1997 British Touring Car Championship season

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1997 BTCC season
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The 1997 Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship was won by Alain Menu of the Williams Renault Dealer Racing team, driving a Renault Laguna. The runner up was Frank Biela of Audi Sport UK in an Audi A4 Quattro. Third place was Menu's teammate, Jason Plato. In the independent class the championship was won by Robb Gravett in a Honda Accord.

Entry List[edit]

BTCC[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
Audi Sport UK Audi A4 quattro 1 Germany Frank Biela M All
7 England John Bintcliffe M All
Williams Renault Dealer Racing Renault Laguna 2 Switzerland Alain Menu M All
22 England Jason Plato M All
Volvo S40 Racing Volvo S40 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell M All
11 England Kelvin Burt M All
Vodafone Nissan Racing Nissan Primera GT 4 Scotland David Leslie M All
23 Scotland Anthony Reid M All
Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Vectra 8 Scotland John Cleland M All
88 England Derek Warwick M All
Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo 9 England Will Hoy M All
15 New Zealand Paul Radisich M All
Team Honda Sport Honda Accord 10 England James Thompson M All
20 Italy Gabriele Tarquini M All
Esso Ultron Team Peugeot Peugeot 406 12 England Tim Harvey M All
14 England Patrick Watts M All
Brookes Motorsport Peugeot 406 17 England Lee Brookes I All
Janco Motorsport Opel Vectra 18 Sweden Jan Brunstedt I 2
Team DCRS BMW 318i 19 Scotland Colin Gallie I All
Mint Motorsport Vauxhall Cavalier 25 England Jamie Wall I All
ProMotor Sport Vauxhall Cavalier 28 England Ian Heward I 6, 9–10, 12
Rock-It Cargo Honda Accord 29 England Robb Gravett I 2–12
Team Dynamics Ford Mondeo 77 England Matt Neal I 1–5
Nissan Primera eGT 6–12
Icon Class
M Manufacturer
I Independent

RAC Tourist Trophy[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class
Williams Renault Dealer Racing Renault Laguna 1 Switzerland Alain Menu M
3 England Jason Plato M
Audi Sport UK Audi A4 quattro 2 Germany Frank Biela M
7 England John Bintcliffe M
Audi A4 18 France Yvan Muller M
Volvo S40 Racing Volvo S40 4 Sweden Rickard Rydell M
14 Germany Armin Hahne M
Vodafone Nissan Racing Nissan Primera GT 8 Scotland David Leslie M
11 Scotland Anthony Reid M
17 England Paula Cook M
Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Vectra 12 Scotland John Cleland M
Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo 15 New Zealand Paul Radisich M
16 England Will Hoy M
Team Honda Sport Honda Accord 21 New Zealand Aaron Slight M
22 Northern Ireland Jonny Kane M
Abt Sportsline Audi A4 quattro 23 Germany Christian Abt I
24 Denmark Kris Nissen I
Mint Motorsport Vauxhall Cavalier 25 England Tim Sugden I
Janco Motorsport Opel Vectra 27 Sweden Jan Brunstedt I
Tord Linnerud Opel Vectra 28 Norway Tord Linnerud I
Team Dynamics Ford Mondeo 77 England Matt Neal I
Nissan Primera eGT 78 Sweden Kari Mäkinen I
Icon Class
M Manufacturer
I Independent

