BTC Racing

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United Kingdom BTC Racing
Founded2006
Team principal(s)Bert Taylor and Steve Dudman
Current seriesBTCC
Noted driversChris Smiley, Josh Cook
Websitehttps://btcracing.co.uk

BTC Racing is a British auto racing team based in Brackley, Northamptonshire and run by Bert Taylor. The team is best known for competing in the British Touring Car Championship.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Lexus IS (2006–2007)[edit]

They ran 2 Lexus IS 200 cars for Chris Stockton and Darren Dowling in the latter two rounds of the 2006 British Touring Car Championship season in preparation for a fuller campaign the following season.

They retained Stockton for 2007 but signed Nick Leason as their second driver, although he ultimately only contested the first 3 rounds.

Lexus IS and SEAT Toledo (2008)[edit]

For 2008, Stockton was joined initially by truck racing champion Stuart Oliver. They replaced the Lexus cars with ex-Motorbase SEATs after two rounds, but had little success. The team missed round 6 at Snetterton after reported financial problems. Gareth Howell made two appearances in place of Oliver. The team were looking to enter the 2009 British Touring Car Championship season with two SEAT Leóns, but decided against this.[1]

Chevrolet Cruze (2014)[edit]

The team returned to the BTCC in 2014 with Chris Stockton driving an NGTC Chevrolet Cruze, which was originally built for Silverline Chevrolet, however the car was never completed as RML decided not to race in 2012.

The team originally planned to enter during 2013, but made the decision to concentrate on building their NGTC Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.

In 2015, the team's TBL was sold to their title sponsor Automotive Brands who set up a two car Power Maxed Racing as a separate operation.

Chevrolet Cruze (2017)[edit]

The team's drivers, Dave Newsham and Chris Smiley, at the Knockhill round of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship.

In December 2016, the team announced plans to return to the grid with Chris Smiley and Dave Newsham[2] announced as the drivers in a pair of Chevrolet Cruzes purchased back from Power Maxed Racing[3]

Honda Civic Type R (2018-)[edit]

BTC Norlin switched to ex-Dynamics Honda Civics in 2018 as the works team switched to the new shape car. Daniel Lloyd took the team's first win at Croft then followed up by Chris Smiley at Rockingham, making him the last ever winner at the infamous oval track.

Honda Civic Type R (FK8) (2019-)[edit]

For the 2019 season, without title sponsor Norlin, BTC will run two Honda Civic Type R (FK8) cars. Chris Smiley has re-signed for another season and Josh Cook joins as his new team mate from Power Maxed Racing, while the team have also moved to a new facility in Brackley, Northamptonshire. After just one round of the Kwik Fit BTCC Josh Cook leads the championship with a fantastic opening weekend from both drivers at Brands Hatch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BTC will not race in 2009". autosport.com. 2009-02-09. Archived from the original on 11 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  2. ^ "NEWSHAM COMPLETES BTC NORLIN RACING LINE-UP". BTCC Official Website. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ "BTC Norlin Racing Joins Grid". BTCC Official Website. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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