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British Touring Car Championship
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Country 23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png England
23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Scotland
Region Europe
Inaugural season 1991
Manufacturers 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Alfa Romeo
22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png BMW
22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Ford
22px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png Honda
22px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png Mazda
22px-Flag_of_France.svg.png Peugeot
22px-Flag_of_France.svg.png Renault
22px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png Toyota
22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Vauxhall
22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Volvo
Note: The constructors in bold are currently represented in the Manufacturers Championship.
Overall Drivers champion 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri
Manufacturer Drivers champion 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri
Manufacturer Teams champion 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Alfa Corse
Independent Drivers champion 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png David Todaro
Independent Teams champion 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Woodkirk Peugeot
Current season 1995

The British Touring Car Championship is a touring car racing series held each year in the United Kingdom, currently organised and administered by British Touring Car Online (BTCO) It was established in 1991. The championship currently runs the FIA Super Touring regulations.

HistoryEdit

The introduction of a 2-litre, single-class touring car formula (devised in the UK and later adopted worldwide by the FIA as ‘SuperTouring’) – and with all cars running on unleaded fuel – attracted interest from major motor manufacturers, which led to unprecedented growth, unparalleled global interest and fierce rivalries. The BTCC quickly became the world’s premier touring car series and, as such, the best possible global shop window for car companies wishing to promote their mainstream showroom models. The one-class system was popular with manufacturers from the beginning with five manufacturer supported teams from BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall entered in the championship. During the first seasons, the cars were not fitted with aerodynamic aids such as a front splitter or a rear wing which were allowed from 1995.

1991Edit

1991 Round 1

Round 1 of the 1991 STSR British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton

The first ever STSR season was a year long battle between Nissan and Toyota, and towards the end of the season Mitsubishi, but Nissan eventually won as Roy Cop took the Overall and Manufacturer Drivers championship ahead of Toyota driver Michael Sneath. Mike Bell and Auto Trader Techspeed Team took the Independent honours. Notable moments during the season included Mike Bell taking the first win by an Independent driver in the first ever race meeting, the first ever BTCC night race at Donington Park and Toyota driver Vik Rune getting banned from the series due to unsportsmanlike conduct in the Birmingham Superprix round.

1992Edit

1992 Round 1

Round 1 of the 1992 STSR British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone

1992 was dominated by Lorenzo Turri of Vauxhall who took 19 wins out of a possible 26 and finished 103 points ahead of second placed (and defending champion) Toyota's Roy Cop who took three race wins. Mike Bell once again claimed the Independent title driving a for Park Lane Racing, also claiming an outright race win at Knockhill. During the season, there were also wins for Johannes Meles and Matthew Wheeler.

1993Edit

1993 Round 1

Round 1 of the 1993 STSR British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone

2 new manufacturer teams entered the series in 1993, Ford and Renault. Lorenzo Turri successfully defended his title driving for Ford, claiming 13 wins. His nearest championship rival, Mike Bell of Nissan took 6 victories. There were also wins for Cop (Ford, 5 wins) and Johannes Meles (Renault, 2 wins). Finland's Pekka Ylitalo took the Independent title driving a BMW for Team Dynamics. A notable event during the season was that at Round 6 at Pembrey, it was the first time during an STSR event that the podium was shared by drivers of the same nationality (Bell, Jaz Evered, Kris Simton).

1994Edit

2 new teams (Alfa Romeo and Volvo), as well as the return of BMW and Mazda, ensured that the BTCC grid for 1994 would be much bigger than previous years. At Round 2 of the championship at Brands Hatch, a record 20 drivers took place in the race, a BTCO BTCC record. Lorenzo Turri made it 3 championships in a row in his Alfa Corse ran Alfa Romeo alongside former teammate, Kris Simton. Alfa Corse also won the teams championship. Throughout the season there were wins for Turri (17), Jake Black (4), Mike Bell (2) as well as single wins for Daniel Hurlock, Nathan Hammond and Johannes Meles. David Todaro won the Independent crown driving a Peugeot 405 for Woodkirk Peugeot who also won the Independent Teams championship.

Car regulationsEdit

The Super Touring cars were required to be a minimum of 4.20 metres (13.8 ft) in length, with four doors, effectively requiring a small family saloon car as a minimum. No more than 2 litres engine capacity, or six cylinders were permitted, and the engine was required to be normally aspirated. Only two wheels could be driven and steered. For homologation, initially at least 2500 units of the model used must have been produced. In 1995, in a bid to counter the increasing numbers of homologation specials this was increased to at least 25,000 units.

CircuitsEdit

Being a national championship, the BTCC has visited circuits throughout the United Kingdom over its long history. Currently the series visits eight different tracks in the UK over the course of ten meetings. These tracks are: Thruxton Circuit, Brands Hatch, Silverstone Circuit, Snetterton Circuit, Oulton Park, Donington Park and the Knockhill Racing Circuit in Scotland. In the past, the BTCC has visited a street race around the city of Birmingham known as the Birmingham Superprix in 1991, Castle Combe Circuit in 1991-1992 and 1994 and the Pembrey Circuit in Wales in 1993.

Race formatEdit

  • 19:30  - Practice
  • 20:00 - BTCC Qualifying One shot qualifying
  • 20:30 - BTCC Race 1
  • 21:00 - BTCC Race 2 reversed grid from race 1 results
  • 21:30 - BTCC Race 3 reversed grid from race 2 results

Points systemEdit

Current points system
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  Pole Position
18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1

1992 points system
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  Pole Position Fastest Lap
Of Meeting
18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1

1991 points system
Points are awarded to the top seventeen drivers in each race as follows:

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   17th  Pole Position Fastest Lap
20 18 16 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1

Current Independent points system
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

1992-93 Independent points system
Points are awarded to the top three drivers in each race as follows:

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd 
30 20 10

1991 Independent points system
Points are awarded to the top seven drivers in each race as follows:

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th 
10 8 6 4 3 2 1

Previous championsEdit

Season Overall Manufacturer Independent
Drivers' Champion Drivers' Champion Teams' Champion Drivers' Champion Teams' Champion
1991 22px-Flag_of_Belgium.svg.png Roy Cop 22px-Flag_of_Belgium.svg.png Roy Cop 22px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png Nissan Janspeed Racing 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Mike Bell 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Auto Trader Techspeed Team
1992 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Vauxhall Sport 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Mike Bell 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Park Lane Racing
1993 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png Nissan Castrol Racing 22px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png Pekka Ylitalo 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Team Dynamics
1994 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Alfa Corse 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png David Todaro 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Woodkirk Peugeot
1995

Support racesEdit

For the 1995 season, the Yugo Challenge joined the BTCO support package.

Previous support racesEdit

See AlsoEdit

British Touring Car Championship records
British Touring Car Online Register

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