTCC after sponsoring rookie drivers Mat Jackson, Tony Gilham, James Nash, and Tom Ingram.
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