2002 British Touring Car Championship season

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2002 BTCC season
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The 2002 Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship season was the 45th British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season.

Changes for 2002[edit]

Teams and drivers[edit]

In its second year under new rules, the entry of the touring class swelled with 5 marques represented on the 2002 grid. Reigning champions Vauxhall again entered four Triple 8-run Vauxhall Astra Coupes. With 2001 champion Jason Plato not returning, 2001 runner-up Yvan Muller was partnered by James Thompson in the Vauxhall Motorsport entries while Thompson's place in the Egg Sport entry was taken by Matt Neal, fresh from a season in the European Touring Car Championship, alongside Production class graduate Paul O'Neill. They would be challenged by MG, who had trialled their West Surrey Racing-prepared ZS in the closing stages of 2001 and again had experienced touring car hand Anthony Reid and Warren Hughes at the wheel.

After, a year off developing a car built to the new rules, Honda returned with a pair of Arena Motorsport-prepared Honda Civic Type Rs for Guernseyman Andy Priaulx, who crossed over from Formula 3 after impressing on a one off BTCC outing for Vauxhall in 2001, with Northern Irishman Alan Morrison, the 2000 Production (then Class B) champion, alongside him. Proton completed the works team contingent, entering the BTCC for the first time with a pair of Impians for returning Scottish veteran David Leslie and Phil Bennett, who had been dropped by Vauxhall.

With Peugeot withdrawing their factory backing, Vic Lee Racing now headed the independents field with their pair of 406 Coupes, Dan Eaves remained and was joined by 1992 champion Tim Harvey, who had endured a difficult 2001 with the struggling JSM Alfa Romeo. The pair were joined later in the year by Formula Renault driver Carl Breeze in a third car. The works MG squad was supported from second meeting onwards by a WSR-run squad carrying the name of the girl band Atomic Kitten as part of a sponsorship deal. This team ran the young pairing of Colin Turkington and Production graduate Gareth Howell. Barwell Motorsport stepped up from the Production class to complete the Touring grid with a pair of ex-works Vauxhall Astra Coupes driven by New Zealand superbike racer Aaron Slight, who switched to car racing after a successful guest appearance for Peugeot in 2001, and 17-year-old rookie Tom Chilton.

In the Production class Synchro Motorsport gained the upper hand by stepping up from the Honda Accord to the brand new Civic Type R, recruiting former Honda factory driver James Kaye from Barwell alongside the returning Dave Allan. The Accords were still campaigned by new squad Beacon Motorsport with Lotus Elise championship graduates Mark Thomas and Spencer Marsh, and John Batchelor's team swapped from Integras to a pair of Accords for Jim Edwards Jnr and Batchelor (again under the name of John B-and-Q), who was injured in a crash during the second meeting at Oulton Park and replaced by Peter Cate and later Hyla Breese. Tech-Speed Motorsport continued their Peugeot 306 campaign, with Lotus Elise champion Mark Fullalove replacing Vauxhall-bound Paul O'Neill alongside Annie Templeton, and GA Motorsport also returned with their Alfa Romeo 156s, this time campaigned by series newcomers Graham Saunders and Alan Blencowe, accompanied by 2001 driver Gavin Pyper at circuits with enough grid space to accommodate a third car. Rob Collard also returned in his self-entered Renault Clio but did not contest a full programme. The big new arrival to the class was Edenbridge Racing's pair of BMW 320is, driven by teenager Tom Boardman in his second year in the class, and experienced German production saloon racer Norman Simon. TH Motorsport also appeared at selected rounds with a Mitsubishi Carisma for Steve Wood.

Other changes[edit]

  • Number of race weekends reduced from 13 to 10
  • ITV took over terrestrial broadcasting rights from the BBC