Calendar[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Independent
1 R1 England Donington Park (Grand Prix), Leicestershire 31 March England Jason Plato Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing Scotland Colin Gallie
R2 England Jason Plato Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing Scotland Colin Gallie
2 R3 England Silverstone Circuit (International), Northamptonshire 20 April England Jason Plato England Jason Plato Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Robb Gravett
R4 Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Robb Gravett
3 R5 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 5 May Switzerland Alain Menu England James Thompson Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK England Matt Neal
R6 Switzerland Alain Menu England James Thompson Italy Gabriele Tarquini Team Honda Sport England Matt Neal
4 R7 England Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 18 May Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Robb Gravett
R8 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Switzerland Alain Menu England James Thompson Team Honda Sport England Robb Gravett
5 R9 England Oulton Park (Fosters), Cheshire 26 May Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing Scotland Colin Gallie
R10 Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Lee Brookes
6 R11 England Donington Park (National), Leicestershire 15 June Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK England Lee Brookes
R12 Switzerland Alain Menu Italy Gabriele Tarquini Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Lee Brookes
7 R13 England Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire 29 June Switzerland Alain Menu1 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Matt Neal
R14 Switzerland Alain Menu1 Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Lee Brookes
8 R15 Scotland Knockhill Racing Circuit, Fife 3 August England John Bintcliffe Germany Frank Biela England John Bintcliffe Audi Sport UK England Robb Gravett
R16 Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK England Robb Gravett
9 R17 England Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, Norfolk 10 August Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Lee Brookes
R18 Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu England Jason Plato Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Matt Neal
10 R19 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 25 August Sweden Rickard Rydell Italy Gabriele Tarquini England John Bintcliffe Audi Sport UK England Lee Brookes
R20 England James Thompson Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK England Lee Brookes
11 R21 England Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 7 September Germany Frank Biela2 Scotland Anthony Reid Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK England Lee Brookes
R22 Scotland Anthony Reid3 Sweden Rickard Rydell Sweden Rickard Rydell Volvo S40 Racing England Lee Brookes
12 R23 England Silverstone Circuit (International), Northamptonshire 21 September England Jason Plato Scotland Anthony Reid Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Matt Neal
R24 Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu England Jason Plato Williams Renault Dealer Racing England Matt Neal

1Qualifying cancelled. Grids set by championship standings.
2Qualifying cancelled. Grid set by fastest times in Sunday warm-up.
3Qualifying cancelled. Grid set by fastest laps in race 1.

Drivers Championship[edit]

Note: bold signifies pole position (1 point awarded all races), italics signifies fastest lap.
Drivers top 20 results count towards the championship.

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th  Pole Position
15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
Pos. Driver DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
KNO
Scotland
SNE
England
THR
England
BHI
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 Switzerland Alain Menu 1 1 1 1 3 3 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 Ret 1 2 17 2 3 3 1 2 281
2 Germany Frank Biela Ret 3 7 Ret 1 Ret 9 6 3 Ret 1 3 4 17 2 1 3 9 2 1 1 5 8 15 171
3 England Jason Plato 2 Ret 10 3 Ret 7 3 5 2 4 4 Ret 2 4 Ret 5 4 1 7 6 2 Ret 3 1 170
4 Sweden Rickard Rydell Ret 2 2 2 5 5 7 16 6 3 5 7 3 9 4 7 5 5 Ret 7 15 1 18 7 137
5 England James Thompson Ret 6 Ret 9 6 Ret 2 1 Ret 2 6 11 5 2 6 Ret 2 4 3 3 Ret Ret 7 4 132
6 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 7 4 5 15 2 1 6 2 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 7 3 Ret 3 4 4 Ret 7 4 3 130
7 England John Bintcliffe 5 5 Ret Ret 4 8 Ret 12 4 5 3 4 9 6 1 2 12 11 1 5 4 11 11 Ret 119
8 Scotland David Leslie 4 11 3 Ret 7 11 4 3 10 6 9 Ret Ret 3 11 Ret 9 6 8 10 6 8 6 6 87
9 England Tim Harvey 10 Ret 11 4 9 2 Ret 10 Ret 8 7 2 10 7 14 9 8 15 6 13 5 9 13 Ret 66
10 England Kelvin Burt 3 9 4 Ret Ret 13 8 8 9 Ret 8 Ret 12 12 8 4 Ret 8 Ret 16 14 6 5 8 60
11 Scotland Anthony Reid Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 4 5 14 7 Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 5 Ret Ret 10 13 Ret Ret 2 2 Ret 56
12 Scotland John Cleland 11 Ret 6 6 14 9 11 9 5 12 12 8 6 5 10 6 7 16 19 11 13 12 12 11 44
13 New Zealand Paul Radisch 6 7 Ret Ret 10 10 Ret 7 8 7 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 6 Ret 14 12 Ret 4 10 5 41
14 England Derek Warwick 9 8 8 5 15 6 10 11 11 Ret Ret 10 7 10 9 13 11 Ret 9 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 33
15 England Will Hoy Ret DNS 12 7 11 12 DSQ 17 DNS DNS 13 9 8 Ret 12 14 10 7 5 9 7 Ret Ret 10 27
16 England Patrick Watts 8 Ret 9 8 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 10 5 11 16 18 8 Ret Ret 12 Ret 8 10 9 9 26
17 England Lee Brookes Ret Ret 14 11 Ret DNS 13 15 16 9 14 12 NC 13 17 15 13 Ret 10 14 9 13 15 16 5
18 England Robb Gravett 13 10 16 16 12 13 14 13 17 Ret 15 14 13 10 14 13 16 Ret 10 14 16 14 3
19 Scotland Colin Gallie 12 10 15 12 17 15 DNS DNS 12 10 15 15 16 15 15 11 15 14 15 17 11 15 17 13 2
20 England Jamie Wall 13 Ret 16 13 18 17 14 Ret 13 11 18 14 14 Ret 16 12 Ret DNS 18 15 12 17 19 17 0
21 England Matt Neal Ret 12 Ret DNS 13 14 15 DNS 15 14 16 13 13 Ret Ret DNS Ret 12 11 Ret Ret 16 14 12 0
22 Sweden Jan Brunstedt 17 14 0
23 England Ian Heward Ret 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Privateers' Championship
1 England Robb Gravett 13 10 16 16 12 13 14 13 17 Ret 15 14 13 10 14 13 16 Ret 10 14 16 14 236
2 England Lee Brookes Ret Ret 14 11 Ret DNS 13 15 16 9 14 12 NC 13 17 15 13 Ret 10 14 9 13 15 16 225
3 Scotland Colin Gallie 12 10 15 12 17 15 DNS DNS 12 10 15 15 16 15 15 11 15 14 15 17 11 15 17 13 225
4 England Jamie Wall 13 Ret 16 13 18 17 14 Ret 13 11 18 14 14 Ret 16 12 Ret DNS 18 15 12 17 19 17 168
5 England Matt Neal Ret 12 Ret DNS 13 14 15 DNS 15 14 16 13 13 Ret Ret DNS Ret 12 11 Ret Ret 16 14 12 166
6 Sweden Jan Brunstedt 17 14 12
7 England Ian Heward Ret 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 6
Pos. Driver DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
KNO
Scotland
SNE
England
THR
England
BHI
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)

