BTCC »

Thompson to test NGTC car

Experienced touring car racer James Thompson handed keys to BTCC's new NGTC machine ahead of 2011 debut.
BTCC favourite James Thompson has been appointed as test and development driver for the championship's Next Generation Touring Car project, series organiser TOCA has revealed.

The 2002 and 2004 series champion, Thompson was unable to find a full-time BTCC ride this season, and has been plying his trade overseas instead, but will lend his proven abilities behind the wheel when testing of the first NGTC machine hits the track in late September. The NGTC specification pioneered by the BTCC is already receiving interest from foreign series, and Thompson's input could thus have wide-reaching implications for the success of the formula.

The regulations, which are expected to slash the cost of competing, come into force in Britain next year and, as well as private testing, Thompson is being slated to drive the NGTC prototype in free practice at the 2010 season finale at Brands Hatch in October, giving fans an early chance to catch a glimpse of the future. Rumours persist that the car may also make its race debut ahead of its planned 2011 debut.

“The first full NGTC car is now underway, in its very early build stages, [and] I couldn't think of a more ideal driver than James, with his vast experience and proven track record in the BTCC as well as other international race series, to provide the precise technical feedback needed to develop its full potential," series director Alan Gow told btcc.net, "I thank him for enthusiastically accepting my offer.”

Despite NGTC coming into force next season, teams already owning S2000 cars can continue to run them for several seasons on an equal footing with the new machines. The NGTC engine claimed its first race win at last weekend's Croft BTCC round, with Andrew Jordan taking a maiden win for Pirtek Racing's Vauxhall Vectra.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
James Thompson (GBR) - Team Dynamics Honda Civic
Alan Hyde
Alan Hyde
Alan Hyde
Alan Gow
TOCA Champions 2014
Alan Gow
Alan Gow
NGTC TOCA engine
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis

Join 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.


phil - Unregistered

June 24, 2010 10:07 PM

Don't think that it has been announced... it needs to be at least 4.4m though... I'm happy that they got someone who can drive and drive well to do the testing, I'd like to see him out testing at a few more events and run properly in the finale... but that may be the thommo fan in me :)



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

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