Originally Posted by ivaneurope
Even the win at Brands won't help Aaron Smith. Griffin(if he stays) has sponsorship package and this will give him advantage over Smith and clearly Jackson doesn't want competition in the team(Much like Plato and Neate in MG). This will force Motorbase to look for paid driver. Smith needs to look for other teams like ES, WSR etc.. Other option(highly unlikely) will be IF Plato retires(which he will probobly not) and Aaron Smith would have a great chance even for a title contention.
Regarding to Speedworks O'Neil will not race for the team. If Adam Morgan wasn't won the Ginetta G50/G55 Cup(the prize was BTCC drive) he wouldn't be even in BTCC. Speedworks are looking for sponsors and they will likely replace Hughes and Morgan with pay drivers.
The WSR case is very interesting. They are closer to secure deal with eBay(despite losing both independents titles) and they may convince none other than Colin Turkington to race in one of their at least 2 NGTC cars. The problem is that 3 other drivers are fighting for the spots.
I can't see competitve drivers like A Smith and Newsham to race in the Andrew Jordan centered Pirtek. So the option Newsham to race for them is zero.
Again, you're just assuming you are 100% right without knowing the facts! Be tentative! Unless you know the drivers and/or teams personally, don't make sweeping comments assuming you are right!
It's likely Hughes will sponsor Owy as he's hinted at it. Plus, who's to say Aron Smith and Adam Morgan wont secure their own sponsorship? Wrathall did after he lost his Ginetta backing.
Smith will probably return for Motorbase as the team has strong sponsorship, they already have the second car (albeit not assembled) and they managed to run Jackson and Smith this year! Jackson probably would want a good team mate as he's had them before (Plato, Kane, Smith).
Why is Newsham's chance at Pirtek 'zero'? He's already hogged the limelight from his current team owner so there's no reason why he wouldn't drive for Pirtek. You could make the same comment about Shedden at the Neal's Team Dynamics, and we all know how that ended!
Plato hasn't even hinted at retiring so that doesn't even need to be mentioned at all.
Turkington doesn't need 'convincing' to return!!!
I've no idea what gave you that idea! The only reason he ever left was funding.
You really need to look and the facts and what is obvious before making ridiculous sweeping statements