Independent Teams Called to Join

The director of the British Touring Car Championship Alan Gow has invited racing teams to a special forum to 'explode the myths' of joining the Championship

Gow is inviting all prospective independent teams and drivers aiming to enter in 2006 to the forum, to be held at the BAR-Honda Formula One team's headquarters at Brackley, Northamptonshire, on Monday September 12th.

The aim will be to convince teams that do not have the backing of a major factory entrant that competing in the BTCC is still worthwhile. Grids in the Championship this season have dropped, with only 13 regular runners, although additional cars have since joined the series.

"There still seems to be a misnomer within the sport that competing as an independent in the BTCC is much more expensive than it actually is or can be," reckons Gow. "This event will enable us to outline what the BTCC is all about and of the costs and benefits of competing."

Currently independent runners Team Halfords currently leads the Championship ahead of manufacturer muscle of Vauxhall and SEAT.

Gow adds: "Interest from prospective entrants - from Championships within our support paddock and elsewhere - for 2006 is at an all-time high and so we feel it is only appropriate to give those people the information they need to help their entry into the BTCC.

"It's not uncommon for us to receive calls from interested individuals who have become disillusioned with broken promises made by other series, only to find themselves struggling to make the leap into the BTCC because they've blown their budget.

"It's time to explode a few myths that surround the BTCC and show people that a detailed and well-organised approach - for which they will be able to plan following this forum - can reap tremendous rewards."

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