Pat Cranham, BTCC correspondenet
Chris James purchases 888 Vectra cars
Team ES Racing has announced that they have acquired both Vauxhall Vectra cars previously belonging to Triple 8 racing to compete in this year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
This will mark ES Racing’s second year in the big time after last year making the big step up from the John Cooper Challenge to the BTCC with team boss Chris James running a Chevrolet Lacetti.
Once again James will continue to race this time being joined by 2010 Clio Cup champion Dave Newsham who made his debut in the BTCC last season first driving for Geoff Steel Racing and then for Special Tuning Racing.
We’re delighted to get the deal concluded...
The Vectra has had a winning pedigree within the series since its introduction in 2007 which have included 2 drivers titles for Fabrizio Giovanardi and numerous Teams titles whilst last year in the hands of James Nash, he proved that the car still has what it takes to win races and championships with Nash taking one outright win on his way to the Independents crown and Triple 8 taking the Independent Teams award.
Enthusiastic racer James is clearly delighted to have secured a race winning car after a year spent learning at the back of the field in his normally aspirated car, now fitted with a NGTC Turbo engine he clearly has very high hopes for the season and said, “They’re race winning cars and they will continue to be highly competitive in 2012. We’re delighted to get the deal concluded to run the Vectra’s and look forward to pushing hard at the start of the season. They come with a great spares package and a massive amount of data so we should be able to hit the ground running. We will get podiums and maybe even sneak more than that, certainly in the first half of the season. NGTC will get stronger but I truly believe that like football it will be a game of two halves - the first half will be S2000 and the second NGTC.”
James has also not ruled out the possibility of running a third car for the season and finished off by saying, “There is still the option for us to run a third car so if the right driver with the right budget comes along then it will happen.”
As for Triple 8 racing there have been some very interesting rumours over the last few weeks about their plans for the coming season. Within this period these rumours have been getting stronger and stronger and it now seems almost certain that this will happen with some people saying that work has already started on the project. If these rumours are true then this could be one of the biggest announcements in recent years within the Championship. So be sure to keep logging back to Motorsport.com for news on this as soon as any announcement is made.