BTCC Features. Page 1



  • October 2014

    Open article Win on Sunday, drive on Monday...
    1 October 2014: As a child, just watching a BTCC car was enough to give me a passion for motorsport... As an adult, now I - and you - can drive one!


  • November 2010

    Open article Jason Plato and RML - success breeds success
    4 November 2010: Budding motorsport reporter Jon Gurr was given the inside track on Jason Plato's 2010 BTCC title triumph at Brands Hatch last month as a privileged guest of RML. Here is his story...


  • April 2008

    Open article Crash.net's Rockingham blog: Sunday.
    13 April 2008: Crash.net is running an exclusive blog during the second rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Rockingham – check back for more behind-the-scenes news during the day...

  • Open article Crash.net's Rockingham blog: Saturday.
    12 April 2008: Crash.net is running an exclusive blog during the second rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Rockingham – check back for more behind-the-scenes news during the day...


  • March 2008

    Open article Crash.net's Brands Hatch blog: Sunday.
    30 March 2008: Crash.net is running an exclusive blog during the opening rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Brands Hatch – check back for more behind-the-scenes news during the day...

  • Open article Crash.net's Brands Hatch blog: Saturday.
    29 March 2008: Crash.net is running an exclusive blog during the opening rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Brands Hatch – check back for more behind-the-scenes news during the day...


  • December 2007

    Open article Crash.net's BTCC season review - Part 2.
    31 December 2007: Crash.net reviews the 2007 BTCC season.

  • Open article Crash.net's BTCC season review – Part 1.
    27 December 2007: Crash.net looks back at the 2007 BTCC campaign.


  • June 2007

    Open article Jason Plato: Reflecting on ten years.
    12 June 2007: The fourth round of the 2007 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Croft marked a milestone in the series as the North East venue wracked up ten years as a fixture on the calendar.


  • March 2007

    Open article The Class of 2007.
    31 March 2007: The 2007 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship looks set to be one of the most exciting of recent seasons, with a bumper field and numerous drivers capable of fighting for honours.


  • October 2006

    Open article VXR: Producing the goods.
    26 October 2006: In the latest column for VXR, special projects manager at Triple Eight, Raphael Caille talks about the new Astra VXR Sprint R to be used in the BARC Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup and the challenges of developing an engine for the BTCC.

  • Open article VXR: Sun-shine at Brands.
    2 October 2006: In the latest column for VXR, Page Three model Nikkala Stott talks about her weekend with the VX Racing team during the penultimate round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.


  • September 2006

    Open article VXR: The commercial aspect.
    14 September 2006: In the latest column for VXR, Franck Marie, the commercial and marketing director with VX Racing, talks about his role with the team and how he works together with Vauxhall to bring the teams Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship programme together.

  • Open article VXR: 100 not out.
    4 September 2006: In the latest column for VXR, VX Racing team boss Ian Harrison reflects on a 100th victory for Vauxhall in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, and we present the figures surrounding one of the most successful entrants in BTCC history.


  • August 2006

    Open article VXR: Playing the game.
    23 August 2006: In the latest column for VXR, we get the inside story on the real battle fought over the course of the weekend at Snetterton, when VX Racing and Dunlop went head-to-head on the football pitch ahead of the seventh round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

  • Open article VXR: Working with the driver.
    4 August 2006: In the latest column for VXR, Simon Cumberpatch, race engineer for Tom Chilton, talks about his role within the team.


  • July 2006

    Open article VXR: New kid on the block.
    21 July 2006: In the latest VXR column, Turkish Touring Car champion Erkut Kizilirmak talks about the reasons behind his arrival in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Croft.


  • June 2006

    Open article VXR: Truckies have feelings.
    20 June 2006: In the latest column for VXR, Mark Porter talks about his role with the team and explains that truckies have feelings too…


  • May 2006

    Open article VXR: The technical aspect.
    18 May 2006: In the latest excusive column for VXR, VX Racing technical director John Morton discusses his role with the team and talks about life behind the scenes.


