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With Alfa Romeo set to return to the BTCC next year, Italian touring car specialist Nordauto are to build the 147 hatchbacks which will contest the series. The cars will be run by National Saloon Car Championship team JS Motorsport, which will also field a three-car team in the national series. Running cars in both championships is to be used as a way of nurturing young drivers up the motorsport ladder

BTCC News round-up

Alfa Romeo will make a return to the BTCC for the first time since 1995 by competing in the final three rounds of the class B championship, starting with Brands Hatch - a precursor to the full programme which is said to be taking shape for next year. The cars will be run by Gary Ayles' eponymous team for Tom Ferrier and Gavin Pyper.

Former British Touring Car Championship driver Simon Harrison is to make a return to the series at Oulton Park behind the wheel of a Class B Ford Focus. Harrison, who drove for the works Peugeot team in 1995, will be driving a one-off BTCC race in the GR Motorsport Focus - a debut for the team in the series. Fiesta racer Gareth Howell will drive the second car.

World Superbike rider Aaron Slight tested a BTCC Honda Accord in private last week with the West Surrey Racing team. The New Zealander has raced a Honda BTCC car once before in 1997 at Donington, and is believed to want to compete in touring cars in the future.

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