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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. Johannes Meles won the Overall and Manufacturer Drivers championships and Henry Williams won the Independent Drivers championship.

German driver, Johannes Meles, won his first Overall and Manufacturer Drivers Championship titles, driving for Audi Sport UK.

Defending champion, Daniel Hurlock, finished second in the championship, 30 points behind Meles.

Henry Williams won his first Independent Drivers Championship title, driving a Vauxhall Cavalier for Mint Motorsport.

Changes for 1996[]

Rule changes[]

TBA

Car changes[]

  • Peugeot retired the 405 Mi16 from works competition, in favour of the newer 406.
  • Vauxhall chose to introduce the Vectra as their new works car, replacing the venerable Cavalier 16v.
  • BMW, now operated once again by Schnitzer Motorsport after BMW's in-house operations failed drastically in 1995, introduced the new 320i model to replace the older 318i.

Team changes[]

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

  • Alfa Romeo decided to leave the series after 1995, having failed to replicate the successes of 1994.
  • Toyota withdrew as a works team in 1996, though a single 1995-spec Carina e would continue to be campaigned by Team Brookes in the Independents' Championship with backing from Toyota-supported tuner TOM's.
  • 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.
  • After finding himself out of a job running Ford's operations after West Surrey Racing - backed by Adrian Reynard - picked up the contract, Andy Rouse would help to broker Nissan's return to the BTCC, mobilising Rouse Sport to run a pair of semi-works Nissan Primeras in the Independent Teams' Championship.

Driver changes[]

The driver market for 1996 saw several drivers elect to change teams.

The first to jump ship was Johannes Meles, who made the surprising decision to leave Honda at the end of 1995, joining the new Audi team to drive the new four-wheel drive A4 Quattro. Last year's third-placer in the Manufacturer Drivers' Championship was joined at the German outfit by Jake Black - the Toyota ace leaving the team he took fourth place with in 1995, after they announced the end of their BTCC works program.

Meles' departure left a seat vacant at Honda, which initially looked to be readjusting its plans to field just one car for 1996 - but the team managed to stage a real coup by persuading reigning Independents' champion Kris Simton away from Team Dynamics, choosing instead to join Taylor in the second Accord - with Simton citing the promise the Accord had shown the previous year in the hands of Meles as his reason for the sudden change of team.

Meanwhile, 1995 rookie Cosmo Marsh made a shock move away from Ford to sign with Vauxhall for his sophomore season in 1996. Driving the brand new Vectra, he would join 3-time BTCO drivers champion Lorenzo Turri - without the title of reigning champion for the first time since 1992 - to create one of the most exciting lineups of the season. Anderson's space at Ford was filled by Michael Sneath, heeding the call up to the now West Surrey Racing-run works Ford outfit after impressing in Mint Motorsport's privately-entered Mondeo in 1995. Sneath would partner Chris English who remained at the Reynard-supported team, and his signing meant both of the top two in the Independents' Championship of 1995 would both have works drives for 1996. Sneath's former team Mint Motorsport would sign up rookie Henry Williams to drive their newly-acquired Vauxhall Cavalier, after making the switch from Ford.

Andy Rouse's semi-works Rouse Sport team, competing in the Independent Teams' Championship, signed a pair of American drivers for 1996 - former Independent Drivers' Champion David Todaro, hoping to capitalise on the American's experience in the category to earn some good results in their debut year - and Diego Flores, who would take up a full-time seat at the team after occasional showings in 1995. Todaro was replaced at Peugeot by David Osborne, who was out of contract after Alfa Romeo withdrew from the BTCC after an unsuccessful 1995 season. Halil Sahin would sign for TOM's Team Brookes in 1996, after competing in a single round at Donington in 1995 with Team Magic in their Mazda 323F.