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
Vauxhall Motorsport Vauxhall Astra Coupé 2 France Yvan Muller M All
3 England James Thompson M All
egg:sport 0 England Matt Neal M All
29 England Paul O'Neill M All
Team Halfords Peugeot 406 Coupé 5 England Dan Eaves I All
8 England Tim Harvey I All
23 England Carl Breeze I 4–10
MG Sport & Racing MG ZS 11 Scotland Anthony Reid M All
12 England Warren Hughes M All
Team Atomic Kitten 21 Wales Gareth Howell I 2–10
22 Northern Ireland Colin Turkington I 2–10
Petronas Syntium Proton Proton Impian 15 Scotland David Leslie M All
20 England Phil Bennett M All
Barwell Motorsport Vauxhall Astra Coupé 17 England Tom Chilton I All
111 New Zealand Aaron Slight I All
Honda Racing Honda Civic Type-R 27 Northern Ireland Alan Morrison M All
28 Guernsey Andy Priaulx M All
Collard Racing Renault Clio 172 51 England Rob Collard P 1–4, 6
Synchro Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R 52 England James Kaye P All
53 England Dave Allan P 3–10
Gary Ayles Motorsport Alfa Romeo 156 55 England Graham Saunders P All
56 England Alan Blencowe P All
57 Scotland Gavin Pyper P 2–3, 5–10
58 England Kelvin Burt P 4
Tech-Speed Motorsport Peugeot 306 GTi 59 England Annie Templeton P All
60 England Mark Fullalove P All
Beacon Motorsport Honda Accord 62 England Spencer Marsh P All
63 Wales Mark Thomas P All
Edenbridge Racing BMW 320i 77 England Tom Boardman P All
78 Germany Norman Simon P All
Team B&Q Jet York City Honda Accord 79 Australia Hyla Breese P 6–10
88 England John B&Q P 1–2
89 England Peter Cate P 3–5
99 England Jim Edwards Jr. P All
TH Motorsport Mitsubishi Carisma 81 England Steve Wood P 1–4, 10
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 (Grand Prix), Kent 1 April France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller England Matt Neal egg:sport Germany Norman Simon
R2 France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller England James Thompson Vauxhall Motorsport England Rob Collard
2 R3 England Oulton Park (Island), Cheshire 21 April England Matt Neal England Matt Neal France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England James Kaye
R4 England Matt Neal England Matt Neal England Paul O'Neill egg:sport England Spencer Marsh
3 R5 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 6 May France Yvan Muller England James Thompson England James Thompson Vauxhall Motorsport England James Kaye
R6 France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England James Kaye
4 R7 England Silverstone Circuit (International), Northamptonshire 3 June England Matt Neal England James Thompson England Warren Hughes MG Sport & Racing Germany Norman Simon
R8 Scotland Anthony Reid England James Thompson England James Thompson Vauxhall Motorsport England James Kaye
5 R9 Republic of Ireland Mondello Park 23 June France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller England Matt Neal egg:sport Scotland Gavin Pyper
R10 England James Thompson France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England Spencer Marsh
6 R11 England Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire 14 July England James Thompson England James Thompson England James Thompson Vauxhall Motorsport Germany Norman Simon
R12 England James Thompson France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport Germany Norman Simon
7 R13 England Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk 28 July England Matt Neal England Matt Neal England James Thompson Vauxhall Motorsport Scotland Gavin Pyper
R14 England James Thompson England Matt Neal France Yvan Muller Vauxhall Motorsport England James Kaye
8 R15 Scotland Knockhill Circuit, Fife 11 August Guernsey Andy Priaulx England Matt Neal England Matt Neal egg:sport Scotland Gavin Pyper
R16 Guernsey Andy Priaulx France Yvan Muller Guernsey Andy Priaulx Honda Racing Scotland Gavin Pyper
9 R17 England Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 26 August Scotland Anthony Reid Scotland Anthony Reid Scotland Anthony Reid MG Sport & Racing Germany Norman Simon
R18 England Warren Hughes Guernsey Andy Priaulx England Warren Hughes MG Sport & Racing Germany Norman Simon
10 R19 England Donington Park (Grand Prix), Leicestershire 22 September England James Thompson England James Thompson England James Thompson Vauxhall Motorsport Scotland Gavin Pyper
R20 Guernsey Andy Priaulx Northern Ireland Alan Morrison Northern Ireland Alan Morrison Honda Racing Germany Norman Simon

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.

