1996 British Touring Car Championship season

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1996 BTCC season
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The 1996 Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship season marked the arrival of Audi to the sport with their four wheel drive A4s. The title was won by Frank Biela, with Swiss driver Alain Menu again finishing in second place and Swede Rickard Rydell in third.

Entry List[edit]

BTCC[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Vectra 1 United Kingdom John Cleland M All
7 United Kingdom James Thompson M All
Williams Renault Dealer Racing Renault Laguna 2 Switzerland Alain Menu M All
4 United Kingdom Will Hoy M All
Volvo 850 Racing Volvo 850 20v 3 Sweden Rickard Rydell M All
8 United Kingdom Kelvin Burt M 1–5, 7–13
Total Team Peugeot Peugeot 406 5 United Kingdom Tim Harvey M All
10 United Kingdom Patrick Watts M All
Valvoline Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo 6 New Zealand Paul Radisich M All
16 United Kingdom Steve Robertson M All
Honda Team MSD Honda Accord 11 United Kingdom David Leslie M All
12 United Kingdom James Kaye M All
Rouse Sport Nissan Primera eGT 14 United Kingdom Gary Ayles * 1–9, 11–13
15 United Kingdom Owen McAuley * 1–8
United Kingdom Jamie Spence * 13
TOM's Team Brookes Toyota Carina E 17 United Kingdom Lee Brookes I All
ProMotor Sport Vauxhall Cavalier 18 United Kingdom Ian Heward I 2, 10–12
BMW Team Schnitzer BMW 320i 20 Netherlands Peter Kox M 11–13
21 Italy Roberto Ravaglia M All
22 Germany Joachim Winkelhock M All
Mint Motorsport Vauxhall Cavalier 23 United Kingdom Richard Kaye I All
Team Dynamics Ford Mondeo Si 27 United Kingdom Robb Gravett I 1–5, 8–9
77 United Kingdom Matt Neal I 2–4, 6, 8–13
Audi Sport UK Audi A4 quattro 44 United Kingdom John Bintcliffe M All
45 Germany Frank Biela M All
Icon Class
M Manufacturer
I Independent
  • Rouse Sport were neither a works nor an independent entry.

RAC Tourist Trophy[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class
Williams Renault Dealer Racing Renault Laguna 2 Switzerland Alain Menu M
9 United Kingdom Will Hoy M
BMW Team Schnitzer BMW 320i 5 Germany Joachim Winkelhock M
Audi Sport UK Audi A4 quattro 7 United Kingdom John Bintcliffe M
Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Vectra 8 United Kingdom John Cleland M
28 Sweden Jan Brunstedt M
Volvo 850 Racing Volvo 850 20v 11 United Kingdom Kelvin Burt M
Yap Motorsport Honda Accord 12 United Kingdom Eugene O'Brien I
Honda Team Linder Honda Accord 14 Germany Marco Werner M
24 United Kingdom James Kaye M
Valvoline Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo 15 United Kingdom Warren Hughes M
Total Team Peugeot Peugeot 406 16 United Kingdom Tim Harvey M
ProMotor Sport Vauxhall Cavalier 18 United Kingdom Ian Heward I
Mint Motorsport Vauxhall Cavalier 23 United Kingdom Hamish Irvine I
Icon Class
M Manufacturer
I Independent

Race calendar and results[edit]

All races were held in the United Kingdom.

