1999 British Touring Car Championship season

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1999 BTCC season
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The 1999 Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship season was won by Laurent Aïello in his debut season driving for the Nissan works team, with team mate David Leslie in second place. Rickard Rydell, the 1998 champion came third, with James Thompson and Jason Plato coming fourth and fifth.

One of the big stars and big surprises was the independent driver Matt Neal. Driving for his father's Team Dynamics in a 1998 Nissan Primera, Neal became the first independent driver to win a championship race in the feature race of the first Donington round; TOCA had put up a reward for £250,000 for this achievement.

Changes for 1999[edit]

For the 1999 season both the works teams of Peugeot and Audi had departed since competing in the previous year. Indeed this would prove to be the last year for Renault, Volvo and Nissan, the three previous champions from the last three years. The BTCC would never see more than four works teams together in one season again.

Night racing was introduced to the BTCC for the first time for the rounds at Snetterton in July. The pit lane and main spectator areas were floodlit, whilst other parts of the circuit were in total darkness. To aid the drivers eyesight for the sharp changes from light to dark, the cockpits had a soft red light glowing inside.

Entry list[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
Volvo S40 Racing Volvo S40 1 Sweden Rickard Rydell M All
11 Belgium Vincent Radermecker M All
Ford Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo 2 Scotland Anthony Reid M All
4 Switzerland Alain Menu M All
Team Honda Sport Honda Accord 3 England James Thompson M All
33 Netherlands Peter Kox M All
55 Italy Gabriele Tarquini M 10–11
Nescafé Blend 37 Williams Renault Renault Laguna 5 England Jason Plato M All
37 France Jean-Christophe Boullion M All
Vodafone Nissan Racing Nissan Primera GT 6 Scotland David Leslie M All
23 France Laurent Aïello M All
Vauxhall Motorsport Vauxhall Vectra 7 France Yvan Muller M All
8 Scotland John Cleland M All
ADR Motorsport Vauxhall Vectra 15 England Mark Blair I All
Arena International Renault Laguna 17 England Russell Spence I 1–7
England Will Hoy I 8–13
DC Cook Motorsport Honda Accord 22 England Paula Cook I 1–8
Max Power Racing Team Dynamics Nissan Primera GT 77 England Matt Neal I All
Brookes Motorsport Honda Accord 99 England Lee Brookes I 1–3, 6–9
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 (National), Leicestershire 5 April England James Thompson Scotland David Leslie England James Thompson Team Honda Sport England Matt Neal
R2 England Matt Neal Scotland Anthony Reid England Matt Neal Max Power Racing Team Dynamics England Matt Neal
2 R3 England Silverstone Circuit (International), Northamptonshire 18 April Scotland David Leslie Scotland David Leslie France Laurent Aïello Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
R4 France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello England Jason Plato Nescafé Blend 37 Williams Renault England Paula Cook
3 R5 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 3 May Sweden Rickard Rydell France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
R6 Sweden Rickard Rydell Belgium Vincent Radermecker France Laurent Aïello Vodafone Nissan Racing England Lee Brookes
4 R7 England Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 16 May Switzerland Alain Menu England Jason Plato France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England Mark Blair
R8 France Laurent Aïello England Jason Plato France Laurent Aïello Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
5 R9 England Oulton Park (Fosters), Cheshire 31 May France Laurent Aïello Sweden Rickard Rydell France Laurent Aïello Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
R10 France Laurent Aïello Scotland David Leslie France Laurent Aïello Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
6 R11 England Donington Park (Grand Prix), Leicestershire 20 June England James Thompson Sweden Rickard Rydell England James Thompson Team Honda Sport England Matt Neal
R12 Scotland David Leslie Scotland David Leslie Scotland David Leslie Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
7 R13 England Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire 4 July England James Thompson Scotland David Leslie England James Thompson Team Honda Sport England Matt Neal
R14 England James Thompson Sweden Rickard Rydell Sweden Rickard Rydell Volvo S40 Racing England Matt Neal
8 R15 England Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk 17 July France Laurent Aïello Scotland David Leslie Scotland David Leslie Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
R16 France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello Netherlands Peter Kox Team Honda Sport England Matt Neal
9 R17 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 1 August Sweden Rickard Rydell Sweden Rickard Rydell France Laurent Aïello Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
R18 Sweden Rickard Rydell Sweden Rickard Rydell Scotland David Leslie Vodafone Nissan Racing England Will Hoy
10 R19 Scotland Knockhill Circuit, Fife 15 August France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
R20 Switzerland Alain Menu Italy Gabriele Tarquini Switzerland Alain Menu Ford Team Mondeo England Mark Blair
11 R21 England Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 30 August France Laurent Aïello Scotland David Leslie Sweden Rickard Rydell Volvo S40 Racing England Matt Neal
R22 Sweden Rickard Rydell France J-C Boullion France Laurent Aïello Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
12 R23 England Oulton Park (Island), Cheshire 12 September Scotland David Leslie Scotland David Leslie France Laurent Aïello Vodafone Nissan Racing England Matt Neal
R24 Scotland David Leslie England James Thompson England James Thompson Team Honda Sport England Matt Neal
13 R25 England Silverstone Circuit (International), Northamptonshire 19 September France Laurent Aïello England Jason Plato Sweden Rickard Rydell Volvo S40 Racing England Will Hoy
R26 France Laurent Aïello Sweden Rickard Rydell Sweden Rickard Rydell Volvo S40 Racing England Matt Neal

