2001 British Touring Car Championship season

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2001 BTCC season
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The 2001 theAA.com MSA British Touring Car Championship season was the 44th British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season and marked the beginning of a new era of lower-cost rules and regulations for the series.

Changes for 2001[edit]

2001 saw a complete overhaul of the BTCC, aimed at reducing the cost of competition and making the series more appealing to the fans.

New regulations[edit]

The spectacular but expensive Supertouring car regulations were finally ditched at the end of 2000. 2001 saw the field divided into two classes: BTC-T and BTC-P. The latter was a simple renaming of 2000's "Class B" Super Production specification cars, whereas BTC-T (T for Touring) was a completely new set of rules designed to produce closer racing and cheaper cars to build.

Teams and drivers[edit]

The new rules provoked different reactions from the three remaining manufacturers in the BTCC. Ford withdrew completely, Honda took a year out to develop a car to the new rules while Vauxhall immediately set to work on a new car and entered four new-regulation Astra Coupes built and run by Triple 8 Racing. Yvan Muller and Jason Plato remained in first two entries under the Vauxhall Motorsport banner, while James Thompson moved from Honda to partner Phil Bennett, debuting in the BTCC, in Egg Sport-liveried cars. Two new manufacturers were attracted to the series: Peugeot entered a trio of Vic Lee Racing-prepared 406 Coupes driven by Matt Neal (who left after the first round to compete in the European Touring Car Championship for Team Dynamics), Class B graduate Dan Eaves and touring car veteran Steve Soper. The team re-expanded to three cars for Donington, as superbike racer Aaron Slight made a guest appearance whilst evaluating a full-time switch to four wheels the following year. MG began development of a ZS built to the new regulations courtesy of West Surrey Racing, this made guest appearances in the hands of ex-Ford and Nissan driver Anthony Reid and former Formula 3 racer Warren Hughes during closing rounds of the season in preparation for a full campaign in 2002. Two small independent teams filled out the Touring class grid ambitiously entering new cars: JSM fielded a pair of Alfa Romeo 147s in an assault headed by 1992 BTCC champion Tim Harvey in a driver/team manager role. Across the year Tom Ferrier, David Pinkney and Mark Blair would all appear in the second car. ABG Motorsport entered a Lexus IS200 for Kurt Luby, with plans to expand to a second car for Brazilian GT racer Thomas Erdos later in the year. This did not come off and instead Erdos took Luby's drive mid-season while the running of the car was taken over by Total Motorsport. Driver-turned-motoring journalist Steve Sutcliffe drove the car as a guest entry in the final round.

With a low entry in the top class, the grid relied largely on the road-going based Production class (formerly Class B) for numbers, the Peugeot 306 GTi and Honda Accord proved the most popular machines in this class. HTML headed the Peugeot entry with Roger Moen and Simon Harrison returning for their second seasons in the class, Tech-Speed Motorsport also entered a pair of 306s for MG racers Annie Templeton and young gun Paul O'Neill, and teenager Tom Boardman drove a fifth 306 for his family-run team. Barwell Motorsport's pair of cars for Peter Cate (who was replaced by Simon Graves following the first three rounds) and ex-Honda works driver James Kaye headed the Accord challenge, while single Accord entries were fielded by Total Control Racing for Clio Cup graduate Jim Edwards Jnr, and Synchro Motorsport for Dave Allan. The Honda contingent was also bolstered by businessman John Batchelor's pair of B&Q-backed Integras, entered for himself (as John B-and-Q) and Nick Beaumont. The Ford Focus was also competitive in the hands of GR Motorsport, who entered a quartet of cars for youngsters Gareth Howell and Mat Jackson, and veterans Rick Kraemer and Richard Meins, as was GA Janspeed's Alfa Romeo 156, campaigned by class returnees Gavin Pyper and Colin Blair, and Rob Collard's self-entered Renault Clio. Cranfield Automotive also entered a pair of Mitsubishi Carismas and Bintcliffe Sport a single Nissan Primera, but abandoned their efforts early in the year, while a third Integra, entered by Arnold James for his son Nick, appeared later on in the season, as did the first ever Proton entered in the BTCC, a Satria run by TH Motorsport for Steve Wood.

