BTCC: Menu and Renault to defend titles

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 24/9/97 Menu and Renault to defend championship title 1997 Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Champions Alain Menu and Renault will return to the series next year to defend their titles, it...

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP 24/9/97

Menu and Renault to defend championship title 1997 Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Champions Alain Menu and Renault will return to the series next year to defend their titles, it was announced this evening (Weds). Renault UK Ltd has also confirmed that its partnership with Williams Touring Car Engineering will continue for a further two years, until the end of the 1999 season, and that young Briton Jason Plato will be Menu's team-mate in the '98 BTCC. Thirty-four-year-old Swiss star Menu, who claimed 12 race victories this year on his way to the BTCC crown, said: "I am delighted to have been given the chance to go for a second title with Williams Renault. Now that our plans are finalised we will have to work very hard over the winter months, because I expect the competition will be even tougher next year." Williams Touring Car Engineering managing director Frank Williams added: "We have enjoyed a strong and rewarding relationship with Renault UK. I am particularly satisfied, both personally and on behalf of the company, that this will continue for the next two years. The 1997 season has demonstrated the depth of the teamwork which exists in our partnership and the results are there for all to see." The Williams Renault squad enjoyed in 1997 the most successful season for a team in recent BTCC history, scoring a total of 14 race victories with the Renault Laguna (12 for Menu and two for Plato) from a total of 30 podium finishes. In addition to Menu's drivers' crown, 28- year-old Plato took third place overall in his debut season, Renault UK was manufacturer champion and Williams Renault took the team prize. Williams Touring Car Engineering was established in 1994 to capitalise on the success of Williams' and Renault's Formula 1 partnership. The company, based in Didcot, Oxfordshire, employs more than 40 people. The 1998 Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship gets underway at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire next Easter Monday (Apr 13). -- www.btcc.co.uk/

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