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Chevrolet to leave BTCC

Chevrolet to focus on the WTCC in 2012 as British Touring Car Championship campaign is ended
Chevrolet has confirmed that it will focus its attention on retaining the World Touring Car Championship title in 2012 and not return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The RML-run factory team secured the championship title in 2010 with Jason Plato, with the double champion then winning more races than anyone else last year despite failing to successfully defend the crown.

However, with Plato having moved to MG for the 2012 season, Chevrolet and RML have now confirmed that it will focus on retaining the WTCC title during the year ahead and will not field a team in the British series.

"We understand Chevrolet's decision to concentrate its motorsport programme on the WTCC in 2012," RML managing director George Lendrum said. "Despite the fact that we won't be involved in 2012, RML remain long term supporters of the BTCC and hope to be back in the future."

Chevrolet UK managing director Mark Terry meanwhile was quick to thank the manufacturer's supporters for their backing during two seasons running the Cruze in the series.

"I would like to wish RML the very best for 2012,” he said, “and thank our many fans for their support over the last two years."


Tagged as: Chevrolet , Cruze , MG , RML , Jason Plato

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cas - Unregistered

February 01, 2012 11:22 PM

at least they were competitive (pre ngtc/turbo engines) with the current lack of factory teams while the racing is close and enjoyable its not like the long term future of the btcc is looking all that rosey where once there were factory teams like Volvo, Vauxhall, Ford, Audi, BMW now we have Honda versus MG and team bamboo with a smattering of fords, BMW's and the ever popular ancient Vectra if the racing suffers the BTCC will be on its ****



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