Other changes[edit]

  • Alan Gow stepped down as the series boss, replaced by Richard West.
  • BF Goodrich replaced Michelin as the control tyre for the series.
  • Honda and Ford left the series, although Peugeot returned as a works entry after withdrawing at the end of the 1998 season.
  • More conventional qualifying sessions returned, replacing the one-lap showdown system of previous years
  • Initially a three-race format was proposed for BTCC race-day: BTC-P and BTC-T to have one 'sprint' race each before the two classes combined for a longer 'feature' race in which the Touring class cars would be required to make a pit-stop. However, after the first race meeting it was decided that the two classes should combine for the sprint race as well.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
MG Sport & Racing MG ZS 2 Scotland Anthony Reid M 11–13
20 England Warren Hughes M 11–13
Vauxhall Motorsport Vauxhall Astra Coupé 4 France Yvan Muller M All
5 England Jason Plato M All
egg:sport 9 England James Thompson M All
18 Guernsey Andy Priaulx M 10
27 England Phil Bennett M 1–9, 11–13
Peugeot Sport UK Peugeot 406 Coupé 8 England Matt Neal M 1
22 England Dan Eaves M All
44 England Steve Soper M All
111 New Zealand Aaron Slight M 6
JS Motorsport Alfa Romeo 147 14 England Tom Ferrier I 2, 7–9, 12–13
15 England Dave Pinkney I 1–4
16 England Tim Harvey I 3–4, 9–13
17 England Mark Blair I 10–11
ABG Motorsport Lexus IS200 41 England Kurt Luby I 2–6
42 Brazil Tommy Erdos I 7–9
Total Motorsport 10–12
43 England Steve Sutcliffe I 13
HTML Peugeot 306 GTi 50 Norway Roger Möen P All
60 England Simon Harrison P All
TCR/Interactive Network Solutions Honda Accord 51 England Jim Edwards Jr. P 1–4, 6–10
GR Motorsport Ford Focus 52 Scotland Gordon Shedden P 7
94 Wales Gareth Howell P All
96 England Rick Kraemer P 1, 3–13
97 England Richard Meins P 1–6, 9–11, 13
98 England Mat Jackson P All
Team B&Q/Talksport Radio Honda Integra Type-R 53 England Joanna Clarke P 7–9
54 England Nick Beaumont P 1–4, 6–12
55 England John B&Q P 1–4, 6, 10, 12–13
Tech-Speed Motorsport Peugeot 306 GTi 58 England Paul O'Neill P All
59 England Annie Templeton P All
Collard Racing Renault Clio 172 62 England Rob Collard P 1–8, 10–11, 13
GA-Janspeed Racing Alfa Romeo 156 64 Scotland Gavin Pyper P All
65 Scotland Colin Blair P All
Team Kaliber Sport with Barwell Honda Accord 66 England Peter Cate P 1–3
88 England James Kaye P All
89 England Tiff Needell P 10
99 England Simon Graves P 4–9, 11–13
Synchro Motorsport Honda Accord 68 England Mark Lemmer P 8–9
70 England Dave Allan P 1–4, 6–7, 10–13
Tom Boardman Racing Peugeot 306 GTi 77 England Tom Boardman P All
Cranfield Automotive Management Mitsubishi Carisma 78 England James Levy P 3
79 Finland Toni Ruokonen P 1–5
80 England Andy Neate P 1
Bintcliffe Sport Racing Nissan Primera 84 England Matt Kelly P 1, 4
Arnold James Sport Honda Integra Type-R 85 England Nick James P 4, 8, 12
TH Motorsport Proton Satria GTi 86 England Steve Wood P 11, 13
Icon Class
M Manufacturer
I Independent
P Production

Not eligible for points.

