1991 British Touring Car Championship season

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1991 BTCC season
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The 1991 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship season was the 34th British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season and marked the first year of the Super Touring era.

Changes for 1991[edit]

  • After a transitional year in 1990, the multi-class Group A regulations was fully dropped and replaced by the new Super Touring rules that had evolved out of Group A's Div. II category. Group A cars were still allowed to participate, but only as long as they were restricted to bring them down to Super Touring speeds.

Season summary[edit]

Group A had towards the end of its existence been dominated by Ford and their Sierra RS500. Super Tourers had first appeared in 1990, and with BMW and Vauxhall running their cars in that category they effectively had a years head start on their opposition for 1991. BMW also had the numerical advantage, the factory Prodrive team entering two cars and the semi-factory Vic Lee Motorsport team entering four. Vauxhall had two cars, as had Toyota, while Ford only appeared with a single car. Nissan missed the start of the season but then ran a single-car effort for Keith O'Dor, who was joined by ex-Formula One driver Julian Bailey towards the end of the season.

The championship battle would stand between Will Hoy and John Cleland. Hoy won the first two races of the season and kept scoring consistently, but as the season progressed it was Cleland who came out on top more often than not. Hoy's consistency however put him in a position to claim the championship at the penultimate round at Thruxton, provided he scored a good enough result. Indeed Hoy took the lead of the race thanks to BMW team tactics, but soon thereafter he was controversially tapped into a spin by works BMW driver Jonathan Palmer. Hoy dropped down the field and later retired after contact with Cleland. Cleland would go on to finish 8th with a damaged car, taking the championship to the final race. There Hoy was able to finish ahead of Cleland, and thus claiming the first Super Touring championship win. Andy Rouse finished third for Toyota, and Steve Soper ended up fourth overall despite missing several races due to clashing commitments in the German DTM championship.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
Trakstar Motorsport Ford Sierra Sapphire 1 England Robb Gravett M All
Pyramid Motorsport BMW M3 2 England Frank Sytner 1–8, 10–11
Scotland David Leslie 13
18 England Matt Neal 7
England Alistair Fenwick 12
England Godfrey Hall 13
Kaliber ICS Team Toyota Toyota Carina 3 England Andy Rouse M All
33 England Gary Ayles M All
BMW Team Labatt's BMW M3 4 England Tim Harvey M All
9 England Laurence Bristow M 1–11, 13
Germany Armin Hahne M 12
Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Cavalier 5 Scotland John Cleland M All
6 England Jeff Allam M All
56 England Bob Berridge M 12–13
Sean Walker Ford Sierra RS500 7 England Sean Walker 2
BMW Team Sweden BMW M3 10 Sweden Nettan Lindgren 1–3, 5–6
91 Sweden Peggen Andersson 1–3, 6
BMW Team Listerine BMW M3 11 England Will Hoy M All
12 England Ray Bellm M All
R&D Motorsport BMW 318is 13 Scotland Angus MacKay 1–2
Scotland Alistair Lyall 4, 7, 13
ACE Motorsport Peugeot 405 Mi16 17 England Andrew MacKenzie 7, 10
Judge Developments Ford Sierra RS500 19 England Dennis Leech 1–4
Moto-Build Rover 216GTi 20 England Grahame Davis 1–2, 7, 10
Brodie Brittain Racing Ford Sierra Sapphire 21 England Dave Brodie 10–13
BMW Team Finance BMW M3 22 England Jonathan Palmer M All
44 England Steve Soper M 1, 3, 7–10, 12
England Tim Sugden M 2, 5–6, 11, 13
Germany Christian Danner M 4
Nissan Janspeed Racing Nissan Primera eGT 23 England Kieth O'dor M 2–13
24 England Julian Bailey M 11–13
Drambuie Racing BMW M3 45 Scotland Ian Forrest All
HWR Motorsport Vauxhall Belmont 58 England Jeff Wilson 9, 11, 13
England Tony Bardy 12
BRR Motorsport BMW M3 59 England Ian Flux 1, 3–5, 13
England Val Musetti 11
Auto Trader Techspeed Team BMW M3 66 England Nick Whale 1–5, 8–9, 11–13
Scotland David Leslie 7
77 England Nick Baird 1–5, 7–8, 12–13
England Matt Neal 9, 11
England John Llewellyn 10
John Maguire Racing Mitsubishi Lancer 88 England Mark Hales M 1–5
Mitsubishi Galant 8–13
Graham Goode Racing Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 99 England Andy Middlehurst All
Icon Class
M Manufacturer

Race calendar and winners[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 R1 Silverstone Circuit (National) 1 April England Steve Soper England Will Hoy England Will Hoy BMW Team Listerine
2 R2 Snetterton Circuit 14 April Scotland John Cleland England Will Hoy England Will Hoy BMW Team Listerine
3 R3 Donington Park (Grand Prix) 28 April England Steve Soper Scotland John Cleland England Steve Soper BMW Team Finance
4 R4 Thruxton 27 May England Will Hoy England Will Hoy Scotland John Cleland Vauxhall Sport
5 R51 Silverstone Circuit (National) 9 June England Tim Sugden England Andy Rouse England John Cleland Vauxhall Sport
6 R6 Brands Hatch (Indy) 30 June England Tim Sugden England Will Hoy England Tim Sugden BMW Team Finance
7 R7 Silverstone Circuit (Grand Prix) 14 July England Steve Soper England Steve Soper England Steve Soper BMW Team Finance
8 R8 Donington Park (National) 28 July Scotland John Cleland England Andy Rouse England Andy Rouse Kaliber ICS Team Toyota
R9 England Ray Bellm England Andy Rouse Kaliber ICS Team Toyota
9 R10 Oulton Park (International) 11 August Scotland John Cleland England Gary Ayles England John Cleland Vauxhall Sport
10 R11 Brands Hatch (Indy) 26 August England Andy Rouse England Andy Rouse England Andy Rouse Kaliber ICS Team Toyota
R12 England Ray Bellm England Will Hoy BMW Team Listerine
11 R13 Donington Park (Grand Prix) 15 September Scotland John Cleland Scotland John Cleland Scotland John Cleland Vauxhall Sport
12 R14 Thruxton 22 September England Jonathan Palmer England Tim Harvey England Steve Soper BMW Team Finance
13 R15 Silverstone Circuit (Grand Prix) 6 October England Andy Rouse England Tim Harvey England Tim Harvey BMW Team Labatt's
  1. ^ – Race was stopped after 10 laps due to heavy rain. The race was not restarted and no points were awarded.

