Touring Car News 99-01-27

BTCC testing cut in 2000 Alan Gow has said that testing is to be radically cut in 2000, with private testing banned, and official tests limited to 1 day rather than the current 2 half days. The teams would be allowed freedom to test ...

BTCC testing cut in 2000 Alan Gow has said that testing is to be radically cut in 2000, with private testing banned, and official tests limited to 1 day rather than the current 2 half days. The teams would be allowed freedom to test when they want during the off-season. The full rule package for 2000 is expected late April.

Thompson worries about testing James Thompson is concerned about his lack of testing in the new Honda Accord for this seasons BTCC. He had his first run in the car last week, despite the car being ready 2 months ago.

Tyres restrictions in TC testing

Manufacturers will only be allowed a single car at the Michelin tyre tests next week, but may have more than one driver. Honda, Ford, Nissan, Renault, Vauxhall, and Volvo are expected.

Radisich goes V8

Paul Radisich has signed for Dick Johnson Racing in Australia's V8 Supercar series.

Big break for Harvey

Tim Harvey is looking more likely for the remaining Volvo drive, after being called up to sub for Rydell next week in Italy.

Cosworth makes a leap

Cosworth have took on extra staff to increase gains in the BTCC engine, according to people within Ford. Sources have suggested that last season, Ford held back resources from Cosworth over the battle for Rolls Royce and Cosworth.

Gow rejects quick fix

Alan Gow has rejected calls to equalise the cars in the BTCC by manipulating aerodynamics. His arguments focus around the squabbles in the Australian V8 series which uses such a formula.

-- Stephen M Baines stephen@motorsport.org.uk

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Series Road racing
Drivers Tim Harvey , James Thompson , Paul Radisich , Dick Johnson , Alan Gow