Touring Car news 99-01-20

Menu & Reid happy with new Ford Alain Menu and Anthony Reid have come away from testing at Jerez pleased with the performance of the new Ford. The former concentrated on times, whilst Reid worked on aerodynamic setup. Harvey to Volvo? It is...

Menu & Reid happy with new Ford

Alain Menu and Anthony Reid have come away from testing at Jerez pleased with the performance of the new Ford. The former concentrated on times, whilst Reid worked on aerodynamic setup.

Harvey to Volvo?

It is now almost certain that Tim Harvey will be driving for Volvo in the BTCC this season. The driver shoot-out was cancelled last week, and it is believed the team has decided to have two drivers ready to support Rickard Rydell, should either number two fail to perform.

New BTCC engines in trouble?

There have been rumblings that the new engine formula for 2000 is going to be more expensive, not less. Honda, not a fan of the new rules, has put the cost of the new engine for the series at £1m. Ford and Volvo see it differently. The final version of the rules is expected in April.

Italian Touring Car Calendar

April 4 Naples April 18 Misano May 9 Binetto May 23 Imola June 6 Enna June 20 Magione July 11 Mugello September 5 Varano September 26 Monza October 10 Vallelunga

Naples street race

The Italian Touring Car Championship is to start with a street race around Naples this season. The circuit is to be one mile, with two parallel straights, 2 chicanes and hairpins. The speed of the circuit is expected to be around 50mph.

Boullion sets pace

Jean-Christophe Boullion has made an impressive start to his BTCC career, setting the fastest times during testing at Jerez. He finished ahead of Tarquini's Honda, with his teammate Jason Plato third.

Williams to support third Laguna?

Williams Touring Car Engineering have leant their support to the idea of an independent Renault Laguna. Two teams are believed to be in the running for the car, which will be driven by a Renault Spider driver.

Ravaglia to run team

Roberto Ravaglia is to run his own team in the ITCC with BMW 320i's in the Super N class.

-- Stephen M Baines http://www.motorsport.org.uk

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Series Road racing
Drivers Anthony Reid , Jean-Christophe Boullion , Tim Harvey , Jason Plato , Roberto Ravaglia , Alain Menu
Teams Williams