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Old 17 Oct 2021, 07:44 (Ref:4078851)   #46
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Yes that was BTEC and yes BKR were going to enter, but lack of entries ended it. TCR UK and TCT has been slightly more successful
Thought so.

Aaron Slight tested for Honda in 2000 but only ever drove for them in the 1997 RAC Tourist Trophy.
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Old 17 Oct 2021, 08:18 (Ref:4078854)   #47
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Yes that was BTEC and yes BKR were going to enter, but lack of entries ended it. TCR UK and TCT has been slightly more successful
Lack of entries also put payed to the 1996 Touring Car World Cup at the Salzburgring.
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Old 17 Oct 2021, 12:11 (Ref:4078874)   #48
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Also the 1998 RAC Tourist Trophy was called off due to it being so soon after Bathurst
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Also the 1998 RAC Tourist Trophy was called off due to it being so soon after Bathurst
That too.

Ratanakul Prutirat famously entered but never raced in a one-off appearance in the 1996 ITCC as he failed to qualify.

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Also, if MG Rover had survived and been able to enter the DTM in 2005, Tom Chilton would have been their lead driver. They looked into running the ZT260, originally with possibly four entries before deciding on two, other drivers mentioned included Anthony Reid, Johnny Herbert and Jeroen Bleekemolen.
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Old Yesterday, 19:32 (Ref:4079142)   #51
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That was always a long shot that MG Rover, Chilton probably felt relieved he didn’t have to do it. The DTM wasn’t great at the time, so it was probably for the best. At least they had a plan though. Although it could have ended a few careers if it happened, like Reid. He at least came back to the BTCC eventually. And Johnny Herbert was probably proposed for the publicity
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That was always a long shot that MG Rover, Chilton probably felt relieved he didn’t have to do it. The DTM wasn’t great at the time, so it was probably for the best. At least they had a plan though. Although it could have ended a few careers if it happened, like Reid. He at least came back to the BTCC eventually. And Johnny Herbert was probably proposed for the publicity
I do remember Autosport mentioning Herbert as being one of the most likely candidates until Chilton was hired.
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The DTM wasn’t great at the time
What? It was probably one of the strongest fields in any touring car series in any year ever.

Ekstrom - DTM Champion
Tomczyk - DTM Champion
Kristensen - Le Mans Legend
McNish - F1 Driver / Le Mans Series Champion
Abt - Le Mans Podium Finisher
Kaffer - Le Mans Class Winner
Capello - 3x Le Mans Winner
Stippler - FIA GT Race Winner
Paffett - DTM Champion
Alesi - F1 Race Winner
Schneider - 4x DTM Champion
Hakkinen - 2x F1 Champion
Mucke - FIA WEC Class Race Winner
Margaritis - Well they can't all be winners
Spengler - DTM Champion
Green - DTM Runner-up & Euro F3 Champion
Fassler - 3x Le Mans Winner
Frentzen - F1 Race Winner
Aiello - DTM Champion, BTCC Champion & Le Mans Winner
Reuter - ITC Champion

Honestly it's probably one of the strongest fields of drivers ever assembled. I would argue it's overall strength in depth exceeded even Formula 1 that year.
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There was a rumour linking MG Rover to Andy Rouse's stillborn SCV8 Series in 2004.
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