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos. Driver BHGP England OUL England THR England SIL England MON Republic of Ireland CRO England SNE England KNO Scotland BHI England DON England Pen. Pts
Touring Class (BTC-T)
1 England James Thompson Ret 1* 3 7* 1 2 8 1* 2 2 1 Ret 1 2 3 3 NC Ret 1 3 −15 183
2 France Yvan Muller 5 2* 1 10* Ret 1* 9 10 Ret 1* Ret 1* 2 1* 4 2 3 6 5 Ret −5 163
3 England Matt Neal 1 4 4 Ret* 2 3* 6 3* 1 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret* 1 4 4 8 3 Ret −5 145
4 Scotland Anthony Reid 4 3 5 Ret 3 Ret* DSQ 2* 5 4* Ret 3 4 10 2 6* 1 5* 4 8 136
5 Guernsey Andy Priaulx 12 5 7 Ret 4 5 4 6 6 Ret 4 2* 3 Ret 7 1* 11 7* 2 4* −10 116
6 England Warren Hughes Ret 8* 2 2 11 10 1 11 10 7 5 11 7 3 Ret Ret 2 1* 7 2* −5 110
7 Scotland David Leslie Ret Ret 8 3 9 9 3 9 3 11 2 7 5 Ret 9 8* 9 Ret 6 6 79
8 England Paul O'Neill Ret Ret Ret 1* 8 7 2 4* 4 5* Ret 6* 11 16 6 5* 10 4 Ret 5 −15 77
9 Northern Ireland Alan Morrison Ret Ret 10 5 12 8 5 Ret* Ret 6 6 Ret* 6 Ret 5 10 8 2 10 1* −5 68
10 England Dan Eaves 2 13 20 Ret 6 6 12 7 Ret Ret 9 4 13 7 12 Ret Ret 21 9 Ret 43
11 England Tim Harvey Ret 7* Ret 6 5 4* Ret 5 7 DSQ Ret Ret Ret DNS 11 9 6 3 Ret Ret* −5 43
12 Wales Gareth Howell 9 4 10 11 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret 9 10 5 Ret 13* 5 Ret* Ret Ret 32
13 New Zealand Aaron Slight 9 12 6 8 7 DNS 10 Ret DNS 8 7 10 12 9 Ret 12 Ret 9 Ret Ret 32
14 Northern Ireland Colin Turkington 19 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 DNS DNS 3 5 9 4 8 Ret Ret 16 11 Ret 29
15 England Tom Chilton 3 Ret 11 9 13 Ret 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8* 10 7 12 10 12 Ret −10 14
16 England Phil Bennett 11 6 Ret DNS 14 Ret 7 13 8 9 12 8 8 18 Ret DNS 7 12 8 9 −25 9
17 England Carl Breeze DNS 16 Ret 18 8 12* 14 6 Ret 14 Ret DNS 13 7 −5 8
Independent's Championship
1 England Dan Eaves 2 13 20 Ret 6 6 12 7 Ret Ret 9 4 13 7 12 Ret Ret 21 9 Ret 145
2 New Zealand Aaron Slight 9 12 6 8 7 DNS 10 Ret DNS 8 7 10 12 9 Ret 12 Ret 9 Ret Ret 142
3 England Tim Harvey Ret 7 Ret 6 5 4 Ret 5 7 DSQ Ret Ret Ret DNS 11 9 6 3 Ret Ret −10 126
4 Wales Gareth Howell 9 4 10 11 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret 9 10 5 Ret 13 5 Ret Ret Ret 126
5 England Tom Chilton 3 Ret 11 9 13 Ret 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 10 7 12 10 12 Ret −10 113
6 Northern Ireland Colin Turkington 19 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 DNS DNS 3 5 9 4 8 Ret Ret 16 11 Ret 108
7 England Carl Breeze DNS 16 Ret 18 8 12 14 6 Ret 14 Ret DNS 13 7 −5 72
Production Class (BTC-P)
1 England James Kaye Ret NC 12 Ret 15 12 16 15 17 Ret 11 14 17 11 16 17 14 13 16 11 210
2 Germany Norman Simon 6 Ret 15 13 Ret DNS 13 Ret Ret Ret 10 13 16 Ret 14 15 13 11 15 10 180
3 England Spencer Marsh 8 Ret 16 11 17 Ret 20 17 Ret 12 Ret 15 22 Ret 15 Ret 17 15 19 13 122
4 Scotland Gavin Pyper Ret Ret Ret 20 15 Ret Ret DNS 15 12 13 11 15 14 14 12 −20 107
5 England Jim Edwards, Jr. 10 Ret 17 12 21 14 17 Ret 18 13 17 16 24 Ret DSQ 20 22 17 20 14 101
6 England Tom Boardman Ret 10 DNS DNS 16 17 Ret 22 16 15 18 Ret 19 13 20 22 16 Ret 17 15 98
7 England Alan Blencowe Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 13 21 18 19 17 13 Ret Ret 20 18 21 19 18 Ret Ret 76
8 England Mark Fullalove Ret Ret 13 14 18 Ret 18 Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 18 20 18 Ret 69
9 England Dave Allan Ret 18 26 19 20 16 15 Ret 18 15 17 19 Ret 19 Ret 17 61
10 Wales Mark Thomas Ret Ret 18 15 19 16 19 Ret Ret 19 Ret 17 21 17 19 23 21 Ret 21 16 61
11 England Graham Saunders Ret 11 DNS DNS 22 15 22 21 Ret Ret 14 Ret 20 14 21 18 20 Ret Ret DNS 60
12 England Rob Collard 7 9 DNS DNS DNS DNS 14 Ret DNS DNS −5 34
13 England Annie Templeton 13 Ret Ret 17 24 19 25 Ret DNS DNS 19 18 25 Ret 22 24 23 22 22 Ret 26
14 England Peter Cate 20 21 24 20 Ret 14 23
15 England Steve Wood DNS DNS Ret 16 23 Ret 23 23 23 Ret 12
England John B&Q DNS DNS Ret DNS 0
Australia Hyla Breese DNS DNS 23 21 DNS DNS Ret DNS DNS DNS −20 −16
guest drivers ineligible for points
England Kelvin Burt 15 14 0
Pos. Driver BHGP England OUL England THR England SIL England MON Republic of Ireland CRO England SNE England KNO Scotland BHI England DON England Pen. 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 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 (1 point given).

