1993 British Touring Car Championship season

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1993 BTCC season
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The 1993 Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship season was 36th British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season.

Season summary[edit]

At the end of 1992 BMW GB withdrew from the championship after the rules had been changed in a direction which BMW felt disadvantaged them. Prodrive, which had run the works operation for BMW, picked up their now famous Subaru contract to build rally cars, while Vic Lee Motorsport was liquidated after owner Vic Lee’s drug scandal. The assets of the team were taken over by Steve Neal and Ray Bellm, who picked up personnel from Euroracing’s discontinued sports car effort and merged it into Neal’s Rimstock Racing outfit, creating Team Dynamics. Bellm would sell his share in the team later in the year, leaving Steve Neal as the only owner. The team started the 1993 season with three 1992-spec 318iS cars piloted by Matt Neal, Ray Bellm and Alex Portman, later dropping down to two.
Only weeks after BMW GB withdrew from BTCC BMW withdrew their Schnitzer Motorsport-run works operation from the German DTM championship, also there because of their disagreement with new rules. With few other series to contest in Schnitzer Motorsport were sent over by BMW to the British championship along with works drivers Steve Soper and Joachim Winkelhock.
Andy Rouse had lost his Toyota contract to famous Toyota tuners TOM'S Norfolk-based European arm known as Tom’s GB, who had previously run Group A Toyotas in BTCC in the eighties. Andy Rouse’s seat was taken over by Julian Bailey, and the new shape Carina E GTi replaced the older model. Toyota also supported a junior team run by Park Lane Racing, who would run two older shape Carinas for James Kaye and Bobby Verdon-Roe. Rouse himself had landed a Ford works deal, but the new Mondeo would not appear until after the season had started.
Vauxhall retained their John Cleland / Jeff Allam line-up in the Vauxhall Cavalier and their Ecurie Ecosse semi-works team; at Ecurie Ecosse David Leslie retained his seat and was after a few races joined by fellow Scotsman Harry Nuttall. Peugeot added Eugene O’Brien and Ian Flux to Robb Gravett for a three-car line-up in the Peugeot 405 Mi16 (with Flux’ car being run by Roy Kennedy Racing); Nissan ran three cars for Keith O'Dor, Win Percy and Tiff Needell, and Mazda returned with Patrick Watts in a brand new Xedos 6. Renault was the new manufacturer to join the championship with Alain Menu and reigning champion Tim Harvey as their drivers in the Renault 19 16v

The season started at Silverstone, where Steve Soper led team-mate Joachim Winkelhock home for a dominating BMW one-two. The second round at Donington Park was the support race for the European Grand Prix. The race was hit by torrential rain, and thanks to Michelin (whose wet-weather tyres were far superior to the ones of the other tire manufacturers) Renault was able to claim a one-two finish, Tim Harvey winning the race ahead of Alain Menu. It soon became apparent that Renault’s pace was tied to conditions, as they struggled to match the championship’s privateers in the dry.

A start line crash at the next round at Snetterton forced a red flag, and five cars failed to make the restart. The race would be won by Soper, with Julian Bailey in second and David Leslie in third. Winkelhock then took the victory at Round 4 at Donington Park ahead of Jeff Allam and Steve Soper. Winkelhock then took a commanding victory at Oulton Park, and as Steve Soper had gone off into a tyre wall and forced into retirement Winkelhock now took the championship lead by two points.

Brands Hatch hosted the first double header of the season. Winkelhock was at the centre of controversy when he shunted David Leslie out of the lead to take the win. Keith O’Dor finished second and Will Hoy third. Leslie was not amused, commenting that Winkelhock had not had any opportunity whatsoever to pull the pass off. Winkelhock apologized, saying he was a lot faster than Leslie in that corner but that there had been a bit of a misunderstanding when he tried his move. Winkelhock then led the second race when he made a mistake going into Clearways and went off into the Armco barrier and retirement. Will Hoy then went off at the same place, but ended up a bit further to the right and into the tires that covered some of the barriers at that corner. With both of his major contenders out Soper could take an easy win ahead of O’Dor and Jeff Allam.

