The group is the most recent addition to the tin-leading club’s portfolio for this yr and is open to equipment from the well-liked Super Touring era of the 1990s BTCC as very well as far more recent BTC-T and S2000-spec autos.
Even though Cleland and Reid will be competing in the exact autos they raced during the Super Touring times, Turkington will be again driving the wheel of an MG ZS (the model in which he created his BTCC debut 20 yrs back) owned by Jason Hughes for the Silverstone period opener at the end of March.
“I’ve identified Jason considering the fact that back again in the times when he raced in the BTCC in the MG, and clearly I know the car or truck,” Turkington instructed Autosport.
“He questioned if I’d like to do a race, and it’s a couple weeks right before we start the BTCC season and I imagined, ‘Why not?’
“I’m energized to drive the MG all over again after 18 a long time. It’ll be interesting to stage back again into my very first BTCC car, and additional than anything I’m seeking forward to it since it’ll possibly be my very first race of the calendar year, and just one with no far too a great deal pressure.”
Cleland will be racing the Vauxhall Vectra he campaigned in the course of the 1997 BTCC time and which he has previously driven in the defunct Historic Sports Car Club Super Touring Problem.
He is because of to contend in three of the four Tremendous Tourers rounds, his 1st races because in advance of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think the strategy of owning four races, effectively distribute out, at excellent tracks, is great,” Cleland explained to Autosport.
Reid will be reunited with his 1998 Nissan Primera
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“My motor vehicle is continue to in appropriate Vauxhall colors and it would be terrific to see a collection of these cars and trucks [racing].”
Cleland is hopeful the new collection – which will aspect the vehicles back managing on Michelin tyres and a less extreme agenda – will demonstrate more profitable than the HSCC edition, which struggled to continue to keep grid numbers up.
“The problem was operating prices,” spelled out Cleland, whose son Jamie rebuilt the Vectra utilizing components sourced from “all around the world”.
“Each of the parts was lifed and experienced a everyday living expectancy, so you couldn’t run these cars and trucks quite typically.
“Everyone was making an attempt to run them on a shoestring and that’s why the sequence fell above.
“For occasion, the ’96 Vectra is unique to the ’97 Vectra I’ve obtained. There had been bespoke sections for each and every of them and they’re very tricky to get.”
Reid, meanwhile, will be reunited with his 1998 Nissan Primera, a car or truck he hasn’t driven given that finishing runner-up in the BTCC that 12 months.
It is a person of two Primeras that will be operate by Brisky Racing, the other getting piloted by owner Richard Wheeler.
“That 1998 car that I drove was my favourite in British Touring Cars simply because, over a interval of a few years, we experienced produced that car or truck – Nissan Motorsport Europe and myself and David Leslie,” Reid told Autosport.
“That auto had my DNA in it. I’m extremely a lot looking ahead to becoming reunited with the motor vehicle and the plan is to go screening in February.”
Woodman will be honoured with new tin-leading sequence for Team A BSCC racers
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New Team 1 touring automobile sequence to start
In the meantime, a race for Team 1 touring cars of the British Saloon Car Championship’s pre-1983 period at September’s Castle Combe Autumn Basic will preview one more prepared new collection for 2023, and cement an ongoing bond among promoter Automobiles Historiques and the Castle Combe Racing Club.
The 45-moment pitstop intro, for the Vince Woodman Trophy, will celebrate the local hero who died past June.
The dynamic Bristolian Ford supplier received 12 BSCC races in the period driving Equipe Esso Capris, and 27 at Combe concerning 1965 and 2008.
Automobile Historiques’ Flavien Marcais, who runs the GT & Sports activities Auto Cup series for pre-’66 equipment with spouse Vanessa, stated: “The Gerry Marshall Trophy [Group 1] occasions at Goodwood usually produce stunning racing.
“Its pursuing is escalating [two grids last year, more cars being built], but lots of want to compete additional typically, in a committed discipline, on Dunlop Write-up-Historic tyres and a stage enjoying subject. That’s what we are providing.”
More reporting by Marcus Pye