Wednesday, December 29, 2010
CBT: Chasing BTCC Trophy
The Sun – TWO of the biggest names in touring car racing, Audi and Toyota, will return to the UK's premier series next year. A pair of Audi A4s will be entered in the British Touring Car Championship by new team Rob Austin Racing.
And two squads will make their debuts in the series using Toyota's Avensis model.
Both Audi and Toyota were BTCC front-runners in the 1990s, the German marque taking the title in 1996 with Frank Biela. The entries will increase the number of manufacturers represented on the grid to nine, making the BTCC one of the world's most varied championships.
They have come about thanks to the series' "Next Generation Touring Car" rules, which aim to slash costs by 50 per cent through more standardised parts.