BTCC: BMW, Ford driver news

BMW ponders BTCC line-up BMW has yet to confirm the identities of its two drivers for this year's attack on the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship, but it seems certain that 1993 Champion Jo Winkelhock will be returning for another...

BMW ponders BTCC line-up

BMW has yet to confirm the identities of its two drivers for this year's attack on the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship, but it seems certain that 1993 Champion Jo Winkelhock will be returning for another crack at the title he won in 1993.

However, Winkelhock's partner in the Schnitzer-run team has yet to be decided. It is believed that Schnitzer and BMW Motorsport want to run young Dutch talent Peter Kox, but that BMW GB - which funds much of the racing effort - want to see reigning Japan Champion Steve Soper in the second car. Monaco-domiciled Soper is said to be less than keen to return to the UK scene.

A possible compromise would be the pairing of Winkelhock with acknowledged touring car master Robert Ravaglia.

BMW's touring car operations are this year to be run from a new British base in association with McLaren Cars Ltd, builder of the BMW-engined F1 supercar.

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Ford tests number two drivers

THREE hopefuls for the second works Ford seat in this year's BTCC will be tested at Brands Hatch January 18/19. They are British Formula 3 veteran Warren Hughes, former BMW man David Brabham and German Nissan star Sascha Maassen.

They are competing for the coveted drive alongside Kiwi Paul Radisich in the West Surrey Racing-run Mondeo squad.

Other names linked with the drive have included that of 1990 Champion Robb Gravett.

---- Official BTCC website http://www.demon.co.uk/racing

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