Vauxhall confirms Muller and Thompson

Vauxhall has retained its two British Touring Car Championship stars, James Thompson and Yvan Muller for the 2003 season, as predicted in this week's AUTOSPORT

Vauxhall confirms Muller and Thompson

The announcement scotches SEAT's efforts to lure Muller, BTCC runner up in 2001 and '02, into its Toledo FIA European Touring Car Championship contender.

"We are delighted to have retained the services of both Yvan and James," said Vauxhall Motorsport Operations manager Mike Nicholson. "They were a formidable team this year and were instrumental in enabling us to successfully defend our Manufacturers' and Teams' title. I challenge the other teams to field a stronger driver line-up.

"All that remains now is to knucke down over the winter in order to stay one step ahead of the competition next year."

Muller has driven with the Triple Eight-run team since 1999, while Thompson rejoined last year for his second stint with Vauxhall after the Luton manufacturer gave him his first big break in touring car racing in 1995.

"I'm pleased to be continuing with the team," said BTCC champion Thompson. "Not only do I think it's important to have continuity, but there is no doubt that Vauxhall is the best place to be to defend my Drivers' title."

To read about:

Triple Eight's other plans
How Matt Neal and Paul O'Neil are in the frame for a drive
What SEAT will do now

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