BTCC »

Q&A: Alan Gow – EXCLUSIVE.

The 2007 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season looks set to be one of the most closely fought in recent seasons with a number of drivers capable of fighting for race victories over the course of the year.

Almost half of the 27 cars entered can realistically be classed as contenders for the coming season on an entry list that series director Alan Gow admits has exceeded his expectations.

Crash.net Radio caught up with Alan to look at the entry list, the TV deal and more – including the killer question of who would the boss put his money on for the season ahead…

Q:
Alan, how happy are you with the entry list assembled for the coming season?

Alan Gow:
It's a great entry list and has exceeded what I expected this season. I expected maybe 22 or 23 cars so to start with 27 is fantastic, although they obviously aren't all here today as teams are building cars late. It's a great entry with a great variety of cars and the part that interests me is that we have 21 S2000 cars and only six of the old BTC-spec cars. I never expected that kind of ratio.

Q:
How surprising was that for you, as some people would have thought that that switch would be more gradual as there may have only been a limited number of S2000 cars around?

Alan Gow:
Unfortunately motorsport is one of the sports where the doomsayers like to get involved. I expected around 16 Super 2000 cars with the rest being BTC, but everyone has stepped up to the plate. There are S2000 cars around and there are teams designing and building cars – like the Lexus, the Honda and Vauxhall. There are products around and people can buy cars if they wish.

Q:
How pleased are you with the variety as well. The first round of the WTCC features four different types of car but in the BTCC we have many more.

Alan Gow:
I think there are seven or eight different types of car, something like that, and it is good to see. It's the beauty of the regulations that you can build a car to local homologation – like the Vectra and the Civic – that wouldn't appear in the WTCC. I think it underlines the direction in which we have taken the championship in the past few years when we announced what we wanted to do – and it's worked.

Q:
You must also be pleased that there are probably more drivers on the grid who are capable of winning a race than drivers who can't win. We appear to have some real strength in depth for 2007.

Alan Gow:


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
2007 BTCC Tracking Action
Alan Gow
Jason Plato (GBR), SEAT Sport UK,  SEAT Leon, Super 2000,Darren Turner (GBR), SEAT Sport UK, SEAT Leon, Super 2000 and Tom Chilton (GBR), VX Racing,Vauxhall Vectra Super, 2000
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Lea Wood (GBR) Houseman Racing Toyota Avensis
Adam Morgan (GBR) WIX Racing Mercedes Benz A Class
Daniel Welch (GBR) Welch Motorsport Proton Persona
Daniel Welch (GBR) Welch Motorsport Proton Persona
Daniel Welch (GBR) Welch Motorsport Proton Persona
Daniel Welch (GBR) Welch Motorsport Proton Persona
Daniel Welch (GBR) Welch Motorsport Proton Persona

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.