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Audi withdraws from British Touring Car Championship
confirming the rumours and predictions. any bets on the gtcc?
roll on le-mans....
In a move which has been widely expected, Audi have
confirmed that this was their last season in the British
Car Championship. The team won the championship in its first
year, with Frank Biela at the wheel, and came second last
season, handicapped by hefty weight penalties because of
This season results have been hard to come by, in the face
four-wheel-drive being outlawed. The A4 is generally
as not being well-suited to the front-drive formula, with
in-line engine layout being difficult to reposition for
"Audi continued to highlight quattro technology this year,
despite not being allowed to use it on the track," explained
David Ingram, Product Marketing Manager. "I do not believe
this is an option for 1999. Audi UK would like to thank its
drivers Frank Biela, John Bintcliffe and Yvan Muller, and
entire staff of Audi Sport UK."
The announcement comes in the wake of Peugeot deciding to
withdraw from the series. Series boss Alan Gow, head of
organisers TOCA, had earlier refuted suggestions that the
BTCC was in decline. "We still have more manufacturers than
Formula One and I don't hear that being written off. It's a
easier for six to all get value from their involvement than
or ten, though of course we would welcome more."
12th October 1998