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Independent
1 R1 Donington Park (GP), Leicestershire 8 April Sweden Rickard Rydell Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK United Kingdom Robb Gravett
R2 Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK United Kingdom Richard Kaye
2 R3 Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 21 April Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu
Sweden Rickard Rydell
Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK United Kingdom Richard Kaye
R4 Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Team Schnitzer United Kingdom Richard Kaye
3 R5 Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 6 May Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK United Kingdom Lee Brookes
R6 Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Team Schnitzer United Kingdom Lee Brookes
4 R7 Silverstone Circuit (International), Northamptonshire 19 May Italy Roberto Ravaglia United Kingdom Kelvin Burt United Kingdom Kelvin Burt Volvo 850 Racing United Kingdom Richard Kaye
R8 Germany Frank Biela Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK United Kingdom Richard Kaye
5 R9 Oulton Park (International), Cheshire 27 May Germany Frank Biela Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Team Schnitzer United Kingdom Richard Kaye
R10 Germany Frank Biela Sweden Rickard Rydell Sweden Rickard Rydell Volvo 850 Racing United Kingdom Lee Brookes
6 R11 Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk 16 June Germany Joachim Winkelhock Germany Joachim Winkelhock United Kingdom James Thompson Vauxhall Sport United Kingdom Richard Kaye
R12 Germany Joachim Winkelhock Sweden Rickard Rydell Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Team Schnitzer United Kingdom Richard Kaye
7 R13 Brands Hatch (GP), Kent 30 June Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing United Kingdom Lee Brookes
R14 Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing United Kingdom Richard Kaye
8 R15 Silverstone Circuit (GP), Northamptonshire 14 July United Kingdom David Leslie Germany Frank Biela Italy Roberto Ravaglia BMW Team Schnitzer United Kingdom Richard Kaye
R16 United Kingdom David Leslie Sweden Rickard Rydell United Kingdom David Leslie Honda Team MSD United Kingdom Richard Kaye
9 R17 Knockhill Racing Circuit, Fife 28 July Sweden Rickard Rydell Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK United Kingdom Richard Kaye
R18 Sweden Rickard Rydell United Kingdom John Bintcliffe Sweden Rickard Rydell Volvo 850 Racing United Kingdom Matt Neal
10 R19 Oulton Park (Fosters), Cheshire 11 August United Kingdom David Leslie Germany Frank Biela Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing United Kingdom Richard Kaye
R20 Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK United Kingdom Richard Kaye
11 R21 Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 26 August Switzerland Alain Menu United Kingdom David Leslie United Kingdom David Leslie Honda Team MSD United Kingdom Lee Brookes
R22 Germany Joachim Winkelhock Netherlands Peter Kox Sweden Rickard Rydell Volvo 850 Racing United Kingdom Richard Kaye
12 R23 Donington Park (GP), Leicestershire 8 September Sweden Rickard Rydell Sweden Rickard Rydell Sweden Rickard Rydell Volvo 850 Racing United Kingdom Richard Kaye
R24 Sweden Rickard Rydell Germany Joachim Winkelhock United Kingdom David Leslie Honda Team MSD United Kingdom Lee Brookes
13 R25 Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 22 September Germany Joachim Winkelhock Netherlands Peter Kox Switzerland Alain Menu Williams Renault Dealer Racing United Kingdom Matt Neal
R26 Germany Joachim Winkelhock Netherlands Peter Kox Germany Frank Biela Audi Sport UK United Kingdom Matt Neal

Drivers Championship[edit]

Note: bold signifies pole position (1 point awarded all races), italics signifies fastest lap.