The BTCC then headed to Wales for Round 8 at Pembrey, where Ford made its debut. Winkelhock won the race with Hoy in second and Soper in third. At the next round at Silverstone Toyota appeared to be heading home a one-two finish for Will Hoy and Julian Bailey. An over-ambitious move from Bailey however put Hoy on his roof and forced Bailey himself into retirement. It was instead Keith O’Dor who took his and Nissan’s first BTCC victory. To make it a perfect day for Nissan his teammate Win Percy finished second in a drag race over the line with Paul Radisich, who took the returning Ford team’s first podium.

Knockhill held the next double header of the season. A race long battle between Vauxhall driver John Cleland and Toyota driver Julian Bailey saw Cleland finally come out on top, with Will Hoy finishing in third. Further back, Soper lost valuable points when he was pushed off by Radisich in the Ford. Luckily for him Winkelhock was not able to start the second race due to clutch problems. It was now Bailey’s turn to win a race, finishing ahead of Cleland and Hoy. The Renault team decided to skip the Scottish meeting and focus on developing their car.

Oulton Park hosted Round 12 which was the Gold Cup, and Renault’s car updates appeared to have paid off. Both cars qualified and finished much better than before, Menu taking fourth. Up front Winkelhock led from start to finish while Soper was second ahead of Cleland.
Round 13 took place at Brands Hatch and Winkelhock and Leslie clashed again. First Winkelhock barged past Leslie to take second, and when Leslie attempted to retake the place he pushed Winkelhock into a spin. Both drivers dropped down the field while Radisich won the race from Soper and Peugeot driver Robb Gravett; Soper was however later penalised one position because of his rather forceful move on Gravett on the last lap to take second.

Leslie then finally won a race when the series visited Thruxton. Ford was second and third with Radisich and Andy Rouse, while a sixth place from Soper closed the gap between him and Winkelhock to twelve points.

Donington Park hosted the penultimate weekend of the championship and the last double header meeting. Radisich dominated the first race and won it by more than ten seconds, while wet weather conditions enabled Renault to finish second and third. A puncture had forced Soper to retire, and with Winkelhock finishing fifth the German now had the chance to take the title in the second race. Menu then won Race 2 from Radisich and Winkelhock, but as Soper finished fifth the championship would be decided in the final round at Silverstone.

At Silverstone the race was red flagged following an accident involving Robb Gravett’s Peugeot. Will Hoy led away in the Toyota after the restart, but was later passed by both Paul Radisich and Andy Rouse, who took a one-two finish for Ford. Hoy held on to third, and while Steve Soper finished ahead of Winkelhock he did not get the result he needed and it was Joachim Winkelhock who won the 1993 British Touring Car Championship. Despite missing the first part of the season Paul Radisich finished third in the championship, with John Cleland in fourth and Julian Bailey in fifth.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
Renault Dealer Racing Renault 19 1 England Tim Harvey M 1–8, 10–14
19 Switzerland Alain Menu M 1–8, 10–14
Team Securicor Toyota Toyota Carina E 2 England Will Hoy M All
21 England Julian Bailey M All
Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Cavalier 3 Scotland John Cleland M All
4 England Jeff Allam M All
Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Si 5 England Andy Rouse M 7–14
15 New Zealand Paul Radisich M 7–14
BMW Motorsport Team BMW 318i 6 England Steve Soper M All
22 Germany Joachim Winkelhock M All
Park Lane Toyota Junior Team Toyota Carina E 10 England James Kaye M 1–8, 10, 12–14
20 England Bobby Verdon-Roe M All
Team Dynamics BMW 318is 11 England Ray Bellm I 2–4, 6–8
England Andy Wallace I 5
13 England Matt Neal I 1–11
27 England Alex Portman I 1–6, 8–14
BMW 318i 77 England Matt Neal I 12–14
Pinkney Motorsport BMW 318is 12 England Dave Pinkney I 1–8, 11
RKR with Silkolene at Halfords Peugeot 405 Mi16 14 England Ian Flux M All
Tamchester Team Maxted Vauxhall Cavalier 16 England Ian Ashley I 1–8, 10–14
17 England Ian Khan I All
Nissan Castrol Racing Nissan Primera eGT 23 England Kieth O'dor M All
24 England Win Percy M 1–4, 6–14
34 England Tiff Needell M 5–9, 11
Peggen Motorsport BMW M3 25 Sweden Peggen Andersson I 1–2
Jim Wheals Ford Sierra Sapphire 26 England Jim Wheals I 3
Asquith Autosport Mazda 323F 32 England Ian Cantwell I 1–3, 6, 8
Bob Berridge Ford Sierra Sapphire 35 England Bob Berridge I 6, 8, 10–14
Peugeot Talbot Sport Peugeot 405 Mi16 45 England Robb Gravett M All
46 England Eugene O'Brien M All
Mazda Racing Team Mazda Xedos 6 66 England Patrick Watts M All
Ecurie Ecosse Vauxhall Vauxhall Cavalier 78 England Tiff Needell M 2
England Harry Nuttall M 3–14
79 Scotland David Leslie M All
80 England Chris Goodwin I 11, 14
Icon Class
M Manufacturer
I Independent

