STATEMENT FROM BTCC SERIES DIRECTOR ALAN GOW FOLLOWING VAUXHALL'S 2010 WITHDRAWAL ANNOUNCEMENT "Given the (widely reported) extremely difficult financial position in which GM finds itself, it's inevitable that the company must make some drastic...
STATEMENT FROM BTCC SERIES DIRECTOR ALAN GOW FOLLOWING VAUXHALL'S 2010 WITHDRAWAL ANNOUNCEMENT
"Given the (widely reported) extremely difficult financial position in which GM finds itself, it's inevitable that the company must make some drastic cutbacks in nearly all areas of its operations - and motor sport is certainly not immune, as we have witnessed in all major forms of our sport over the last 12 months.
"These are extraordinary times the world is going through and I'm sure everyone appreciates that some decisions, such as Vauxhall's, are certainly not a reflection of its desire... it's a direct result of the current market and financial climate.
"So whilst it's obviously very regrettable to see Vauxhall withdrawing from the BTCC next year, it's also perfectly understandable. I know that Vauxhall made this decision with a very heavy heart - and I would bet good money on the fact that, in time, we will see them back again in the BTCC.
"I certainly thank Vauxhall for their exceptional participation in the BTCC over so many years and wish them every success, particularly through these difficult times.
"However, it is important to remember that over the last six years we have seen direct manufacturer involvement decline within the BTCC - yet at the exact same time we have seen crowd figures rise, TV audiences rise, TV airtime rise, competitor numbers rise and the championship being as closely fought as ever. That's certainly no coincidence and the facts prove, over these last few years, that a heavy degree of manufacturer involvement is no longer crucial to either the success or popularity of the championship.
"This championship is built on over 50 years of great racing, with fantastic drivers and teams. The BTCC continues to evolve - by making it more accessible for teams, drivers and sponsors to enter whilst being less reliant on substantial manufacturer support - but at the same time clearly still delivering exactly what the audiences want. The BTCC always provides great racing, great crowds, great TV and great entertainment... it's what it does best and what it will continue to do.
"So let's get on with the racing - we have a fabulous championship under way with a host of great drivers, great cars, great racing and fantastic ITV coverage. The world may have its problems, but the BTCC provides our millions of fans and viewers with one of the very best reasons to forget about such things and enjoy themselves."