Manufacturers Championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
KNO
Scotland
SNE
England
THR
England
BHI
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 Renault / Williams Renault Dealer Racing 1 1 1 1 3 3 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 5 1 1 7 2 2 3 1 1 278
2 Audi / Audi Sport UK 5 3 7 Ret 1 8 9 6 3 5 1 3 4 6 1 1 3 9 1 1 1 5 8 15 210
3 Honda / Team Honda Sport 7 4 5 9 2 1 2 1 Ret 2 6 6 5 2 6 3 2 3 3 3 Ret 7 4 3 209
4 Volvo / Volvo S40 Racing 3 2 2 2 5 5 7 8 6 3 5 7 3 9 4 4 5 5 Ret 7 14 1 5 7 191
5 Nissan / Vodafone Nissan Racing 4 11 3 Ret 7 4 4 3 7 6 9 Ret Ret 3 5 Ret 9 6 8 10 6 2 2 6 155
6 Peugeot / Esso Ultron Team Peugeot 8 Ret 9 4 9 2 Ret 10 Ret 8 7 2 10 7 14 8 8 15 6 13 5 9 9 9 118
7 Ford / Team Mondeo 6 7 12 7 10 10 Ret 7 8 7 13 9 8 11 12 14 6 7 5 9 7 4 10 5 113
8 Vauxhall / Vauxhall Sport 9 8 6 5 14 6 10 9 5 12 12 8 6 5 9 6 7 16 9 8 13 12 12 11 106
Pos Manufacturer DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
KNO
Scotland
SNE
England
THR
England
BHI
England
SIL
England
Pts

Teams Championship[edit]

