Football stars set up Team 48

A new British Touring Car Championship team, set up by three former England footballers, was unveiled today

Football stars set up Team 48

Team 48 is the brainchild of Luther Blissett and also involves John Barnes and Les Ferdinand as well as motoring journalist Kevin Haggarthy. They will run a pair of Alfa Romeo 156s after buying the cars run by the A-Tech squad last season.

Blissett told : "This is the start of a three-year plan for us initially, with the aim being to get ourselves competitive in the BTCC and then get to the Le Mans 24 hours in hopefully 2010, or, failing that, 2011.

"The project commemorates the 1948 arrival of the SS Windrush from Jamaica and is a way of getting a small crop of guys from the Caribbean, and other diverse cultures, involved in motorsport at a high level - because it's something that's still missing from motorsport.

"Hopefully we can do well and open the doors for lots of others to come in, in the future. That's driving, engineering, the lot."

The team's drivers have been confirmed as little-known duo Darrelle Wilson and Matthew Gore.

Wilson, 20, whose father and brother are involved in the engineering side of the team, is a former Volkswagen Cup and John Cooper Challenge racer, while Gore - who has raced solely in the Caribbean so far - will become the first Jamaican to compete in the BTCC.

Blissett hopes to conclude a deal with GT squad DAMAX to provide technical support for the fledgling team.

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