  • April 2006

    Open article VXR: Changing faces...
    27 April 2006: In the second exclusive VXR column, Ian Harrison – team principal of the VX Racing BTCC team - talks about changing roles within the team and the relationship Triple Eight enjoys with Vauxhall.

  • Open article VXR: What is VXR?
    14 April 2006: "The BTCC is a fantastic place to display your prowess in the field and with the number of vehicles there are on the grid at the moment - and the fact ours are near the front - it is a great advert for us" - Stuart Harris, VXR brand manager.


  • November 2005

    Open article Triple Eight boss explains driver choice.
    28 November 2005: British Touring Car Championship team VX Racing recently announced its driver line-up for 2006 with Italian former Alfa Romeo WTCC driver Fabrizio Giovanardi joining British hotshot Tom Chilton at the Triple Eight Engineering-run Vauxhall squad. Crash.net Radio spoke to Triple Eight's principle, Ian Harrison, to find the motives for the selection.


  • July 2005

    Open article Squadra Corse Alfa Romeo goodies up for grabs!
    20 July 2005: Fans of Alfa Romeo – or motorsport in general – have the chance to pick up some more fantastic prizes in the latest Crash.net competition.

  • Open article Drivers know: Tim Harvey.
    15 July 2005: Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title sponsor Dunlop this season is speaking to touring car heros and celebrities as part of its 'Drivers know' series, and the latest one in the hotseat is Tim Harvey.


  • June 2005

    Open article Drivers know: Yvan Muller.
    16 June 2005: As part of BTCC title sponsor Dunlop's Drivers Know series, 2003 title winner Yvan Muller gives some insights into some of his favourite things.


  • April 2005

    Open article Drivers know: Jason Plato.
    29 April 2005: 2001 BTCC champ Jason Plato lives the life. Loves Monaco, flies his own plane, likes the ladies - and has tastes to match. He also loves being on TV: you'll recognise the Seat Sport driver from Channel 4's Driven and ITV1's Speed Sunday. As the first part of BTCC title sponsor Dunlop's 'Drivers know' series, Jason lets us know a little more about him.


  • March 2005

    Open article Pickford previews the season.
    25 March 2005: As the reigning SEAT Cupra Championship title winner, James Pickford will take his place on the BTCC grid this season as a works SEAT driver, joining Jason Plato and Luke Hines in a team hotly tipped as potential champions in 2005. Crash.Net will be following Pickford throughout his first season of British Touring Car competition, and with the season now just a matter of weeks away, we caught up with him to look forward to 2005...


  • January 2005

    Open article Ben Edwards looks forward to 2005.
    19 January 2005: As one of the most famous voices in British motorsport, Ben Edwards gets to commentate on BTCC, F3 and British GT – with many fans hoping that he could also get the chance to commentate on Formula One at some point in the future.


  • October 2004

    Open article Good looking figures from 2004.
    19 October 2004: The 2004 British Touring Car Championship season was certainly one packed full of action, and the man back at the helm of the series, Alan Gow, was surprised with all that was achieved.


  • September 2004

    Open article Thompson v Muller: How the title was won.
    27 September 2004: For 30 races there has been little to separate James Thompson and Yvan Muller at the top of the British Touring Car Championship standings, so it was little surprise the title battle went right to wire.

  • Open article BTCC tickets and goodies up for grabs!!
    9 September 2004: The Green Flag British Touring Car Championship is one the best-known saloon car racing series in the world and one of the UK's biggest and most spectacular sports events. It features the fastest drivers in the country racing high performance versions of everyday road cars and draws huge race day crowds.

  • Open article SEAT stats - the debut season so far.
    1 September 2004: This weekend at Snetterton, the base weight of the European specification Super 2000 cars in the BTCC will increase again – a decision that is likely to hit the SEAT team hard after its one-two finish in the last race at Brands Hatch.


  • August 2004

    Open article Free tickets for Snetterton action.
    27 August 2004: Vauxhall duo Yvan Muller and James Thompson could both take a huge step towards winning the title when the BTCC heads to Snetterton for the penultimate round of the season.

