|1994 BTCC season|
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The 1994 British Touring Car Championship season was the fourth British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season which commenced on 17 April and ended on 18 September. The championship consisted of ten meetings, each held in the United Kingdom.
Changes for 1994Edit
- For 1994, any first-lap crashes involving more than one car, the new 'Virtual Safety Car' would be introduced. It obliged drivers to reduce their speed by using their pit limiter.
- Also, new for 1994 would be 'Success Ballast'. Success ballast is as a handicap weight system to help level the performance of the cars. Adding weight to the highest performing cars at the end of race 1 and race 2. In the case of the STSR BTCC at the end of each race the top 5 finishing cars will be designated success ballast for the next race. The top five point scoring drivers of a race meeting will carry over half of (rounded up) success ballast gained to the next race meetings qualifying session but will be reset to 0kg for the start of race 1.
|Success Ballast Format A Races|
|Success Ballast Format B Races|
BMW returned to the series for the first time since 1992 under the name BMW Motorsport Team Schnitzer.
Team Mazda also returned to the BTCC having last raced in the championship in 1992.
Park Lane Racing withdrew from the championship at the end of the 1993 season.
Team Dynamics, the current Independent Team's champions, also left the series.
4 new Independent teams joined the grid. Harlow Motorsport (Renault 19), Woodkirk Peugeot (Peugeot 405), Hamish Irvine team (BMW 318) and Maxted Motorsport (Toyota Carina) all joined the series for the first time.
Turri's former team, Ford, retained Halil Sahin and partnered him with two rookie Brits, Nathan Hammond and Chris English. Ford thought that they had only missed out on the Manufacturer Team's championship because of their numerical disadvantage to Nissan in 1993.
Independent champion, Pekka Ylitalo, left the series to concentrate on sportscar racing.
David Todaro returned to the series driving the Woodkirk Peugeot entry having previously drove for the Peugeot works team in 1992 and the early part of 1993 and the Independent Tech-Speed Motorsport team in 1991.
Mid season changesEdit
For Round 4 and onwards, Daniel Koch made the switch from Nissan to Volvo. He was replaced at Nissan by Marie Müller who moved from the Hamish Irvine team. Nick Wu would make his debut in the series driving for Maxted Motorsport.
From Round 6 and onwards, Jake Black and Nick Wu were promoted to the works Toyota team.
The first round of the 1994 British Touring Car Championship took place at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire. Reigning champion Lorenzo Turri took pole position in his first qualifying session in the new Alfa Romeo 155 TS. Turri won the opening race of the season with Mike Bell in the Volvo 850 Estate finishing 2nd, with series debutant, Nathan Hammond filling out the podium. However, it would be Bell who would take victory in races 2 and 3 and even though Turri finished 2nd behind Bell in both races, it would be the 1993 runner-up leading the championship as the weekend finished. Johannes Meles achieved his first podium of the year in race 2, with Mazda's Daniel Hurlock claiming his first BTCC podium in race 3.
Brands Hatch played host to round 2 of the championship, with the cars running on the Indy layout. Jake Black made his first appearance in the series driving for Independent team Maxted Motorsport. It was a dominant weekend for Turri as he took pole position, won all 3 races and took fastest laps in each race for maximum points. This put him at the head of the championship standings as Bell took a 2 second place finishes and a 6th in race 2 after an off. After a poor race one for Hammond, he bounced back with 2nd in race 2 and a 3rd in race 3 with Meles taking 3rd in race 1 and 2 leaving the German 3rd in the championship.
Castle Combe was scheduled to host Round 3 of the championship. However, following the free practice session, in which Turri was fastest, there were numerous technical difficulties preventing the start of Qualifying and therefore, the race. The round was cancelled and would not be rearranged for another date.
Between Rounds 3 and 4, there were 2 driver changes. Daniel Koch left Nissan, and drove for Volvo alongside Bell. Koch was replaced at Nissan by Independent driver Marie Müller who left the Hamish Irvine team.
Turri was once again the fastest driver at Round 4 at Silverstone. The Italian took pole position, wins in both the sprint and feature races as well as fastest lap in the sprint. Preventing Turri from the perfect weekend was Chris English who took the fastest lap in the feature race. Turri's nearest rival, Bell, was 2nd in the sprint and 5th in the feature. Meles took the final spot on the podium in the sprint race but retired from the feature, a dissapointment for the Renault team which were only fielding one car at Silverstone. Taking 2nd place in the feature was Hurlock, achieving Mazda's best result since 1992. Hammond rounded off the feature race podium, mounting pressure on Bell in the championship.
Round 5 headed east to the Snetterton track in Norfolk. Renault would be absent from the weekend. Turri, once again took pole position and managed to convert the pole position into the win in race 1, along with the fastest lap of the race. Daniel Hurlock took his first victory in the BTCC in race 2 which was matched in race 3 by Nathan Hammond. Hurlcok and Hammond whould be pleased with their performances in the first part of their opening BTCC campaigns, giving them and outside chance for the championship. English took second in race 2, his first BTCC podium, pleasing the Ford team as they looked to improve their championship chances and close the gap on Alfa Romeo.