Drivers Championship[edit]

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th  Pole Position Lead a lap
in feature race
15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1
  • No driver may collect more than one "Lead a Lap" point per race no matter how many laps they lead.
  • Drivers' top 22 results count towards the championship.
Pos Driver DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
SNE
England
THR
England
KNO
Scotland
BHI
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 France Laurent Aïello 11 Ret 1 6 1 1* 3 1* 1 1* Ret 2* 5 3 Ret 7 1 5* 1 DSQ 2 1* 1 2 9 Ret 244
2 Scotland David Leslie 4 Ret 2 7 11 Ret 6 2 2 8* 2 1* 2 4 1 2* 4 1* 9 3 4 2* 2 4* 11 2 228
3 Sweden Rickard Rydell 7 Ret 3 Ret 2 2* Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 4 4 1* 2 8 2 Ret* 6 5 1 5* 3 3 1 1* 192
4 England James Thompson 1 2* 5 4 5 8 7 6* 11 Ret 1 3 1 2* 9 15 7 Ret 14 Ret 3 3 DSQ 1* 2 9 174
5 England Jason Plato 3 3 6 1* Ret 4* 4 Ret* Ret Ret 3 8 6 6 4 6 5 4 Ret Ret 6 8 Ret 6 Ret Ret 122
6 France Yvan Muller 6 10 Ret 2 Ret 11 1 5 8 3 4 5 8 8 Ret 3 8 6 10 7 12 Ret 9 5 3 5 119
7 Netherlands Peter Kox 9 7 9 5 6 5 Ret 4 9 7 7 Ret 3 9 6 1* 9 9 Ret 2 9 4* 5 Ret 7 Ret 113
8 Belgium Vincent Radermecker 10 5 11 Ret 4 3 Ret Ret 5 4* 9 12 7 7 3 5 3 2 11 8 10 7 4 13 Ret 4 113
9 England Matt Neal 5 1* 4 Ret 3 Ret Ret 3 10 2 10 7 10 5* 7 10 6 Ret 7 Ret 5 10 6 10 Ret 6 109
10 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Ret 6 8 3 9 7* 5 7 6 6 8 10 11 Ret 5 4 13 11 5 4 7 6 7 7 8 Ret 97
11 Switzerland Alain Menu 2 Ret 13 Ret Ret 6 12 Ret 3 Ret 5 6 Ret Ret 8 9* 11 3 3 1* Ret Ret Ret 9 12 Ret 84
12 Scotland Anthony Reid Ret Ret 7 DSQ 8 Ret 2 8 4 5 11 9 Ret 10* Ret 11 Ret 7* 4 Ret 8 12 12 8 4 3 78
13 Scotland John Cleland 8 4* 10 8 7 9 8 9 12 Ret 6 Ret 9 Ret 12 12 12 Ret 8 9 11 9 8 Ret 5 10 51
14 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 2 6 Ret Ret 17
15 England Will Hoy 10 13 10 8 13 11 13 11 10 11 6 7 15
16 England Mark Blair 13 Ret 12 11 12 12 9 10 13 9 12 11 12 Ret 13 DNS Ret 10 12 10 14 13 11 12 10 8 11
17 England Lee Brookes 12 9 Ret 10 10 10 DNS DNS 13 Ret 13 12 11 16 14 Ret 5
18 England Russell Spence 15 8 Ret Ret 13 14 11 Ret DNS DNS 14 Ret 15 11 3
19 England Paula Cook 14 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 10 Ret Ret Ret 15 13 14 13 Ret 14 3
Michelin Cup for Independents
1 England Matt Neal 5 1 4 Ret 3 Ret Ret 3 10 2 10 7 10 5 7 10 6 Ret 7 Ret 5 10 6 10 Ret 6 353
2 England Mark Blair 13 Ret 12 11 11 12 9 10 13 9 12 11 12 Ret 13 DNS Ret 10 12 10 14 13 11 12 10 8 183
3 England Will Hoy 10 13 10 8 13 11 13 11 10 11 6 7 131
4 England Lee Brookes 12 9 Ret 10 10 10 DNS DNS 13 Ret 13 12 11 16 14 Ret 78
5 England Paula Cook 14 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 10 Ret Ret Ret 15 13 14 13 Ret 14 41
6 England Russell Spence 15 8 Ret Ret 13 14 11 Ret DNS DNS 14 Ret 15 11 25
Pos. Driver DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
SNE
England
THR
England
KNO
Scotland
BHI
England
OUL
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 (1 point awarded all races), italics signifies fastest lap.

