Welcome to the “Week In British Touring Cars’, the weekly news roundup of all the biggest stories to happen in the BTCC this week. Published every Friday, the roundup is a great way to catch up on anything you may have missed, and ensure that you are up to date with the latest breaking stories from the British Touring Car Championship.
Honda Civic Hattrick At Thruxton
All three race wins at Thruxton went the way of the Honda Civic as AmD Tuning, BTC Racing and Team Dynamics all took victory in Sunday’s three races at the Hampshire circuit. Sam Tordoff converted brilliantly from pole position to win race one before Josh Cook won at Thruxton for the second time in 2019 in race two. The reverse grid race saw Honda factory driver Dan Cammish take victory and move to 3rd in the championship in a race which ended in the pouring rain.
Championship top-two Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan were unable to match the form they showed at Thruxton earlier in the year after a tough qualifying left them stuck in the mid-pack for much of Sunday. Turkington’s championship lead now sits at 30 points.
BTCC To Trial Reverse Pit Garages At Silverstone
The BTCC will trial reverse pit garages at Silverstone in a move aimed at improving the fan experience. Instead of the paddock-facing back of the garages being blocked off with boards with the cars facing forward as they are being worked on, the back of the garages will now be open allowing fans to see in and watch the team at work.
Cars will be pushed backwards out of the garages for the start of the sessions, and if successful it’s expected that the reverse garage setup will be adopted at all circuits with have paddock space including Donington Park and Snetterton.
Tom Oliphant Takes Jack Sears Trophy Honours At Thruxton
Tom Oliphant was the top-performing Jack Sears Trophy for the second time in 2019 with a trio of top-ten finishes at Thruxton. The Team BMW driver now sits 12th in the overall championship standings.
Post Thruxton, Oliphant said “It has been a really good weekend! I’m pleased with how I drove and how we engineered the car – I’d say we did the best job we could have done. To come away as the top BMW driver, and rear-wheel-drive for that matter, is really positive and something we can build on.
“We came close to a podium in that second race but I couldn’t do anything about the move that Matt (Neal) pulled. I’d eaten into my tyres getting past Sam (Tordoff) but I didn’t see it coming. I’ll be the first to hold my hands up when there is a great overtake and that certainly was it.
“I think we could have had another podium in race three but once the rain came we were just a sitting duck. To keep it inside the top ten was an achievement, had it been a few more laps we may have been out of the points.
“We go to Knockhill next and I love it there, so it would be great to carry this momentum up to Scotland and see what we can achieve.”
Uncover The History Of The Vauxhall Cavalier In The BTCC
Vauxhall’s BTCC history is one glittered with success. Fresh from Vauxhall’s 1989 BTCC title win with series debutant John Cleland in the Astra GTE 16v, Vauxhall’s contribution to the Super Touring era of the BTCC began with the Vauxhall Cavalier in 1990. One of the most successful cars of the early 1990s, the Cavalier was a mainstay of the BTCC from it’s introduction in 1990 to its title-winning season in 1995. It remained on the grid in the hands of privateers afterwards, but never again reached the same levels of success.
Rounds 22, 23 & 24 of the 2019 BTCC take place at Knockhill on the weekend of September 14th/15th.