BTCC » Onslow-Cole parked as Team HARD eyes future


Tom Onslow-Cole will miss the remainder of the 2013 BTCC campaign as Team HARD re-evaluates its priorities with the VW Passat.

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FVA47

September 05, 2013 1:21 AM

Wrong sunshine! - Nick brings considerable funding to the Ebay BMW team as does Rob Collard. He also like Rob has a full time job running a company to deal with as well. There are very few drivers in the BTCC who are in the position to get a funded drive nowadays unlike Super Touring and Factory Teams of the 90's,- thats the reality!
Tom OC cannot justify finding that kind of budget but has proved that the Passat is a front runner and Tony Gilham needs pay drivers to keep Team HARD on the straight and narrow for the rest of the season and to plan for next year. All these drivers both young and old are competitive at this level, but the bottom line is that you need to find £350,000 + to run each car for a season, a large proportion of which goes in to testing and development!!

1234liftR

September 05, 2013 7:44 PM

So I'm wrong to suggest BMW should get rid of a grid filler (and serial damage expert) like Foster and bring in a competitive (potential championship winner) like TO-C? Pretty sure if they got rid of Collard too then they could make it work, and be more succesful. Which is where new sponsors come in with £££.

And try not to sound too condescending with your next reply.

FVA47

September 07, 2013 2:36 PM

In a perfect world there would be enough manufacturer and private funding to choose your drivers. But the fact is that in this day and age the teams do not have that choice. Despite its popularity the BTCC is on ITV 4, and does not have the profile available as on ITV 1 in the Super Touring days. Sponsorship is business and has to justify itself. If any of the teams in the BTCC had the luxury of not having to accept pay drivers to survive, we would currently have 2 drivers left in the BTCC.! This is unfortunately the same throughout Motorsport and up to F1 level. If **** Bennetts at WSR thought he could take the gamble and still pay the wages and infrastructure, or had any significant funding from BMW, I am sure he would choose his drivers based on talent. Meanwhile, we are where we are!

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