Rockingham issues retraction

Rockingham Motor Speedway has issued a further statement following its demand for an apology from British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) series director Alan Gow, who made comments attributed to the venue upon the release of the 2005 BTCC calendar

Rockingham issues retraction

The statement read: "Rockingham confirms its commitment to host all premier racing events at the UK's foremost motor racing facility. In July, the previous management team at Rockingham declined an offer to hold a round of the British Touring Car Championship in 2005 as it was not in a position to do so at the time.

"To clarify, Rockingham has never had a policy not to hold the UK's high profile motor racing championships. The reality is the exact opposite; Rockingham wants to see all forms of top level motorsport at the country's top venue which could include the BTCC in 2006."

In response to Rockingham's statement, Gow released his own comments:

"Yesterday, Rockingham's new chief executive Joe Dickinson confirmed to me his organisation's commitment to hosting all forms of high profile motor sport. While the previous management team turned down the offer of a date on our 2005 calendar, I would be happy to consider an application from Rockingham to host a round of the 2006 British Touring Car Championship should they wish to do so."

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