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Williams to decide 'soon' Williams are expected to decide who will drive for them in the BTCC 'fairly soon'. Jean-Christophe Boullion is regarded as favourite for the drive. Watt Renault? Jason Watt is the latest person to be linked to the...

Williams to decide 'soon'

Williams are expected to decide who will drive for them in the BTCC 'fairly soon'. Jean-Christophe Boullion is regarded as favourite for the drive.

Watt Renault?

Jason Watt is the latest person to be linked to the second Williams Renault drive, meanwhile at Nogara Williams tested Greg Murphy and Fredrik Ekblom.

Ford BTCC news...

Ford has denied sponsorship from Martini for 1999. Ford has said that they have a policy of not running alcohol sponsorship. The first Prodrive Ford Mondeo is expected to be ready in mid- January ready for testing at Jerez

Honda denies pullout

Honda has denied that they are to pull out of the BTCC at the end of next season. It is rumoured to be unhappy with changes in the rules which will spell the end of it's current front runner. Paul Ormond of Honda has said "We are in Super Touring for two years - 1999 and 2000. But there are some things we need to discuss and things which are not decided."

Boost to BTCC - Three Vauxhalls

Vauxhall have stated their intention to run 3 works cars in the year 2000. Vauxhall motor sport boss, Mike Nicholson, has gone on record saying "There will be some vacancies in the BTCC over the next couple of years. I very much want to run a third Vectra in the BTCC in 2000". Alan Gow is fairly dismissive of the move.

Total withdrawl at BMW

BMW have pulled out of all motor sport for the coming season. The reason is to prepare their entry to F1. This wil directly affect touring cars, notably the German series which has been scrabbling around for factory supported teams. From the wording it is also expected to affect BMWs Le Mans efforts as well.

-- Stephen M Baines

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Series Road racing
Drivers Jean-Christophe Boullion , Jason Watt , Alan Gow
Teams Williams