Menu linked to Vauxhall

Double British Touring Car champion Alain Menu is being lined up for a return to the series to spearhead Vauxhall's works attack in 2005, according to this week's Autosport magazine

Menu linked to Vauxhall

Swiss star Menu has been out of a regular drive since being dropped by the Opel DTM squad to make way for F1 refugee Heinz-Harald Frentzen over the winter. He is favourite to replace James Thompson if the Yorkshireman wins a place in Alfa Romeo's attack on the 2005 World Touring Car Championship.

Menu has strong links with Vauxhall's works BTCC team, as Triple Eight team principal Ian Harrison took Menu to the 1997 crown with Williams-Renault.

"Ian is a good friend of mine and I haven't stopped talking to him since I left Williams," said Menu. "So we might be talking about this - we might not. I can't and won't say any more."

The position of Yvan Muller in the Luton manufacturer's line-up is also in question, as he is understood to be open to a new challenge next year. Another man linked in the Triple Eight equation is two-time Super Touring World Cup winner Paul Radisich, who drives for the team's sister outfit in the Australian V8 Supercar series. It has just signed Aussie star Craig Lowndes to lead its Ford Falcon attack.

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