Triple Eight boss Ian Harrison says the team is hopeful of announcing a manufacturer deal for the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season before the end of the year.

The team previously ran the Vauxhall factory programme to great success - taking numerous championship titles - before the manufacturer elected to withdraw its support at the end of 2009.

Having continued to field its Vauxhall Vectra as privateers this season, the team has already revealed plans to expand into the BTCC support classes for 2011 with Harrison saying he was hopeful that those entries would be alongside a new manufacturer programme - as opposed to another Independent entry.

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"I hope so and hope that we can announce something before the end of the year though I'm not going to tell you now what car I think it'll be," he said. "Let's just say that we've received a number of approaches over the year and that one or two of them would surprise you as they did me!

"[2010 has] been a challenging year. We started the season very well with two straight wins at Thruxton with Fabrizio (Giovanardi), but unfortunately due to budget constraints we couldn't continue the relationship. Since then we've had a number of young drivers in the car all of whom have impressed me with their professionalism.

"Of course it would have been great to have had the benefit of a full budget and been able to run two cars at each round, but then would we have had the opportunity to try promising youngsters like James Nash, Phil Glew, Daniel Lloyd, Dean Smith and James Walker in the car?"

Triple Eight will field two cars for Nash and debutant Sam Tordoff at Brands Hatch this weekend.