New BTCC team aiming to enter with Insignias

The British Touring Car Championship is set to see another new model of car enter the series as Thorney Motorsport intend to run two NGTC-spec Vauxhall Insignias later in the 2011 season.

Thorney, famous for its BMW and Vauxhall tuning operations, are a team that are well-known in British club racing championships such as the Dunlop Great and British weekends in which it had success in SportMaxx with the Astra VXR, and have now started developing the new Insignia to make the graduation to a high-profile BTCC squad.

Team principle John Thorne will spearhead the team in their assault on the series and will take the driving duties of one of the two cars, the second seat said to be filled by the team’s Dunlop Production Touring Car Trophy driver Joe Girling.

Engine-wise, the team are evaluating numerous options including the Swindon-based NGTC turbo engine, although they have not ruled out the possibility of introducing a self-developed unit themselves.

The car itself is expected to be a very drag coefficient model despite its extra size compared to the successful previous models, the Astra and Vectra.

The team is aiming for a possible debut later this season, looking towards an event such as Brands Hatch or Silverstone in the closing stages of the year.

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