ASTC: ATCC2 News 99-02-07

-- Control Tyre For Super Touring -- Yokohama will be the control tyre for the 1999 Australian Super Touring season. The tyres were tested at Oran Park on Friday by Brad Jones, who steered John Henderson's ex-Greenfield Opel Vectra, and Peter ...

-- Control Tyre For Super Touring --

Yokohama will be the control tyre for the 1999 Australian Super Touring season. The tyres were tested at Oran Park on Friday by Brad Jones, who steered John Henderson's ex-Greenfield Opel Vectra, and Peter Hills in the Knight Racing Mondeo. The tyre giant, who struggled in V8 racing for the previous three seasons, are expected to throw their support behind Super Touring in a promotional deal. It is also expected that Channel 7 will telecast the BOC series in addition to the AMP Bathurst 1000.

-- Audi A4's To Race Again --

Rumours are circulating the Brad Jones Racing will contest two championship next year. While BJR have received a pair of 98 spec front wheel drive A4's to contest the Australian series, the teams still owns two 97 spec four wheel drives and a similar 95 spec car. Rumours suggest that BJR will enter the to newer four wheel drives in the South East Asia Zone Touring Car Championship where four wheel drive is still legal.

-- New Queensland Circuits --

The new Queensland Raceway at Willowbank near Ipswich will have an open day on February 7. Gates will open at 10:00am.

Darlington Park near Beenleigh in Queensland has finally openned it doors and is already planning motorcycle events. The circuit which has muliple layout options, will apply for positions on next years Shell Series and Australian Super Touring programs.

-- Two Car Nissan Team Breaks Cover --

Nigel Barclay has confirmed his plans for 1999. His team Project Racing will run two Nissan Primeras in the 1999 Australian Super Touring Car Championship. Jamie Wall will drive the car driven in this years BTCC by Matt Neal. The car in 97 spec build but updated to 98 spec all round and run on occasion in the top 3 in the early part of the BTCC, embarrasing Neal's factory run compatriots. The second car is the ex-Garry Rogers Motorsport car driven last year at various times by Adam Kaplan, Blair Smith and Jim Cornish. Cornish will drive the car for the full season.

-- McLean Wins BMW Award --

At the annual BMW awards night in Austria last month Australian Cameron McLean was awarded the trophy for best independant BMW driver of 1998. All BMW touring and sports cars are eligible for the award, with the only criteria being an FIA or FIA aproved championship and to not be directly supported by BMW. The trophy is awarded from a points based formula and McLean's numerous podium places in the Australian championship secured the award. The swedish team who bought his 320i have also asked McLean if he'd co-drive with the team later in the season during the European endurance season.

-- Other News --

Cameron McConville is still no closer to a drive for 1999. With rumours still puting Matt Coleman in the front wheel drive Audi A4, his best hope would appear to be the second factory Volvo S40 - if it appears. Paul Morris has denied any connection with the Volvo team. McConville has also denied a part season link with Tony Noske's two car Holden Commodore team.

Allan Moffat and Klaus Niedzwedz have shelved plans to enter this years Australian Super Touring Car championship.

Claude Elias has purchased on of Paul Pickett's ex-factory Hyundai Lantra's to run in this years ASTC. Pickett will continue to run the car for Elias from his Hyundai aftr market performance company Hyundai Vehicle Enhancments. The other Lantra was sold to Nigel Stones just prior to the 1998 Bathurst 1000.

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Series General
Drivers Cameron McConville , Matt Neal , Brad Jones , Garry Rogers , Allan Moffat , Peter Hill , Nigel Stones
Teams Brad Jones Racing