Onyx Race Engineering poised for WTCC debut

Mike Earle is to give Onyx Race Engineering a new lease of life for WTCC challenge.
Onyx Race Engineering, a name best known for its international single seater exploits in the late 80s, has been reformed by former Arena Motorsport team manager Mike Earle.

During the 2013 FIA WTCC season Earle had been working on a return to the championship this year for some time. The team will develop an unknown car for the TC1 class and are talking to potential drivers and customer independent teams.

The British squad's reincarnation in conjunction with Arlington Industries Group will facilitate its operation and development out of Arena motorsports former premises in Littlehampton, the same place where Earle and Onyx also operated their F1 outfit from during the 1989 and 1990 world championships.

Arena Motorsport closed its doors by the end of a hard fought 2012 WTCC campaign by then owners Capsicum Racing Ltd. Rotek Racing then picked up the teams assets, including a 2013 Ford update package, but the car only saw testing with Robb Holland ahead of a planned return to the series, which failed to materialise. The Fords are now in the hands of a Chinese racing team.

Earle hopes that the return to touring car racing will be for the long term and that he is 'excited' about the association with Arlington Industries.

"This association with Arlington Industries Group is exciting, there are many synergies in the goals that our core businesses seek to achieve over the next five years," said Onyx CEO Mike Earle

"This is a unique opportunity to assemble such a strong automotive group with the common intention of success in the finest touring car championship in the World."

Onyx enjoyed initial success in F3000 in the mid-late 80's taking seven race victories with future touring car racers, Emanuele Pirro and Stefano Modena. However, the team's progression in F1 lasted only 26 rounds, with the highpoint being Stefan Johansson clinching a sensational drive to third place ta the 1989 Portuguese GP at Estoril.

2014 World Touring Car Championship grid (as of January 10 2014):

Yvan Muller Citroen Racing Citroen C-Elysee
Sebastien Loeb Citroen Racing Citroen C-Elysee
Jose Maria Lopez Citroen Racing Citroen C-Elysee
TBC Citroen Racing Citroen C-Elysee
Gabriele Tarquini Honda WTC Team Honda Civic
Tiago Monteiro Honda WTC Team Honda Civic
Norbert Michelisz Zengo Motorsport Honda Civic
Mehdi Bennani Proteam Racing Honda Civic
Rob Huff LADA Sport LADA Granta
James Thompson LADA Sport LADA Granta
Mikhail Kozlovskiy LADA Sport LADA Granta
Tom Coronel ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze
Tom Chilton ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet Cruze
Hugo Valente Campos Racing Chevrolet Cruze
Dusan Borkovic Campos Racing Chevrolet Cruze
Rene Munnich Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon * Selected events
Marc Basseng Munnich Motorsport SEAT Leon * Selected events

* denotes TC2 class - all others TC1
Subject to publication of the official FIA WTCC entry list

by Dexter Fielding

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Zengo Motorsport`s  Norbert Michelisz takes the lead at the start of race 1 in Japan - Sunday, September 22 2013. (Photo Copyright: Honda Europe / Naoki Kobayashi)
Race start in Morocco [Pic credit: FIA WTCC]
Gabriele Tarquini took the lead at the start of race 2 (Photo Credit: Honda Europe / David Noels)
Nestor Girolami, Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo, WTCC [Credit: WTCC]
Tom Chilton, Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen [Credit: XPB]
Tom Coronel, Roal Chevrolet [Credit: WTCC media]
Gabriele Tarquini, Lada, Moscow [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Nicky Catsburg, Lada, WTCC [Credit: WTCC media]
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
Jose Maria Lopez - Citroen Racing [credit: Florent Gooden / DPP]
Jose Maria Lopez, Citroen, [Credit: WTCC media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic
Tom Coronel - ROAL Chevrolet Cruze
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Rob Huff - Castrol Honda Civic [credit: FIA WTCC Media]
Yvan Muller - Citroen Racing [credit: FIA WTCC Media]

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