Gow welcomes Ford's BTCC return

British Touring Car Championship supremo Alan Gow has spoken of his delight that the Ford name will return to the series next year under the stewardship of Arena International

Gow welcomes Ford's BTCC return

Arena, who had previously run the works Honda squad in the BTCC, announced on Tuesday that they will field a team of Independently-run Ford Focus STs in 2009 with multiple race-winner Tom Chilton as the lead driver.

"I'm delighted to welcome both Arena and the Ford name back into the BTCC," said Gow.

"Having had a close insight on this programme for many months, I have no doubt that Arena's expertise and superb attention to detail will enable them to quickly turn the Focus into a front-running car in the BTCC, just as they did with Honda's Civic earlier this decade.

"The Ford name means so much to so many motorsport enthusiasts. Although an independent entry, the fact the Ford name is back on the grid and being run by such a skilful team is sure to gain this project a tremendous following."

Ford are the most successful manufacturer in BTCC history, having chalked up 219 outright victories and 10 drivers' championships. No Fords have been in the main class of the championship since 2000, although a number of privateers - including Mat Jackson and Gordon Shedden - did run Focuses in the production class the following year.

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