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Goodwood Festival of Speed – British Touring Car Championship 50th anniversary cars 12th July 2008, 17:33

Here’s a selection of pictures of some of the cars present at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British Touring Car Championship.

BTCC: A bad weekend for Seat – and a marshal 1st June 2008, 23:00

Heavy rain played havoc with the fifth British Touring Car weekend of the year. Appropriately enough it was round 13 that suffered the most being red-flagged twice. Racing first came to a halt as the rain got heavier and two cars crashed separately at Tower bend. One of the marshals that attended the first car […]

BTCC: Plato fights back with Thruxton win 18th May 2008, 18:17

Jason Plato stuck the nose of his Seat Leon into the lead in the third BTCC race at Thruxton and kept it there – despite a robust attack from an unlikely source: Andrew Jordan’s Honda Intergra. Plato hit the lead at the expense of Gordon Sheddon, who lost his early advantage due to a puncture […]

BTCC: Two wins for Onslow-Cole at Thruxton

Tom Onslow-Cole has given himself the perfect present for the birthday he celebrated on Friday by winning the first two BTCC races of the day at Thruxton. In both events he ran second before the leader dropped back with a puncture. In race one it was Gordon Sheddon who led the way in his Honda […]

BTCC: Darren Turner gives Seat another diesel win 4th May 2008, 17:34

Seat made it two wins at Donington as Darren Turner headed home Tom Onslow-Cole and Jason Plato. But Fabrizio Giovanardi was running in the top three before an uncharacteristic msitae that almost dopped himself and team mate Onsloe-Cole out of the race. Giovanardi braked too late for the chicane at the end of the lap […]

BTCC: Giovanardi masters tricky conditions for stylish win

Jason Plato won the first BTCC race of today at Donington Park but the second race of the day was an absolute corker. Rain had begun to fall as the cars assembled on the grid and the original start was aborted as Andrew Jordan stalled his Honda Civic. Once the race finally got started Gordon […]

Should British F3 and the BTCC join forces? 1st May 2008, 20:35

I have mixed feelings about the news the British Formula Three championship is considering uniting on the same bill as the British Touring Car Championship. I enjoy both series very much, but I wonder if both on the same card would be too much of a good thing?

BTCC Brands Hatch 2 & 3: Giovanardi and Turkington take wins 30th March 2008, 21:54

My laptop died during the second Brands Hatch race so here are my delayed thoughts on the other two BTCC rounds. I spoke to Fabrizio Giovanardi before the second race and asked him if he was worried about keeping the BMWs behind him at the start. He said not, and that his problem at the […]

BTCC Brands Hatch 1: Giovanardi edges Jackson

I’m at Brands Hatch today for the first round of the British Touring Car Championship. I was standing opposite the front row of the grid as the race got underway and it was striking how much quicker the rear wheel drive BMWs of Mat Jackson (pole position) and Colin Turkington (third) leapt away from second-placed […]

Joyless Kent NIMBYs spoil British Touring Car finale 18th February 2008, 21:34

Very disappointing to read that the 2008 British Touring Car finale can’t be held on the full length Brands Hatch circuit. Once again the noise restriction regulations are to blame – nearby home owners crying “Not In My Back Yard” prevent the circuit from being able to use the excellent Grand Prix loop for more […]