Charlton, Bedfordshire, England
|Current drivers||Lorenzo Turri||Joshua Anderson|
|British Touring Car Championship Career|
|Teams championships||1 (1992)|
|Drivers championships||1 (1992)|
|Last entry||1995 British Touring Car Championship Round 10|
|1991-92||Touring Car World Cup|
|1992||British Touring Car Championship|
Dave Cook Racing was awarded the works contract to build the Vauxhall Cavalier for the British Touring Car Championship Championship starting in 1991. The drivers for the season would be Matt Hull from Ireland and Phil Dodge from the United States. The team failed to live up to pre-season expectations and finished 6th in the Manufacturer Teams championship with only two 5th place finishes from Hull. Both drivers were let go at the end of 1991.
Still ran by Dave Cook Racing, Vauxhall Sport demanded more in 1992. After winning the 1991 Touring Car World Cup driving a Cavalier, Lorenzo Turri was hired and 1991 Independent championship runner-up, Kris Simton, joined the fold. Turri dominated the season with 19 wins and never finishing off the podium all year. Vauxhall and Turri cleaned up the championships with Simton finishing 6th in the drivers.
Both 1992 drivers left the team with Turri joining the Ford project and Simton leaving for Toyota. This meant former driver, Matt Hull, would return to the team along with former Vic Lee Motorsport driver Josh Jones. Jones only competed at Rounds 1 and 3 but Hull drove with the team until Round 8. The Vauxhall had underperformed compared to the previous season and Hull would finish 10th in the championship, Jones 12th with the Vauxhall team finishing 5th in the teams standings.
Ray Mallock Ltd. was awarded the works deal in 1994, taking over from Dave Cook Racing. Hull stayed with the team and was joined by Jaz Evered who made the jump from Nissan. Both drivers left the team after 2 rounds however, and the team did not race again until David Osborne was drafted in from Knockhill onwards, but this was not enough to stop the team slumping to 8th in the standings.
For 1995, the team decided to concentrate their efforts on one car, in preparation for 1996 where they planned to switch to the Vextra rather than the venerable Cavalier. The team signed Lorenzo Turri, who had dominated the 1992 season with them - and despite only having one car, the team managed to finish 5th in the standings, with Turri taking the title fight to the final race - yet coming up short against Daniel Hurlock.
1996 saw the team introduce the new Vectra - and Turri was retained to drive the #99 car. More surprising was the signing of his new team-mate Joshua Anderson in the #2 car - the ex-Ford driver moving to Vauxhall after showing podium potential in 1995.
Complete British Touring Car Championship results
(Key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1991||Vauxhall Sport||Cavalier GSi||Matt Hull||11||9||7||10||7||7||9||8||6||5||9||10||DNS||5||9||225||6th|
|1992||Vauxhall Sport||Cavalier GSi||Lorenzo Turri||1||1||2||1||1||1||2||2||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||3||1||3||2||2||1||1||C||1||1||1||687||1st*|
|1993||Vauxhall Sport||Cavalier GSi||Josh Jones||9||8||8||6||8||7||182||5th|
|1994||Vauxhall Sport||Vauxhall Cavalier 16v||Matt Hull||10||RET||9||16||7||9||91||8th|
|1995||Vauxhall Sport||Vauxhall Cavalier||Lorenzo Turri||1||6||2||4||10||1||3||11||DNS||1||2||5||1||4||2||2||2||4||1||2||6**||1||4||3||1||1||2||1||1||4||428||5th|
|1996||Vauxhall Sport||Vauxhall Vectra||Joshua Anderson||0||0th*|