Vauxhall Astra set to return to British touring car championship 0
There have been more competitors then there has been for some time competing in the British Touring Car Championship at the moment. One notable absentee from the grid however has been Vauxhall, but that’s about to change.
From next season, Power Maxed Racing will field a racing edition of the latest Astra in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – without doubt one of the most competitive tin-top racing series out there.
Not too much has been revealed about the vehicle in question yet, it’s thought that the car will be based closely on the Astra TCR that the company’s sister brand Opel launched last year. The BTCC however, goes by the Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) regulations, not the Touring Car Racer (TCR) specs, so certain aspects of the vehicle will have to be modified. That said, considering that both are production based and built around a 2.0-litre turbo engine producing upwards of 300bhp, they wouldn’t seem to be restrictive.
Despite the recent absence, Vauxhall has long been associated with the BTCC, stretching right back to the days of the Cavalier that featured in 1989. That year, Vauxhall won the first of ten titles they would rack up until leaving the sport in 2009.
Amongst the new pretenders Vauxhall will have to deal with are competition spec versions of the Honda Civic, Toyota Avensis, Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze, Volkswagen CC, Audi S3, BMW 1 Series, Mercedes A-Class, MG6, and Proton Persona.
The partnership with Power Maxed Racing will see parent company Automotive Brands utilising Vauxhall vehicles in its parts distribution operation as well, aiming to reach fleet operators running up to 25,000 commercial vehicles across the UK.