Mid season changes[]

Season summary[]

Teams and drivers[]

The following 20 drivers and 13 teams took part in the 1996 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC):

Team Car No. Drivers Rounds
Manufacturer
Williams Renault Dealer Team Renault Laguna 1
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
All
4
Flag of United Kingdom.
Mike Bell
1, 3
Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Vectra 2
Flag of United Kingdom.
Cosmo Marsh
1, 3-6
99
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
1-8, 10
Total Team Peugeot Peugeot 406 7
Flag of United Kingdom.
David Osborne
All
Valvoline Team Mondeo with Reynard Ford Mondeo 9
Flag of United Kingdom.
Michael Sneath
All
88
Flag of United Kingdom.
Chris English
1-3
Volvo 850 Racing Volvo 850 20v 12
Flag of United Kingdom.
Sam Mumby
1-5, 7-10
24
Flag of United Kingdom.
Chris Pimm
All
BMW Team Schnitzer BMW 320i 19
Flag of United Kingdom.
Beth Stibbles
9
Honda Team MSD Honda Accord 25
Flag of United Kingdom.
Kris Simton
All
96
Flag of United Kingdom.
Emile Taylor
1-4, 7-10
Audi Sport UK Audi A4 quattro 34
Flag of United Kingdom.
Jake Black
1-2, 4, 7-10
69
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
All
Independent
Rouse Sport Nissan Primera eGT 5
Flag of USA.
David Todaro
3-4, 6, 8-10
17
Flag of USA.
Diego Flores
1-3
Team Dynamics Ford Mondeo Ghia 16
Flag of United Kingdom.
Tom Gill
9-10
ProMotor Sport Vauxhall Cavalier 23
Flag of Ireland.
Christopher Marnell
8-10
TOM's Team Brookes Toyota Carina e 81
Flag of Turkey.
Halil Sahin
1-4, 9-10
Mint Motorsport Vauxhall Cavalier 87
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
1-3, 5-10

Race calendar[]

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 Silverstone
(National Circuit, Northamptonshire)
26 August
R26
R27
10 R28 Oulton Park
(Fosters Circuit, Cheshire)
8 September
R29
R30

Results[]

Round Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Winning independent Report
1 R1 Donington Park
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of United Kingdom.
Mike Bell
Flag of United Kingdom.
Mike Bell
Flag of France.
Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of USA.
Diego Flores
Report
R2
Flag of United Kingdom.
Jake Black
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
Flag of United Kingdom.
Vauxhall Sport
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
R3
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of France.
Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
2 R4 Brands Hatch
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of United Kingdom.
Jake Black
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
Report
R5
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
Flag of United Kingdom.
Vauxhall Sport
Flag of USA.
Diego Flores
R6
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of United Kingdom.
Chris English
Flag of USA.
Valvoline Team Mondeo with Reynard
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
3 R7 Thruxton
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
Report
R8
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of United Kingdom.
Mike Bell
Flag of France.
Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
R9
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
Flag of United Kingdom.
Kris Simton
Flag of Japan.
Honda Team MSD
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
4 R10 Silverstone
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of USA.
David Todaro
Report
R11
Flag of United Kingdom.
Jake Black
Flag of United Kingdom.
Jake Black
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of USA.
David Todaro
R12
Flag of United Kingdom.
David Osborne
Flag of United Kingdom.
David Osborne
Flag of France.
Total Team Peugeot
Flag of Turkey.
Halil Sahin
5 R13 Oulton Park
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
N/A Report
R14
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of France.
Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
R15 Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled
6 R16 Snetterton
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of USA.
David Todaro
Report
R17
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of United Kingdom.
David Osborne
Flag of France.
Total Team Peugeot
Flag of USA.
David Todaro
R18
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of France.
Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of USA.
David Todaro
7 R19 Brands Hatch
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
Report
R20
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of United Kingdom.
Jake Black
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
R21
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of France.
Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
8 R22 Knockhill
Flag of United Kingdom.
Jake Black
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
Report
R23
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of United Kingdom.
Kris Simton
Flag of Japan.
Honda Team MSD
Flag of Ireland.
Christopher Marnell
R24
Flag of United Kingdom.
David Osborne
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of Ireland.
Christopher Marnell
9 R25 Silverstone
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of United Kingdom.
David Osborne
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of United Kingdom.
Tom Gill
Report
R26
Flag of United Kingdom.
David Osborne
Flag of United Kingdom.
Kris Simton
Flag of Japan.
Honda Team MSD
Flag of Ireland.
Christopher Marnell
R27
Flag of United Kingdom.
David Osborne
Flag of United Kingdom.
Jake Black
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of Ireland.
Christopher Marnell
10 R28 Oulton Park
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of United Kingdom.
Daniel Hurlock
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of United Kingdom.
Tom Gill
Report
R29
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
Flag of United Kingdom.
Vauxhall Sport
Flag of United Kingdom.
Henry Williams
R30
Flag of United Kingdom.
Jake Black
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
Flag of Germany.
Audi Sport UK
Flag of Ireland.
Christopher Marnell

