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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

Rule changesEdit

  • 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
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th 
50kg 40kg 30kg 20kg 10kg

Cancelled

Success Ballast Format B Races
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th 
25kg 20kg 15kg 10kg 5kg

Team changesEdit

2 New works teams entered the series: Alfa Corse (Alfa Romeo 155 TS) and Volvo 850 Racing (Volvo 850 SE/GLT) meaning 10 different works teams would race in the series.

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.

Drivers changesEdit

Defending champion, Lorenzo Turri, switched to the new Alfa Corse team for 1994. He was joined by former team mate, Kris Simton at the Italian marque.

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.

David Osborne left Nissan and took his Castrol sponsorship to Toyota to fill Simton's vacated seat and was joined by former Peugeot man, Tom Cinchy.

Also leaving Nissan was Mike Bell who joined the new Tom Walkinshaw Racing ran Volvo team which ran the bonkers 850 estate.

Jaz Evered also left the Nissan team to join up with Matt Hull at Vauxhall Sport. Hull would spend a third season at Vauxhall.

Filling the vacant Nissan seats were rookies, Josh Popplewell from Britain and Swedish driver, Daniel Koch.

BMW returned to the series along with British driver Kyle Benton making his debut.

The returning Team Mazda also hired a series debutants, Emile Taylor and Daniel Hurlock, both from the UK.

Independent champion, Pekka Ylitalo, left the series to concentrate on sportscar racing.

Gunning for the Independent title in 1994 was Harlow Motorsport's Jameson Evans from the United States, making his first appearance in the series.

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.

The Hamish Irvine team made their series debut with Marie Müller from Liechtenstein who would take the wheel of their BMW 318is.

Mid season changesEdit

From Round 2 onwards, Jake Black drove for Maxted Motorsport, both making their debuts in the series.

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.

Season summaryEdit

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.

Teams and driversEdit

The following 21 drivers and 14 teams took part in the 1994 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

Team Car No. Drivers Rounds
Manufacturer
Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 155 TS 1 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 1-3
55 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Kris Simton 1-3
Renault Dealer Team Renault Laguna 4 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Michael Sneath 1-3
69 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Johannes Meles 1-3
Volvo 850 Racing Volve 850 SE/GLT 5 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Mike Bell 1-3
27 22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Daniel Koch
Peugeot Sport Peugeot 405 Mi16 8 22px-Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg.png Amer Hammoud 1-3
TBA
Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Cavalier 16v 9 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jaz Evered 1-3
32 22px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Matt Hull 1-3
Old Spice Nissan Racing Nissan Primera eGT 19 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Josh Popplewell 1-3
27 22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Daniel Koch 1-3
59 22px-Flag_of_Liechtenstein.svg.png Marie Müller
BMW Motorsport Team Schnitzer BMW 318i 22 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Kyle Benton 1-3
TBA
Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Carina E 33 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png David Osborne 1-3
TBA
Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Si 37 22px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Halil Sahin 1
43 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Nathan Hammond 1-3
88 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Chris English 1-3
Team Mazda Mazda Xedos 87 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Daniel Hurlock 1-3
96 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Emile Taylor 1-3
Independent
Maxted Motorsport Vauxhall Cavalier 16v 21 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Nick Wu
Toyota Carina E 34 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jake Black 2-3
Woodkirk Peugeot Peugeot 405 Mi16 46 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png David Todaro 1-3
Hamish Irvine BMW 318is 59 22px-Flag_of_Liechtenstein.svg.png Marie Müller 1-3
Harlow Motorsport Renault 19 16v 99 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Jameson Evans 1-3
Geoff Steel Racing BMW 318is TBA
Team HMSO Cavalier Vauxhall Cavalier 16v TBA
Roy Kennedy Racing Vauxhall Cavalier 16v TBA

Race calendarEdit

Round Circuit Date
1 R1 Thruxton
(Hampshire)
17 April
R2
R3
2 R4 Brands Hatch
(Indy Circuit, Kent)
2 May
R5
R6
3 R7 Castle Combe
(Wiltshire)
15 May
R8
R9
4 R10 Silverstone
(National Circuit, Northamptonshire)
30 May
R11
5 R12 Snetterton
(Norfolk)
12 June
R13
R14
6 R15 Oulton Park
(International Circuit, Cheshire)
26 June
R16
R17
7 R18 Donington Park
(Grand Prix Circuit, Leicestershire)
10 July
R19
R20
8 R21 Knockhill Racing Circuit
(Fife)
14 August
R22
9 R23 Oulton Park
(Island Circuit, Cheshire)
29 August
R24
R25
10 R26 Brands Hatch
(Grand Prix Circuit, Kent)
18 September
R27
R28

Calendar changesEdit

  • 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.

ResultsEdit

Round Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Winning independent Report
1 R1 Thruxton 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.pngAlfa Corse 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png David Todaro Report
R2 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Mike Bell 22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.pngVolvo 850 Racing 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png David Todaro
R3 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Mike Bell 22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.pngVolvo 850 Racing 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Jameson Evans
2 R4 Brands Hatch 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.pngAlfa Corse 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jake Black Report
R5 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.pngAlfa Corse 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jake Black
R6 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.pngAlfa Corse 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jake Black
3 R7 Castle Combe Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Report
R8 Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled
R9 Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled
4 R10 Silverstone Report
R11
5 R12 Snetterton Report
R13
R14
6 R15 Oulton Park Report
R16
R17
7 R18 Donington Park Report
R19
R20
8 R21 Knockhill Report
R22
9 R23 Oulton Park Report
R24
R25
10 R26 Brands Hatch Report
R27
R28

Championship standingsEdit

Points systemEdit

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th  Pole Position
18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1

Independent points are awarded to the top three drivers in each race as follows:

Points system
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Driver's Championship

