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Michael Sneath
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Nationality UK Flag.webp British
Born 25 August 1987 (Aged 33)

Bishop Auckland (England)

British Touring Car Championship Career
Debut Season 1991
Current Team Esso Ultron Team Peugeot
Former Team Toyota, Renault, Mint Motorsport, Ford
Car No. 8
Starts 163
Wins 1
Poles 0
Fastest Laps 1
Best Finish 2nd in 1991
VW Vento Cup Career
Debut Season 1992
Team MSR
Car No. 92
Starts 8
Wins 1
Fastest Laps 0
Best Finish 5th in 1992
Yugo Challenge Career
Debut Season 1995
Team MSR
Car No. 95
Starts 10
Wins 0
Fastest Laps 0
Best Finish 4th in 1995

Michael James Sneath (born 25 August 1987) is a British racing driver who races in the British Touring Car Championship for Ford.

Early Life[]

Sneath was born on 25 August 1987 in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England.

Touring Cars[]

British Touring Car Championship[]

With the creation of the STSR British Touring Car Championship in 1991, Sneath signed for the Andy Rouse Engineering ran Toyota team driving a Carina. The Carina was fast out the block and Sneath played a supporting role to teammate Vik Rune's championship charge. Sneath achieved his first win at the tenth race of the season at Brands Hatch. However, after 1991 British Touring Car Championship Round 6, Rune was disqualified from the championship and Sneath became the lead driver. Dimitris Gkaras arrived at Toyota to partner Sneath at selected rounds for the remainder of the 1991 season. Sneath managed to hold off Independent driver Mike Bell to secure 2nd place in the championship.

Sneath continued with Team Securicor ICS Toyota in 1992, being partnered with 1991 champion, Roy Cop. It was a disappointing season compared to 1991 with only two podium finishes early in the season at the first round at Silverstone and round 3 at Oulton Park. Cop outperformed Sneath all year and even though Sneath missed round 6 at Brands Hatch, Sneath finished 126 points adrift of Cop in 6th position. At the end of the season, it was announced that Sneath would leave Toyota and join the Renault's works team for 1993.

For 1993, Sneath would be joined at Renault by BTCC race winner Johannes Meles from Germany. The pair had a good working relationship and helped develop the Renault 19. Sneath performed much better than in his 1992 campaign taking 6 podiums as he finished one place and eight points behind his teammate in 4th. Renault finished an impressive 3rd place in their debut season finishing behind the Nissan and Ford teams.

Sneath spent another year at Renault alongside Meles in 1994, but the team switched from using Renault 19s to Lagunas. Sneath didn't gel with the Laguna and was more often than not, was out performed by Meles. Sneath missed rounds 4 and 5 at Silverstone and Snetterton respectively. He didn't achieve a podium finish all season, with 4th place at Knockhill, his best finish. Sneath finished 8th in the championship, which disappointed Renault, as they dropped him at the end of the year.

For 1995, Sneath would join Mint Motorsport, competing in the 'Total Cup for Privateers' in an ex-works Ford Mondeo.

Team management[]

Sneath founded Michael Sneath Racing in 1992 to enable himself to enter the 1992 VW Vento Cup. Competing in 8 of the 10 rounds, Sneath finished 5th in the championship including a race win at the final round of the season at Silverstone.

In 1995, MSR entered the UK Yugo Challenge with Sneath at the wheel. Competing in every round, Sneath finished 4th in the championship including a podium at the fourth round at Thruxton. MSR entered the 1995 World Touring Car Manager Championship with John Newhouse piloting a Toyota Carina E. MSR also entered the 1995 Touring Car World Cup winning both the Class B (Joshua Anderson) and Class C (Sneath) championships.

Motorsports career results[]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[]

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 32 33 34 35 36 DC Pts
1991 Kaliber ICS Team Toyota Toyota Carina II THR
1
5
THR
2
5
THR
3
11
SIL
1
2
SIL
2
10
SIL
3
3
DON
1
2
DON
2
2
BRH
1
3
BRH
2
1
OUL
1
2
OUL
2
7
OUL
3
6
BIR
1
3
BIR
2
2
KNO
1
5
KNO
2
7
KNO
3
5
CAS
1
3
CAS
2
5
CAS
3
3
SIL
1
2
SIL
2
3
DON
1
3
DON
2
6
DON
3
4
THR
1
4
THR
2
7
BRH
1
6
BRH
2
6
BRH
3
5
2nd 457
1992 Team Securicor ICS Toyota Toyota Carina II SIL
1
5
SIL
2
3
SIL
3
8
THR
1
4
THR
2
RET
OUL
1
3
OUL
2
4
OUL
3
6
SNE
1
5
SNE
2
7
CAS
1
5
CAS
2
6
CAS
3
5
BRH
1
BRH
2
DON
1
9
DON
2
8
DON
3
8
KNO
1
6
KNO
2
6
KNO
3
5
BRH
1
6
BRH
2
5
BRH
3
C
SIL
1
6
SIL
2
5
SIL
3
7
6th 238
1993