Championship standings[]

Points system[]

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th  Pole Position Led a lap
18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 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 SIL OUL Pts
1 Audi Sport UK
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
2 4 3 1 3 2 1 2 9 1 4 4 1 3 C 1 4 4 1 2 6 1 7 1 1 2 3 1 4 1 446
2 Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of UK.
Daniel Hurlock
5 6 1 2 2 4 2 4 2 2 3 3 3 1 C 3 5 1 3 7 1 2 4 5 2 5 5 2 3 4 416
3 Vauxhall Sport
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
3 1 2 3 1 3 3 6 3 3 5 2 2 2 C 2 3 3 2 3 5 3 5 RET 14 1 3 355
4 Honda Team MSD
Flag of UK.
Kris Simton
8 8 7 8 4 8 RET 11 1 5 6 8 5 9 C 4 6 2 6 6 3 6 1 8 5 1 9 4 6 5 304
5 Volvo 850 Racing
Flag of UK.
Chris Pimm
7 7 11 5 6 5 4 10 4 7 2 7 7 8 C 5 2 5 5 4 4 5 6 7 3 6 4 5 7 8 302
6 Audi Sport UK
Flag of UK.
Jake Black
4 5 5 4 RET DNS 4 1 5 C 4 1 8 4 3 6 4 7 1 3 5 2 249
7 Total Team Peugeot
Flag of UK.
David Osborne
RET 13 9 7 9 7 RET 82 9 6 8 1 4 DNS C 7 1 7 7 8 2 7 12 2 6 9 2 13 RET 12 242
8 Valvoline Team Mondeo with Reynard
Flag of UK.
Michael Sneath
9 10 12 11 7 11 6 72 12 8 7 6 6 4 C 6 7 6 8 5 9 9 9 10 9 3 10 6 10 10 232
9 Mint Motorsport
Flag of UK.
Henry Williams
11 11 8 9 10 6 7 5 5 RET 7 C 10 RET 10 11 7 8 8 4 8 10 8 11 2 11 184
10 Honda Team MSD
Flag of UK.
Emile Taylor
12 9 13 10 11 10 11 12 10 9 9 9 C 9 9 10 RET 10 9 DNS DNS 6 9 8 RET 125
11 Valvoline Team Mondeo with Reynard
Flag of UK.
Chris English
6 3 4 6 5 1 5 3 8 C 111
12 Volvo 850 Racing
Flag of UK.
Sam Mumby
13 15 15 13 12 12 12 14 RET RET RET DNS 9 6 C DNS 10 RET 10 11 RET 11 12 12 12 12 13 96
13 ProMotor Sport
Flag of Ireland.
Christopher Marnell
C 11 2 3 10 4 9 10 9 6 87
14 Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of UK.
Mike Bell
1 2 6 9 1 6 C 81
15 Vauxhall Sport
Flag of UK.
Cosmo Marsh
RET DNS DNS 8 9 11 10 10 DNS 8 5 C 8 8 DNS 67
16 Rouse Sport
Flag of USA.
David Todaro
DNS RET 13 11 11 DNS C 9 9 8 RET DNS DNS RET RET RET 8 11 7 59
17 Rouse Sport
Flag of USA.
Diego Flores
10 13 10 12 8 9 10 13 15 C 46
18 TOM's Team Brookes
Flag of Turkey.
Halil Sahin
14 14 DSQ1 RET RET DNS 13 15 14 12 12 10 C 12 11 11 DSQ3 RET RET 37
19 Team Dynamics
Flag of UK.
Tom Gill
C 7 8 RET 7 RET 9 33
NC BMW Team Schnitzer
Flag of UK.
Beth Stibbles
C RET DNS DNS -
  1. Halil Sahin handed race disqualification (at the loss of 2 championship points) for dive resulting in Mike Bell rolling his car.
  2. Positions reversed for David Osborne and Michael Sneath.
  3. Halil Sahin handed race disqualification (at the loss of 2 championship points) for poor on-track behaviour resulting in Daniel Hurlock having his race ruined.

