BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

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    BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship
    Autoblog
    December 6, 2010
    by Noah Joseph


    If you were disappointed with BMW's decision to leave Formula One at the end of last year, hold on to your hats as the Bavarian automaker is further scaling back its racing programs, announcing the discontinuation of its factory-backed World Touring Car Championship effort for next season.

    The move follows a change in leadership at BMW Motorsport in which longtime director Mario Theissen is making way for incoming boss Jens Marquardt. Last year, after pulling out of the Sauber F1 team, BMW announced it was downsizing its WTCC works effort from three factory-backed teams to just one. But following its decision to compete against Audi and Mercedes-Benz in the national DTM series, it has evidently opted to shut down that single WTCC team as well.

    BMW will, however, continue supplying its recently reworked 320 TC to independent teams in the WTCC, following the same path forged by SEAT in its withdrawal from the series after claiming the championship last year. The move leaves Chevrolet and Volvo (which enters the series in a limited capacity next year after dominating the Swedish Touring Car Series) as the only works teams in the series.

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    Re: BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    Doesnt supprise me - it's a dieing series anyway

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    Re: BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    I wonder if everyone is anticipating this new sort of alliance thing between DTM and the American Grand Am Series that basically creates one uber-class of cars that spans both the United States and Europe? Like VS said, the World Touring Car Championship, as much as I like it, is a dieing series that hasn't really been financially healthy for a while.
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    Re: BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    Probably the best and most equatable touring car series in the world is the British Touring Car Championship (http://www.btcc.net/html/home.php).
    There are 10 different cars from 7 different manufacturers and they race every race for sheep stations.

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    Re: BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    Is it because they can't keep the Cruze safety cars on a leash?

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    Re: BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    Yes, As I was watching speed British touring championship while having breakfast this morning , the Cruze was running circles around it and a pair of Vauxhauls, leaving it to eat left overs with civic Si and mini.. not good

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    Re: BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    No surprize.
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    Re: BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    Quote Originally Posted by bonecrrusher View Post
    Aussie V8 Supercar > BTCC
    Most things are.

    I don't know how they managed to mess it up so bad. It has all the right ingredients and still turns out awful. NASCAR, V8SC's, Le Mans > BTCC
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    Re: BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    Quote Originally Posted by Suziebob View Post
    Most things are.

    I don't know how they managed to mess it up so bad. It has all the right ingredients and still turns out awful. NASCAR, V8SC's, Le Mans > BTCC
    did anybody catch the v8 supercar championship finale at homebush on the weekend.

    It should be on speed in the US.

    both races were amazing.

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    Re: BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    Hope they come back later in time. Hopefully touring car racing can make a comeback somehow.

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    Re: BMW pulls out of World Touring Car Championship

    Quote Originally Posted by suziebob View Post
    nascar, v8sc's, le mans > btcc
    btcc > nascar

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