Not eligible for points.

Manufacturers Championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer BHGP England OUL England THR England SIL England MON Republic of Ireland CRO England SNE England KNO Scotland BHI England DON England Pen. Pts
1 Vauxhall / Vauxhall Motorsport/egg:sport 1 1 1 7 1 1 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 6 1 3 −25 471
5 2 3 10 2 2 8 3 2 2 Ret Ret 2 2 3 3 4 8 3 Ret
Ret 4 4 Ret Ret 3 9 10 Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 4 NC Ret 5 Ret
2 MG / MG Sport & Racing 4 3 2 2 3 10 1 2 5 4 5 3 4 3 2 6 1 1 4 2 −5 320
Ret 8 5 Ret 11 Ret DSQ 11 10 7 Ret 11 7 10 Ret Ret 2 5 7 8
3 Honda / Honda Racing 12 5 7 5 4 5 4 6 6 6 4 2 3 Ret 5 1 8 2 2 1 −15 212
Ret Ret 10 Ret 12 8 5 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 6 Ret 7 10 11 7 10 4
4 Proton / Team PSP 11 6 8 3 9 9 3 9 3 9 2 7 5 18 9 8 7 12 6 6 −25 145
Ret Ret Ret DNS 14 Ret 7 13 8 11 12 8 8 Ret Ret DNS 9 Ret 8 9
Pos Manufacturer BHGP England OUL England THR England SIL England MON Republic of Ireland CRO England SNE England KNO Scotland BHI England DON England Pen. Pts

Touring Teams Championship[edit]

Pos Team BHGP
England
OUL
England
THR
England
SIL
England
MON
Republic of Ireland
CRO
England
SNE
England
KNO
Scotland
BHI
England
DON
England
Pen. Pts
1 Vauxhall Motorsport 1 7 1 1 1 1 1 2 6 3 −20 161
2 10 2 10 2 Ret 2 3 Ret Ret
2 MG Sport & Racing 3 2 10 2 4 3 3 6 1 2 −5 107
8 Ret Ret 11 7 11 10 Ret 5 8
3 egg:sport 4 1 3 3 3 6 16 4 4 5 −20 87
Ret Ret 7 4 5 Ret Ret 5 8 Ret
4 Honda Racing 5 5 5 6 6 2 Ret 1 2 1 −20 78
Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 7 4
5 Team Halfords 7 6 4 5 Ret 4 7 9 3 Ret −10 47
13 Ret 6 7 DSQ Ret DNS Ret 21 Ret
6 Team Atomic Kitten 4 11 8 10 5 4 13 16 Ret 34
Ret Ret 12 DNS 9 5 Ret Ret Ret
7 Team Petronas 6 3 9 9 9 7 18 8 12 6 −25 14
Ret DNS Ret 13 11 8 Ret DNS Ret 9
8 Barwell Motorsport 12 8 Ret Ret 8 10 8 7 9 Ret −10 12
Ret 9 DNS Ret Ret Ret 9 12 10 Ret
Pos Team BHGP
England
OUL
England
THR
England
SIL
England
MON
Republic of Ireland
CRO
England
SNE
England
KNO
Scotland
BHI
England
DON
England
Pen. Pts

Production Teams Championship[edit]

Pos Team BHGP
England
OUL
England
THR
England
SIL
England
MON
Republic of Ireland
CRO
England
SNE
England
KNO
Scotland
BHI
England
DON
England
Pen. Pts
1 Synchro Motorsport NC Ret 12 15 16 14 11 17 13 11 127
18 19 Ret Ret 15 19 19 17
2 Edenbridge Racing 10 13 17 22 15 13 13 15 11 10 115
Ret DNS DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 22 Ret 15
3 Beacon Motorsport Ret 11 16 17 12 15 17 23 15 13 103
Ret 15 Ret Ret 19 17 Ret Ret Ret 16
4 Gary Ayles Motorsport 11 Ret 13 18 17 Ret 12 11 14 12 −20 86
Ret Ret 15 21 Ret Ret 14 18 18 Ret
5 Team B&Q Jet York City Ret 12 14 20 13 16 21 20 17 14 −20 59
DNS DNS 21 Ret 14 DNS Ret DNS DNS DNS
6 Tech-Speed Motorsport Ret 14 19 Ret Ret 18 19 16 20 Ret 43
Ret 17 Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret 24 22 Ret
7 Collard Racing 9 DNS DNS Ret DNS −5 10
8 TH Motorsport DNS 16 Ret 23 Ret 8
Pos Team BHGP
England
OUL
England
THR
England
SIL
England
MON
Republic of Ireland
CRO
England
SNE
England
KNO
Scotland
BHI
England
DON
England
Pen. Pts