Manufacturer Driver's Championship

Pos Team Driver DON BRH THR SIL OUL SNE BRH KNO SIL OUL Pts
1 Audi Sport UK
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
2 4 3 1 3 2 1 2 9 1 4 4 1 3 C 1 4 4 1 2 6 1 7 1 1 2 3 1 4 1 446
2 Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of UK.
Daniel Hurlock
5 6 1 2 2 4 2 4 2 2 3 3 3 1 C 3 5 1 3 7 1 2 4 5 2 5 5 2 3 4 416
3 Vauxhall Sport
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
3 1 2 3 1 3 3 6 3 3 5 2 2 2 C 2 3 3 2 3 5 3 5 RET 14 1 3 355
4 Honda Team MSD
Flag of UK.
Kris Simton
8 8 7 8 4 8 RET 11 1 5 6 8 5 9 C 4 6 2 6 6 3 6 1 8 5 1 9 4 6 5 304
5 Volvo 850 Racing
Flag of UK.
Chris Pimm
7 7 11 5 6 5 4 10 4 7 2 7 7 8 C 5 2 5 5 4 4 5 6 7 3 6 4 5 7 8 302
6 Audi Sport UK
Flag of UK.
Jake Black
4 5 5 4 RET DNS 4 1 5 C 4 1 8 4 3 6 4 7 1 3 5 2 249
7 Total Team Peugeot
Flag of UK.
David Osborne
RET 13 9 7 9 7 RET 82 9 6 8 1 4 DNS C 7 1 7 7 8 2 7 12 2 6 9 2 13 RET 12 242
8 Valvoline Team Mondeo with Reynard
Flag of UK.
Michael Sneath
9 10 12 11 7 11 6 72 12 8 7 6 6 4 C 6 7 6 8 5 9 9 9 10 9 3 10 6 10 10 232
9 Honda Team MSD
Flag of UK.
Emile Taylor
12 9 13 10 11 10 11 12 10 9 9 9 C 9 9 10 RET 10 9 DNS DNS 6 9 8 RET 125
10 Valvoline Team Mondeo with Reynard
Flag of UK.
Chris English
6 3 4 6 5 1 5 3 8 C 111
11 Volvo 850 Racing
Flag of UK.
Sam Mumby
13 15 15 13 12 12 12 14 RET RET RET DNS 9 6 C DNS 10 RET 10 11 RET 11 12 12 12 12 13 96
12 Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of UK.
Mike Bell
1 2 6 9 1 6 C 81
13 Vauxhall Sport
Flag of UK.
Cosmo Marsh
RET DNS DNS 8 9 11 10 10 DNS 8 5 C 8 8 DNS 67
NC BMW Team Schnitzer
Flag of UK.
Beth Stibbles
C RET DNS DNS -
  1. Positions reversed for David Osborne and Michael Sneath.

