Originally posted by TheLeader
There are very good reasons why the cars did not grace the BTCC this year. Behind the scenes there are alot of polotics, and this year is no exeption. I srtongly believe thet they have made the correct choice in their future. All this acusation is shallow and perhaps people should find out a bit more about the whole siuation before passing judgment. This year has been one of the toughest years for teams and drivers.
Hmmmmm...the BTCC is actually stronger than anytime since 1999. Proton and Honda are quite clearly works entry's funded by the manufacturer. It doesn't matter whether the funding comes from Honda GB or Honda Japan.....for example.
Surely the reason TMSR fell flat on their face, was that they built a Lexus off their own back, without sufficient funding or technical depth, then went cap in hand to Lexus for a works deal and it backfired...simple as that.
As discussed many times on this board - a sure fire way NOT to get a works deal is to build a car first and then tap on the car makers door for support. TMSR, GA Racing and JSM hace all found this route simply does not work.
I would imagine the 'very good reason's' the car's didn't grace the BTCC this year, was that they don't have the funds to do it. But that didn't stop TMSR saying only a few months ago that they would be out at Oulton Park. Now we hear out of the blue that they will appear in the ETCC, with no mention at all of their supposed BTCC campaign.
This 'my friend', is why statements from TMSR are greeted with a certain amount of cynisism. Many of us on the board have followed motorsport for a long time, and seen many team's come and go with eyes bigger than their pockets, and others that weight themselves down with completely unrealistic plans. JSM's proposed 6 car BTCC team being one example.
After all, the second TMSR Lexus never did appear despite their bold claims, and they haven't appeared this year despite more bold claims of a 2 car team and imminent 'major sponsorship deal'
I have worked for a team in the BTCC at a fairly high level, so I have a good idea of what it takes to put together a 2 car BTCC entry, which is why I wince when I hear another 'pipe-dream' being wheeled out.
All IMHO as usual.