2005 British Touring Car Championship season

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2005 BTCC season
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The 2005 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season was the 48th British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season. As in 2004, there were ten racing weekends at nine different circuits; each round comprising three races, making a thirty round competition in total.

Changes for 2005[edit]

Teams and drivers[edit]

After 2004 saw the BTCC boasting its largest number of entries since the height of the Super Touring era in the 1990s, the following season brought a significant decline in interest. Proton and Honda pulled their manufacturer support from the series, with many of the smaller independent teams also deciding against returning.

Reigning champions Vauxhall stayed on as one of the two remaining manufacturers, dropping its Astra Coupe after four straight titles with the chassis, and introducing the all new Astra Sport Hatch (again prepared by Triple 8). Reigning champion James Thompson had left the BTCC to contest the World Touring Car Championship with Alfa Romeo, leaving the 2004 runner-up and 2003 champion Yvan Muller to head the team. SEAT Cupra Cup graduate Gavin Smith joined the team after appearing in an Astra Coupe for GA Motorsport at one meeting in 2004, and Colin Turkington moved into Thompson's seat after two promising seasons with the WSR MG squad.

Their only manufacturer opposition came from SEAT, expanding their effort to three Super 2000-spec Toledos for their second season. 2001 champion Jason Plato remained as team leader, but Rob Huff departed to join the Chevrolet WTCC campaign. He was replaced by Luke Hines, moving from Vauxhall, with James Pickford taking the third seat as reward for winning the SEAT Cupra Cup in 2004.

Team Dynamics took a brave gamble by replacing their Honda Civic Type Rs with a pair of brand new, self-developed Integras. Matt Neal and Dan Eaves remained as drivers. A third car was entered late in the season for Gareth Howell in order to support Neal's title campaign. West Surrey Racing again campaigned the MG ZS as an independent entry after MG Rover withdrew their support at the end of 2003. Rob Collard moved from his self-run Astra Coupe to fill Colin Turkington's seat, but a second driver with sufficient budget could not be found.

Arena Motorsport also continued their campaign despite losing manufacturer support, entering a single Honda Civic Type-R for the returning Tom Chilton from the second round onwards. The only other full-time returnees were Synchro Motorsport, with James Kaye driving their ex-works Civic Type-R once again.

Two new squads joined the series, both on very low budgets. SpeedEquipe (as HPI Racing) graduated from the Renault Clio Cup together with their drivers Richard Williams and Ian Curley, to run Lexus IS200s, while Fast-Tec Motorsports and team owner/driver Mark Proctor moved from the SCSA stock car series to run the Astra Coupe that Rob Collard had taken to the Independents title in 2003.

Kartworld Racing returned mid-season with team principal Jason Hughes again racing an ex-works MG ZS, as did Tech-Speed Motorsport running their Astra Coupe (now bio-ethanol powered) for rookie Fiona Leggate. Daniels Motorsport entered another Astra Coupe for Andy Neate for the final round at Brands Hatch.

Other changes[edit]

