Vauxhall returns to British Touring Cars

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Vauxhall will compete in the 2017 British Touring Car Championship as a manufacturer entry for the first time since 2009.

The surprise return of the Griffin badge to the BTCC is the result of a commercial partnership agreed between the manufacturer and Automotive Brands, owner of the Power Maxed team that has campaigned two Chevrolet Cruze cars in the last two seasons of the BTCC.

As part of the agreement that involves Vauxhall supplying fleet vehicles to Automotive Brands, two current-model Astras will be run by Power Maxed in the BTCC over a three-year programme.

The shells have already been supplied to the team’s Warwickshire base to commence the build of the race cars. The team has registered as a manufacturer entry, and will compete for the constructors’ title against BMW, Honda, MG and Subaru.

Vauxhall is one of the most successful manufacturers in the BTCC, having taken 132 race wins on its way to 10 makes championships. However following the disbanding of its full works entry at the end of the 2009 season, the manufacturer had concentrated its sports marketing on home nations football.

Drivers for the two-car team are yet to be announced – according to Power Maxed Racing team principal Adam Weaver the team hopes to announce “a a talented and exciting driver line-up in the near future, which will further motivate and inspire everyone involved in this exciting project.”

Weaver believes the new Astra will make for a “show-stopping” BTCC race car; “We are incredibly pleased and proud to be working with Vauxhall and to be the team that brings this iconic and highly successful brand back to the BTCC,” he said.

The return of the Vauxhall badge has also been welcomed by BTCC series director Alan Gow; “Its history and pedigree is there for all to see and I have no doubt that the highly professional and experienced team at Power Maxed Racing will be great partners,” he said.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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