Special Feature : Q&A with Triple Eight's Ian Harrison
Fri 8th October 2010 Ahead of the 2010 BTCC finale, we bring you a Q&A with Triple Eight boss Ian Harrison.
Q: First off, the burning question BTCC fans are eager to know the answer to; Will Triple Eight be running a manufacturer team in 2011? A: I hope so and hope that we can announce something before the end of the year though Iím not going to tell you now what car I think itíll be. Letís just say that weíve received a number of approaches over the year and that one or two of them would surprise you as they did me!
Q: Have you enjoyed this season?
A: Well itís been a challenging year. We started the season very well with two straight wins at Thruxton with Fabrizio (Giovanardi), but unfortunately due to budget constraints we couldnít continue the relationship. Since then weíve had a number of young drivers in the car all of whom have impressed me with their professionalism. Of course it would have been great to have had the benefit of a full budget and been able to run two cars at each round, but then would we have had the opportunity to try promising youngsters like James Nash, Phil Glew, Daniel Lloyd, Dean Smith and James Walker in the car?
Q: The next and final stop on the 2010 BTCC calendar is at Brands Hatch this weekend. Are you looking forward to it?
A: Very much so. Brandís Indy circuit always produces close, exciting racing and James (Nash) showed good speed there in May until he got pushed off track. I know also that after a rather frustrating meeting results-wise last time out at Donington heís eager to show what he can do and end the season on a high.
Weíll also have a second car out for Sam Tordoff. Heís done well in the Clios this year so Iím keen to see how heíll go in one of our cars too.
Q: The Driverís title is now a 4-way battle heading into the final meeting. Who do you want to win?
A: Thatís a difficult one to answer particularly so given that 3 of the 4 have driven for Triple Eight in the past. Indeed Jason Plato won his driverís title with us in 2001. I will say that I think Jason will do just enough to win it as I canít see him getting caught out at Brands as he did at Donington. I do though have a feeling that the battle will go all the way to the final race which should guarantee some fireworks!