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th  Pole Position
15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
Pos Driver DON BHI THR SIL OUL SNE BHGP SIL KNO OUL THR DON BHI Pts
1 Germany Frank Biela 1 1 1 4 1 3 11 1 2 2 2 DSQ 2 8 3 2 1 2 2 1 2 3 4 3 4 1 289
2 Switzerland Alain Menu 3 Ret 2 2 Ret DNS 5 4 5 4 Ret 3 1 1 6 5 9 Ret 1 3 Ret 4 3 2 1 4 197
3 Sweden Rickard Rydell Ret 3 4 3 3 8 4 5 4 1 Ret 5 3 12 2 4 4 1 5 Ret 3 1 1 Ret 5 Ret 194
4 United Kingdom David Leslie Ret Ret 10 Ret 8 5 3 9 8 7 9 Ret 5 7 4 1 6 7 3 2 1 8 2 1 3 5 159
5 Germany Joachim Winkelhock 8 13 3 1 12 1 Ret Ret 1 Ret 5 1 6 2 5 Ret 5 5 6 4 Ret 6 7 6 DNS 3 158
6 Italy Roberto Ravaglia 7 7 6 6 6 2 2 2 7 5 Ret Ret 9 Ret 1 3 3 3 9 5 4 5 Ret 5 NC 2 157
7 United Kingdom John Bintcliffe 6 4 16 5 2 7 7 3 3 3 6 6 11 13 11 10 2 4 Ret 9 6 11 8 13 9 10 113
8 United Kingdom John Cleland 5 6 7 Ret 4 4 10 Ret Ret 9 3 2 10 4 10 Ret Ret 6 7 7 5 7 6 8 6 Ret 97
9 United Kingdom Will Hoy 2 2 17 DSQ 5 15 8 Ret Ret 6 7 9 4 3 9 6 10 11 4 Ret Ret 19 5 4 8 Ret 92
10 United Kingdom James Thompson 10 Ret Ret 7 7 6 6 6 17 Ret 1 4 7 5 8 7 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 2 Ret 9 DNS DNS 83
11 United Kingdom Kelvin Burt 4 5 Ret Ret DSQ 13 1 Ret 6 DNS 8 6 7 8 Ret 10 8 8 Ret 17 9 12 7 7 66
12 United Kingdom James Kaye 9 10 9 11 Ret 9 9 8 13 Ret Ret 7 Ret 14 Ret 11 8 8 10 10 8 9 Ret 10 DNS 8 33
13 New Zealand Paul Radisich Ret 8 5 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 Ret 9 7 9 Ret 11 Ret Ret 17 11 Ret Ret 27
14 Netherlands Peter Kox 7 10 12 7 2 6 26
15 United Kingdom Tim Harvey 11 9 Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 8 4 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 10 14 13 9 20
16 United Kingdom Patrick Watts Ret Ret 8 10 Ret 10 12 Ret 11 11 Ret 12 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 11 6
17 United Kingdom Richard Kaye 15 14 14 14 DNS NC 14 10 9 Ret 8 11 DSQ 16 12 14 11 15 11 13 DNS 15 13 16 DNS DNS 6
18 United Kingdom Owen McAuley 14 12 13 DNS 9 11 16 Ret 15 10 11 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 3
19 United Kingdom Lee Brookes 13 15 15 Ret 10 12 18 11 14 14 12 13 13 18 14 16 13 14 12 15 9 16 15 15 14 14 3
20 United Kingdom Steve Robertson Ret DNS 12 12 Ret Ret Ret 13 10 13 13 10 12 17 Ret 12 12 12 Ret 12 Ret 14 16 17 DNS DNS 2
21 United Kingdom Gary Ayles Ret 11 11 13 DNS DNS 15 12 12 12 10 14 Ret 10 13 15 Ret DNS 11 13 11 Ret DNS 12 2
22 United Kingdom Matt Neal Ret 16 11 Ret 17 Ret Ret DNS Ret 17 14 13 13 14 10 18 14 Ret 12 13 1
23 United Kingdom Jamie Spence 11 Ret 0
24 United Kingdom Robb Gravett 12 Ret Ret 15 13 14 19 Ret 16 15 Ret 18 15 16 0
25 United Kingdom Ian Heward DNS DNS DNS DNS 12 Ret 18 18 0
Privateers' Championship
1 United Kingdom Lee Brookes 13 15 15 Ret 10 12 18 11 14 14 12 13 13 18 14 16 13 14 12 15 9 16 15 15 14 14 312
2 United Kingdom Richard Kaye 15 14 14 14 DNS NC 14 10 9 Ret 8 11 DSQ 16 12 14 11 15 11 13 DNS 15 13 16 DNS DNS 272
3 United Kingdom Matt Neal Ret 16 11 Ret 17 Ret Ret DNS Ret 17 14 13 13 14 10 18 14 Ret 12 13 155
4 United Kingdom Robb Gravett 12 Ret Ret 15 13 14 19 Ret 16 15 Ret 18 15 16 103
5 United Kingdom Ian Heward DNS DNS DNS DNS 12 Ret 18 18 28
Pos. Driver DON BHI THR SIL OUL SNE BHGP SIL KNO OUL THR DON BHI Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Manufacturers Championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer DON BHI THR SIL OUL SNE BHGP SIL KNO OUL THR DON BHI Pts
1 Audi / Audi Sport UK 1 1 1 4 1 3 7 1 2 2 2 6 2 8 3 2 1 2 2 1 2 3 4 3 4 1 298
2 BMW / BMW Team Schnitzer 7 7 3 1 6 1 2 2 1 5 5 1 6 2 1 3 3 3 6 4 4 5 7 5 2 2 258
3 Volvo / Volvo 850 Racing 4 3 4 3 3 8 1 5 4 1 Ret 5 3 6 2 4 4 1 5 8 3 1 1 12 5 7 244
4 Renault / Williams Renault Dealer Racing 2 2 2 2 5 15 5 4 5 4 7 3 1 1 6 5 9 11 1 3 Ret 4 3 2 1 4 243
5 Honda / Honda Team MSD 9 10 9 11 8 5 3 8 8 7 9 7 5 7 4 1 6 7 3 2 1 8 2 1 3 5 201
6 Vauxhall / Vauxhall Sport 5 6 7 7 4 4 6 6 17 9 1 2 7 4 8 7 Ret 6 7 6 5 2 6 8 6 Ret 172
7 Ford / Valvoline Team Mondeo Ret 8 5 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 10 13 13 8 12 11 Ret 9 7 9 Ret 11 Ret 14 16 11 Ret Ret 74
= Peugeot / Total Team Peugeot 11 9 8 9 Ret 10 12 Ret 11 8 4 12 Ret 9 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 10 14 10 9 74
Pos Manufacturer DON BHI THR SIL OUL SNE BHGP SIL KNO OUL THR DON BHI Pts

