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Old 12 Sep 2021, 15:04 (Ref:4073353)   #16
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Was going to mention John George/VLR in 05

And speaking of Arena, Menu was linked to a seat there in 04
I remember the Menu link in '04. Rydell was linked to Arena in '03, Radisich (I think) to Xero in '06, Burt to Geoff Steel Racing in '07.
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Old 12 Sep 2021, 15:11 (Ref:4073359)   #17
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Radisich was close to a comeback with 888 in 05, but they went with Gavin Smith instead
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Old 12 Sep 2021, 15:58 (Ref:4073375)   #18
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Radisich was close to a comeback with 888 in 05, but they went with Gavin Smith instead
They also considered Peter Dumbreck, Menu, Watson-Smith to name a few.

Antonio Russo was due to drive for Gary Ayles' team in the Production Class in 2001. Phil Andrews was registered as one of GR Motorsport's entries that same year.

Autosport once mentioned the Proton team could run a 3rd car in 2002 but it was unlikely to appear for the season opener.
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Old 12 Sep 2021, 19:11 (Ref:4073410)   #19
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There were quite a few other could have beens in 01. Darren Macklin was entered to drive for JS Motorsport. There was also the driver who was supposed to drive a third Mitsubishi Carisma alongside Ruokenen and Neate. Vincent Radermecker was due to drive a second Lexus for ABG/Total Motorsport. And of course Ferrier was originally going to drive for Vauxhall. Also Lemmer was going to replace Graves in the second Barwell car from mid season onwards, but the team had used up the maximum two drivers for that entry, so he instead shared the Synchro Honda with the late Dave Allan
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There were quite a few other could have beens in 01. Darren Macklin was entered to drive for JS Motorsport. There was also the driver who was supposed to drive a third Mitsubishi Carisma alongside Ruokenen and Neate. Vincent Radermecker was due to drive a second Lexus for ABG/Total Motorsport. And of course Ferrier was originally going to drive for Vauxhall. Also Lemmer was going to replace Graves in the second Barwell car from mid season onwards, but the team had used up the maximum two drivers for that entry, so he instead shared the Synchro Honda with the late Dave Allan
I thought his name was Darren Malkin?

Was the 3rd Mitsubishi driver supposed to be someone other than James Levy?

Jamie Davies was going to replace Kelvin Burt at Snetterton in 1996 but had a big crash of his own in testing and destroyed Volvo's spare car.

Tim Harvey could have returned to Volvo in 1999 until Radermecker got the drive.

Jody Scheckter was linked to Honda and Nissan (I think) in 1998.

Thomas Erdos was to return alongside Mark Jones at Xero in 2007.
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Old 12 Sep 2021, 22:44 (Ref:4073489)   #21
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Brian Muir was going to be driving a 2nd Sytner entered BMW 635 in the '84 series. Muir had a long association with Grace Gartlan motorsport, the preparation firm in Pershore that built Franks cars.

Vince Woodman wanted to run the CC Belga Mustang in a few rounds in 1983 but MSA would not open up the big class engine capacity limit. (Same thing applied to Allan Grice in 1986). Ford did not endorse the Mustang for a UK programme in any case.

A Volvo 240T was rumoured to have been close to appearing in 1986 driven by Patrick Watts.

Kent Baigent also nearly entered the series in '86 with his Skyline R30 Turbo.
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There are some very interesting ones here.
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Old 13 Sep 2021, 07:41 (Ref:4073549)   #23
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The third Mitsubishi driver in 2001 was going to be Sandro Proietti

Also reading the 1989 thread on here a driver called Tony Hilton who was on the entry list at a few rounds in a Sierra, but never appeared
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There are some very interesting ones here.
I wondered how long it would be before this came up.

Stacey Vickers looked into entering a Mazda 3 under the Oddball Racing banner in 2008.

Mazda were also rumoured to making a comeback in 2006. I think this was around the time the Kia rumours kicked off.

VX Racing of course built a BTC Touring-spec Vectra for the 2004 season but stuck with the Astra. The car was cleverly disguised as the S2000 version ahead of the 2007 Season.
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Paul Morris would have replaced Matt Neal at Dynamics in 1999 if Neal went to Volvo.
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Let's see, BTC Racing were going to run SEAT Leons in 2009 and when CVR pulled out, Adam Jones was rumoured to be returning under the Team Air Cool banner.

If Arena/Team Aon had raced in '08 with the Focus', rumour had it Tom Chilton would be partnered by his brother Max, graduating from the T-Cars series.
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WSR were hoping to run a third car in 06. James Pickford was linked to the seat
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Also GTI Engineering were planning to run a VW Golf in 89
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WSR were hoping to run a third car in 06. James Pickford was linked to the seat
He was also linked to the 3rd Team Halfords Integra until Gareth Howell appeared in the last four rounds.

Howell was also linked to a 3rd Halfords Civic in '04 but that depended on the outcome of Arena trying to bring back Morrison.

Scott Racing intended to run Tim Scott in an unspecified bio-diesel car (BMW?) in 2007.

Yvan Muller was one of the drivers linked to the 3rd SEAT Leon in '07 until Tom Coronel got the nod.
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Yvan Muller was one of the drivers linked to the 3rd SEAT Leon in '07 until Tom Coronel got the nod.
Fat chance of Muller helping Plato! Tarquini was also considered for the SEAT/seat.
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