BTCC: Honda names drivers

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 3/10/97 Honda names drivers for all-action Tourist Trophy Honda has announced an all-star line-up for the famous Tourist Trophy race, to be held at Donington Park on Sunday October 19....

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 3/10/97 Honda names drivers for all-action Tourist Trophy Honda has announced an all-star line-up for the famous Tourist Trophy race, to be held at Donington Park on Sunday October 19. The two Prodrive-prepared Accords in which James Thompson and Gabriele Tarquini have contested this year's Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship will be raced by World Superbike star Aaron Slight and British F1 hopeful Jonny Kane. New Zealander Slight is an integral part of Honda's championship- leading World Superbike team, while young Kane is on the verge of winning this year's British F3 Championship. Both are excited by the prospect of racing against most of the front-runners from this year's Auto Trader Championship in the end-of-season TT. "It couldn't be better," said Slight. "I love Donington Park and I've always wanted to race one of these modern high-tech Super Tourers." Kane, who should clinch the F3 crown at Silverstone on Sunday (Oct 5), is equally enthusiastic. "It's going to be a great opportunity and a lot of fun." The Tourist Trophy is the world's oldest motor race. It was first run in 1905 on the Isle of Man and past winners include many motoring and motor sport legends: Charles Rolls, Tazio Nuvolari, Rudolf Caracciola, Stirling Moss, Peter Collins, Carrol Shelby and Graham Hill. Last year's race was won by Alain Menu, who went on to win the 1997 Auto Trader Championship - he and Williams Renault team- mate Jason Plato head an entry list which includes most of the BTCC regulars plus several top teams from the Continent. The race will be run to an exciting new format guaranteed to provide plenty of top-class action. All drivers will contest two 20-lap heats - the grid for the first of these will be determined by a 30-minute qualifying session on the Saturday, the grid for the second will be the reverse of the first, with the fastest competitors starting right at the back. Points will be awarded for both of these heats and the driver with the best aggregate performance will start the 25-lap Tourist Trophy finale from pole position. Likewise, the remaining grid positions will be allocated on scores achieved in the heats. As well as the glory of winning one of the world's most famous motor races, the TT victor will also take home a UKpounds25,000 cheque.

-- www.btcc.co.uk/

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