Special Tuning Racing have announced they will run a two car team in next year's British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) running an updated version of the S2000 SEAT Leon.
It comes as confirmation that their domestic racing will continue alongside a previously revealed WTCC campaign that will bring the team closer to SEAT Sport, increasing their link with the manufacturer.
The team will be using an updated version of the NGTC-spec 2.0TSFI engine they debuted in 2011 and are hopeful that the package will remain competitive in 2012 with the equivalency regulations that will be put in place.
“Last season was our first working with the NGTC engine,” explained team principal John Boardman. “And we have certainly learnt a lot working closely with our engine builder. It is never easy to hit the ground running when testing time is limited, so the development of the engine over the season has been a learning curve for both parties. Going into our second season, I am confident that the experience we have gained will enable us to deliver a front-running race car able to compete with the newer NGTC cars.”
Special Tuning ran Tom Boardman throughout the 2011 BTCC season, propelling him to his first career win in the series at Knockhill. The team added a second car during the season for 2010 Clip Cup winner Dave Newsham.
No announcement has yet been made over the drivers for 2012, but the team are reportedly in talks with drivers, from Britain and overseas about taking the seats of the season.
“Interest in our BTCC programme has been strong due to the potential the car has to offer,” said Gary Robertshaw, the team's technical director. “The S2000 chassis will benefit from developments made available through SEAT Sport, which will enhance the already very good chassis. Our WTCC programme enables us to offer subsidised drives in the BTCC for next season. As is the norm the driver negotiations do take time, but we would like to firm up the line up early in the New Year.”