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1996 BTCC season
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The 1996 Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship season was the sixth British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season which commenced on 21 April and ended on 8 September. The championship consisted of ten meetings, each held in the United Kingdom.

Changes for 1996Edit

Rule changesEdit

Team changesEdit

Various manufacturers joined and left the BTCC between 1995 and 1996:

  • Audi entered the series as a manufacturer for the first time, with the Richard Lloyd-operated Audi Sport UK team fielding the ubiquitous Audi A4 Quattro.
  • Alfa Romeo decided to leave the series after 1995, having failed to replicate the successes of 1994.
  • Toyota withdrew their works support for 1996, though a single 1995-spec Carina e would continue to be campaigned by TOM's Team Brookes in the Independents' Championship.
  • After finding himself out of a job running Ford's operations, Andy Rouse would help to broker Nissan's return to the BTCC, setting up Rouse Sport to run a pair of semi-works Nissan Primeras.

Drivers changesEdit

Mid season changesEdit

Season summaryEdit

Teams and driversEdit

The following 18 drivers and 12 teams took part in the 1996 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

Team Car No. Drivers Rounds
Manufacturer
Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Vectra
Valvoline Team Mondeo with Reynard Ford Mondeo
Williams Renault Dealer Team Renault Laguna
Volvo 850 Racing Volvo 850 20v
BMW Team Schnitzer BMW 320i
Audi Sport UK Audi A4 quattro
Total Team Peugeot Peugeot 406
Honda Team MSD Honda Accord
Semi-Works
Rouse Sport Nissan Primera eGT
Independent
Team Dynamics Ford Mondeo Si

Race calendarEdit

Round Circuit Date
1 R1 Donington Park
(Grand Prix Circuit, Leicestershire)
21 April
R2
R3
2 R4 Brands Hatch
(Indy Circuit, Kent)
6 May
R5
R6
3 R7 Thruxton
(Hampshire)
19 May
R8
R9
4 R10 Silverstone
(International Circuit, Northamptonshire)
27 May
R11
R12
5 R13 Oulton Park
(International Circuit, Cheshire)
16 June
R14
R15
6 R16 Snetterton
(Norfolk)
14 July
R17
R18
7 R19 Brands Hatch
(Grand Prix Circuit, Kent)
28 July
R20
R21
8 R22 Knockhill
(Fife)
11 August
R23
R24
9 R25 Thruxton
(Hampshire)
26 August
R26
R27
10 R28 Oulton Park
(Fosters Circuit, Cheshire)
8 September
R29
R30

Calendar changesEdit

  • The second Silverstone round was replaced by a second Thruxton round for 1996.

ResultsEdit

Round Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Winning independent Report
1 R1 Donington Park
R2
R3
2 R4 Brands Hatch
R5
R6
3 R7 Thruxton
R8
R9
4 R10 Silverstone
R11
R12
5 R13 Oulton Park
R14
R15
6 R16 Snetterton
R17
R18
7 R19 Brands Hatch
R20
R21
8 R22 Knockhill
R23
R24
9 R25 Thruxton
R26
R27
10 R28 Oulton Park
R29
R30

Championship standingsEdit

Points systemEdit

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th  Pole Position
18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1

Independent points are awarded to the top fifteen drivers in each race as follows:

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Driver's Championship

Pos Team Driver DON BRH THR SIL OUL SNE BRH KNO THR OUL Pts
1

Manufacturer Driver's Championship

Pos Team Driver DON BRH THR SIL OUL SNE BRH KNO THR OUL Pts
1

Independent Driver's Championship

Pos Team Driver DON BRH THR SIL OUL SNE BRH KNO THR OUL Pts
1

Team's Championship

Pos Manufacturer/Team Driver DON BRH THR SIL OUL SNE BRH KNO THR OUL Pts
1
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