BTCC: Vauxhall Motorsport aims for the triple

Third driver announced as Vauxhall Motorsport aims for the triple. January 20, 2003: Vauxhall Motorsport has announced today that it will run a third car in its 2003 British Touring Car Championship team, to be piloted by Paul O' Neill. ...

Third driver announced as Vauxhall Motorsport aims for the triple.

January 20, 2003: Vauxhall Motorsport has announced today that it will run a third car in its 2003 British Touring Car Championship team, to be piloted by Paul O' Neill. O'Neill, who drove an Egg Sport Astra Coupé last season, will get behind the wheel of a full works Astra, which will again be prepared by Vauxhall's long term race partner Triple Eight Engineering.

Last year's champion James Thompson and Frenchman Yvan Muller are already confirmed with the team. Vauxhall aims to become the first manufacturer in the history of the BTCC to secure the manufacturers', teams' and drivers' titles three years running in 2003, the company's centenary year.

Paul O' Neill made a strong impression in his first touring class drive in the 2002 BTCC season, including a race win at Oulton Park and consistent finishes in the top six. He is delighted to have the chance to race a full works Astra, and commented: "It's a fantastic opportunity for me and I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the new car. Obviously in Thompson and Muller I've got two of the toughest team-mates in the business, so it's going to be a competitive Vauxhall camp, but I'm looking forward to it."

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Series BTCC
Drivers Yvan Muller , James Thompson