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#1 WonderWoman61

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Posted 22 December 2021 - 17:58

Can include non-starters as technically they entered but never actually raced and tests that never went anywhere.

In recent times, TH Motorsport tried and failed in their bid to return with Matt Hamilton in a Skoda Octavia NGTC for 2012

Clio Cup Racer Alex Morgan's father built NGTC Renault Méganes for 2014 but no one was interested.

Edited by WonderWoman61, 24 December 2021 - 22:27.


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#2 WonderWoman61

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Posted 22 December 2021 - 18:07

Can include non-starters as technically they entered but never actually raced and tests that never went anywhere.

Inspired by the GP Rejects article on the stillborn Brilliance WTCC entry of 2005 with the late John Batchelor at the helm.

That same year, MG Rover tried to enter the DTM before going bust. They got as far as signing Tom Chilton and other drivers linked to the team included Johnny Herbert, Anthony Reid and Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Edited by WonderWoman61, 24 December 2021 - 22:18.


#3 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 07:04

Maserati here in Oz. For Gp A. How much was media hype or potential competitor hype we will never know. But near certain it would have been a lemon anyway.



#4 WonderWoman61

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 09:36

SCV8 and Touring 1.

#5 Dick Dastardly

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 11:11

What was the name of the Andy Rouse led Touring Car series that never materialized?



#6 ensign14

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 11:32

What was the name of the Andy Rouse led Touring Car series that never materialized?

The SCV8 Supercar Series.  Would have been way better than the repmobiles of WTCC.  With the best will in the world, Seat v Lada v Daewoo is hardly calculated to get the blood flowing.

 

Like the Procar Series, which produced one car...

 

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#7 kayemod

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 11:52

Ah, but what a car! It was essentially a 3.5 litre F1 Alfa with one of the thinnest and flimsiest plastic bodies I've ever seem.



#8 WonderWoman61

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 11:57

The SCV8 Supercar Series.  Would have been way better than the repmobiles of WTCC.  With the best will in the world, Seat v Lada v Daewoo is hardly calculated to get the blood flowing.
 
Like the Procar Series, which produced one car...
 
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Andy Rouse built a Peugeot 406 and a Jaguar X-Type as SCV8 prototypes.

Jonathan Palmer tried to launch the Touring 1 Series for 2005.

#9 Duc-Man

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 12:40

German Wolf Racing (not to be mixed op with Walter Wolf) developed afaik a Mondeo class 1 car for the DTM but couldn't run it because it was not backed by the factory and it was a "brand" championship.

 

Also Audi 80 and BMW M3 class 1 for the DTM. Tested but never raced.



#10 WonderWoman61

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 13:22

German Wolf Racing (not to be mixed op with Walter Wolf) developed afaik a Mondeo class 1 car for the DTM but couldn't run it because it was not backed by the factory and it was a "brand" championship.
 
Also Audi 80 and BMW M3 class 1 for the DTM. Tested but never raced.


Zakspeed built a Volvo C70 for the revived DTM in 2000 but it never raced.

#11 Gregor Marshall

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 14:24

Andy Rouse built a Peugeot 406 and a Jaguar X-Type as SCV8 prototypes.

Jonathan Palmer tried to launch the Touring 1 Series for 2005.

 

The Pete Hall and Andy Rouse SCV8 series only had one car built, but two shells, the 406 and Jaguar. 
Pete still owned the car until fairly recently.



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Posted 23 December 2021 - 17:06

LGT Engineering intended to enter a pair of diesel powered Lexus IS220s towards the end of the 2007 WTCC with the intention of entering full-time in 2008.

#13 WonderWoman61

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 19:00

Lada originally intended to enter the 2006 WTCC but didn't appear until 2008.

#14 WonderWoman61

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 22:03


The front runners of the 1988 British Rally Championship (Jimmy McRae, Mark Lovell, Malcolm Wilson, David Llewellyn and Dave Metcalfe) were due to race as part of a two driver BTCC race in 1988. However they were stopped as they did not have the correct licence.

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 22:11

More recently, I can't see Jordan King making his BTCC bow any time soon, not now that Motorbase have filled all their 2022 seats.

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 11:05

The front runners of the 1988 British Rally Championship (Jimmy McRae, Mark Lovell, Malcolm Wilson, David Llewellyn and Dave Metcalfe) were due to race as part of a two driver BTCC race in 1988. However they were stopped as they did not have the correct licence.

 

Sounds like a bit of an excuse to me. I'm sure the appropriate licences could have been arranged relatively easily. I was surprised to discover that Roger Clark was able to race in the TT and other events.



