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2008 British Touring Car Championship

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Wido Rossen, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. This weekend Oulton Park - Island will host the 5th race of the BTCC 2007 season.


    Colin Turkington has qualified on pole position for the first of tomorrow’s (Sunday) three Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship rounds at the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire.

    Second with just 0.054s behind, was the Team Halfords Honda Civic of Scottish driver Gordon Shedden in a time of 1m28.588s.
    Third fastest whas championship leader Matt Neal ( photo ).
  2. Neil Tennant

    Neil Tennant
    @ Simberia @Simberia

    Knockhill BTCC!

    Anyone from here going to knockhill on sunday for the BTCC round?
  3. Diesels enter BTCC

    SEAT will switch to diesel engines for the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season, the squad confirmed this morning at Birmingham NEC’s Autosport International Show.

    SEAT Sport UK boss Scott Dennis is hoping that diesel power will give the squad’s Leons, driven by Jason Plato and Darren, a step forward in performance as it did the Spanish make’s cars in last year’s World touring car series.

    Dennis said on stage: "The diesel engine that made such a big impact in the WTCC will run in the BTCC with both cars. There are a number of changes we have to make to the car.

    "It is not just a simple case of slotting the engine in though. We have to start from scratch, but hopefully we will have our engines sooner rather than later so we can start testing in earnest."

    Plato, a close runner-up to Vauxhall’s Fabrizio Giovanardi in last year’s BTCC, said he was excited about the move to diesel power.

    "I think it can perform," he explained. "It is something to look forward to for us. It is the first time that myself and Darren will have driven a diesel race car, which will be interesting. I am sure it will need a different style and I am very excited about it."
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  5. SEAT checks in with Holiday Inn for 2008

    Holiday Inn will sponsor SEAT Sport UK’s team in the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, and with the arrival of the first manufacturer-entered diesel race car in the series, the Leon TDI will run with a brand new green and yellow colour scheme.

    Holiday Inn, which is part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and SEAT have enjoyed a successful partnership before, as the world’s most recognised hotel chain was title sponsor to the SEAT Cupra Championship in 2003 and 2004. With hotels ideally located close to the UK’s major racing circuits, it has become the hotel of choice for many race teams and fans that follow the BTCC and other championships. Both SEAT Leon TDI racers, driven by Jason Plato and Darren Turner, will carry prominent Holiday Inn branding, as the 2006 BTCC Manufacturers’ and 2007
    BTCC Teams’ Champion changes its colour scheme for the first time.

    Since joining the BTCC in 2004, SEAT Sport UK has contested 120 races, winning 33, recording 83 podiums and scoring 2,245 Manufacturers’ points.


    This year will be Jason’s fifth consecutive season with the Northampton-based squad. The 2001 Champion has a good record with SEAT in the BTCC Drivers’ standings, finishing runner-up twice (2006 and ’07), 3rd in 2004 and 4th in 2005. Jason made his BTCC race debut in 1997 and since then has contested 246 races, amassed 1921 points and scored 38 wins – making him the second highest race winning driver in the history of the series. He was the only driver to score points in all 30 races in 2007 and he won the British Racing Drivers’ Club Silver Star award for a record third time.

    Darren made his BTCC debut with SEAT in 2006 and has contested 45 races, winning three and scoring 201 points. He finished 6th overall in the 2007 series, which was his first full season in the BTCC. He also has an amazing qualifying record, starting from the front row five times out of ten – two of which were from pole position.


    Chris Hale, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, EMEA at IHG, said: “Having had a successful partnership with SEAT in the 2003 and 2004 SEAT Cupra Championship, we are delighted to renew our relationship for the 2008 BTCC season. Holiday Inn and SEAT both share a history of dynamic marketing and innovation in their respective sectors and we look forward in joining forces to push the boundaries both on and off the track.”

    Scott Dennis, SEAT UK Motorsport Manager: “We are very pleased that Holiday Inn has chosen SEAT Sport UK as its partner in the BTCC for the 2008 season. The partnership comes at an exciting time, as not only is the BTCC celebrating its 50th anniversary, but SEAT will be the first manufacturer in that time to enter a diesel powered car. I’m confident that as the relationship matures through the season, SEAT Sport UK and Holiday Inn will be at the forefront of all that happens in and around the Championship.”
  6. BTCC 2008

    Images from the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship

  7. Gow predicts action-packed season opener

    Crowds attending the Brands Hatch circuit on Sunday 30 March for the opening rounds of 2008’s HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship are in for a day “full of drama, excitement and controversy” – so believes the boss of the race series, Alan Gow.

  8. Turkington strong in first practice

    Colin Turkington made an excellent start to the season by topping the opening free practice session for the British Touring Car Championship season-opener at Brands Hatch.

    The Ulsterman had been a front-runner all session, but eventually took his WSR-run BMW around the undulating circuit in 49.600 seconds, hitting the top spot in the final minute.

    His time deposed the diesel-powered SEAT of Jason Plato, in a session that saw a brief period of rain early on and only saw the times tumble in the last three minutes.

