BTCC articles on F1 Fanatic archive

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 […]

What comes after a ten year engine freeze? 3rd December 2007, 7:00

The FIA offered up another of its more unusual ideas for future engine rules a few weeks ago: banning engine development for ten years I didn’t write much about it at the time because there was much more interesting stuff going on and Max Mosley has a habit of threatening daft ideas like this as […]

BTCC Thruxton 3: Giovanardi is champion by three points 14th October 2007, 20:44

Fabrizio Giovanardi snatched the British Touring Car Championship from Jason Plato at the final round by just three points. The Italian finished second with team mate Tom Chilton between himself and Plato as Mat Jackson took his second victory of the year.

BTCC Thruxton 1 ?????? Giovanardi leads Plato home

The British Touring Car title duellists Fabrizio Giovanardi and Jason Plato finished first and second in the first race at Thruxton. The first of the three races that will decide the title was hit by a spate of tyre failures that affected most of the title contenders?????? team mates. It leaves Plato six points ahead […]

This week’s F1 alternative: BTCC Thruxton 12th October 2007, 9:00

There’s plenty of good racing on this weekend while F1 has its last weekend off before the championship decider. Top of the bill has to be the thrillingly close title duel between Jason Plato and Fabrizio Giovanardi in British Touring Cars that’s been raging all year. But if you like your racing with a fat […]

WTCC Brands 1: Easy win for Menu 23rd September 2007, 21:50

Chevrolet’s Alain Menu cruised to a straightforward win from pole position at Brands Hatch. Behind him were James Thompson and BTCC racer Colin Turkington, also in the same positions they started. Jordi Gene sacrificed third place to Turkington so that he could let Yvan Muller in the other diesel Seat finish fourth. Gene ended the […]

2008 BTCC calendar revealed 19th September 2007, 9:06

The British Touring Car Championship will return to Silverstone next year after missing the home of the British GP this year. The short National circuit will be used. Also new for next year will be a race on the full Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch. The season-closing event will see the championship end in […]

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