Teams Championship[edit]

Pos Team DON BHI THR SIL OUL SNE BHGP SIL KNO OUL THR DON BHI Pts
1 Audi Sport UK 1 1 1 4 1 3 7 1 2 2 2 6 2 8 3 2 1 2 2 1 2 3 4 3 4 1 396
6 4 16 5 2 7 11 3 3 3 6 DSQ 11 13 11 10 2 4 Ret 9 6 11 8 13 9 10
2 BMW Team Schnitzer 7 7 3 1 6 1 2 2 1 5 5 1 6 2 1 3 3 3 6 4 4 5 7 5 2 2 323
8 13 6 6 12 2 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 5 Ret 5 5 9 5 7 6 12 6 NC 3
3 Williams Renault Dealer Racing 2 2 2 2 5 15 5 4 5 4 7 3 1 1 6 5 9 11 1 3 Ret 4 3 2 1 4 288
3 Ret 17 DSQ Ret DNS 8 Ret Ret 6 Ret 9 4 3 9 6 10 Ret 4 Ret Ret 19 5 4 8 Ret
4 Volvo 850 Racing 4 3 4 3 3 8 1 5 4 1 Ret 5 3 6 2 4 4 1 5 8 3 1 1 12 5 7 255
Ret 5 Ret Ret DSQ 13 4 Ret 6 DNS 8 12 7 8 Ret 10 8 Ret Ret 17 9 Ret 7 Ret
5 Honda Team MSD 9 10 9 11 8 5 3 8 8 7 9 7 5 7 4 1 6 7 3 2 1 8 2 1 3 5 186
Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 9 9 9 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 11 8 8 10 10 8 9 Ret 10 DNS 8
6 Vauxhall Sport 5 6 7 7 4 4 6 6 17 9 1 2 7 4 8 7 Ret 6 7 6 5 2 6 8 6 Ret 185
10 Ret Ret Ret 7 6 10 Ret Ret Ret 3 4 10 5 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 7 Ret 9 DNS DNS
7 Valvoline Team Mondeo Ret 8 5 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 10 13 13 8 12 11 Ret 9 7 9 Ret 11 Ret 14 16 11 Ret Ret 29
Ret DNS 12 12 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 17 Ret 12 12 12 Ret 12 Ret Ret 17 17 DNS DNS
8 Total Team Peugeot 11 9 8 9 Ret 10 12 Ret 11 8 4 12 Ret 9 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 10 14 10 9 26
Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 11
9 Mint Motorsport 15 14 14 14 DNS NC 14 10 9 Ret 8 11 DSQ 16 12 14 11 15 11 13 DNS 15 13 16 DNS DNS 6
10 Rouse Sport 14 11 11 13 9 11 15 12 12 10 10 14 14 10 13 15 Ret DNS 11 13 11 Ret 11 12 5
Ret 12 13 DNS DNS DNS 16 Ret 15 12 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret
11 Brookes Motorsport 13 15 15 Ret 10 12 18 11 14 14 12 13 13 18 14 16 13 14 12 15 9 16 15 15 14 14 3
12 Team Dynamics 12 Ret Ret 15 11 14 17 Ret 16 15 Ret DNS Ret 17 14 13 13 14 10 18 14 Ret 12 13 1
Ret 16 13 Ret 19 Ret Ret 18 15 16
13 ProMotor Sport DNS DNS DNS DNS 12 Ret 18 18 0
Pos Team DON BHI THR SIL OUL SNE BHGP SIL KNO OUL THR DON BHI Pts

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