Pos Driver THR BRH CAS SIL SNE OUL DON KNO OUL BRH Pts
1 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 1 2 2 1 1 1 C C C 106
2 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Mike Bell 2 1 1 2 6 2 C C C 94
3 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Johannes Meles 9 3 5 3 3 4 C C C 72
4 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Kris Simton 8 4 4 4 4 8 C C C 64
5 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Nathan Hammond 3 10 8 14 2 3 C C C 60
6 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Daniel Hurlock 6 7 3 10 5 12 C C C 60
7 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Michael Sneath 7 9 11 9 9 6 C C C 45
8 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Kyle Benton 4 6 6 5 DNS DNS C C C 43
9 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png David Osborne 13 11 7 6 11 7 C C C 41
10 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Chris English 5 5 12 17 13 11 C C C 34
11 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jaz Evered 12 12 RET 8 8 10 C C C 30
12 22px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Matt Hull 10 RET 9 16 7 9 C C C 29
13 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jake Black 7 10 5 C C C 26
14 22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Daniel Koch 11 8 14 12 RET RET C C C 19
15 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png David Todaro 15 13 13 15 12 RET C C C 12
16 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Jameson Evans 16 16 10 18 16 13 C C C 9
17 22px-Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg.png Amer Hammoud 14 RET RET 11 RET DNS C C C 7
18 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Josh Popplewell 17 14 16 13 15 RET C C C 6
19 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Emile Taylor 18 15 RET RET 14 15 C C C 4
20 22px-Flag_of_Liechtenstein.svg.png Marie Müller RET 17 RET RET RET 14 C C C 2
21 22px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Halil Sahin DNS DNS DNS 0

Manufacturer Driver's Championship

Pos Driver THR BRH CAS SIL SNE OUL DON KNO OUL BRH Pts
1 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 1 2 2 1 1 1 C C C 106
2 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Mike Bell 2 1 1 2 6 2 C C C 94
3 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Johannes Meles 9 3 5 3 3 4 C C C 72
4 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Kris Simton 8 4 4 4 4 8 C C C 64
5 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Nathan Hammond 3 10 8 14 2 3 C C C 60
6 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Daniel Hurlock 6 7 3 10 5 12 C C C 60
7 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Michael Sneath 7 9 11 9 9 6 C C C 45
8 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Kyle Benton 4 6 6 5 DNS DNS C C C 43
9 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png David Osborne 13 11 7 6 11 7 C C C 41
10 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Chris English 5 5 12 17 13 11 C C C 34
11 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jaz Evered 12 12 RET 8 8 10 C C C 30
12 22px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Matt Hull 10 RET 9 16 7 9 C C C 29
13 22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Daniel Koch 11 8 14 12 RET RET C C C 19
14 22px-Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg.png Amer Hammoud 14 RET RET 11 RET DNS C C C 7
15 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Josh Popplewell 17 14 16 13 15 RET C C C 6
16 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Emile Taylor 18 15 RET RET 14 15 C C C 4
17 22px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Halil Sahin DNS DNS DNS 0

Manufacturer Team's Championship

Pos Manufacturer/Team Driver THR BRH CAS SIL SNE OUL DON KNO OUL BRH Pts
1 Alfa Corse 22px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Lorenzo Turri 1 2 2 1 1 1 C C C 170
22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Kris Simton 8 4 4 4 4 8 C C C
2 Renault Dealer Racing 22px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Johannes Meles 9 3 5 3 3 4 C C C 117
22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Michael Sneath 7 9 11 9 9 6 C C C
3 Volvo 850 Racing 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Mike Bell 2 1 1 2 6 2 C C C 94
22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Daniel Koch
4 Team Mondeo 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Nathan Hammond 3 10 8 14 2 3 C C C 94
22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Chris English 5 5 12 17 13 11 C C C
5 Team Mazda 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Daniel Hurlock 6 7 3 10 5 12 C C C 64
22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Emile Taylor 18 15 RET RET 14 15 C C C
6 Vauxhall Sport 22px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Matt Hull 10 RET 9 16 7 9 C C C 59
22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jaz Evered 12 12 RET 8 8 10 C C C
7 BMW Motorsport Team Schnitzer 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Kyle Benton 4 6 6 5 DNS DNS C C C 43
TBA C C C
8 Toyota Castrol Team 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png David Osborne 13 11 7 6 11 7 C C C 41
TBA C C C
9 Old Spice Nissan Racing 22px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Daniel Koch 11 8 14 12 RET RET C C C 25
22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Josh Popplewell 17 14 16 13 15 RET C C C
22px-Flag_of_Liechtenstein.svg.png Marie Müller
10 Peugeot Sport 22px-Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg.png Amer Hammoud 14 RET RET 11 RET DNS C C C 7
TBA C C C

Independent Driver's Championship

Pos Driver THR BRH CAS SIL SNE OUL DON KNO OUL BRH Pts
1 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Jameson Evans 16 16 10 18 16 13 C C C 94
2 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png David Todaro 15 13 13 15 12 RET C C C 84
3 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jake Black 7 10 5 C C C 54
4 22px-Flag_of_Liechtenstein.svg.png Marie Müller RET 17 RET RET RET 14 C C C 28

Independent Team's Championship

Pos Team Driver THR BRH CAS SIL SNE OUL DON KNO OUL BRH Pts
1 Harlow Motorsport 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png Jameson Evans 16 16 10 18 16 13 C C C 94
2 Woodkirk Peugeot 22px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png David Todaro 15 13 13 15 12 RET C C C 84
3 Maxted Motorsport 22px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png Jake Black 7 10 5 C C C 54
4 Hamish Irvine 22px-Flag_of_Liechtenstein.svg.png Marie Müller RET 17 RET RET RET 14 C C C 28
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