  • Dunlop were announced as the new title sponsor of the series
  • The grid for race three was determined by race two's finishing order but with the top ten positions reversed. In 2004 this rule had applied to race two based on the finishing order of race one.
  • The cars of the championship's top five drivers carried "Championship Ballast" for each race meeting's practice, qualifying and first race. Success Ballast was then carried in race two by the top five finishers from race one and in race three by the top five finishers from race two respectively.
  • 'Negative' ballast for finishing outside the top five in races was abolished
  • Tyres were limited to 16 new slicks per race weekend, but with no limit on wet-weather tyres
  • All teams were permitted only up to four days' testing during the season
  • Teams were permitted to build their own Super 2000 specification cars and enter them for the championship even if they did not have proper FIA homologation. Provided they met all current S2000 requirements the BTCC was able to grant the cars 'local homologation'.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Car Car Spec. No. Drivers Class Rounds
VX Racing Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch BTC-T 2 France Yvan Muller M All
6 Northern Ireland Colin Turkington M All
88 Republic of Ireland Gavin Smith M All
Team Halfords Honda Integra Type-R BTC-T 5 England Matt Neal I All
8 England Dan Eaves I All
25 Wales Gareth Howell I 8–10
Arena Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R BTC-T 9 England Tom Chilton I 2–9
Synchro Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R BTC-T 10 England James Kaye I 1–9
31 10
SEAT Sport UK SEAT Toledo Cupra S2000 11 England Jason Plato M All
12 England James Pickford M All
57 England Luke Hines M All
West Surrey Racing MG ZS BTC-T 21 England Rob Collard I All
Fast-Tec Motorsport Vauxhall Astra Coupé BTC-T 23 England Mark Proctor I 1, 3–10
Kartworld Racing MG ZS BTC-T 36 England Jason Hughes I 6, 8, 10
Team Nuts with Daniels Motorsport Vauxhall Astra Coupé BTC-T 44 England Andy Neate I 10
HPI Racing with Friends Reunited Lexus IS200 S2000 77 England Richard Williams I All
78 England Ian Curley I 3–10
Tech-Speed Motorsport Vauxhall Astra Coupé BTC-T 82 England Fiona Leggate I 5–10
Icon Class
M Manufacturer
I Independent
Icon Specification
S2000 Super 2000
BTC-T BTC Touring

Season Calendar[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 R1 England Donington Park National 10 April Northern Ireland Colin Turkington France Yvan Muller England Matt Neal Team Halfords
R2 England Rob Collard France Yvan Muller VX Racing
R3 England Dan Eaves England Matt Neal Team Halfords
2 R5 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 1 May England Tom Chilton England Tom Chilton England Dan Eaves Team Halfords
R5 England Dan Eaves England Dan Eaves Team Halfords
R6 England Jason Plato England Dan Eaves Team Halfords
3 R7 England Brands Hatch Indy, Kent 5 June England Matt Neal England James Pickford England Matt Neal Team Halfords
R8 England Dan Eaves England Matt Neal Team Halfords
R9 England Tom Chilton France Yvan Muller VX Racing
4 R10 England Oulton Park Island, Cheshire 19 June England Jason Plato England Matt Neal England Jason Plato SEAT Sport UK
R11 England Matt Neal England Matt Neal Team Halfords
R12 England Jason Plato England Tom Chilton Arena Motorsport
5 R13 England Croft Circuit, Yorkshire 17 July Northern Ireland Colin Turkington Northern Ireland Colin Turkington Northern Ireland Colin Turkington VX Racing
R14 France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller VX Racing
R15 England Dan Eaves England Dan Eaves Team Halfords
6 R16 Republic of Ireland Mondello Park 24 July France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller VX Racing
R17 England Matt Neal Northern Ireland Colin Turkington VX Racing
R18 France Yvan Muller France Yvan Muller VX Racing
7 R19 England Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, Norfolk 7 August England Tom Chilton England Matt Neal England Tom Chilton Arena Motorsport
R20 England Matt Neal England Tom Chilton Arena Motorsport
R21 France Yvan Muller England Jason Plato SEAT Sport UK
8 R22 Scotland Knockhill Racing Circuit, Fife 28 August Northern Ireland Colin Turkington England Matt Neal France Yvan Muller VX Racing
R23 England Matt Neal England Matt Neal Team Halfords
R24 England Matt Neal England Rob Collard West Surrey Racing
9 R25 England Silverstone 18 September Wales Gareth Howell England Jason Plato England Tom Chilton Arena Motorsport
R26 Wales Gareth Howell England Luke Hines SEAT Sport UK
R27 Wales Gareth Howell Wales Gareth Howell Team Halfords
10 R28 England Brands Hatch GP, Kent 2 October England Dan Eaves England Dan Eaves England Dan Eaves Team Halfords
R29 England Matt Neal England Jason Plato SEAT Sport UK
R30 England Rob Collard England Rob Collard West Surrey Racing

Championship Standings[edit]

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th  Fastest Lap Lead a lap
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.
  • Race 1 polesitter receives 1 point.