Race calendar and winners[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Production Class winner
1 R1 England Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 16 April France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller
England Jason Plato
France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England Simon Harrison
R2 France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller England James Thompson egg:sport England James Kaye
2 R3 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 7 May England Jason Plato France Yvan Muller England Jason Plato Vauxhall Motorsport England Simon Harrison
R4 England James Thompson England James Thompson France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England James Kaye
3 R5 England Oulton Park (Island), Cheshire 20 May France Yvan Muller England Jason Plato France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England Simon Harrison
R6 France Yvan Muller England Jason Plato France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport Scotland Gavin Pyper
4 R7 England Silverstone Circuit (International), Northamptonshire FullMoon2010.jpg 2 June France Yvan Muller England James Thompson England Jason Plato Vauxhall Motorsport England Simon Harrison
R8 France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller England Jason Plato Vauxhall Motorsport Norway Roger Möen
5 R9 Republic of Ireland Mondello Park 17 June France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England James Kaye
R10 France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England James Kaye
6 R11 England Donington Park (Grand Prix), Leicestershire 1 July England James Thompson England James Thompson England James Thompson egg:sport Norway Roger Möen
R12 England James Thompson England James Thompson England Jason Plato Vauxhall Motorsport England Mat Jackson
7 R13 Scotland Knockhill Circuit, Fife 22 July England Jason Plato England Jason Plato England Jason Plato Vauxhall Motorsport England Simon Graves
R14 England Jason Plato England Jason Plato England Jason Plato Vauxhall Motorsport Scotland Gordon Shedden
8 R15 England Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk FullMoon2010.jpg 4 August England Jason Plato France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England Simon Graves
R16 England Jason Plato England Jason Plato England James Thompson egg:sport Wales Gareth Howell
9 R17 England Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire 12 August England Phil Bennett France Yvan Muller England Jason Plato Vauxhall Motorsport Norway Roger Möen
R18 England James Thompson France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England Jim Edwards Jr
10 R19 England Oulton Park (Island), Cheshire 26 August Guernsey Andy Priaulx England Jason Plato France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport Norway Roger Möen
R20 Guernsey Andy Priaulx England Jason Plato England Jason Plato Vauxhall Motorsport Norway Roger Möen
11 R21 England Silverstone Circuit (International), Northamptonshire 9 September England Phil Bennett England Phil Bennett England Phil Bennett egg:sport Norway Roger Möen
R22 England Phil Bennett France Yvan Muller England James Thompson egg:sport England James Kaye
12 R23 England Donington Park (Grand Prix), Leicestershire 23 September England Jason Plato England Jason Plato England Phil Bennett egg:sport England Simon Graves
R24 England Jason Plato France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport Norway Roger Möen
13 R25 England Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 7 October France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller England Jason Plato Vauxhall Motorsport England Simon Graves
R26 England Warren Hughes England Jason Plato England Phil Bennett egg:sport Scotland Gavin Pyper

† Both classes had their own separate races.

Championship results tables[edit]

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th  Pole Position Fastest Lap Lead a lap
in feature race
15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1
  • No driver may collect more than one "Lead a Lap" point per race no matter how many laps they lead.
  • Any Production class drivers who lead in their class for at least a lap will get awarded a point.

Drivers' Championship[edit]

(key)

