Vauxhall Astra to compete in British Touring Car Championship again

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PMR Vauxhall Astra

British manufacturer made their last representation in 2009 on the BTCC grid. The Vauxhall models appeared as the private entries till the end of 2014. The British Touring Car Championship enjoying the bumper crop of competitors. In recent years, it has more entries than it had in a long time. The Power Maxed Racing starting next season will field a racing version of new Vauxhall Astra in the MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship. It is the most competitive tin top racing series. The Power Maxed Racing signed a three year deal to run the new Vauxhall Astra in its series.

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Still now the details of the car are not revealed. The entry will be based on the Astra TCR. It is Vauxhall’s German sister brand that Opel launched last year. However, the BTCC goes by the NGTC (Next Generation Touring Car) regulations ad not to the Touring Car Racer (TCR) specs. So some certain modifications will be needed. As they are production based and center around Turbo 2.0 liter engines. It produces more than 300 HP it wouldn’t look to be prohibitive.

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It has a long history. It entered the Cavalier in 1989. It mark the ten titles for the automaker would rack up with models like the Astra and Vectra through 2009 when again the marque disappeared.  The new Vauxhall Astra have to face competition spec versions of Mercedes A Class, BMW 1 Series, MG6, Audi S3, Volkswagen  CC, Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Toyota  Avensis, Proton Persona and Honda Civic to reclaim the former glory. Its partnership with Power maxed Racing will see Automotive Brands, parent company using Vauxhall cars in the parts distribution operation.

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