Chris Stockton

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Chris Stockton
Nationality  British
Born (1969-04-05) April 5, 1969 (age 45)
Chester, (England)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2006
Current team Power Maxed Racing
Car no. 28
Former teams Thorney Motorsport
Starts 71
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 18th in 2008
Previous series
2012
2011
2005
2004
2004
2003–2004
2002–2003
1999–2001
Dutch GT Championship
GT4 European Cup
British GT Championship
Le Mans Endurance Series
American Le Mans Series
TVR Tuscan Challenge
Corgi Legends Championship
North West Formula Ford

Christopher Stockton (born 5 April 1969 in Chester) is a British auto racing driver, who is most recently known for his efforts in the British Touring Car Championship.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Prior to this he had won 14 Formula Ford races including the Kent Festival at Brands Hatch. He then won 5 races in a full seasons racing in the Legends series, breaking several lap records. In 2003/4 Stockton raced a TVR Tuscan in the National TVR Tuscan Challenge. He placed the car on the front row at Rockingham only 3/1000 of a second off pole on his first appearance. He then went on to repeatedly beat the reigning Champion Lee Caroline in the seven meetings he competed in. There were several very memorable battles with Caroline, Keen, Hay and others.

Le Mans 24 Hours[edit]

In 2004 Stockton was one of the 6 drivers who raced a brace of TVR Tuscan T400's at Le Mans under the Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport banner. He was the quickest of the 6 drivers in qualifying, and consistently produced the fastest race laps during his 1012 hour multiple stints behind the wheel. His car was the first TVR to complete the French marathon.

British GT Championship[edit]

In 2005 Stockton raced intermittently in the British GT Championship alongside Andy Britnell in a Porsche 996. He started the season with Team ARO before switching to Motorbase Performance prior to the Croft round where they went on to take an outright win in the second race and the first win for Motorbase.[1] The pair also took a class win at Silverstone on the International circuit partnering.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

BTC Racing (2006–2008)[edit]

Stockton driving for BTC Racing at Oulton Park in the 2007 BTCC season.

He made his debut in the BTCC series behind the wheel of a BTC Racing Lexus IS200 at Brands Hatch on 24 September 2006, alongside then team-mate Darren Dowling. He completed the last 2 meetings of the 2006 season.

In 2007 he continued with the BTC Racing team and was joined by Nick Leason in the second car. Stockton suffered a disappointing year with mechanical problems hindering the team's progress.

Stockton continued in the BTC Racing entry in 2008.[2] His team-mate was the successful truck racer Stuart Oliver.[3] From round 3 the team switched to ex-Motorbase Performance SEAT Toledo Cupras. Despite having never previously driven in a front-wheel-drive racing car, Stockton finished 8th in race 2, his best ever finish – though he was helped by the intermittently wet conditions hampering the BMWs.

With the sale of both of the teams SEAT Toledos to Maxtreme without purchasing a suitable replacement, the team announced they would not enter the series again in 2009.[4]

Thorney Motorsport (2012)[edit]

Stockton returned to the BTCC for the final two races of the 2012 season driving an NGTC Vauxhall Insignia VXR-R for Thorney Motorsport.[5] He was forced to withdraw from the Silverstone event due to illness, where he was replaced by Tony Gilham.[6]

BTC Racing (2014–)[edit]

In October 2012, Stockton revealed he had purchased an incomplete NGTC Chevrolet Cruze from RML which he intended to finish and enter in the 2013 season under the BTC Racing banner.[7] Despite being entered the team did not appear at any races during the 2013 season. Stockton and BTC Racing were granted an entry for the 2014 season under the new TOCA licence system.[8]

GT4[edit]

In 2011 Stockton linked up with Ginetta to race in the European FIA GT4 series organized by SRO.[9] He was fastest in free practice three times but this was not converted into wins, but good race pace showed promise.

2012 saw Stockton racing an M3 GT4 in the Dutch GT4 Championship for the first two rounds of the season.

Other Racing[edit]

For the second half of the 2012 season, Stockton competed in National Hot Rods, driving a Vauxhall Tigra.

Other activities[edit]

He is also a former top-level National Hunt jockey.[10] His wife Polly is a member of the British Class Performance squad in horse riding.

Racing record[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2004 United Kingdom Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport United Kingdom Bob Berridge
United Kingdom Michael Caine
TVR Tuscan T400R GT 300 21st 8th

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded just in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Pts
2006 BTC Racing Lexus IS200 BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
MON
1
MON
2
MON
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

Ret
SIL
1

19
SIL
2

16
SIL
3

Ret
24th 0
2007 BTC Racing Lexus IS200 BRH
1

11
BRH
2

10
BRH
3

Ret
ROC
1

17
ROC
2

DNS
ROC
3

DNS
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

DNS
THR
3

Ret
CRO
1

11
CRO
2

10
CRO
3

Ret
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

12
OUL
3

Ret
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

13
DON
3

16
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

14
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

DNS
KNO
1

DNS
KNO
2

DNS
KNO
3

DNS
THR
1

DNS
THR
2

DNS
THR
3

DNS
23rd 2
2008 BTC Racing Lexus IS200 BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

DNS
BRH
3

DNS
ROC
1

DNS
ROC
2

DNS
ROC
3

DNS
18th 3
SEAT Toledo Cupra DON
1

13
DON
2

8
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

19
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

Ret
CRO
1

11
CRO
2

18
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

14
OUL
3

Ret
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

17
KNO
3

17
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

DNS
SIL
3

DNS
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

DNS
BRH
3

DNS
2012 Thorney Motorsport Vauxhall Insignia BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
CRO
1

CRO
2

CRO
3

SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1

KNO
2

KNO
3

ROC
1

ROC
2

ROC
3

SIL
1

WD
SIL
2

WD
SIL
3

WD
BRH
1

BRH
2

BRH
3

NC 0
2014 Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 5dr BRH
1

26
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

NC
DON
1

24
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

19
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

21
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

WD
CRO
2

WD
CRO
3

WD
SNE
1

NC
SNE
2

23
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

22
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

25
ROC
1

25
ROC
2

NC
ROC
3

21
SIL
1

23
SIL
2

22
SIL
3

21
BRH
1

18
BRH
2

18
BRH
3

Ret
32nd 0

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Britnell and Stockton win wet race at Croft". British GT Championship. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  2. ^ BTC hoping to move forward
  3. ^ "Stuart Oliver moves to BTCC". autosport.com. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  4. ^ O'Leary, Jamie. "BTC will not race in 2009". Autosport. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Stockton to return in Insignia". BTCC.net. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gilham to replace Stockton". BTCC.net. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Turner, Kevin. "Stockton aims to run Chevrolet Cruze in 2013 BTCC season". Autosport. Haymarket Publishing. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Mason, Dan (10 December 2013). "BTC RACING GRANTED SERIES RETURN FOR 2014". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Wilkinson, Andy. "D’Aste stars in GT4 European Cup opener". Motors TV. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  10. ^ parcferme interview 19 June 2007

Chris Stockton MD of Ningbo Furniture

External links[edit]

.Official website www.chris-stockton.com