Special Tuning Racing has re-affirmed that it will return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2012 alongside its new programme in the WTCC.
Alongside a two-car entry in the World series, where it will run as a customer SEAT team with support from the manufacturer in Spain, STR will continue to run a pair of Leons in the BTCC as it did in 2010.
The cars will be updated over the winter, with the team working on development of both the NGTC engine used for the first time this year and the chassis.
“Last season was our first working with the 2.0TFSI NGTC engine, and we have certainly learnt a lot working closely with our engine builder,” team boss John Boardman said. “It is never easy to hit the ground running when testing time is limited, so the development of the engine over the season has been a learning curve for both parties.
“Going into our second season, I am confident that the experience we have gained will enable us to deliver a front-running race car able to compete with the newer NGTC cars.”
The team continues to talk to a number of drivers regarding the two seats available for the BTCC programme.
“Interest in our BTCC programme has been strong due to the potential the car has to offer,” technical director Gary Robertshaw added. “The S2000 chassis will benefit from developments made available through SEAT Sport, which will enhance the already very good chassis.
“Our WTCC programme enables us to offer subsidised drives in the BTCC for next season. As is the norm the driver negotiations do take time, but we would like to firm up the line up early in the New Year.”