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Will Alfa ever come back to BTCC?

Will the boys in red ever be back to the Brittish touring car championship? I remember my first ever race i went to watch in 1994, i saw the Tarquini crash his 155 at duffas dip at knockhill, i was right there, what a crash, what a driver and what a great looking car in its day.......please come back.
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Just found this:-
http://www.aroc-uk.com/BuyingGuides/...omeo%20155.pdf
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Will the boys in red ever be back to the Brittish touring car championship? I remember my first ever race i went to watch in 1994, i saw the Tarquini crash his 155 at duffas dip at knockhill, i was right there, what a crash, what a driver and what a great looking car in its day.......please come back.
Iv got some of my favourite BTCC clips on my site:

http://www.cloverleaf4.co.uk/videos.htm

and yes, please come back
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Ive just watched the one on 2 wheels, brilliant footage! thanks
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A Little birdie tells me that Mark Smith will be entering an Alfa 156 S2000 into the championship this year, but it will be the 2003 shape im afraid, (EX GA Motorsport). Either way, he has my backing

Go on smithy!

Regarding my quote: When flicking through, I saw a picture of a 155 and knew I was there when it was taken. It was taken on a nearly go-kart sized track up in Scotland. I was driven round this track by a crazed mad man, there were trees everywhere.

What was we thinking???

BTW - This 155 article was written by Wrinx (AO Moderator)
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In-Front Motorsport has become the latest new team to officially unveil its plans to enter the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2006. The family-run team has confirmed it will enter an Alfa Romeo 156 for successful VW Cup racer Mark Smith, aged 40. His father John Smith runs the small but professional Hednesford-based squad.

They becomes the fourth new team in recent weeks to announce plans to progress into Britain’s most famous and popular motor racing championship as the Eurotech and Motorbase Performance outfits have both confirmed that each will enter the series with the Honda Integra, while Geoff Steel Racing has now acquired one of the BMW E46 racers that won last year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship title.

In-Front is currently putting the finishing touches to its Alfa Romeo, built by Birmingham based PT Motorsport, which is run by Les Wilson. The Alfa will be almost identical to those seen competing in last year’s WTCC and is built around a shell from the Italian manufacturer’s official team N-Technology.

John Smith commented this week: “It is going to be a learning process for all of us, but we have been in motor racing for 15 years and have varied experience. We realise that we are a small team compared to others in the BTCC. Mark decided that he wanted test his metal against the BTCC boys, many of whom he has competed against in previous years. It will be interesting to see how we progress throughout the season.”

Of note is the fact the Alfa will become the fourth different make of car on the BTCC grid built to the FIA’s Super 2000 technical regulations – in 2007, only cars complying to ‘Super2000’ specification will be able to fight for the title.

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A Little birdie tells me that Mark Smith will be entering an Alfa 156 into the championship this year, but it will be the 2002 shape im afraid. Either way, he has my backing

Go on smithy!
Do you know him - could stick some huge AO stickers on his car - in return we could offer him moral forum support through here, and give advice if he breaks dow or crashes
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Do you know him - could stick some huge AO stickers on his car - in return we could offer him moral forum support through here, and give advice if he breaks dow or crashes
what are you talking about ? it's an alfa, it won't break down ?

granted he'll have no idea of what's happening with the car, because the entire electrical system will malfunction in various stages.
he'll also not be able to hear the pit to car radio because of ;
(a) the intermittently failing electrical system, and
(b) the 130 decibel noise from the cam variator.

being a twin spark, he will of course not need to refuel during the race, however he probably will need to stop to top up the oil ?

thankfully it's not an 80's alfa, as he'd never have passed the post race weigh in, it'd be rusted away by the end !!
especially if it was raining ! the word alka-seltzer aprings to mind !!

seriously tho, good luck to all involved, the car looks good in race trim, much better than the 147 btcc ? hopefully it'll bring some success.

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what are you talking about ? it's an alfa, it won't break down ?

granted he'll have no idea of what's happening with the car, because the entire electrical system will malfunction in various stages.
he'll also not be able to hear the pit to car radio because of ;
(a) the intermittently failing electrical system, and
(b) the 130 decibel noise from the cam variator.

being a twin spark, he will of course not need to refuel during the race, however he probably will need to stop to top up the oil ?

thankfully it's not an 80's alfa, as he'd never have passed the post race weigh in, it'd be rusted away by the end !!
especially if it was raining ! the word alka-seltzer aprings to mind !!

