BTC-T Peugeot 406 Coupe

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BTC-T Peugeot 406 Coupe
Category BTCC
Constructor Vic Lee Racing
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Peugeot 406 Coupe
Length 4,700 mm (185.0 in)
Width 1,892 mm (74.5 in)
Height 1,390 mm (54.7 in)
Axle track 1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Engine 2,000 cc (122.0 cu in) In-line 4 NA front-mounted, FWD
Transmission Xtrac 6-speed Sequential
Weight 1,150 kg (2,535.3 lb) (with driver)
Competition history
Notable entrants Peugeot Sport UK/Team Halfords
Mardi Gras Motorsport
Notable drivers Steve Soper
Dan Eaves
Matt Neal
Aaron Slight
Carl Breeze
Tim Harvey
John George
Debut 2001 BTCC at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
55 0 0 0
Teams' Championships 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

2001 season[edit]

After a successful 2000 BTCC season, having won the driver's championship for Class B,[2] Vic Lee Racing signed a deal with Peugeot to run in the BTC Touring-class for the 2001 BTCC season.[3] VLR built 3 406 Coupes, and hired Dan Eaves, Steve Soper and Matt Neal as their drivers,[4] but sponsorship issues led to releasing Neal after the first round,[5] being replaced by ex-motorcycle racer Aaron Slight in several rounds.[6] The campaign was unsuccessful, with the best results being a pair of 3rd places from Eaves, at Oulton Park[7] and the last round of the season, held at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.[8]

2002 season[edit]

After the poor performances in 2001, Peugeot withdraw their works support, choosing instead to focus on their more successful World Rally Championship campaign.[9] The team, in 2002, now renamed Team Halfords after gaining sponsorship from Halfords,[10] continued racing with the 406. Eaves stayed with the team, while 1992 champion Tim Harvey and Carl Breeze joined the team. A second unsuccessful season followed; with the only podium finish being a second place from Eaves in the second race of the season.[11] Despite the lack of overall competitiveness, Dan Eaves and Tim Harvey finished the season 1st and 3rd respectively in the Independents Cup.[12] For 2003, the team switched to the Sergio Rinland designed Peugeot 307, with the hope of gaining more competitiveness.[13]

2004 season[edit]

The 406 Coupes remained unused in 2003, but halfway through the 2004 season, Mardi Gras Motorsport took the decision to replace their LPG-powered, Super 2000-specification Honda Civic with a 406 Coupe.[14] The car proved barely more successful than its predecessor - finishing no higher than a 12th place at Knockhill in the 4 rounds it entered.[15] The car did not reappear for the 2005 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BTCCPages.com. "British Touring Car Championship". BTCC Pages. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  2. ^ BTCCPages.com. "British Touring Car Championship". BTCC Pages. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Peugeot confirms BTCC return - BTCC news". Autosport.Com. 2000-10-06. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Peugeot unveils 2001 contender | BTCC News | Jan 2001". Crash.Net. 2001-01-12. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT | MOTORSPORT | Neal leaves Peugeot team". BBC News. 2001-04-26. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  6. ^ "Aaron Slight Joins Peugeot in BTCC - AutoWeb News". Autoweb.com.au. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  7. ^ http://www.touring-cars.net/results/2001/rd20.php
  8. ^ http://www.touring-cars.net/results/2001/rd26.php
  9. ^ "Rallying the reason for Peugeot's BTCC exit | BTCC News | Nov 2001". Crash.Net. 2001-11-02. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  10. ^ "VLR teams up with Halfords for BTCC | BTCC News | Mar 2002". Crash.Net. 2002-03-19. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  11. ^ "2002 - Rounds 1 & 2 at Brands Hatch". BTCC Pages. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  12. ^ BTCCPages.com (2009-04-05). "2002 BTCC Points". BTCCPages.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  13. ^ BTCCPages.com. "British Touring Car Championship". BTCC Pages. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  14. ^ "Mardi Gras Motorsport". Mardigras.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  15. ^ "2004 - Rounds 19 & 20 & 21 at Knockhill". BTCC Pages. Retrieved 2012-12-24.