Pos Team DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
KNO
Scotland
SNE
England
THR
England
BHI
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 Williams Renault Dealer Racing 1 1 1 1 3 3 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 5 1 1 7 2 2 3 1 1 422
2 Ret 10 3 Ret 7 3 5 2 4 4 Ret 2 4 Ret Ret 4 2 17 6 3 Ret 3 2
2 Audi Sport UK 5 3 7 Ret 1 8 9 6 3 5 1 3 4 6 1 1 3 9 1 1 1 5 8 15 283
Ret 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret 12 4 Ret 3 4 9 17 2 2 12 11 2 5 4 11 11 Ret
3 Team Honda Sport 7 4 5 9 2 1 2 1 Ret 2 6 6 5 2 6 3 2 3 3 3 Ret 7 4 3 254
Ret 6 Ret 15 6 Ret 6 2 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 4 4 4 Ret Ret 7 4
4 Volvo S40 Racing 3 2 2 2 5 5 7 8 6 3 5 7 3 9 4 4 5 5 Ret 7 14 1 5 7 191
Ret 9 4 Ret Ret 13 10 16 9 Ret 8 Ret 12 12 8 7 Ret 8 Ret 16 15 6 18 8
5 Vodafone Nissan Racing 4 11 3 Ret 7 4 4 3 7 6 9 Ret Ret 3 5 Ret 9 6 8 10 6 2 2 6 142
Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 11 5 14 10 Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 11 Ret Ret 10 13 Ret Ret 8 6 Ret
6 Esso Ultron Team Peugeot 8 Ret 9 4 9 2 Ret 10 Ret 8 7 2 10 7 14 8 8 15 6 13 5 9 9 9 92
10 Ret 11 8 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 10 5 11 16 18 9 Ret Ret 12 Ret 8 10 13 Ret
7 Vauxhall Sport 9 8 6 5 14 6 10 9 5 12 12 8 6 5 9 6 7 16 9 8 13 12 12 11 77
11 Ret 8 6 15 9 11 11 11 Ret Ret 10 7 10 10 13 11 Ret 19 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret
8 Team Mondeo 6 7 12 7 10 10 Ret 7 8 7 13 9 8 11 12 14 6 7 5 9 7 4 10 5 62
Ret DNS Ret Ret 11 12 DSQ 17 DNS DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 14 12 Ret Ret Ret 10
9 Brookes Motorsport Ret Ret 14 11 Ret DNS 13 15 16 9 14 12 NC 13 17 15 13 Ret 10 14 9 13 15 16 5
10 Rock-It Cargo 13 10 16 16 12 13 14 13 17 Ret 15 14 13 10 14 13 16 Ret 10 14 16 14 3
11 Team DCRS 12 10 15 12 17 15 DNS DNS 12 10 15 15 16 15 15 11 15 14 15 17 11 15 17 13 2
11 Mint Motorsport 13 Ret 16 13 18 17 14 Ret 13 11 18 14 14 Ret 16 12 Ret DNS 18 15 12 17 19 17 0
12 Team Dynamics Ret 12 Ret DNS 13 14 15 DNS 15 14 16 13 13 Ret Ret DNS Ret 12 11 Ret Ret 16 14 12 0
13 Janco Motorsport 17 14 0
14 ProMotor Sport Ret 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Pos Team DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
KNO
Scotland
SNE
England
THR
England
BHI
England
SIL
England
Pts

RAC Tourist Trophy Results[edit]

Pos. Driver DON
England
H1 H2 F
1 Switzerland Alain Menu 4 1 1
2 England Jason Plato 2 14 2
3 Sweden Rickard Rydell 3 5 3
4 Germany Frank Biela 6 6 4
5 France Yvan Muller 9 4 5
6 Scotland Anthony Reid 1 17 6
7 England Will Hoy 12 3 7
8 Germany Armin Hahne 15 13 8
9 England John Bintcliffe 10 7 9
10 Denmark Kris Nissen 8 8 10
11 England Matt Neal Ret 10 11
12 Germany Christian Abt 13 9 12
13 England Paula Cook 17 12 13
14 Northern Ireland Jonny Kane 11 11 14
15 England Tim Sugden 14 15 15
16 Sweden Kari Mäkinen 16 Ret 16
17 Sweden Jan Brunstedt 19 16 17
Scotland David Leslie 7 2 Ret
Scotland John Cleland 18 Ret Ret
New Zealand Paul Radisich 5 Ret Ret
Norway Tord Linnerud Ret Ret DNS
New Zealand Aaron Slight Ret DNS DNS
Pos. Driver H1 H2 F
DON
England

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