    Plato was two hundredths of a second slower than Turkington with champion Fabrizio Giovanardi third for Vauxhall, Mat Jackson fourth in his Dealer UK BMW and rookie Steven Kane an impressive fifth in his Motorbase BMW.

    Darren Turner put the second SEAT in fifth place with the Team Dynamics Hondas of Tom Chilton and Gordon Shedden in close attention as a second covered the top 15 cars.

    Two-time champion Matt Neal, making his return to the seat of a Vauxhall for the first time since 2002, suffered a disappointing start to his season as his Vectra ground to a halt on the Cooper straight with 15 minutes remaining - bringing out the red flags.
  9. BTCC gallery

    As the teams line up for the new BTCC season, we run the rule over all the contenders in our comprehensive championship preview...

    What a way to celebrate your birthday! The UK’s premier tin-top series kicks off its 50th anniversary season this weekend with a bumper grid.

    A total of 26 drivers will line up at Brands Hatch on Sunday – and more of them than ever will be capable of lifting the HiQ British Touring Car Championship crown. So Fabrizio Giovanardi faces a tough time defending his title. The Italian is joined at Vauxhall by two-time champ Matt Neal, who is keen to add to his trophy cabinet.
    Giovanardi will lock horns again with Jason Plato. The 2001 winner will drive SEAT’s rapid new diesel Leon this season. And team-mate Darren Turner will also be challenging for victories.
    There’s a strong BMW contingent, in the shape of reigning inde&shy;pendent champion Team RAC and the Motor&shy;base outfit. But the 320si to watch will be driven by Dealer Team UK’s Mat Jackson, who set the pace in pre-season testing.
    All through the field, there will be close battles as new drivers and teams meet established competitors. Our comprehensive guide to the most exciting series in UK motorsport reveals all...

    1. Seat

    Drivers: Jason Plato, Darren Turner, Car: SEAT Leon TDI S2000

    Expect the brand to challenge Vauxhall for race victories and the title. Using the same diesel as the WTCC cars should give the Leon a straight-line performance advantage, while 2001 champ Plato will want to improve on his 2007 runner-up spot. In his second season, Le Mans winner Turner should have strong pace.

    [​IMG]2. VX Racing


    Drivers: Fabrizio Giovanardi, Matt Neal, Tom Onslow-Cole, Car: Vauxhall Vectra S2000

    On paper, the team to beat. The Vectra won last year, while Giovanardi will be keen to defend his drivers’ crown. Neal rejoins Vauxhall after six years away with his own Team Dynamics squad; Onslow-Cole aims to build on a promising 2007.

    [​IMG]3. Team RAC


    Drivers: Colin Turkington, Stephen Jelley, Car: BMW 320si S2000

    after struggling with the BMW initially in 2007, the squad found its feet and won three races. Turkington is a serious title contender, while F3 star Jelley has been fast in testing.

    [​IMG]4. Team Halfords


    Drivers: Gordon Shedden, Tom Chilton, Car: Honda Civic S2000

    Civic was another car to debut last season. Team Halfords has lost its leader, Matt Neal, but Gordon Shedden is sure to step up to the mark. Chilton must add consistency to his speed.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]5. BMW Dealer Team UK


    Drivers: Mat Jackson, Car: BMW 320si S2000

    Expect this family-run team to spring a few surprises. Jackson was fastest in Rockingham and Brands Hatch tests, and has secured increased sponsorship and a full-time pit crew.

    [​IMG]6. Motorbase


    Drivers: Steven Kane, Rob Collard , Car: BMW 320si S2000

    Third BMW team could challenge for podiums despite limited experience. Former F3 and GT racer Jane is quick, while Collard will want to add to his two wins on his BTCC return.

    [​IMG]7. Team Air Cool


    Driver: Adam Jones, Car: Seat Leon S2000

    Jones put in spirited drives in debut season last year, and claimed a podium. But delays at factory mean new Leon won’t arrive until just before the first race, limiting testing time.

    [​IMG]8. Robertshaw Racing


    Drivers: Harry Vaulkhard, Matt Allison, Car Chevrolet Lacetti S2000

    Lacetti will be new to UK audiences, although limited testing could hamper it early on. Vaulkard moves up from SEAT single-make championship; Allison was quick last season.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]9. TH Motorsport Racing wth Jag


    Driver: John George, Car: Honda Integra BTC

    Cornishman George starts his second season with Matt Neal’s old Honda Integra, and his team will want to build on the points finishes and pole position it achieved in 2007.

    [​IMG]10. Team 48 Motorsport


    Drivers: Darelle Wilson, Matthew Gore, Car: Alfa Romeo 159 S2000

    Run by ex-England footballers John Barnes and Les Ferdinand, squad has two 2007 Alfas. Jamaica-based Gore has never raced in Europe, but Wilson, 19, was fast in lower formulae

    [​IMG]11. Team KWR


    Driver: Jason Hughes, Car: MG ZS/Honda Integra BTC

    Go-kart track owner Hughes will use trusty ZS for first round, before switching to a more competitive Honda in his efforts to improve on a championship best of 13th in 2005.