Championship results[edit]

Drivers Championship[edit]

Pos Driver SIL
England
SNE
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
BRH
England
SIL
England
DON
England
OUL
England
BRH
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 England Will Hoy 1 1 Ret 3 3 2 2 Ret DNS 2 2 1 3 Ret 5 155
2 Scotland John Cleland 3 9 2 1 1 12 6 3 10 1 4 3 1 8 9 132
3 England Andy Rouse 5 3 9 8 4 3 7 1 1 4 1 Ret Ret 4 2 115
4 England Steve Soper 18 1 1 2 Ret 3 6 Ret 1 96
5 England Ray Bellm 6 2 6 7 5 7 4 6 2 6 14 Ret 4 5 6 90
6 England Jeff Allam 2 4 5 2 2 5 8 5 Ret Ret 8 Ret 6 10 8 80
7 England Jonathan Palmer 7 Ret Ret 6 11 6 5 4 3 5 7 6 Ret 2 21 66
8 England Tim Harvey 10 7 DSQ 4 7 4 3 Ret 6 7 Ret 5 2 Ret 1 421
9 England Andy Middlehurst 4 Ret 13 Ret 10 Ret 16 7 7 8 11 4 8 7 3 41
10 England Tim Sugden Ret 12 1 5 Ret 32
11 England Robb Gravett 20 13 Ret 14 18 9 Ret 9 4 9 5 2 7 9 13 28
12 England Frank Sytner DNS 5 3 Ret 6 8 10 Ret DNS 9 7 Ret 26
13 England Laurence Bristow Ret 6 7 12 16 10 11 8 5 Ret Ret DNS Ret 7 20
14 England Gary Ayles 9 DSQ 4 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret 3 DNS 14 Ret 10 19
15 Germany Armin Hahne 3 12
16 Scotland David Leslie 9 4 12
17 England Kieth O'dor Ret Ret 11 13 15 Ret 10 8 10 Ret Ret 9 6 11 10
18 Germany Christian Danner 5 8
19 Sweden Peggen Andersson 8 8 12 11 6
20 England Dennis Leech 16 14 8 Ret 3
21 England Nick Baird 11 Ret 15 9 14 12 12 9 DNS 17 2
22 England Ian Flux 13 Ret 10 9 14 1
23 England Mark Hales 17 10 16 16 DNS 14 Ret 14 13 Ret Ret 11 Ret 1
24 Sweden Nettan Lindgren 19 Ret 10 13 14 1
25 England Nick Whale 14 12 14 13 17 11 Ret 11 10 12 19 1
26 England John Llewellyn 10 Ret 0
27 Scotland Ian Forrest 12 11 11 15 15 14 15 13 NC 12 12 Ret 12 13 22 0
28 England Jeff Wilson 13 11 Ret 0
29 England Julian Bailey Ret Ret 12 0
30 England Matt Neal 13 Ret DNS 0
31 England Valentino Musetti 13 0
32 Scotland Angus MacKay 15 15 0
33 England Dave Brodie Ret DNS DNS Ret 15 0
34 England Bob Berridge Ret 16 0
35 England Andrew MacKenzie 17 DNS DNS 0
36 Scotland Alistair Lyall DNS Ret 18 0
37 England Godfrey Hall 20 0
England Grahame Davis DNS DNS DNS Ret DNS 0
England Sean Walker DNS 0
England Tony Bardy DNS 0
England Alistair Fenwick DNS 0
Pos Driver SIL
England
SNE
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
BRH
England
SIL
England
DON
England
OUL
England
BRH
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)
  • Note: bold signifies pole position, italics signifies fastest lap.
  1. ^ – Tim Harvey was docked 48 points in round 3 for not keeping within the limits of noise regulations.

† Race was stopped early due to heavy rain, and no points were awarded. Note: Most fastest laps are unknown.

Manufacturers Championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer SIL
England
SNE
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
BRH
England
SIL
England
DON
England
OUL
England
BRH
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 BMW / BMW Team Listerine/BMW Team Labatt's/BMW Team Finance 1 1 1 3 3 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 134
2 Vauxhall / Vauxhall Sport 2 4 2 1 1 5 6 3 10 1 4 3 1 8 8 116
3 Toyota / Kaliber ICS Team Toyota 5 3 4 8 4 3 7 1 1 4 1 Ret 14 4 2 111
4 Ford / Trakstar Motorsport/Graham Goode Racing/Judge Developments 4 13 8 14 10 9 16 7 4 8 5 2 7 7 3 102
5 Nissan / Nissan Janspeed Racing Ret Ret 11 13 15 Ret 10 8 10 Ret Ret 9 6 11 53
6 Mitsubishi / John Maguire Racing 17 10 16 16 DNS 14 Ret 14 13 Ret Ret 11 Ret 45
Pos Manufacturer SIL
England
SNE
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
BRH
England
SIL
England
DON
England
OUL
England
BRH
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
Pts