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Triple Eight considering multiple entries on the TOCA package for the 2011 season
Triple Eight has revealed that it is looking to expand beyond the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for the 2011 season.

The team ran Vauxhall's factory programme in the BTCC until the manufacturer withdrew from the series at the end of 2009, but has continued to field its Vectra this season as a privateer entry.

Former champion Fabrizio Giovanardi and Phil Glew both raced for the team at Thruxton, with James Nash then competing from Rockingham onwards and Daniel Lloyd also getting an outing in the car at Croft with the possibility of more appearances before the end of the year.

With three rounds of the current season still to go, the team is already working on its plans for 2011, which includes the possibility of expanding into the support categories on the BTCC support package.

Such a move would be alongside a continued presence in the BTCC, with discussions ongoing with a number of manufacturers about entering the series as a works supported team next year.

“We are actively looking to compete in the TOCA support series and are in the process of talking to organisers and drivers for 2011,” Triple Eight chief Ian Harrison said. “Our BTCC experience and resources can directly transfer to all of the championships run under the TOCA banner and it therefore makes perfect sense for us to be present in all of them.”

The team has already expanded into BARC Formula Renault this season, with Harrison confirming that Triple Eight plans to run in the Formula Renault Winter Series during the regular off-season as part its plans for next year.

“Our involvement in the BARC Formula Renault series this season has allowed us to gain very good knowledge of this one make series,” he said. ”The Winter Cup is the ideal opportunity for us to get new drivers in the car and help them to make the step up into the UK series and onto the TOCA package.”



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