TOCA Shootout[edit]

Entrants[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class
Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Si 5 England Nigel Mansell M
15 New Zealand Paul Radisich M
BMW Motorsport Team BMW 318i 6 England Steve Soper M
Park Lane Toyota Junior Team Toyota Carina E 8 England Derek Warwick M
Team Dynamics BMW 318i 11 England Matt Neal I
BMW 318is 27 England Alex Portman I
77 England Chris Rea I
Pinkney Motorsport BMW 318is 12 England Dave Pinkney I
Colin Davids Racing Vauxhall Cavalier 16 England Ian Ashley I
Tamchester Team Maxted Vauxhall Cavalier 17 England Ian Khan I
Thenander Motorsport BMW 318is 30 Sweden Bengt Thenander I
Petroline BMW 318i 33 Netherlands Klaas Zwart I
Peugeot Talbot Sport Peugeot 405 Mi16 45 England Robb Gravett M
46 England Dave Coyne M
Mazda Racing Team Mazda Xedos 6 66 England Patrick Watts M
Ecurie Ecosse Vauxhall Vauxhall Cavalier 78 England Tiff Needell M
79 Scotland David Leslie M
80 England Hayden Measham M
Icon Class
M Manufacturer
I Independent

Results[edit]

TOCA Shootout
Pos. Driver
1 Scotland David Leslie
2 New Zealand Paul Radisich
3 England Steve Soper
4 England Robb Gravett
5 England Dave Coyne
6 England Tiff Needell
7 England Ian Ashley
NC England Matt Neal
NC England Nigel Mansell
NC Sweden Bengt Thenander
NC England Ian Khan
NC England Hayden Measham
NC England David Pinkney
NC England Derek Warwick
NC England Chris Rea
NC Netherlands Klaas Zwart
NC England Patrick Watts
NC England Alex Portman

Race calendar and winners[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Privateer
1 R1 England Silverstone (National), Northamptonshire 28 March England Steve Soper Germany Joachim Winkelhock England Steve Soper BMW Motorsport Team England Matt Neal
2 R2 England Donington Park (GP), Leicestershire 12 April England Steve Soper England Tim Harvey England Tim Harvey Renault Dealer Racing England Ian Cantwell
3 R3 England Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk 3 May England Patrick Watts Germany Joachim Winkelhock England Steve Soper BMW Motorsport Team England Ian Ashley
4 R4 England Donington Park (GP), Leicestershire 16 May Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Motorsport Team England Matt Neal
5 R5 England Oulton Park, Cheshire 31 May Scotland John Cleland Scotland John Cleland Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Motorsport Team England Ian Ashley
6 R6 England Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 13 June Scotland David Leslie England Keith O'Dor Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Motorsport Team England Ray Bellm
R7 Germany Joachim Winkelhock England Steve Soper BMW Motorsport Team England Ray Bellm
7 R8 Wales Pembrey Circuit, Carmarthenshire 27 June Scotland David Leslie Scotland David Leslie Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Motorsport Team England Ian Khan
8 R9 England Silverstone (GP), Northamptonshire 11 July England Keith O'Dor England Patrick Watts England Keith O'Dor Nissan Castrol Racing England Ian Khan
9 R10 Scotland Knockhill Racing Circuit, Fife 25 July England Julian Bailey England Jeff Allam Scotland John Cleland Vauxhall Sport England Matt Neal
R11 England Julian Bailey England Julian Bailey Team Securicor Toyota England Alex Portman
10 R12 England Oulton Park, Cheshire 8 August Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Motorsport Team England Alex Portman
11 R13 England Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 22 August Scotland David Leslie Germany Joachim Winkelhock New Zealand Paul Radisich Team Mondeo England Ian Khan
12 R14 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 30 August Scotland David Leslie Scotland David Leslie Scotland David Leslie Ecurie Ecosse Vauxhall England Matt Neal
13 R15 England Donington Park (GP), Leicestershire 12 September New Zealand Paul Radisich England Tim Harvey New Zealand Paul Radisich Team Mondeo England Alex Portman
R16 New Zealand Paul Radisich Switzerland Alain Menu Renault Dealer Racing England Ian Ashley
14 R17 England Silverstone (National), Northamptonshire 19 September New Zealand Paul Radisich New Zealand Paul Radisich New Zealand Paul Radisich Team Mondeo England Ian Khan

