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Just got this press release emailed to me

CHAMPIONS CONFIRM PLACE ON BTCC MASTERS GRID



Six past champions of the British Touring Car Championship – John Cleland, Rob Gravett, Tim Harvey, Alain Menu, Jason Plato and Gabriele Tarquini as well as double Touring Car World Cup winner Paul Radisich – have confirmed they will compete in the first ever ‘BTCC Masters’ race.



They become the first star names to announce their participation in the event on Green Flag BTCC finals day at Donington Park on Sunday, 26 September when a total of 18 specially invited drivers will race identical SEAT Cupras.



Other past champions and heroes of the BTCC will be announced in the coming weeks for what is one of the most eagerly anticipated dates on the 2004 motor sport calendar.



John Cleland (GBR): BTCC Champion 1989 (Vauxhall Astra) & 1995 (Vauxhall Cavalier)

“I think it’s a great idea and also quite brave. It will raise the profile of the BTCC and remind everyone of the level of international drivers that have taken part in the championship. Everybody doing this is a pro’ or ex-pro’ and, as a consequence, every one of us will want to win the race. The expectation is tremendous and it will be a great spectacle. I’ve no scores to settle and I don’t think anyone should go into it thinking like that.”



Robb Gravett (GBR): BTCC Champion 1990 (Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500)

“There will be some massive egos getting into those cars. I don’t care what people say, all the drivers will still want to win. I’m sure there’ll be some paint exchanged and there’s no harm in that – just so long as nobody goes out and does anything stupid. I, of course, don’t do that sort of thing. It is a fantastic event and I’m sure it’s going to attract an enormous crowd. It is very good for Donington Park and very good for the sport.”



Tim Harvey (GBR): BTCC Champion 1992 (BMW 320i)

“I’m obviously highly excited by this event. It’s a wonderful idea and a great, great crowd puller for the BTCC final race day of 2004. It will be marvellous fun racing against some of the old characters. So long as I beat John Cleland then everything will be fine, but that’s a foregone conclusion anyway.”



Alain Menu (SUI): BTCC Champion 1997 (Renault Laguna) & 2000 (Ford Mondeo)

“It would be nice to win, but really it’s about having some fun. Touring Cars in the UK has always been very big so, for sure, it is something the crowds are going to enjoy. They are going to see some bodywork rubbing – oh, yes, it will happen – and I hope SEAT is ready for that! Donington Park brings back good memories – I remember I split the Audis in 1997 when I overtook John Bintcliffe on the last lap and I won in the Mondeo in 2000 with a lot of ballast.”



Jason Plato (GBR): BTCC Champion 2001 (Vauxhall Astra)

“I’ve no scores to settle. There’s only one person I’ve fallen out with and that’s Yvan Muller, but he’s not doing it because Vauxhall won’t let him. It will be great to race with the calibre of these drivers. I can’t wait. What an event – it will be amazing to be part of it. It’s going to be very hard fought: none of this ‘after you, sir’. If people don’t do it I think they’ll regret it, particularly if they are available.”



Paul Radisich (NZL): Touring Car World Cup Winner 1993 & 1994 (Ford Mondeo)

“What a great event and a fabulous concept! I’m flying all the way from Australia to do it, as it’s just the type of race that everyone dreams about; to get all the great names from the BTCC and throw them together in equal cars will produce one of the most enjoyable, exciting and competitive races that can be imagined. Anyone (spectators or drivers) who misses this event will be kicking themselves afterwards. I’m really looking forward to it.”



Gabriele Tarquini (ITA): BTCC Champion 1994 (Alfa Romeo 155)

“I really like this idea and I’m very grateful that Alfa Romeo has allowed me to take part. I really enjoyed my time in the BTCC – the fans, the circuits, the whole championship. It was a great atmosphere, like a big party. I don’t have any big rivals. It will just be great again to race against some of the drivers because they were all at a very high level.”





For all the latest BTCC news visit the official website www.btcc.net
 

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sounds a good laugh
 

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I'm seriously tempted. Should be a good day as its the final rounds of the BTCC as well as the masters race. I think they should put aside parking areas for models of all previous championship winning models :D
 

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That's not a bad idea actually is it. Maybe we should ask them?

Hopefully I'll be able to make it to this.
 
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Saw the ITV/Eurosport coverage of Sundays Touring cars and Vikki "phwaarrrrrr" Butler-Henderson was interviewing ex-champ John McLeland about that race.

She said the Masters race was going to be covered by TV........ hopefully live/all of it. :)
 
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alfastu said:
I think they should put aside parking areas for models of all previous championship winning models :D

Aaah but you guys with the fatbodies didn't win do you ??? :p ;)
The skinny won it and seeing as I have a Silverstone, I can have a parking lot to myself, well me, NIKH, Shug, MXER and a few others ;)
 

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Aaah but you guys with the fatbodies didn't win do you ??? :p ;)
The skinny won it and seeing as I have a Silverstone, I can have a parking lot to myself, well me, NIKH, Shug, MXER and a few others ;)
oooohhhhhhhh put yer claws away.

BUT it is a good point well put. On the other hand aren't you turning to the wide side now you have the V6, and shunning the race winning heritage of your skinny Silverstone?

I emailed Donington about the parking about 2 weeks ago.........no reply :(
 

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I haven't tried to get tickets yet. Annoyingly I've just realised I might be away that weekend with work :(
 

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Will Frank Sytner be there?

He was good for a laugh he was!
 
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We're booked :D

It's the last THREE races of the season plus the Race of Champions and a load of other stuff :D

£15/ticket
£5/paddock+pitlane
£2/booking fee
£2/postage (or you can pick them up before raceday).

wrinx
 
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