#17 WonderWoman61

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 11:16

Sounds like a bit of an excuse to me. I'm sure the appropriate licences could have been arranged relatively easily. I was surprised to discover that Roger Clark was able to race in the TT and other events.

Well, that was the claim a user on the piston heads forum made, believable or otherwise.

https://www.pistonhe...p?h=0&t=1963004

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#18 WonderWoman61

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 15:19

GR Motorsport intended to run Gordon Shedden in an ex-John Shields Motorsport Alfa Romeo 147 in 2002.

#19 Derwent Motorsport

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 17:50

Can include non-starters as technically they entered but never actually raced and tests that never went anywhere.

The front runners of the 1988 British Rally Championship (Jimmy McRae, Mark Lovell, Malcolm Wilson, David Llewellyn and Dave Metcalfe) were due to race as part of a two driver BTCC race in 1988. However they were stopped as they did not have the correct licence.

Jimmy McRae did have a race licence as he raced at Ingliston In I think the Ecurie Ecosse Chevette.



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#20 WonderWoman61

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 17:57

Jimmy McRae did have a race licence as he raced at Ingliston In I think the Ecurie Ecosse Chevette.


Can't help the claim made on the piston heads forum. I certainly didn't make it.

https://www.pistonhe...p?h=0&t=1963004

#21 WonderWoman61

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Posted 25 December 2021 - 15:16

https://forums.autos...never-happened/ - Can someone merge the aforementioned thread with this one please?

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Posted 25 December 2021 - 16:50

https://forums.autos...never-happened/ - Can someone merge the aforementioned thread with this one please?


Done.

#23 WonderWoman61

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Posted 25 December 2021 - 22:19

Done.

Thank you.

Edited by WonderWoman61, 06 January 2022 - 21:15.


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Posted 25 December 2021 - 22:52

I recall a Prodrive prepared Mercedes C class being readied for, I think 1993 or 1994. I am pretty sure a photo of the apparently finished car appeared in Autosport in a side on shot. I think Mercedes decided class 1 was the way to go and the project never raced.

Would be interested to hear about a Mondeo class one car, have never heard of that before.

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#25 WonderWoman61

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Posted 25 December 2021 - 23:42

I recall a Prodrive prepared Mercedes C class being readied for, I think 1993 or 1994. I am pretty sure a photo of the apparently finished car appeared in Autosport in a side on shot. I think Mercedes decided class 1 was the way to go and the project never raced.
Would be interested to hear about a Mondeo class one car, have never heard of that before.


The Prodrive Mercedes was intended for 1993 with Tim Sugden and possibly Bernd Schneider driving.

#26 WonderWoman61

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Posted 26 December 2021 - 12:29

Giampiero Simoni was offered a Renault seat for 1995.

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Posted 27 December 2021 - 10:57

I recall a Prodrive prepared Mercedes C class being readied for, I think 1993 or 1994. I am pretty sure a photo of the apparently finished car appeared in Autosport in a side on shot. I think Mercedes decided class 1 was the way to go and the project never raced.

Would be interested to hear about a Mondeo class one car, have never heard of that before.

I just know about it from reading something in a magazin back then. I don't know if the car was actually build. The Wolf website mentiones a Mondeo 4x4 for the STW 2l championship that was dropped. Maybe the press mixed something up.

 

Ford themself started developing a Mondeo for the new DTM in 2000 but stopped after the prototype was build.

 

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Posted 06 January 2022 - 21:23

BTCC 1991:

James Weaver was intended to share the #44 Prodrive BMW with Steve Soper and Christian Danner. The team also intended to run a 3rd car for Jimmy McRae.

Trackstar originally intended to run a trio of Audi 80s for Robb Gravett, Mike Smith and Jonathan Palmer. The team then intended to run Smith and Sean Walker in Ford Sapphires alongside Gravett's entry.

Frank Sytner joined another BMW team and rumoured to be partnering Finnish driver Heikki Salmenautio (though, for some reason, Motorsport Magazine misspelled his name as Hakki Salamentio).

There was a rumour regarding a Honda Concerto making an appearance, either with James Kaye graduating from the CRX Series or Ray Armes, given he had recent BTCC experience with a Civic.

Rumours suggested a Renault and a Lancia would be appearing as privateer entrants.

Also, Alistair Fenwick and Tony Bardy were non-starters in their one-off entries in the #18 Pyramid Motorsport BMW and the Vauxhall Belmont later raced by Jeff Wilson.