First three teams commit

Three teams currently competing in the British Touring Car Championship have become the first outfits to sign up for the new SCV8 Supercar Championship that will make its debut on British racetracks in 2004

First three teams commit

Team Dynamics, Team Varta and Vic Lee Motorsport will use Jaguar X-Type, Vauxhall Vectra and Peugeot 407 body shapes respectively. The teams will each be required to assemble four of the 550bhp spaceframe racers, but can choose whether to run all of the cars themselves or sell two to satellite teams.

"The new Peugeot 407 due in the spring is a fantastic looking car," said VLR team boss Vic Lee. His outfit ran a pair of privateer Peugeot 307s in this year's BTCC, having previously run the marque's works team.

"The great thing about SCV8 is that we can take the car as a brand new marque, straight to the track and race it competitively without a costly development programme."

Team Varta boss John Batchelor added: "We believe that SCV8 can put British motorsport right back on the map, bringing back the support of the high street brands in the process."

SCV8 plans to have a total of 20 cars in the series next year, with five franchise teams each running four cars.

"In addition to our franchise teams, there are many satellite teams who are keen to run in the series," said series creator Andy Rouse. "This has the potential to eclipse everything previously seen in British motorsport."

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