Drivers Championship[edit]

(key)

Pos Driver DON England THR England BHI England OUL England CRO England MON Republic of Ireland SNE England KNO Scotland SIL England BHGP England Pts
1 England Matt Neal 1* 3 1* 3 2 4 1* 1* 6 2 1* 2 3 6 2 3 3 7 3 3 4 2 1* 2 9 4 7 4 3 5 316
2 France Yvan Muller 2* 1* 3 6 3 3 3 4 1* 4 2 Ret 2 1* 8 1* 6 1* 4 4 3 1* 2* Ret 4 Ret 5 2 11 Ret 273
3 England Dan Eaves 3 4 2 1* 1* 1* Ret 3 2 3 3 6 5 10 1* 6 2 4 2 2 5 4 Ret 6 Ret 3 4 1* 2* Ret 269
4 England Jason Plato 6 5 6* 2* 5 5* 4 2 3 1* 10* 3 4 13 3 2 10 Ret Ret 10 1* 6 8 5 3 DSQ 6 3 1* Ret 208
5 England Tom Chilton 10* 6 Ret 7 NC 7 5 5 1* 6 3 9 9 8* 2* 1* 1* 7 5 3 3 1* 8* 3 175
6 Northern Ireland Colin Turkington 5 Ret 8 4 7 2 2 5 5 10 6 Ret 1* 2 7 4 1* 5 7 7 Ret 3 4 7 7 Ret 9 7 Ret 6 174
7 England Rob Collard 4 2 4 5 11 Ret 6 6 Ret 8 4 4* 7 4 5 5 4 3 5 5 12 9 9 1* 10 10 2* Ret 9 1* 173
8 England James Pickford 9 7 7 7 4 6 9 8 DSQ 9 7 7 10 8 4 11 9 Ret 6 9 2 Ret 12 Ret 2 6 8 9 5 2 116
9 England Luke Hines 7 8 9 8 8 8* 5 Ret Ret 7 Ret 5 Ret 9 6 12 5 Ret 10 8 Ret 7 5 Ret 6 1* Ret Ret 7 Ret 87
10 Republic of Ireland Gavin Smith 8 6 5 9 10 Ret 10 7 Ret 6 11 Ret 8 7 Ret 7 Ret 6 9 11 8 8 Ret Ret 11 2 11 6 4 3 86
11 England James Kaye Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 7 8 Ret 4 11 DNS Ret 9 5 Ret 8 Ret 11 8 6 6 10 Ret Ret 8 Ret 10 8 6 7 58
12 Wales Gareth Howell Ret* 6 4 5 Ret* 1* 5 DSQ 4 54
13 England Jason Hughes 10 7 8 11 7 8 10 8 8 22
14 England Richard Williams NC 9 11 DNS DNS DNS Ret DNS 9 13 9 Ret 13 12 Ret 15 12 13 13 12 9 DNS Ret DNS 12 7 Ret 11 Ret 9 14
15 England Mark Proctor 10 Ret 10 Ret DNS 8 12 8 Ret Ret DNS DNS 14 Ret 10 12 Ret 11 13 10 10 Ret 9 12 NC Ret 13 13
16 England Fiona Leggate 11 14 10 13 13 9 11 13 DNS 14 11 9 13 5 13 13 Ret 10 12
17 England Ian Curley NC 9 NC DNS DNS DNS 12 11 Ret 16 11 12 14 Ret 10 12 Ret DNS 14 11 14 14 12 12 3
18 England Andy Neate 12 10 11 1
Pos Driver DON England THR England BHI England OUL England CRO England MON Republic of Ireland SNE England KNO Scotland SIL England BHGP England Pts
  • Note: bold signifies pole position (1 point given in first race only, and race 2 and 3 poles are based on race results), italics signifies fastest lap (1 point given all races) and * signifies at least one lap in the lead (1 point given all races).

