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Q&A: David Bartrum, Motorbase

There will definitely be a transitional period because when you announce a radical new set of rules like the BTCC has, it will take time to get to where the organisers want it to end up. I think Alan Gow and Peter Riches are looking at it as an ongoing project and nothing is set in stone, they will listen to ideas from people and then make sure the championship grows helpfully and isn't obstructive. There will be a transitional period as things settle down and the big thing this year in the NGTC engine. That looks like it will help with budget if people go to it and we'll have to see what happens with the Vauxhalls as they are the first cars to have it.

Q:
We now have a turbo engine against a normal racing engine to throw something else into the mix and we already have the gearbox changes for rear-wheel drive cars to help your rivals at the start. How tough is it to get a level playing field?

David Bartrum:
That is where Mr Gow is the past master. I'm hoping he will keep a level playing field as it is very important that we don't lose more people. I know he has the new thing in NGTC but for a while we need the old thing as well. From that point of view, they have to try and maintain a level field for everyone.

As for the gear thing, I don't like anything where I have to spend more money as its more money I have to find! I would prefer to have stayed as we were and we'll see how it pans out, but it is very important that they monitor and maintain things to keep it fair and give everyone a chance. History dicates that they will do that.

Q:
That gearbox change though, people will say that it helps at the start of race but at the end of the 2009 season, it was the Chevrolet which appeared to be the car to beat…

David Bartrum:
I don't think we needed to make changes, but it isn't my choice. I think we had a fantastic championship last year and you couldn't have scripted the final race. It was anybodies championship and I think they had it right anyway. I know the BMW has a bit of advantage off the line in peoples eyes but I didn't see it that way as we got off the line quick, but had cold tyres. I felt that over the course of the races, it sorted itself out and was an even playing field by the end.



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