Pos. Driver BHI England THR England OUL England SIL England MON Republic of Ireland DON England KNO Scotland SNE England CRO England OUL England SIL England DON England BHI England Pen. Pts
Touring Class (BTC-T)
1 England Jason Plato 2 2* 1 2* 9 Ret* 3 1* 17 2* 2 1* 2 1* 3 3* 2 2 3 1* 3 3* 5 3 3 2 336
2 France Yvan Muller 1 Ret* 2 1* 7 1* 4 3* 1 1* 3 3* 4 Ret 2 2* 3 1* 1 Ret 2 2* 6 1* 4 Ret* 318
3 England James Thompson 3 1* 3 4* 8 2 5 4 3 3 1 2 7 3 6 1* 5 3* 4 2 4 1 Ret 2 5 Ret 276
4 England Phil Bennett 4 3* 4 3* 11 Ret 6 2 15 4 4 Ret 9 2* Ret 6 19 Ret 1 Ret* 4 Ret 6 1* 173
5 England Dan Eaves 5 6 16 Ret 18 Ret* 10 Ret 10 Ret 5 4* Ret DNS 21 Ret 13 5 9 3 10 4 Ret 5 8 3* 115
6 England Steve Soper 7 4* Ret Ret 16 Ret 11 6 4 Ret 6 5* Ret 4* 20 4 12 Ret Ret Ret* 20 8 20 Ret Ret DNS 93
7 Brazil Thomas Erdos 8 Ret 11 5 8 4 11 6* 14 6 14 4 72
8 England Tim Harvey 17 3* DNS Ret DNS DNS DNS DNS Ret Ret 8 5 16 Ret 13 Ret 7 Ret 43
9 England Kurt Luby Ret 6 20 5 15 5 8 Ret Ret DNS 33
10 England Tom Ferrier Ret DNS Ret DNS Ret DNS 20 Ret 12 Ret* Ret 4 20
11 Guernsey Andy Priaulx 2 Ret* 15
12 England Mark Blair 15 4 15 Ret 15
13 England David Pinkney Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret DNS 19 7 14
14 England Matt Neal 6 5 11
drivers ineligible for points
Scotland Anthony Reid 12 7 10 Ret 1 Ret 0
England Warren Hughes Ret 5* 11 8 Ret Ret* 0
New Zealand Aaron Slight 7 Ret* 0
England Steve Sutcliffe 9 Ret 0
Production Class (BTC-P)
1 England Simon Harrison 1 Ret* 5 Ret 1 7 1 10* 9 8 17 Ret 5 7 8 10 18 12 6 8* 6 10 Ret 7* 14 10 227
2 England James Kaye Ret 7* 7 5* 2 Ret 9 9* 2 5* 12 Ret 6 6 9 Ret 6 10 13 10 Ret 9* 3 14 10 7 220
3 Norway Roger Möen 2 8* Ret Ret* 3 Ret 2 8* 6 11 8 7* Ret 10 17 14 1 Ret 5 7* 5 Ret 2 6* Ret NC 212
4 England Mat Jackson 4 9 10 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 11 7 10 6* Ret Ret 7 9 16 7 10 13 8 Ret Ret 9* Ret 12 151
5 Wales Gareth Howell 3 11 Ret Ret 4 6 Ret 11 5 Ret Ret DNS Ret DNS 4 7* 7 8 12 11 13 Ret 7 Ret 18 6* 139
6 Scotland Gavin Pyper 7 10 Ret DNS 5 4* Ret Ret 7 Ret 9 Ret* 11 Ret Ret Ret* 4 Ret 7 9 9 12* 9 Ret Ret 5* −15 120
7 England Simon Graves 14 Ret Ret Ret* Ret 8* 1 Ret* 1 8* 9 11 Ret Ret 1 Ret* 2 8* −5 111
8 England Paul O'Neill Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret DNS 7 12 Ret 6 Ret Ret 12 11 13 Ret 10 Ret Ret DNS Ret 11 8 DNS 17 9 74
9 England Jim Edwards, Jr. Ret 15 9 9 14 Ret 13 13 13 12 15 9 12 11 14 6* Ret Ret 71
10 England Rick Kraemer 12 16 15 9 18 15 13 10 14 10 13 13 Ret 15 15 13 17 12 Ret 13 15 15 11 15 70
11 England Tom Boardman 8 17 Ret 10 10 8 Ret 17 12 Ret 18 Ret 14 Ret 15 13 DNS DNS 16 18 7 Ret* 16 12 12 11 66
12 England Dave Allan 10 19 8 15 21 11 16 14 15 9 Ret DNS 18 14 17 14 19 Ret 16 13 49
13 England Rob Collard 6 DNS Ret NC Ret DNS 12 Ret Ret DNS 11 Ret 10 8 5 Ret DNS DNS DNS DNS 11 Ret DNS DNS 15 Ret −5 46
14 England Richard Meins 13 Ret 11 11 19 10 Ret 18 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 20 15 19 NC 13 14 34
15 Scotland Gordon Shedden 3 5* 30
16 England Nick Beaumont 11 18 6 12 Ret Ret 20 19 DNS Ret Ret 12 14 12 Ret DNS Ret DNS Ret 16 Ret 11 −5 29
17 England Peter Cate 9 13 15 7 6 12 27
18 Scotland Colin Blair Ret DNS Ret Ret 22 13 17 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 17 Ret 19 Ret 18 Ret 17 10 Ret Ret 22
19 England Annie Templeton 14 Ret 13 13 Ret Ret 21 Ret 16 12 16 11 Ret Ret 19 Ret Ret 14 21 16 21 Ret 18 Ret 19 17 21
20 Finland Toni Ruokonen 5 14 Ret Ret 13 Ret NC 20 Ret Ret 11
21 England Mark Lemmer 10 16 11 Ret* 10
22 England John B&Q 15 20 14 14 23 14 22 21 Ret 13 Ret 17 DNS DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 8
23 England Nick James Ret DNS Ret Ret DNS DNS NC 13 4
24 England Steve Wood 22 15 Ret 16 4
25 England Joanna Clarke 16 14 18 Ret Ret DNS 2
26 England Matt Kelly Ret DNS 23 16 2
England Andy Neate Ret Ret DNS DNS 0
England James Levy Ret Ret 0
drivers ineligible for points
England Tiff Needell 14 DNS 0
Pos. Driver BHI England THR England OUL England SIL England MON Republic of Ireland DON England KNO Scotland SNE England CRO England OUL England SIL England DON England BHI England Pen. Pts
  • Note: bold signifies pole position in class (1 point awarded all races), italics signifies fastest lap in class (1 point awarded all races) and * signifies that driver lead feature race for at least one lap and also in the Production class when a driver leads the class for at least a lap (1 point given in both).
  • Not eligible for points

