Rotek Racing puts plans to enter 2013 WTCC in Ford Focuses on hold

Rotek Racing has put plans to enter the World Touring Car Championship with the ex-Arena Motorsport Ford Focuses on hold

Rotek Racing puts plans to enter 2013 WTCC in Ford Focuses on hold

The VLN squad bought the ex-Arena machines earlier this year and had planned to race them later in the season ahead of a full campaign in 2014.

But with the WTCC confirming it will run to new regulations in 2014, Rotek is now considering its options

American tin-top racer Robb Holland, who is the only driver confirmed for the programme so far, is concerned that factory efforts such as Citroen's could push costs up.

"We're trying to figure it out and we've done a bunch of testing," he said.

"The issue is the new rules package being [introduced] for 2014. It's a struggle to find new investment with the focus more on the manufacturers than independents.

"The big question is, with the manufacturers coming in, what happens to budgets? At the moment they are very reasonable."

Holland believes the key will be how much help the older cars, such as the Focus, are given to be able to compete with the new machines.

"I don't think the WTCC knows exactly which way to go," he added. "If they don't performance balance the cars I don't think the team will have any interest in competing.

"I still think it's the right championship to be in, but it's got to make sense for independents."

BTCC OUTINGS

Holland also confirmed he is hoping to appear in the British Touring Car Championship this year, driving one of Tony Gilham's Team Hard Vauxhall Insignias.

The American, who raced at the Snetterton and Croft rounds last season, is one of four drivers set to test the ex-James Cole machine this week.

He hopes to race at Snetterton next month and take in one further round, if his VLN endurance commitments allow.

"Tony and I agreed at the beginning of the year we'd do at least a couple of races," said the 45-year-old.

"Snetterton is likely and I'd like to do another round; it depends on the schedule."

shares
comments
Muller, Huff, Menu on Citroen's WTCC list

Previous article

Muller, Huff, Menu on Citroen's WTCC list

Next article

Citroen reveals Sebastien Loeb's C-Elysee WTCC car

Citroen reveals Sebastien Loeb's C-Elysee WTCC car
Load comments
Why joker laps are entering the mainstream Plus

Why joker laps are entering the mainstream

This season the World Touring Car Championship looks certain to bring joker laps to a circuit-racing world championship for the first time. And it need not be the daft gimmick people may think

WTCC
Apr 6, 2017
The making of the world's best tin-top driver Plus

The making of the world's best tin-top driver

He has been overshadowed at Citroen for the last three seasons, but the retirement of Yvan Muller means the world says farewell to one of touring-car racing's finest talents

WTCC
Sep 26, 2016
Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC Plus

Volvo's plan to conquer the WTCC

Volvo gave the World Touring Car Championship a major boost when it announced it would enter the series, but its ambitions don't stop there. JACK COZENS examines its programme, the S60 and what its arrival means for the WTCC

WTCC
Jan 18, 2016
The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off Plus

The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off

A 17-car field on a 13-mile track - the WTCC's Nurburgring Nordschleife gamble wasn't going to be easy to pull off. STUART CODLING explains how the series made it work

WTCC
May 20, 2015
Insight from a Nordschleife master Plus

Insight from a Nordschleife master

World championship racing returns to the Nordschleife this weekend. STUART CODLING got a lesson from one of the legendary track's few masters

WTCC
May 15, 2015
Becoming world champion for £100k Plus

Becoming world champion for £100k

The 2012 World Touring Car champion says he never had the money to race cars. Yet 2015 is his 11th season in the WTCC. He talks STUART CODLING through his journey from motorsport fan to paid professional - for little more than £100,000

WTCC
Mar 23, 2015
Can the vanquished champion bounce back? Plus

Can the vanquished champion bounce back?

The World Touring Car Championship kicks off in Argentina this weekend, and Yvan Muller bids to reclaim his throne from Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez. He talks to STUART CODLING

WTCC
Mar 6, 2015
The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014 Plus

The top 10 WTCC drivers of 2014

Citroen had no rivals during the 2014 World Touring Car Championship, and 'rookie' Jose Maria Lopez hit the ground running to emerge as a worthy champion. PETER MILLS rates the field

WTCC
Dec 3, 2014