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Johannes Meles
Johannes meles
Nationality 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png German
Born 10th September 2002 (Aged 18)

Heinsberg (Germany)

British Touring Car Championship Career
Debut Season 1991
Current Team Honda Team MSD
Car No. 69
Former Teams BMW, Ecurie Ecosse, Renault
Starts 86
Wins 6
Poles 0
Fastest Laps 2
Best Finish 3rd in 1993
VW Vento Cup Career
Debut Season 1992
Former Team Team Meles
Car No. 12
Starts 9
Wins 1
Fastest Laps 0
Best Finish 4th in 1992

Johannes Meles (born 10th September 2002) is a German racing driver who races in the British Touring Car Championship for Honda.

Early LifeEdit

Meles was born on 10th September 2002 in Heinsberg, Germany.

Touring CarsEdit

British Touring Car ChampionshipEdit

Meles arrived in the British Touring Car Championship in 1991 driving for the BMW Works Team in an e30 M3. Participating in selected rounds throughout the season, Meles achieved good results including a win at Castle Combe as well as four other podium finishes to finish 7th place in the Drivers championship.

For 1992, Meles left BMW and signed a deal with Ecurie Ecosse who were making their debut in the championship running Vauxhall Cavaliers. Meles achieved great results thoughout the year including wins at Oulton Park and Knockhill and another 10 podium finishes to end the season in a fantastic 4th position. However, Meles would leave Ecurie Ecosse at the end of 1992 and sign with the works Renault team for the following year.

Meles joined Renault for 1993 and would be partnered by one-time BTCC race winner, Michael Sneath. After two podiums in the first 2 weekends, he went on to score consistent 4th places untl the 3rd round of Brands Hatch Indy, where he finished 3rd. After he missed out Pembrey due to illness, he returned strongly and started a streak of podium finishes. High points of the season was the third race in Brands Hatch GP. In heavy rain conditions, Meles showed the enormous potential of the car and went on to pass Lorenzo Turri for the lead. He went on to win the race in style to gift Renault their first win in BTCO. Another win in Thruxton followed until his podium streak ended in Silverstone after he struggled to cope with the circuit and after an unfortunate DNF. Nevertheless, he finished the season in 3rd place, scoring 320 points, 8 more than his teammate Sneath.

He would remain with the Renault squad in 1994 partnering up with last years teammate Michael Sneath again in the brand new Renault Laguna. Hopes were high that the Renault team would improve even further. More drivers meant that this years championship was the hardest in the BTCO history. A solid start to the season meant that Meles was in contention for 3rd again. But an unfortunate disconnect in Silverstone hurt his fight alot. After yet another illness he missed the race in Snetterton. This would prove to be a huge turning point of the season, as he had to push even harder to reach his goal. His return in Oulton Park saw him taking his first, and only win of the season. Until his second non-participation he would only score one more podium in Donington Park after he had to defend against Lorenzo Turri for nearly half of the race. In Knockhill he would suffer his 2nd retirement of the season. After he misses the penultimate round in Oulton Park, he would return with three 3rd place finishes in Brands Hatch, finishing a disappointing season in 6th place only scoring 228 points, his worst season in the BTCO so far. He would leave the Renault team after he was frustrated with the car and it's behaviour with the tyres.

For 1995, he would join the Honda squad partnering up with Emile Taylor to form the "Team of Youtubers".

Team managementEdit

Meles founded "Team Meles" to enable him to participate in the 1992 VW Vento Cup driving a Jägermeister sponsored car. He would win one race in Oulton Park and would overall finish the season in 4th place, scoring 52 points.

Meles also participated in the 1995 Yugo Challenge. Team Meles signed a one-year deal with Promarkt to sponsor his Yugo for the whole season.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

Complete British Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

Races in bold indicate pole position (1 point awarded just for first race) Races in italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 DC Pts
1991 BMW Team Finance BMW M3 THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
DON
1
6
DON
2
4
BRH
1
BRH
2
OUL
1
4
OUL
2
8
OUL
3
3
BIR
1
10
BIR
2
7
KNO
1
6
KNO
2
6
KNO
3
3
CAS
1
4
CAS
2
4
CAS
3
1
SIL
1
SIL
2
DON
1
5
DON
2
3
DON
3
7
THR
1
7
THR
2
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
7th 230
1992 Ecurie Ecosse Vauxhall Vauxhall Cavalier GSi SIL
1
4
SIL
2
8
SIL
3
5
THR
1
8
THR
2
RET
OUL
1
6
OUL
2
1
OUL
3
3
SNE
1
4
SNE
2
3
CAS
1
CAS
2
CAS
3
BRH
1
3
BRH
2
3
DON
1
3
DON
2
4
DON
3
6
KNO
1
1
KNO
2
3
KNO
3
3
BRH
1
2
BRH
2
4
BRH
3
C
SIL
1
3
SIL
2
2
SIL
3
4
4th 287
1993 Renault Dealer Racing Renault 19 SIL
1
3
SIL
2
4
SIL
3
5
DON
1
4
DON
2
3
SNE
1
4
SNE
2
4
SNE
3
5
OUL
1
4
OUL
2
4
OUL
3
4
BRH
1
RET
BRH
2
4
BRH
3
3
PEM
1
PEM
2
PEM
3
KNO
1
3
KNO
2
2
KNO
3
2
BRH
1
2
BRH
2
2
BRH
3
1
THR
1
3
THR
2
1
SIL
1
6
SIL
2
10
SIL
3
4
3rd 320
1994 Renault Dealer Racing Renault Laguna THR
1
9
THR
2
3
THR
3
5
BRH
1
3
BRH
2
3
BRH
3
4
CAS
1
C
CAS
2
C
CAS
3
C
SIL
1
3
SIL
2
RET
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
OUL
1
4
OUL
2
1
OUL
3
5
DON
1
5
DON
2
2
DON
3
6
KNO
1
RET
KNO
2
6
KNO
3
4
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
BRH
1
3
BRH
2
3
BRH
3
3
6th 228

Complete VW Vento Cup resultsEdit

(Key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points Position
1992 Team Meles SIL
3
THR
8
OUL
1
SNE
4
CAS
BRH
4
SPA
4
KNO
4
BRH
3
SIL
6
52 4th

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1991 British Touring Car Championship BMW Team Finance 18 1 0 0 5 230 7th
1992 British Touring Car Championship Ecurie Ecosse Vauxhall 23 2 0 0 12 287 4th
Touring Car World Cup 2 0 0 0 1 44 3rd
VW Vento Cup Team Meles 9 1 0 0 3 52 4th
1993 British Touring Car Championship Renault Dealer Racing 25 2 0 2 11 320 3rd
Touring Car World Cup ROC Competition 2 0 0 0 1 50 3rd
1994 British Touring Car Championship Renault Dealer Racing 20 1 0 0 9 228 6th
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