Patrick Watts

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Patrick Watts (born 21 November 1956 in Farnborough, Kent) is an English auto racing driver. He excelled in single make series in the eighties and competed in saloons in the nineties, mainly in the British Touring Car Championship. He still makes occasional appearances in historic racing events.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

His first title came in 1979, winning the National Mini 850 Championship. Between 1980 and 1982 he drove in various saloon cars before getting his first taste of the BTCC for Rover Metro Team in 1983 and 1984. In 1986 he raced in the Fiat Uno Turbo Championship. More titles followed, winning the inaugural Honda CRX Championship in 1988, and again in 1990. Also that year he won the Mazda MX5 championship. In 1991 he stepped up to the ESSO Production Saloon Car Championship, winning yet another title with a Peugeot 309.

BTCC Mazda[edit]

His success in 1991 earned him a drive in the 1992 British Touring Car Championship for the new works Shell Mazda Racing Team in a Mazda 323. The one car the team put out was not on the pace of most of the other works teams, and he finished the season in sixteenth place. In 1993, the team switched to a distinctively painted single Mazda Xedos 6. The new car performed much better than the 323, with some promising results throughout the year [Patrick lead races and qualified on the front row on more than one occasion]. Unfortunately his season was spoiled by often being caught up in several incidents, and he ended the championship in fifteenth place. Mazda did not continue to run a team in 1994, despite showing promise in 1993 [although a team of 2 semi-works cars ran half of the season].

BTCC Peugeot[edit]

In 1994 he replaced Robb Gravett in the Peugeot Sport team with the Peugeot 405. A good year for both driver and team saw him end the year in eighth place, including four podium finishes. Team mate for 1994, Eugene O'Brien, was replaced by newcomer Simon Harrison in 1995. A slightly more troubled season ended with Watts in tenth place with two podiums. The new look Total Team Peugeot had a new car in 1996 with the all new Peugeot 406, along with a new team mate for Watts. Harrison was replaced with 1992 champion and fellow Farnborough racer Tim Harvey. It what was always going to be a year of learning for Peugeot, the car failed to perform on the track, and he finished one down in sixteenth place, one position behind Harvey the lowest position for a works driver. Despite higher hopes for 1997 with MSD running the team, the car performed little better despite an improvement towards the end of the season. In Germany the car was dominating but the British effort struggled mainly due to internal team problems and budget restrictions. Again he finished the year down in sixteenth. With the team struggling, he left at the end of the year and was replaced in 1998 by Paul Radisich who found the team a problem also and fared even worse than patrick.

Post BTCC[edit]

He competed in the first two rounds of the Australian Super Touring Championship in 1999 (Peugeot 406), winning one race at round one and finishing 2nd in both races of round two. The race commentators called him "Paddy the Pom". After that he has done a few rallies including the Armajaro British Historic Rally Championship which he won on 2006 and we as second in 2007. His Touring Car efforts of the nineties were recognised in 2004 when he was selected to drive in the BTCC Masters, where his race ended after a collision with Jason Plato. he now competes in an allard J2 and FIA mustang and has recently brought the ex works computervision MG Metro Turbo he used in BTCC in 1984 and Peugeot 406 that he used successfully on Australia in 1999.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position - 1 point awarded 1996 onwards all races, 1983-88 in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap - 1 point awarded 1983-88 in class)

Year Team Car Class 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 Overall
DC
Pts Class
1983 Unipart with Daily Express MG Metro C SIL
OUL
?
THR
12
BRH
14
THR
13
SIL
10
DON
Ret
18th 9 10th
MG Metro Turbo B SIL
21
DON
Ret
BRH
Ret
SIL
18
20th 7 5th
1984 Computervision Racing with Esso MG Metro Turbo B DON
9
SIL
6
OUL
DNS
THR
7
THR
Ret
SIL
Ret
SNE
BRH
BRH
DON
SIL
WD 0 WD
1985 North Essex Motorsport Ford Escort RS1600i C SIL
OUL
THR
Ret
DON
13
THR
DNS
SIL
NC
DON
SIL
Ret
SNE
16
BRH
13
BRH
16
SIL
Ret
20th 7 7th
1987 North Essex Motorsport Ford Escort RS1600i D SIL
OUL
THR
THR
SIL
SIL
BRH
SNE
10
DON
OUL
DON
SIL
NC† 0† NC†
1988 Chris Hodgetts Motor Sport Toyota Corolla GT D SIL
OUL
THR
DON
21‡
THR
SIL
SIL
BRH
SNE
BRH
BIR
DON
SIL
55th 2 16th
1992 Shell Mazda Racing Team Mazda 323F SIL
Ret
THR
12
OUL
14
SNE
11
BRH
Ret
DON
1

12
DON
2

Ret
SIL
Ret
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

5
PEM
11
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

Ret
DON
Ret
SIL
11
18th 5
1993 Mazda Racing Team Mazda Xedos 6 SIL
6
DON
Ret
SNE
DNS
DON
4
OUL
Ret
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

Ret
PEM
Ret
SIL
Ret
KNO
1

4
KNO
2

4
OUL
Ret
BRH
8
THR
12
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
SIL
12
15th 29
1994 Peugeot Sport Peugeot 405 Mi16 THR
7
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

8
SNE
5
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

3
OUL
3
DON
1

7
DON
2

11
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

3
SIL
6
KNO
1

15
KNO
2

Ret
OUL
8
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

DNS
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

Ret
DON
1

7
DON
2

11
8th 98
1995 Total Team Peugeot Peugeot 405 Mi16 DON
1

13
DON
2

11
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

DNS
THR
1

3
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

10
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

13
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

8
DON
1

15
DON
2

Ret
SIL
10
KNO
1

DNS
KNO
2

11
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

6
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

Ret
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

Ret
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

8
10th 61
1996 Total Team Peugeot Peugeot 406 DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

10
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

10
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

Ret
OUL
1

11
OUL
2

11
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

12
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

15
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

Ret
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

DNS
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

DNS
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

Ret
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

11
16th 6
1997 Esso Ultron Team Peugeot Peugeot 406 DON
1

8
DON
2

Ret
SIL
1

9
SIL
2

8
THR
1

12
THR
2

Ret
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

Ret
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

15
DON
1

10
DON
2

5
CRO
1

11
CRO
2

16
KNO
1

18
KNO
2

8
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

Ret
THR
1

12
THR
2

Ret
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

10
SIL
1

9
SIL
2

9
16th 26

† Not eligible for points.

‡ Endurance driver.

Complete Australian Super Touring Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position - 1 point awarded) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Pts
1999 Starion Enterprises Peugeot 406 LAK
1

DNS
LAK
2

1
ORA
1

2
ORA
2

2
MAL
1

MAL
2

WIN
1

WIN
2

WIN
3

ORA
1

ORA
2

ORA
3

QLD
1

QLD
2

QLD
3

ORA
1

ORA
2

ORA
3

CAL
1

CAL
2

CAL
3

9th 40

Complete Ginetta GT Supercup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 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 Pos Pts
2011 Total Control Racing Ginetta G55 G55 BRH
1

BRH
2

BRH
3

DON
1

DON
2

DON
3

THR
1

THR
2

THR
3

OUL
1

OUL
2

CRO
1

CRO
2

CRO
3

SNE
1

SNE
2

SNE
3

KNO
1

KNO
2

KNO
3

ROC
1

ROC
2

BRH
1

7
BRH
2

7
BRH
3

14
SIL
1

SIL
2

17th 50

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