Honda BTCC decision expected soon

Honda is likely to decide whether or not to continue in the British Touring Car Championship within the next 10 days according to a spokesman for Honda UK, as manufacturers size up the new-look low-budget series for next year

Honda BTCC decision expected soon

With top executives returning from summer holidays, the programme and its business benefits to the firm are due to be re-assessed.

"It's not out of the question that we will continue," said the spokesman, who also indicated that funding for any future BTCC project will have to come principally from the Japanese manufacturers' UK arm.

When the BTCC Accords first appeared in 1995, funding came from the UK, but as costs spiralled Honda Motor Europe began to add to the budget. HME is now believed to favour a programme in the European Super Touring Cup in 2001, but the decision is not yet set in stone.

That series is considering its options in terms of which cars will be allowed to run. For 2001 Super Touring cars will run, but the new BTCC 2001-style rules may be adopted for 2002, and even as a B class in 2001. That decision is also likely to be taken in the near future.

HME's motorsport boss, William de Braekeleer would not be drawn on his outfit's potential future involvement in the BTCC, but did say: "If we do the Euro STC in 2001, it will be with Super Touring cars. It would be good for both series if the Euro STC and the BTCC follow the same direction on rules."

BTCC organisers BMP stated at the recent series re-launch that it aimed to standardise touring car rules across Europe, bringing all series in line with BTCC 2001 regulations.

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