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Gow: Punto plans not 'Grande' enough

Alan Gow plays down talk that the Abarth Grande Punto could feature on the BTCC grid before the end of the year
Series boss Alan Gow has played down talk that the Abarth Grande Punto could feature on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid later this season.

Reports last week suggested that If Motorsport was evaluating plans to build a pair of Grande Puntos to the BTCC's new NGTC regulations, with a view to entering the cars into the series later this year.

However, Gow now has played down talk that the Grande Punto could be one of the first cars built to the new rules, insisting that the car was too small to fit into the regulations.

"Nobody, from any team, has contacted TOCA and enquired about entering a Fiat Punto (of any model) in the BTCC," he wrote on his forum on the official series website BTCC.net, "so I'm rather bemused to be reading about such a 'project'.

"However let me just clarify something. The car would certainly not be eligible - under either the current or the new BTCC (NGTC) regulations - as it doesn't even come close to meeting the minimum dimensions.

"It's simply not 'Grande' enough..."


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Dave Smith - Unregistered

January 18, 2010 8:23 PM

Alan Gow is right, If the regulations are to be taken seriously they have to be followed end of. There are plenty of cars to choose from. having driven a grand punto I know they are tiny, (and rubbish!) I doubt a NGTC engine would even fit and if Gow hasnt even spoke to them then the team know nothing of the engine dimentions. a bunch of guys talking hot air.

Phil - Unregistered

January 18, 2010 1:43 PM

I don't think the 206 was long enough for the WRC regulations when it entered that... but they just stuck on some enormous bumpers etc and it was fine... I guess it depends how far out it is though... surely a Golf isn't that much longer?



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