    [​IMG]12. Robertshaw Racing 2


    Driver: Alan Taylor, Car: Honda Integra BTC

    in his second season, Alan Taylor will again use a Honda prepared by the team behind the Chevrolet Lacettis. In 2007, he bagged a point at Knockhill – his first outing in the Integra.

    [​IMG]13. BTC Racing


    Drivers: Stuart Oliver, Chris Stockton, Car: Lexus IS200 S2000

    Privately entered Lexus has been developed on a limited budget, so may struggle. Multiple truck racing champ Oliver makes car debut, while Stockton enters his second full year.

    [​IMG]14. John Guest Racing


    Drivers: Mike Jordan, Andrew Jordan, Car: Honda Integra BTC

    The squad has grown to accommodate a father and son pairing. Dad Mike will want to regain race-winning form of 2006. Former rallycross champ Andrew has set fast times in testing.

    [​IMG]15. In-Tune Racing


    Driver: Michael Doyle, Car: Honda Civic Type R BTC

    Young Scot Doyle is stepping up after a successful career in karting and the Renault Clio Cup. But a pre-season engine rebuild has reduced testing time, so he may be slow early on.

    [​IMG]16. Arkas Racing


    Drivers: Martyn Bell, Erkut Kizilirmak, Car: Vauxhall Astra Sport Coupé BTC

    Expanded Arkas line-up now comprises former BMW driver Martyn Bell and 2005 Turkish tin-top champ Kizilirmak – although ageing Astra will be outpaced by newer S2000 cars.

  10. ( SPOILER )??? wins Brands race one

    Fabrizio Giovanardi started the British Touring Car Championship season 2008 in the best possible way with a win in his Vauxhall Vectra. He took the win ahead of rising star Mat Jackson of BMW Dealer Team UK. Jason Plato headed his team mate Darren Turner in third place, taking the first ever diesel-powered podium finish in the BTCC ever.


    Jackson held pole position and took the start in his BMW 320si ahead of Giovanardi's Vectra. But as light rain came during the race, Giovanardi managed to squeeze past.

    Vauxhall-newcomer and double BTCC champion Matt Neal rounded out top five, 7.8 seconds behind his team mate and winner Giovanardi.

    Colin Turkington who dominated the practice sessions and started from second place on the grid spun twice in the greasy conditions and lost all contact with the top.

    Team Air Cool with Adam Joones took an impressive tenth place in the very recently completed SEAT Léon.

    Stay tuned for more information and the results from the two remaining races of the day!

    01 Fabrizio Giovanardi[​IMG]24 laps
    02 Mat Jackson[​IMG]+0.215
    03 Jason Plato[​IMG]+6.227
    04 Darren Turner[​IMG]+7.463
    05 Matt Neal[​IMG]+7.873
    06 Gordon Shedden[​IMG]+8.430
    07 Tom Onslow-Cole[​IMG]+8.842
    08 Steven Kane[​IMG]+9.100
    09 Tom Chilton[​IMG]+9.670
    10 Adam Jones[​IMG]+18.316
  11. BTCC Livestream thread

    Does anyone know where to find a live feed/stream ?
  12. Bram

    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

  13. Ow yeah , thnx Bram.
    Just saw the last ten laps with the beemers in front....what a close race.
  14. James Johnson

    James Johnson
    The Weatherman

    saw all 3 rounds and the support series aswell :D on ITV4 :D
  15. Gareth Hickling

    Gareth Hickling
    Premium Member

    Same here, A great afternoons racing :)
  16. James Johnson

    James Johnson
    The Weatherman

    Found Video Of Tom Onslows Coles crash in Round 3

  17. lookt at some more footage....
    That whas a horable crash, luckely he`s alwright.
    Could have turnd out to be a nasty one.
  18. Gareth Hickling

    Gareth Hickling
    Premium Member

    Yep, Nasty accident, There was also a big shunt on the PCC support race and did you see damon hills son racing in them little cars? It was his second race, one wheel on the grass and he was spinning all over the place!
  19. James Johnson

    James Johnson
    The Weatherman

    Bridewells puncture?
  20. Collard and Jelley in word-fight

    A word-fight has broken out between Robert Collard and Stephen Jelley after their incident at Brands Hatch during the BTCC 2008 premiere. The accident took place in the second race when Collard spun off the track after contact with Jelley.
    "I don’t know what he was thinking. Jelley needs to go to Specsavers and sort his eyesight out," said Collard to BTCC.net.


    "My car’s power steering had broken and I was keeping to one side to let the others past – I was probably going to pit on that lap but instead Jelley just piled into me from behind."

    Jelley on the other hand has, surprisingly, another view of the incident between the two and feels that Collard should "man up".
    “I’m not a mind reader. I was right up behind him and he suddenly braked about 50 metres too early. You can’t react to something you don’t know about,” said Jelley.

    “If he was moving over he should have put on the left indicator and slowed down for us to go past, but it shows quite clearly on TV that he didn’t pull over properly.

    “And if he can’t cope without power steering he needs to man up a bit.”