* signifies that driver lead feature race for at least one lap (1 point given). Note: All bonus leading points may not be added due to them being added after seeing Season Review footage and some race reports.

Manufacturers Championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
SNE
England
THR
England
KNO
Scotland
BHI
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 Nissan / Vodafone Nissan Racing/Team Dynamics 4 1 1 6 1 1 3 1 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 2 9 2 464
5 Ret 2 7 3 Ret 6 2 2 2 10 2 5 4 7 7 4 5 7 Ret 4 2 2 4 11 6
2 Honda / Team Honda Sport 1 2 5 4 5 5 7 4 9 7 1 3 1 2 6 1 7 9 2 2 3 3 5 1 2 9 296
9 7 9 5 6 8 Ret 6 11 Ret 7 Ret 3 9 9 15 9 Ret 14 6 9 4 DSQ Ret 7 Ret
3 Volvo / Volvo S40 Racing 7 5 3 Ret 2 2 Ret Ret 5 4 9 4 4 1 2 5 2 2 6 5 1 5 3 3 1 1 295
10 Ret 11 Ret 4 3 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret 12 7 7 3 8 3 Ret 11 8 10 7 4 13 Ret 4
4 Renault / Nescafé Blend 37 Williams Renault 3 3 6 1 9 4 4 7 6 6 3 8 6 6 4 4 5 4 5 4 6 6 7 6 8 Ret 227
Ret 6 8 3 Ret 7 5 Ret Ret Ret 8 10 11 Ret 5 6 13 11 Ret Ret 7 8 Ret 7 Ret Ret
5 Vauxhall / Vauxhall Motorsport 6 4 10 2 7 9 1 5 8 3 4 5 8 8 12 3 8 6 8 7 11 9 8 5 3 5 186
8 10 Ret 8 Ret 11 8 9 12 Ret 6 Ret 9 Ret Ret 12 12 Ret 10 9 12 Ret 9 Ret 5 10
6 Ford / Ford Team Mondeo 2 Ret 7 Ret 8 6 2 8 3 5 5 6 Ret 10 8 9 11 3 3 1 8 12 12 8 4 3 164
Ret Ret 13 DSQ Ret Ret 12 Ret 4 Ret 11 9 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 7 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 12 Ret
Pos Manufacturer DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
SNE
England
THR
England
KNO
Scotland
BHI
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
Pts

Teams Championship[edit]

Pos Team DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
SNE
England
THR
England
KNO
Scotland
BHI
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 Vodafone Nissan Racing Ret 6 1 1 1 1 3 2 1 3 1 2 2 210
Ret 7 Ret 2 8 2 4 7 5 DSQ 2 4 Ret
2 Team Honda Sport 2 4 5 4 7 3 2 1 9 2 3 1 9 132
7 5 8 6 Ret Ret 9 15 Ret 6 4 Ret Ret
3 Volvo S40 Racing 5 Ret 2 Ret 4 4 1 5 2 5 5 3 1 127
Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 12 7 8 Ret 8 7 13 4
4 Nescafé Blend 37 Williams Renault 3 1 4 7 6 8 6 4 4 4 6 6 Ret 108
6 3 7 Ret Ret 10 Ret 6 11 Ret 8 7 Ret
5 Vauxhall Motorsport 4 2 9 5 3 5 8 3 6 7 9 5 5 83
10 8 11 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 9 Ret Ret 10
6 Team Dynamics 1 Ret Ret 3 2 7 5 10 Ret Ret 10 10 6 55
7 Ford Team Mondeo Ret Ret 6 8 5 6 10 9 3 1 12 8 3 53
Ret DSQ Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 11 7 Ret Ret 9 Ret
8 Arena International 8 Ret 14 Ret DNS Ret 11 13 8 11 11 11 7 10
9 ADR Motorsport Ret 11 12 10 9 11 Ret DNS 10 10 13 12 8 7
10 Brookes Motorsport 9 10 10 DNS Ret 12 16 Ret 4
11 DC Cook Motorsport Ret 9 13 Ret Ret 13 13 14 2
Pos Team DON
England
SIL
England
THR
England
BHI
England
OUL
England
DON
England
CRO
England
SNE
England
THR
England
KNO
Scotland
BHI
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
Pts

Points System[edit]

The points system used for the 1999 British Touring Car Championship was as follows. For the drivers championship, 15 points were awarded to the winner of each race, 12 to second place, 10 for third and 8,6,5,4,3,2,1 for fourth to tenth place respectively. At the end of the season, drivers would drop their four lowest scores. A point would be awarded to the driver who achieved pole position for each race, and a point was awarded to anyone who led the feature race.

For the manufactures championship, the same amount of points for the top ten finishing positions were awarded as for the drivers championship but only a manufacturers two highest placed cars were able to receive points. At the end of the season, manufacturers would drop the points from their worst four rounds of the championship. No points were received for leading laps or pole position.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vic Lennard (Editor). Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship – Donington Park Official Programme. (1999) p.30 The Really Motoring Group.

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