BTC-T Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch

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BTC-T Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch
Vauxhall astra brands hatch.jpg
Category BTCC
Constructor Triple 8 Race Engineering
Technical specifications
Chassis Vauxhall Astra Mk V
Engine 2,000 cc (122.0 cu in) In-line 4 NA front-mounted, FWD
Transmission 6-speed Sequential
Tyres Dunlop
Competition history
Notable entrants VXRacing
Arkas Racing
Debut 2005 BTCC at Donington Park
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
117 (2005-2008) 10 5 9
Teams' Championships 0
Constructors' Championships 1 (2005)
Drivers' Championships 0

Works history[edit]

VXRacing BTC-T Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch at Brands Hatch
VXRacing BTC-T Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch at Brands Hatch

After campaigning the BTC-T Vauxhall Astra Coupe for 4 years, VX Racing took the decision to replace the car with the brand-new Astra SportHatch for the 2005 BTCC season.[1][2] An experimental BTC-T spec Vectra had been built in 2003, but the experiment was not continued due to the weight of the car.[3] Replacing such a successful car proved difficult, however; and the car only won ten out of the sixty races it contested as a works entry, in the hands of Yvan Muller, Colin Turkington and Fabrizio Giovanardi. The emergence of the BTC-T Honda Integra Type R proved to be a challenge too far for Vauxhall, despite a successful debut victory,[4] and Vauxhall's 100th BTCC win at Knockhill in 2006.[5] Despite the dominance of Matt Neal's Integra, however, the car did deliver the 2005 Manufacturer's championship to Vauxhall, as Team Dynamics were not competing in this championship.[6]

Later career[edit]

After the car's replacement with the Super 2000-spec Vectra,[7] the Turkish driver Erkut Kizilirmak bought three of the four chassis, and used them for his Arkas Racing team in the BTCC for 2007,[8] with some occasional races in the Turkish Touring Car Championship. In 2008, Erkut expanded the BTCC effort to a two-car team, being joined by Martyn Bell.[9]

Chassis history[edit]

Chassis CH12

Chassis CH14

Chassis CH15

Chassis CH16

Chassis CH17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vauxhall To Defend BTCC Titles With New Astra". Carpages.co.uk. 2005-01-17. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  2. ^ BTCCPages.com. "PICS : New VX Racing Astra Sport Hatch in full livery - BTCC News". BTCCPages.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  3. ^ Autosport magazine feature Jan 25th 2007 'Tin-Tops That Never Raced'
  4. ^ "Victorious Race Debut For VX Racing Astra Sport Hatch". Carpages.co.uk. 2005-04-12. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  5. ^ Jonathan Gill (2006-09-07). "BTCC: Gio brings Vauxhall 100 up". Auto Express. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  6. ^ BTCCPages.com (2009-04-05). "2005 BTCC Points". BTCCPages.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship". BTCC. 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  8. ^ "BTCC: Turkish team enters BTCC". TouringCarTimes. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  9. ^ "Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship". BTCC. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2012-12-24.