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Old 16 Aug 2009, 21:04 (Ref:2522576)   #1
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2010 rumour mill

Hi all,

Just wondered if anybody has heard any rumours regarding new teams/drivers/cars coming into the championship next year or any driver changes to the current grid?

Thanks!
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Old 16 Aug 2009, 22:03 (Ref:2522619)   #2
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Nothing that I've heard although I'm sure some of our members will know more than me.

I guess we've got to say Herbert is a likely candidate for a 2010 Dyanmics seat!
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Old 16 Aug 2009, 22:18 (Ref:2522623)   #3
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No idea. And generally, the only people we'd trust at this point would be those already in the championship - and only then if they were Team Dynamics, West Surrey Racing, Triple Eight or Ray Mallock Ltd.

Dodgy game this touring cars.

- We expect Team Dynamics to be there - most certainly with the Civic again.
- We expect West Surrey Racing to be there if the RAC money stays, and with BMW's.
- We hope that Triple Eight will be there, running the old Vectra still - though whispers have been mentioned around Kia's.
- Don't expect Ray Mallock to be there unless a big sponsorship drive turns up. If it does, maybe in the 2009 WTCC Cruze's - it'll be good timing as the car will just be turning up here (so maybe with Chevrolet backing?).

Kia's and Chevrolet's, hmmm. Does that sound like the Scrappage Touring Car Championship to you?
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 09:51 (Ref:2522842)   #4
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Matt Hamilton is aiming for a full 2010 programme in the (old) Honda Civic, with the final two (or three) rounds of this year being a toe in the water/extended test session.

Think the key player in the silly season is Triple 8, once they've decided what they're doing/who they're running then other stuff will fall into place around that.
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 11:42 (Ref:2522915)   #5
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That's presumably the Michael Doyle car, then?

I've not heard anything about 888 and Kias, but if they do it would obviously be with factory backing. Andy Jordan has a reasonable amount of personal sponsors (John Guest, Pirtek?), but if that would stretch to Gio or Matt Neal is another issue.

RML could stay, as I'd imagine Plato's now bringing budget and Jackson almost certainly is. If they get new backers on that is. The lack of live ITV1 coverage isn't helpful ...
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That's presumably the Michael Doyle car, then?
It's the ex-Synchro car.
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No idea. And generally, the only people we'd trust at this point would be those already in the championship - and only then if they were Team Dynamics, West Surrey Racing, Triple Eight or Ray Mallock Ltd.

Dodgy game this touring cars.

- We expect Team Dynamics to be there - most certainly with the Civic again.
- We expect West Surrey Racing to be there if the RAC money stays, and with BMW's.
- We hope that Triple Eight will be there, running the old Vectra still - though whispers have been mentioned around Kia's.
- Don't expect Ray Mallock to be there unless a big sponsorship drive turns up. If it does, maybe in the 2009 WTCC Cruze's - it'll be good timing as the car will just be turning up here (so maybe with Chevrolet backing?).

Kia's and Chevrolet's, hmmm. Does that sound like the Scrappage Touring Car Championship to you?
What about Motorbase?There's a big feature about them in last week's Autosport magazine, surely they'll be back again?
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 13:52 (Ref:2523009)   #8
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What about Motorbase?
Motorbase?

None of the forums seem to take Motorbase seriously for some reason. They get coverage in the mags, Autosport, good article last week, and Motorsport News. But no matter how hard they try, they just get ignored.

Anyway I would be really surprised if they didn't come back again with the BMW's in 2010.
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 14:08 (Ref:2523024)   #9
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I'm not ignoring them. (See left!)
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 14:21 (Ref:2523034)   #10
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John Cleland is coming out of retirement to race a Vauxhall.

well no one said the rumours had to be truthful.
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 16:31 (Ref:2523093)   #11
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John Cleland is coming out of retirement to race a Vauxhall.

well no one said the rumours had to be truthful.
They usually have to be at least a little believable though.

More chance him racing a Volvo really - or there'll be conflicts of interest!
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 18:25 (Ref:2523157)   #12
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What of a Volvo team though, seriously?

I noticed the course car C30's are provided by Volvo Cars UK so they obviously have some sort of interest in the BTCC.
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A Volvo team has been rumoured since the middle of last season at least, complete with connections to John Cleland. Tom Onslow-Cole was talking about the possibility at Brands, he's been rumoured for the drive for some time now.

Will it actually happen? Anybody's guess...
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Mr Neal back to Team Dyanmics, well with Vauxhall pulling out, I think there is a good chance we might see that happen.
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Old 17 Aug 2009, 20:39 (Ref:2523234)   #15
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Mr Neal back to Team Dyanmics, well with Vauxhall pulling out, I think there is a good chance we might see that happen.
Almost a certainty, with no salaried drives out there to be had - though he may need to give way if Team Dynamics actually have to run with an all paying line-up.
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