  • Open article The most hectic BTCC lap ever?
    27 August 2004: When James Kaye suffered suspension failure and went straight on into the barriers at Druids, he can have had no idea of the fun that was ahead during the third BTCC race at Brands Hatch.

  • Open article Can Reid make 2004 MG's year?
    12 August 2004: Since the BTCC entered a new era in 2001, one team has been the dominant force in the championship. In the first year of the new regulations, the Vauxhall team, and the trusty Astra Coupe, won all but one of the races on its way to a championship double.

  • Open article Andy Priaulx - to Europe and beyond.
    12 August 2004: Andy Priaulx only managed to compete in one season in the British Touring Car Championship. In that season, he helped to established the Honda Civic Type-R as something of a force in the series, running alongside Alan Morrison and taking victory at Knockhill on his way to fifth in the championship.


  • July 2004

    Open article Road tyre vs Race tyre – what's the difference?
    27 July 2004: The tyres used for the BTCC are essentially the same but dramatically different to the tyres produced for standard road cars at the Washington plant.

  • Open article Toyota: No plans to return to BTCC at present.
    15 July 2004: BTCC chief Alan Gow said at the start of the season that the new rules allowing ETCC specification cars into the championship would make it more attractive for manufacturers to enter the series.

  • Open article Renault: No BTCC return in foreseeable future.
    15 July 2004: Renault were undoubtedly one of the top teams during the so called heydays of the British Touring Car Championship in the 1990s.


  • May 2004

    Open article BETA: It's not a political move.
    26 May 2004: BETA driving force Mike Thompson insists that the member teams had no choice but to the pull out of the BTCC British GP support race.

  • Open article Why BTCC tyres are radial...
    21 May 2004: The difference between radial and crossply tyres is the arrangement of the ply cords and the angle that they run from bead to bead on the tyre.

  • Open article Everyone wins from three races says Gow.
    18 May 2004: Introducing a three race a day format in the British Touring Car Championship raised some eyebrows at the time, but now with nine races down, and another three this weekend, it's time for a quick reflection.

  • Open article Tyres – round and black – but why?
    8 May 2004: There are few things in life that people don't question. One is why wheels are round (a topic for another week if you're unlucky) and another is that tyres are black – but why?


  • April 2004

    Open article What are the Dunlop blokes doing in the pitlane?
    23 April 2004: If you're at a BTCC meet, or if you're sat at home watching the coverage on ITV1 or MotorsTV, then you might see some dapper chaps dressed in yellow wielding rubber...

  • Open article Reid: 150 not out!
    21 April 2004: When the lights turn to green on round four of the 2004 Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend at Brands Hatch, WSR MG driver Anthony Reid will have clocked up 150 BTCC race starts.

  • Open article Gow's about that then? BTCC 2004.
    9 April 2004: This weekend sees the start to the 2004 British Touring Car Championship at the fabulous sweeping Hampshire circuit of Thruxton. Crash.net had a word with the man in charge.

  • Open article Global glory for Dunlop.
    7 April 2004: As the BTCC teams head to the pre-season test on Thursday preceding the event this weekend at Thruxton, the Dunlop 'team behind the teams' is there ready with 1400 tyres and a team of twelve.


  • March 2004

    Open article Mardi Gras make history in BTCC.
    22 March 2004: History will be made on 11 April when the 2004 BTCC gets underway at Thruxton, when a gas powered car races in the championship for the first time.


  • October 2003

    Open article Hairuman puts fitness first.
    4 October 2003: Team PSP's new Malaysian driver, Fariqe Hairuman is being put through his paces by Norfolk's top sports fitness trainer before competing in next year's British Touring Car Championship.


  • September 2003

    Open article Front row start for Reid and MG.
    20 September 2003: A wet circuit greeted the BTCC contenders at Oulton Park for the final rounds of the championship. MG's Anthony Reid had his flippers at the ready and came home with the second fastest time at the end of the session.
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