Manufacturers Championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer BHI England THR England OUL England SIL England MON Republic of Ireland DON England KNO Scotland SNE England CRO England OUL England SIL England DON England BHI England Pts
1 Vauxhall / Vauxhall Motorsport/egg:sport 1 1 1 1 7 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 5 1 3 2 886
2 2 2 2 8 2 4 3 3 2 2 2 4 3 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 6 2 4 Ret
3 Ret 3 4 9 Ret 5 4 17 3 3 3 7 Ret 6 3 5 3 4 Ret 4 3 Ret 3 5 Ret
2 Peugeot / Peugeot Sport UK 5 4 15 Ret 16 Ret 10 5 4 Ret 5 4 Ret 4 20 4 12 5 9 3 10 4 20 5 8 3 271
6 5 Ret Ret 18 Ret 11 Ret 5 Ret 6 5 Ret DNS 21 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 20 8 Ret Ret Ret DNS
7 6 7 Ret
manufacturers ineligible for points
MG / MG Sport & Racing 12 5 10 8 1 Ret 0
Ret 7 11 Ret Ret Ret
Pos Manufacturer BHI England THR England OUL England SIL England MON Republic of Ireland DON England KNO Scotland SNE England CRO England OUL England SIL England DON England BHI England Pts

Touring Teams Championship[edit]

Pos Team BHI
England
THR
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
MON
Republic of Ireland
DON
England
KNO
Scotland
SNE
England
CRO
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
DON
England
BHI
England
Pts
1 Vauxhall Motorsport 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 269
Ret 2 Ret 3 2 3 Ret 3 2 Ret 3 3 Ret
2 egg:sport 1 3 2 2 3 2 2 1 3 2 1 2 1 211
3 4 Ret 4 4 Ret 3 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
3 Peugeot Sport UK 4 Ret Ret 5 Ret 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 95
5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 DNS Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret DNS
4 JS Motorsport Ret Ret 3 6 DNS DNS DNS Ret 4 Ret Ret 4 37
DNS DNS Ret DNS Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret
5 ABG Motorsport 6 5 6 Ret DNS Ret 5 4 32
6 Total Motorsport 6 6 4 Ret 19
teams ineligible for points
MG Sport & Racing 5 8 Ret 0
7 Ret Ret
Pos Team BHI
England
THR
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
MON
Republic of Ireland
DON
England
KNO
Scotland
SNE
England
CRO
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
DON
England
BHI
England
Pts

† Not eligible for points

Production Teams Championship[edit]

Pos Team BHI
England
THR
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
MON
Republic of Ireland
DON
England
KNO
Scotland
SNE
England
CRO
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
DON
England
BHI
England
Pen. Pts
1 GR Motorsport 9 8 6 11 7 6 5 7 7 11 13 9 6 205
11 11 9 15 10 10 13 9 8 12 NC 15 12
2 HTML 8 Ret 7 8 8 7 7 10 12 7 10 6 10 173
Ret Ret Ret 10 11 Ret 10 14 Ret 8 Ret 7 NC
3 Team Kaliber Sport with Barwell 7 5 12 9 5 8 6 8 10 10 9 14 7 −5 164
13 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 DNS Ret Ret 8
4 Tech-Speed Motorsport 12 13 Ret 12 6 11 11 Ret 14 16 11 Ret 9 62
Ret Ret DNS Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret DNS 17
5 GA Janspeed Racing 10 Ret 4 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 12 10 5 −15 59
DNS DNS 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
6 TCR/Interactive Network Solutions 15 9 Ret 13 12 9 11 6 Ret 46
7 Synchro Motorsport 19 15 11 14 9 DNS 16 Ret 14 14 Ret 13 31
8 Tom Boardman Racing 17 10 8 17 Ret Ret Ret 13 DNS 18 Ret 12 11 30
9 Team B&Q/Talksport Radio 18 12 14 19 13 12 12 DNS 17 16 11 Ret −5 26
20 14 Ret 21 Ret 14 Ret DNS DNS DNS Ret
10 Arnold James Sport DNS Ret DNS 13 4
11 TH Motorsport 15 16 4
12 Cranfield Automotive Management 14 Ret Ret 20 Ret 3
Ret Ret
13 Collard Racing DNS NC DNS Ret DNS Ret 8 Ret DNS DNS Ret DNS Ret −5 3
14 Bintcliffe Sport Racing DNS 16 2
Pos Team BHI
England
THR
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
MON
Republic of Ireland
DON
England
KNO
Scotland
SNE
England
CRO
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
DON
England
BHI
England
Pen. Pts