The Welch Motorsport had announced that they will use Proton Gen2 @ Persona in the Next Generation Touring Car spec series of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.For your information, in UK the Proton Persona has been named as Proton Gen2, same with the Gen2 hatchback here in Malaysia.Read the full news by Jamie O’Leary from Autosport below.
PROTON SET FOR BTCC RETURN
The Proton name is set to return to the British Touring Car Championship in the summer thanks to ambitious plans by independent squad Welch Motorsport.
The team plans to enter an NGTC-spec version of the Malaysian manufacturer’s Gen-2 model, which will be powered by the TOCA engine.
Dan Welch, a race-winner in both the SEAT Cupra Cup UK and last season in the Leon Eurocup in a car run by his family’s team, will give the car its debut during the second half of the season, and possibly as early as the Snetterton round in August.
Team principal John Welch said: “The Gen-2 suits the NGTC rules perfectly and it handles well as a road car, so that characteristic should be transferred to the race machine too.”
The team was due to take delivery of its first car on Wednesday and could expand to a multi-car line-up in the future, according to Welch Sr.
Proton last competed in the BTCC in 2004 when Shaun Watson-Smith and Farique Hairuman drove a pair of works Impian models to a number of points finishes.
The announcement means 10 different manufacturers should be represented in the BTCC this year.
Flashback > Proton Impian @ Waja in BTCC