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There was a 156 entered last year in the ETCC spec but it only turned up to 3 or 4 races and all of those in never finished them.

This year saw an entry for the 156 and was present at Brands, but never raced due to mechanical failures and we have not since seen/heard about it since.


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Iv got some of my favourite BTCC clips on my site:

http://www.cloverleaf4.co.uk/videos.htm

and yes, please come back

Those are some WICKED video Alfajack...
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It's a shame watching the Alfa trundle around near the back of the grid. To cap it all, it gets hit by the BMW!
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claim to fame there ,the people who distribute the video of the series bought my clip of that crash and put it on their video,it was a great day!

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claim to fame there ,the people who distribute the video of the series bought my clip of that crash and put it on their video,it was a great day!
What, the review of the season video you mean!!

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I finally got around to reading my copy of Autosport yesterday and came across a piece of Alfa news.

Irish racing driver Eoin Murray is planning to enter a 2005 spec Ex-works Alfa 156 in the second half of this season of the BTCC.

The 156 was his prize for winning the Pan-European Alfa Challenge last year. It is a super 2000 spec car (same as the WTCC), which the Btcc will change to next year.

Hopefully with the BTCC changing regulations to match the WTCC, we may get a few more Alfas on the grid for 2007.
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H`MM £40 NOT MUCH REALLY When it proved Tim Harvey took out Tarquini`s racing line and got points against him!
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A Little birdie tells me that Mark Smith will be entering an Alfa 156 S2000 into the championship this year, but it will be the 2003 shape im afraid, (EX GA Motorsport). Either way, he has my backing
Unfortunately he doesn't seem to be any better at making it go fast than the GA guy's were. Although they've had some bad luck and run the risk of losing their budget.

Consistently at the back of the field getting lapped, although at least made it to the grid for all three races at Croft yesterday, he got bored in the third race and decided to power slide across the grass near the Sunny's (pics to follow)!
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Irish racing driver Eoin Murray is planning to enter a 2005 spec Ex-works Alfa 156 in the second half of this season of the BTCC.

The 156 was his prize for winning the Pan-European Alfa Challenge last year. It is a super 2000 spec car (same as the WTCC), which the Btcc will change to next year.
Yup, was good to see two Alfa's line up again, and Ey-Ay-Ei-Aeowyn (spelling? - Sounds like one of the Elves from Lord of the Rings!), was very impressive in his first run. 10th, 11th, and 10th at Croft. Moreso because regulations state that a driver must run with maximum ballast on their first meet (to prevent ringers), so he's probably got 20kg or so to lose for next time out. Have good hopes, and at the very least it was nice to see an Alfa dicing and competing. No offence to Mark Smith, but at the moment he just pootles around at the back.
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Eoin Murray's Alfa 156
Mark Smith's Alfa

An Alfa Racing!
(Although that Astra is driven by a girl and powered by Bio-Ethanol, or compost, or something)

http://photos.flish.co.uk/p31707433.html
http://photos.flish.co.uk/p31707434.html
http://photos.flish.co.uk/p31707435.html

Mark Smith goes in search of the Rallycross circuit! For those of you not familiar with Croft, at that moment in time the beloved Alfa is supposed to be moving from left to right (technically it is!), but preferably facing the right

(After clicking the link, click the iamge to see them in full 3MB super hi-res glory)
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Great photo's. Thanks for posting
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I wonder how worried those marshals on the inside of the corner were getting as Smith barrelled towards them?
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Great pictures Flish and good to know there was at least one other person at Croft yesterday cheering on the Alfas.
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I was giving a friend a passenger lap at Mondello a couple of track days ago, and she was telling me how she had just had a passenger lap with a friend of hers called Eoin Murray a little earlier in the day .

Apparently he was "quite good" !!!

No pressure for me then
Amusingly it was his first "trackday"!
Normally just does the races, tests etc..

BTW Eoin is pronnounced "Own" or sometimes "Owen"

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Great pictures Flish and good to know there was at least one other person at Croft yesterday cheering on the Alfas.
Do you have the Alfa red sunburn to prove your loyalty though ;-)
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Do you have the Alfa red sunburn to prove your loyalty though ;-)
Nope. I was well prepared with my factor 30. :smug:
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