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#1 V8 Fireworks

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 11:02

Recent nostaglia?

Anyhow, I was wondering why the BTCC field had to be propped up with Super Production cars in the 2000 season (and later)... What happened to the masses of 2 L specification cars constructed from 1991 to 1999? Is there a reason they weren't out there en masse in the hands of privateers ranging from professional squads to club racers in 1993 model cars driving their BTCC dream on a shoestring?


#2 RS2000

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 15:42

They were outlawed by new regs weren't they?

#3 Kevan

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 20:44

They were outlawed by new regs weren't they?

Not until 2001- the new regs didn't come in until then, and even with the 2001 'BTC-Touring' regs replacing the 'Supertouring' regs, the Production class stayed on until 2003.

There were any number of ex-BTCC 2-litre cars being raced at club level, but I suspect costs might have been the issue- certainly the number of privateer entries in the championship dwindled through the 90's as the number of factory-backed cars increased

Edited by Kevan, 17 September 2009 - 20:45.

#4 Gregor Marshall

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 08:58

The Formula Saloons series catered for them at a UK club level but it didn't work out for some reason and folded after two (I think) seasons.

#5 Tim Wilkinson

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 20:44

'99 to 2003 for FS.

Expensive cars to run, limited spares, manufacturers not interested in supplying parts or cars. Probably all factors for demise of both.