Renault Dealer Racing

Renault 19 SIL
1
5
SIL
2
7
SIL
3
6
DON
1
7
DON
2
6
SNE
1
5
SNE
2
7
SNE
3
6
OUL
1
5
OUL
2
2
OUL
3
3
BRH
1
4
BRH
2
3
BRH
3
4
PEM
1
3
PEM
2
4
PEM
3
RET
KNO
1
4
KNO
2
6
KNO
3
4
BRH
1
5
BRH
2
3
BRH
3
3
THR
1
4
THR
2
7
SIL
1
5
SIL
2
4
SIL
3
5
4th 312
1994 Renault Dealer Racing Renault Laguna THR
1
7
THR
2
9

THR
3
11

BRH
1
9

BRH
2
9

BRH
3
6

CAS
1
C
CAS
2
C
CAS
3
C
SIL
1
SIL
2
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
OUL
1
7
OUL
2
5
OUL
3
7
DON
1
7
DON
2
8
DON
3
8
KNO
1
4
KNO
2
8
KNO
3
7
OUL
1
5
OUL
2
6
OUL
3
6
BRH
1
8
BRH
2
5
BRH
3
7
8th 187
1995 Mint Motorsport Ford Mondeo Ghia BRH
1
8
BRH
2
8
BRH
3
7
DON
1
9
DON
2
7
DON
3
RET
THR
1
8
THR
2
7
THR
3
8
SIL
1
6
SIL
2
7
SIL
3
8
OUL
1
6
OUL
2
8
OUL
3
9
SNE
1
7
SNE
2
9
SNE
3
11
KNO
1
9
KNO
2
8
KNO
3
8
OUL
1
7
OUL
2
8
OUL
3
RET
SIL
1
7
SIL
2
8
SIL
3
RET
BRH
1
8
BRH
2
9
BRH
3
8
9th 219
1996 Valvoline Team Mondeo with Reynard Ford Mondeo DON
1
9
DON
2
10
DON
3
12
BRH
1
11
BRH
2
7
BRH
3
11
THR
1
6
THR
2
7
THR
3
12
SIL
1
8
SIL
2
7
SIL
3
6
OUL
1
6
OUL
2
4
OUL
3
C
SNE
1
6
SNE
2
7
SNE
3
6
BRH
1
8
BRH
2
5
BRH
3
9
KNO
1
9
KNO
2
9
KNO
3
10
SIL
1
9
SIL
2
3
SIL
3
10
OUL
1
6
OUL
2
10
OUL
3
10
8th 232
1997 Esso Ultron Team Peugeot Peugeot 406 DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
0th* 0*

Complete Touring Car World Cup results[]

(Key) (results are overall/class and in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Name Car Class 1 2 Points Position
1991 Kaliber ICS Team Toyota Toyota Carina II 1920px-Flag of Spain.svg.png
CAT
6
1920px-Flag of Spain.svg.png
CAT
3
39 5th
1992 Team Securicor ICS Toyota Toyota Carina II 1920px-Flag of Australia (converted).svg.png
BAT
RET
1920px-Flag of Australia (converted).svg.png
BAT
2
30 4th
1993 Renault Dealer Team Renault 19 Italy Flag.webp
MON
9
Italy Flag.webp
MON
7
26 6th
1994 Renault Dealer Team Renault Laguna UK Flag.webp
DON
5
UK Flag.webp
DON
3
40 4th
1995 MSR Toyota Carina II C German Flag.webp
NOR
7
German Flag.webp
NOR
6
70 1st

Complete Super Touring Cup results[]

(Key) (results are overall/class and in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Name Car 1 2 Points Position
1996 Peugeot Esso Peugeot 406 US Flag.webp
ATL
11
US Flag.webp
ATL
8
23 9th

Complete VW Vento Cup results[]

(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 MSR SIL
5
THR
RET
OUL
5
SNE
7
CAS
5
BRH
SPA
6
KNO

BRH
6

SIL
1
32 5th

Complete Yugo Challenge results[]

(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
1995

MSR

BIR
5
BRH
10
DON
4
THR
3
SIL
5
OUL
5
SNE
6
KNO
4
OUL
6
SIL
5
44 4th

Career summary[]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1991 British Touring Car Championship Kaliber ICS Team Toyota 31 1 0 1 14 457 2nd
Touring Car World Cup 2 0 0 0 1 39 5th
1992 British Touring Car Championship Team Securicor ICS Toyota 24 0 0 0 2 238 6th
Touring Car World Cup 2 0 0 0 1 30 4th
VW Vento Cup MSR 8 1 - 0 1 32 5th
1993 British Touring Car Championship Renault Dealer Team 28 0 0 0 6 312 4th
Touring Car World Cup 2 0 0 0 0 26 6th
1994 British Touring Car Championship Renault Dealer Team 21 0 0 0 0 187 8th
Touring Car World Cup 2 0 0 0 1 40 4th
1995 British Touring Car Championship Mint Motorsport 30 0 0 0 0 219 9th
Touring Car World Cup MSR 2 1 1 2 2 70 1st
Yugo Challenge 10 0 - 0 1 44 4th
1996 British Touring Car Championship Valvoline Team Mondeo with Reynard 29 0 0 0 1 232 8th
Super Touring Cup Peugeot Esso 2 0 0 0 0 23 9th
BMW E30 EVO Cup 1 0 0 0 0 - NC
1997 British Touring Car Championship Esso Ultron Team Peugeot 0 0 0 0 0 0* 0th*

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