John Thorne (racing driver)

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John Thorne
John Thorne, Donington Park, Apr 2012.jpg
Nationality  British
Born (1969-04-14) 14 April 1969 (age 45)
Burnham (England)
Previous series
201112
2011
2010–11
2009–10
2009
2007
BTCC
GT Cup
Britcar
BMW CSL Cup
Dunlop Production Saloons
BMW Championship

John Thorne (born 14 April 1969 in Burnham, Buckinghamshire) is a British auto racing driver. He is the owner of Thorney Motorsport with which is briefly competed in the British Touring Car Championship between 2011 and 2012.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Thorne's motorsport career began in 2007 when he competed in the Production BMW Championship, taking one win and one fastest lap. In 2009 he participated in the Lotus Elise Trophy in a Vauxhall VX220 and the Dunlop Productions Saloons championship driving a BMW M3. Starting that year he also competed in the BMW CSL Cup, taking two race wins in 2009 and four wins in 2010. In 2011 he competed with a BMW M3 (E92) in the GT Cup with a best result of 2nd at Silverstone.

Thorne also competed in the Britcar 24 Hours in 2010 and 2011.[1]

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Thorne driving for Thorney Motorsport at Brands Hatch in the 2012 BTCC season.

In April 2011, Thorney Motorsport announced they were intending to enter the last race of the season at Silverstone, with the intention of competing in a full campaign in 2012.[2] They built a Vauxhall Insignia based around the NGTC regulations, with Thorne himself as the driver for the Silverstone meeting. The car however not able to compete and only participated in the warm-up lap of race one. Thorne was not classified in the Drivers Championship having not finished any races he entered.

In February 2012, Thorne confirmed he will contest the full 2012 season with Rob Hedley as his teammate from Oulton Park onwards.[3] Results were not as good as hoped though, with the team forced to sit out the races at Donington Park. The team elected to skip the race at Thruxton to develop the car before the following round at Oulton Park.[4] The team returned at Snetterton with Tony Gilham driving the car.[5] Chris Stockton was to drive for the team at Silverstone but was replaced by Gilham late on Saturday due to illness.[6]

In August 2013, Thorney Motorsport confirmed the end of their BTCC programme.[7] The two Vauxhall cars were sold to Tony Gilham Racing at the end of the 2012 season.[8]

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded 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 awarded 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 Points
2011 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
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

DNS
SIL
3

DNS
NC 0
2012 Thorney Motorsport Vauxhall Insignia BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

17
BRH
3

16
DON
1

DNS
DON
2

DNS
DON
3

DNS
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
SIL
2
SIL
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
28th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Thorne, btcc.net.
  2. ^ Thorney Motorsport to enter Vauxhall Insignia, TouringCarTimes
  3. ^ Thorney announce plans to run two Insignias, TouringCarTimes
  4. ^ Thruxton Press Release, Thorney Motorsport
  5. ^ "Gilham to drive Thorney Motorsport NGTC Vauxhall Insignia in BTCC round at Snetterton". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 7 August 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Turner, Kevin (7 October 2012). "Silverstone BTCC: Tony Gilham replaces sick Chris Stockton". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Thorne, John (29 August 2013). "BTCC Update". Thorney Motorsport (John Thorne). Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Two Vauxhall Insignias for Team Hard in 2013". BTCC Crazy. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 

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