Manufacturers Championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer DON England THR England BHI England OUL England CRO England MON Republic of Ireland SNE England KNO Scotland SIL England BHGP England Pen. Pts
1 Vauxhall / VX Racing 2 1 3 4 3 2 2 4 1 4 2 Ret 1 1 7 1 1 1 4 4 3 1 2 7 4 2 5 2 4 3 -10 781
5 6 5 6 7 3 3 5 5 6 6 Ret 2 2 8 4 6 5 7 7 8 3 4 Ret 7 Ret 9 6 11 6
8 Ret 8 9 10 Ret 10 7 Ret 10 11 Ret 8 7 Ret 7 Ret 6 9 11 Ret 8 Ret Ret 11 Ret 11 7 Ret Ret
2 Seat / Seat Sport UK 6 5 6 2 4 5 4 2 3 1 7 3 4 8 3 2 5 Ret 6 8 1 6 5 5 2 1 6 3 1 2 -60 629
7 7 7 7 5 6 5 8 Ret 7 10 5 10 9 4 11 9 Ret 10 9 2 7 8 Ret 3 6 8 9 5 Ret
9 8 9 8 8 8 9 Ret DSQ 9 Ret 7 Ret 13 6 12 10 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 12 Ret 6 DSQ Ret Ret 7 Ret

Teams Championship[edit]

Pos Team DON England THR England BHI England OUL England CRO England MON Republic of Ireland SNE England KNO Scotland SIL England BHGP England Pen. Pts
1 Team Halfords 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 3 6 1 3 2 4 2 2 4 2 1 2 5 3 1 1 2 4 -20 573
3 4 2 3 2 4 Ret 3 6 3 3 6 5 10 2 6 3 7 3 3 5 4 6 4 9 4 4 4 3 5
2 VX Racing 2 1 3 4 3 2 2 4 1 4 2 Ret 1 1 7 1 1 1 4 4 3 1 2 7 4 2 5 2 4 3 -10 470
5 6 5 6 7 3 3 5 5 6 6 Ret 2 2 8 4 6 5 7 7 8 3 4 Ret 7 Ret 9 6 11 6
3 Seat Sport UK 6 5 6 2 4 5 4 2 3 1 7 3 4 8 3 2 5 Ret 6 8 1 6 5 5 2 1 6 3 1 2 -60 306
7 7 7 7 5 6 5 8 Ret 7 10 5 10 9 4 11 9 Ret 10 9 2 7 8 Ret 3 6 8 9 5 Ret
4 West Surrey Racing 4 2 4 5 11 Ret 6 6 Ret 8 4 4 7 4 5 5 4 3 5 5 12 9 9 1 10 10 2 Ret 9 1 172
5 Arena Motorsport 10 6 Ret 7 NC 7 5 5 1 6 3 9 9 8 2 1 1 7 5 3 3 1 8 3 -10 157
6 Synchro Motorsport Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 7 8 Ret 4 11 DNS Ret 9 5 Ret 8 Ret 11 8 6 6 10 Ret Ret 8 Ret 10 8 6 7 -20 49
7 Kartworld Racing 10 7 8 11 7 8 10 8 8 29
8 HPI Racing with Friends Reunited NC 9 11 DNS DNS DNS NC 9 9 13 9 Ret 12 11 Ret 15 11 12 13 12 9 12 Ret DNS 12 7 14 11 12 9 27
Ret DNS NC DNS DNS DNS 13 12 Ret 16 12 13 14 Ret 10 DNS Ret DNS 14 11 Ret 14 Ret 12
9 Fast-Tec Motorsport 10 Ret 10 Ret DNS 8 12 8 Ret Ret DNS DNS 14 Ret 10 12 Ret 11 13 10 10 Ret 9 12 NC Ret 13 21
10 Tech-Speed Motorsport 11 14 10 13 13 9 11 13 DNS 14 11 9 13 5 13 13 Ret 10 17
11 Team Nuts with Daniels Motorsport 12 10 11 3
Pos Team DON England THR England BHI England OUL England CRO England MON Republic of Ireland SNE England KNO Scotland SIL England BHGP England Pen. Pts

Independents Trophy[edit]

