With a return to racing still three weekends away, when the British Touring Car Championship resumes after its summer break at Snetterton, Triple Eight Race Engineering are to perform a demonstration at Total Vauxhall Live.
Both the team NGTC engine Vectras will be at the event at Castle Combe on July 30 with regular drivers James Nash and Tony Gilham driving the car during the demonstration run, as well as being on hand for autographs and photos while their BTCC charges are on static display.
“Away from the pressures of the BTCC it will be nice to meet everyone,” said Nash. “Many of them will I'm sure be touring car fans and I know too that they'll be equally enthusiastic about their Vauxhalls which I'm looking forward to seeing.”
“It'll be my first visit ever to Castle Combe,” he continued – teammate Gilham on the other hand has done, though back in 1999 in a single seater. “I haven't raced there before, not even in my Formula Ford days so I think it is going to be quite scary! Seriously, I'm really looking forward to the day and hope to meet with as many of the Vauxhall owners and supporters as I can.”
“We're very pleased to have been invited to attend this year's Total Vauxhall Live at Castle Combe,” said Triple Eight chairman Ian Harrison. “All of our 20 BTCC titles to date have been won with Vauxhall and with so many dedicated Vauxhall owners coming along too I know that we're going to be amongst friends. Away from the demands of the BTCC we'll have more time to chat and so hopefully we'll get to meet a few.”
The opening half of the 2011 has been one of promise and progress for Triple Eight. After leading the championship early on James Nash now lies fifth in the overall standings – one place ahead of reigning champion Jason Plato. New for 2011 teammate Gilham lies second among the current crop of rookiesafter regular top ten results.