VX Racing Team says this BTCC its last

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Car Rental News - 20/04/2009


Vauxhall announced that it would withdraw its team from the campaign when the current season ends.

The firm, based in the UK, said that the current economic climate was behind the decision, and that other manufacturers not being entered in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) was also involved in its considerations.

Through the remainder of this campaign, Triple Eight Race Engineering will continue to run three Vectras for the reigning double champion Fabrizio Giovanardi, and for Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal.

"While the company regrets having to leave the BTCC for 2010, it will keep an option open for a possible return to the sport in future years," Vauxhall said in a statement that was reported by The Press Association.

Andy Gilson, the marketing director at Vauxhall Motors, commented: “The company has enjoyed immense success with BTCC, both on track and as a focal marketing activity for the VXR brand. However, a number of factors have led us to take the decision to withdraw from the championship at the end of this season.”

Gilson added: “I would like to think we can end our run in touring cars with another title-winning season.”

During its forty-year association with the BTCC, Vauxhall teams have collectively won eight manufacturers' titles and nine drivers' crowns, and the firm's 120 race victories is a record beaten only by Ford.

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