Pos Driver DON England THR England BHI England OUL England CRO England MON Republic of Ireland SNE England KNO Scotland SIL England BHGP England Pts
1 England Matt Neal 1 3 1 3 2 4 1 1 6 2 1 2 3 6 2 3 3 7 3 3 4 2 1 2 9 4 7 4 3 5 367
2 England Dan Eaves 3 4 2 1 1 1 Ret 3 2 3 3 6 5 10 1 6 2 4 2 2 5 4 Ret 6 Ret 3 4 1 2 Ret 313
3 England Rob Collard 4 2 4 5 11 Ret 6 6 Ret 8 4 4 7 4 5 5 4 3 5 5 12 9 9 1 10 10 2 Ret 9 1 256
4 England Tom Chilton 10 6 Ret 7 NC 7 5 5 1 6 3 9 9 8 2 1 1 7 5 3 3 1 8 3 230
5 England James Kaye Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 7 8 Ret 4 11 DNS Ret 9 5 Ret 8 Ret 11 8 6 6 10 Ret Ret 8 Ret 10 8 6 7 140
6 England Richard Williams NC 9 11 DNS DNS DNS Ret DNS 9 13 9 Ret 13 12 Ret 15 12 13 13 12 9 DNS Ret DNS 12 7 Ret 11 Ret 9 79
7 England Mark Proctor 10 Ret 10 Ret DNS 8 12 8 Ret Ret DNS DNS 14 Ret 10 12 Ret 11 13 10 10 Ret 9 12 NC Ret 13 70
8 England Fiona Leggate 11 14 10 13 13 9 11 13 DNS 14 11 9 13 5 13 13 Ret 10 69
9 Wales Gareth Howell Ret 6 4 5 Ret 1 5 DSQ 4 67
10 England Jason Hughes 10 7 8 11 7 8 10 8 8 57
11 England Ian Curley NC 9 NC DNS DNS DNS 12 11 Ret 16 11 12 14 Ret 10 12 Ret DNS 14 11 14 14 12 12 52
12 England Andy Neate 12 10 11 12
Pos Driver DON England THR England BHI England OUL England CRO England MON Republic of Ireland SNE England KNO Scotland SIL England BHGP England Pts

Independent Teams Championship[edit]

Pos Team DON England THR England BHI England OUL England CRO England MON Republic of Ireland SNE England KNO Scotland SIL England BHGP England Pts
1 Team Halfords 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 3 6 1 3 2 4 2 2 4 2 1 2 5 3 1 1 2 4 725
3 4 2 3 2 4 Ret 3 6 3 3 6 5 10 2 6 3 7 3 3 5 4 6 4 9 4 4 4 3 5
2 West Surrey Racing 4 2 4 5 11 Ret 6 6 Ret 8 4 4 7 4 5 5 4 3 5 5 12 9 9 1 10 10 2 Ret 9 1 256
3 Arena Motorsport 10 6 Ret 7 NC 7 5 5 1 6 3 9 9 8 2 1 1 7 5 3 3 1 8 3 230
4 Synchro Motorsport Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 7 8 Ret 4 11 DNS Ret 9 5 Ret 8 Ret 11 8 6 6 10 Ret Ret 8 Ret 10 8 6 7 143
5 HPI Racing with Friends Reunited NC 9 11 DNS DNS DNS NC 9 9 13 9 Ret 12 11 Ret 15 11 12 13 12 9 12 Ret DNS 12 7 14 11 12 9 134
Ret DNS NC DNS DNS DNS 13 12 Ret 16 12 13 14 Ret 10 DNS Ret DNS 14 11 Ret 14 Ret 12
6 Fast-Tec Motorsport 10 Ret 10 Ret DNS 8 12 8 Ret Ret DNS DNS 14 Ret 10 12 Ret 11 13 10 10 Ret 9 12 NC Ret 13 73
7 Tech-Speed Motorsport 11 14 10 13 13 9 11 13 DNS 14 11 9 13 5 13 13 Ret 10 72
8 Kartworld Racing 10 7 8 11 7 8 10 8 8 60
9 Team Nuts with Daniels Motorsport 12 10 11 13
Pos Team DON England THR England BHI England OUL England CRO England MON Republic of Ireland SNE England KNO Scotland SIL England BHGP England Pts

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