Championship results[edit]

Drivers Championship[edit]

Pos Driver SIL
England
DON
England
SNE
England
DON
England
OUL
England
BHI
England
PEM
Wales
SIL
England
KNO
Scotland
OUL
England
BHI
England
THR
England
DON
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 Germany Joachim Winkelhock 2 Ret 5 1 1 1 Ret 1 4 3 DNS 1 20 14 5 3 8 163
2 England Steve Soper 1 3 1 3 Ret 4 1 3 Ret 12 8 2 3 6 Ret 5 5 150
3 New Zealand Paul Radisich 8 3 5 5 Ret 1 2 1 2 1 110
4 Scotland John Cleland 3 4 10 7 2 Ret 5 7 6 1 2 3 12 8 Ret 6 7 102
5 England Julian Bailey Ret 7 2 5 15 6 9 4 Ret 2 1 5 7 7 7 17 6 88
6 England Kieth O'Dor Ret 5 DNS 9 4 2 2 5 1 7 11 10 5 11 8 11 11 82
7 England Will Hoy 4 Ret 4 6 Ret 3 14 2 Ret 10 3 Ret 4 10 16 16 3 79
8 Scotland David Leslie Ret Ret 3 8 Ret 18 6 Ret 5 9 7 7 13 1 4 8 4 72
9 England Jeff Allam 5 6 DNS 2 3 7 3 10 18 6 6 6 15 13 11 12 9 67
10 Switzerland Alain Menu 10 2 Ret 13 Ret 15 Ret Ret 8 4 9 9 2 1 Ret 57
11 England Andy Rouse Ret Ret 16 10 Ret 6 3 DSQ 4 2 41
12 England Win Percy 7 Ret 8 11 5 4 9 2 DNS DNS 18 11 Ret 10 7 Ret 38
13 England Robb Gravett Ret Ret 7 14 DNS DSQ 16 11 9 Ret DNS Ret 2 4 17 13 DNS 34
14 England Tim Harvey 11 1 Ret 16 Ret 11 8 Ret Ret Ret 14 16 3 Ret 15 31
15 England Patrick Watts 6 Ret DNS 4 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 4 4 Ret 8 12 Ret DNS 12 29
16 England Eugene O'Brien Ret Ret 13 Ret 5 12 11 Ret Ret 8 Ret 9 10 5 6 15 Ret 23
17 England Harry Nuttall 16 15 8 Ret DNS 6 7 11 9 8 Ret 15 9 Ret 13 16
18 England Ian Flux 9 8 11 10 6 9 7 14 Ret 15 13 11 Ret 18 Ret 10 18 14
19 England Bobby Verdon-Roe 14 Ret 6 12 7 8 15 15 12 Ret Ret 13 17 17 Ret DNS Ret 11
20 England Matt Neal 8 Ret DNS 17 Ret 14 Ret 18 13 14 15 16 18 19 13 14 17 3
21 England James Kaye 13 11 9 Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret 10 DNS DNS 12 20 14 Ret 14 3
22 England Ian Cantwell 12 9 Ret Ret 17 DNQ 16 2
23 England Ian Ashley Ret 12 12 Ret 9 17 13 13 17 17 21 Ret 15 9 19 2
24 England Ian Khan 15 10 17 Ret 14 Ret DNS 12 11 18 Ret 15 16 21 DNS 18 16 1
25 England Alex Portman Ret Ret 15 19 10 16 Ret DNQ Ret 17 14 14 Ret 22 12 Ret 21 1
26 England Chris Goodwin Ret 10 1
27 England Tiff Needell Ret 12 Ret 10 19 Ret 13 12 Ret 0
28 England Andy Wallace 11 0
29 England Ray Bellm Ret DNS 18 13 12 17 14 0
30 England David Pinkney Ret 13 14 Ret 13 Ret Ret 16 15 19 0
31 England Bob Berridge Ret DNS Ret Ret DSQ Ret 18 Ret 20 0
Sweden Peggen Andersson Ret Ret 0
England Jim Wheals Ret 0
Pos Driver SIL
England
DON
England
SNE
England
DON
England
OUL
England
BHI
England
PEM
Wales
SIL
England
KNO
Scotland
OUL
England
BHI
England
THR
England
DON
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.

