Special Tuning Racing, who ran the SEAT Leon of Tom Boardman in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this year, are to run two cars in 2011, it has been announced today.
The SEAT Cupra UK and Spanish SEAT Leon Supercopa championship winning team, who also ran the SEAT Leon of Tom Boardman in the WTCC in 2009, are to use the latest specification SEAT Leon chassis with a brand new turbocharged engine developed to the Next Generation Touring Car regulations.
"The team had a challenging season in 2010 using the underpowered S2000 engine," said team principal John Boardman, "so we have taken the decision to use an NGTC engine next year.
"This fitted to the Leon chassis, which is highly developed and proven, will give us the engine performance required to compete for the independent's title in 2011 -and battle for race wins.
"We are working with a very successful engine builder on the project, the engine is due to run for the first time next week and we will then begin an intensive test programme both in the UK and Spain, this will ensure we are competitive from the start of next year's championship.
"We are taking the 2011 season very seriously, the team firmly has its sights set on winning the Independent's title next year and with the highly experienced engineering team we have behind us combined with the Leon chassis and NTGC engine we think this is a very achievable target."
Special Tuning Racing is currently in talks with 'several drivers' for the 2011 BTCC.