Independent Driver's Championship

Pos Team Driver DON BRH THR SIL OUL SNE BRH KNO SIL OUL Pts
1 Mint Motorsport
Flag of UK.
Henry Williams
11 11 8 9 10 6 7 5 5 RET 7 C 10 RET DNS 10 11 7 8 8 4 8 10 8 11 2 11 384
2 TOM's Team Brookes
Flag of Turkey.
Halil Sahin
14 14 DSQ1 RET RET DNS 14 14 14 12 12 10 C 12 11 11 DSQ2 RET RET 170
3 Rouse Sport
Flag of USA.
David Todaro
DNS RET 13 11 11 DNS C 9 9 8 RET DNS DNS RET RET RET 8 11 7 152
4 ProMotor Sport
Flag of Ireland.
Christopher Marnell
C 11 2 3 10 4 7 10 9 6 150
5 Rouse Sport
Flag of USA.
Diego Flores
10 13 10 12 8 9 10 13 15 C 144
6 Team Dynamics
Flag of United Kingdom.
Tom Gill
C 7 8 RET 7 RET 9 66
  1. Halil Sahin handed race disqualification (at the loss of 2 championship points) for dive resulting in Mike Bell rolling his car.
  2. Halil Sahin handed race disqualification (at the loss of 2 championship points) for poor on-track behaviour resulting in Daniel Hurlock having his race ruined.


Team's Championship

Pos Manufacturer/Team Driver DON BRH THR SIL OUL SNE BRH KNO SIL OUL Pts
1 Audi Sport Team UK
Flag of UK.
Jake Black
4 5 5 4 RET DNS 4 1 5 C 4 1 8 4 3 6 4 7 1 3 5 2 695
Flag of Germany.
Johannes Meles
2 4 3 1 3 2 1 2 9 1 4 4 1 3 C 1 4 4 1 2 6 1 7 1 1 2 3 1 4 1
2 Williams Renault Dealer Team
Flag of UK.
Daniel Hurlock
5 6 1 2 2 4 2 4 2 2 3 3 3 1 C 3 5 1 3 7 1 2 4 5 2 5 5 2 3 4 497
Flag of UK.
Mike Bell
1 2 6 9 1 6 C
3 Honda Team MSD
Flag of UK.
Kris Simton
8 8 7 8 4 8 RET 11 1 5 6 8 5 9 C 4 6 2 6 6 3 6 1 8 5 1 9 4 6 5 429
Flag of UK.
Emile Taylor
12 9 13 10 11 10 11 12 10 9 9 9 C 9 9 10 RET 10 9 DNS DNS 6 9 8 RET
4 Vauxhall Sport
Flag of UK.
Cosmo Marsh
RET DNS DNS 8 9 11 10 10 DNS 8 5 C 8 8 DNS 422
Flag of Italy.
Lorenzo Turri
3 1 2 3 1 3 3 6 3 3 5 2 2 2 C 2 3 3 2 3 5 3 5 RET 14 1 3
5 Volvo 850 Racing
Flag of UK.
Sam Mumby
13 15 15 13 12 12 12 14 RET RET RET DNS 9 6 C DNS 10 RET 10 11 RET 11 12 12 12 12 13 398
Flag of UK.
Chris Pimm
7 7 11 5 6 5 4 10 4 7 2 7 7 8 C 5 2 5 5 4 4 5 6 7 3 6 4 5 7 8
6 Valvoline Team Mondeo with Reynard
Flag of UK.
Michael Sneath
9 10 12 11 7 11 6 71 12 8 7 6 6 4 C 6 7 6 8 5 9 9 9 10 9 3 10 6 10 10 343
Flag of UK.
Chris English
6 3 4 6 5 1 5 3 8 C
  1. Positions reversed for David Osborne and Michael Sneath.
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