For Round 6 at Oulton Park, Toyota 'promoted' Jake Black and Nick Wu from Maxted Motorsport to the works team. Returning to the Paddock after last racing at Round 2 at Brands Hatch was Michael Sneath. Turri took another pole position at the Cheshire track, converting pole into victory along with the fast lap in race 1. However, Turri retired on the start line in race 2, opeing the door to Bell to close the gap at the top of the standings. Bell wouldn't win a race over the weekend, but took big points with 2 second place finishes abd a 4th in race 2. Meles would take victory in race 2, the Renault Laguna's first win the BTCC. Jake Black took 2nd in his new Toyota drive and Hammond rounded out the podium. For race 3, Turri fought from the back of the grid to win, but with the top six being covered by only 5 seconds, the race could've been won by a number of drivers. Bell (2nd), Black (3rd), Hammond (4th), Meles (5th) and Simton (6th) were all in with a chance of the win. Race 3 would go down as an instant classic with the amount of overtaking between the top 6 throughout the race.
Teams and driversEdit
The following 21 drivers and 14 teams took part in the 1994 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
|Alfa Corse||Alfa Romeo 155 TS||1||Lorenzo Turri||1-8|
|Renault Dealer Team||Renault Laguna||4||Michael Sneath||1-3, 6-8|
|69||Johannes Meles||1-4, 6-8|
|Volvo 850 Racing||Volve 850 SE/GLT||5||Mike Bell||1-8|
|Peugeot Sport||Peugeot 405 Mi16||8||Amer Hammoud||1-3, 5|
|Vauxhall Sport||Vauxhall Cavalier 16v||9||Jaz Evered||1-3|
|Old Spice Nissan Racing||Nissan Primera eGT||19||Josh Popplewell||1-3, 6|
|BMW Motorsport Team Schnitzer||BMW 318i||22||Kyle Benton||1-4, 8|
|Toyota Castrol Team||Toyota Carina E||21||Nick Wu||6-7|
|Team Mondeo||Ford Mondeo Si||37||Halil Sahin||1|
|88||Chris English||1-5, 7-8|
|Team Mazda||Mazda Xedos||87||Daniel Hurlock||1-5, 7-8|
|Maxted Motorsport||Vauxhall Cavalier 16v||21||Nick Wu||4|
|Toyota Carina E||34||Jake Black||2-5|
|Woodkirk Peugeot||Peugeot 405 Mi16||46||David Todaro||1-3, 6|
|Hamish Irvine||BMW 318is||59||Marie Müller||1-3|
|Harlow Motorsport||Renault 19 16v||99||Jameson Evans||1-3|
|Geoff Steel Racing||BMW 318is||TBA|
|Team HMSO Cavalier||Vauxhall Cavalier 16v||TBA|
|Roy Kennedy Racing||Vauxhall Cavalier 16v||TBA|
|2||R4|| Brands Hatch|
(Indy Circuit, Kent)
|3||R7|| Castle Combe|
(National Circuit, Northamptonshire)
|6||R15|| Oulton Park|
(International Circuit, Cheshire)
|7||R18|| Donington Park|
(Grand Prix Circuit, Leicestershire)
|8||R21|| Knockhill Racing Circuit|
|9||R24|| Oulton Park|
(Island Circuit, Cheshire)
|10||R27|| Brands Hatch|
(Grand Prix Circuit, Kent)
- After only one year on the calendar in 1993, Pembrey would be dropped from the 1994 calendar and replaced by Castle Combe.
- Silverstone would only host 1 round in 1994 (Silverstone held 2 rounds per year 1991-1993) and would be replaced by a 2nd round at Oulton Park, one of which would be the 100th race in STSR British Touring Car history.
Independent points are awarded to the top three drivers in each race as follows:
Manufacturer Driver's Championship
Manufacturer Team's Championship
|1||Alfa Corse||Lorenzo Turri||1||2||2||1||1||1||C||C||C||1||1||1||3||2||1||RET||1||1||1||1||1||5||1||503|
|2||Team Mondeo||Nathan Hammond||3||10||8||14||2||3||C||C||C||4||3||2||4||1||3||3||4||3||3||5||8||7||RET||385|
|3||Renault Dealer Racing||Johannes Meles||9||3||5||3||3||4||C||C||C||3||RET||4||1||5||5||2||6||RET||6||4||314|
|4||Volvo 850 Racing||Mike Bell||2||1||1||2||6||2||C||C||C||2||5||3||7||4||2||4||2||4||RET||3||2||2||3||290|
|5||Team Mazda||Daniel Hurlock||6||7||3||10||5||12||C||C||C||6||2||4||1||3||9||9||7||6||3||RET||181|
|6||Toyota Castrol Team||David Osborne||13||11||7||6||11||7||C||C||C||RET||RET||RET||DNS||DNS||199|
|7||BMW Motorsport Team Schnitzer||Kyle Benton||4||6||6||5||DNS||DNS||C||C||C||8||6||9||11||8||81|
|8||Vauxhall Sport||Matt Hull||10||RET||9||16||7||9||C||C||C||74|
|9||Old Spice Nissan Racing||Daniel Koch||11||8||14||12||RET||RET||C||C||C||34|
|10||Peugeot Sport||Amer Hammoud||14||RET||RET||11||RET||DNS||C||C||C||RET||DNS||DNS||7|
Independent Driver's Championship
Independent Team's Championship
|1||Maxted Motorsport||Jake Black||7||10||5||C||C||C||9||7||7||5||6||160|
|2||Woodkirk Peugeot||David Todaro||15||13||13||15||12||RET||C||C||C||8||8||8||138|
|3||Harlow Motorsport||Jameson Evans||16||16||10||18||16||13||C||C||C||94|
|4||Hamish Irvine||Marie Müller||RET||17||RET||RET||RET||14||C||C||C||28|