TOCA Challenge for Privateers[edit]

Pos Driver SIL
England
DON
England
SNE
England
DON
England
OUL
England
BHI
England
PEM
Wales
SIL
England
KNO
Scotland
OUL
England
BHI
England
THR
England
DON
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 England Matt Neal 8 Ret DNS 17 Ret 14 Ret 18 13 14 15 16 18 19 13 14 17 194
2 England Ian Khan 15 10 17 Ret 14 Ret DNS 12 11 18 Ret 15 16 21 DNS 18 16 192
3 England Ian Ashley Ret 12 12 Ret 9 17 13 13 17 17 21 Ret 15 9 19 148
4 England Alex Portman Ret Ret 15 19 10 16 Ret DNQ Ret 17 14 14 Ret 22 12 Ret 21 125
5 England David Pinkney Ret 13 14 Ret 13 Ret Ret 16 15 19 70
6 England Ray Bellm Ret DNS 18 13 12 17 14 64
7 England Ian Cantwell 12 9 Ret Ret 17 DNQ 16 56
8 England Bob Berridge Ret DNS Ret Ret DSQ Ret 18 Ret 20 15
9 England Andy Wallace 11 12
Sweden Peggen Andersson Ret Ret 0
England Jim Wheals Ret 0
Pos Driver SIL
England
DON
England
SNE
England
DON
England
OUL
England
BHI
England
PEM
Wales
SIL
England
KNO
Scotland
OUL
England
BHI
England
THR
England
DON
England
SIL
England
Pts

Manufacturers Championship[edit]

Pos Driver SIL
England
DON
England
SNE
England
DON
England
OUL
England
BHI
England
PEM
Wales
SIL
England
KNO
Scotland
OUL
England
BHI
England
THR
England
DON
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 BMW / BMW Motorsport Team 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 8 1 3 6 5 3 5 251
2 Vauxhall / Vauxhall Sport/Ecurie Eccose 3 4 3 2 2 7 3 6 5 1 2 3 12 1 4 6 4 198
3 Toyota / Team Securicor Toyota 4 7 2 5 15 3 9 2 Ret 2 1 5 4 7 7 16 3 159
4 Nissan / Nissan Castrol Racing 7 5 8 9 4 2 2 5 1 7 11 10 5 11 8 7 11 138
5 Ford / Team Mondeo 8 3 5 5 Ret 1 2 1 2 1 122
6 Peugeot / Peugeot Sport/Roy Kennedy Racing 9 8 7 10 5 9 7 11 9 8 13 9 2 4 6 10 18 111
7 Renault / Renault Dealer Racing 10 1 Ret 13 Ret 11 8 Ret 8 4 9 9 2 1 15 93
8 Mazda / Mazda Racing Team 6 Ret DNS 4 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 4 4 Ret 8 12 Ret DNS 12 51
Pos Driver SIL
England
DON
England
SNE
England
DON
England
OUL
England
BHI
England
PEM
Wales
SIL
England
KNO
Scotland
OUL
England
BHI
England
THR
England
DON
England
SIL
England
Pts

External links[edit]