Touring Car Racing - Champions
The Classic Touring Car Championship was grounded to facilitate a shelter for the various saloon cars racing over a number of years. The FIA World Touring Car Championship was authorized by the FIA. The last championship was in 2005. Following are a list of championships.
- World Touring Car Championship
- European Touring Car Championship
- British Touring Car Championship
- CNC Heads Saloon Championship
Touring car racing is an adventurous sport where the riders use cars of different brands in order of win races and series. Following are some of the Touring Car racing champions.
Gordon Shedden is an auto racer from Britain who belongs to Honda Yuasa Racing Team. In 1999, Shedden won the Ford Fiesta Championship, which was followed by nine more wins in various competitions. He took part in SEAT Cupra Championship in 2003 and 2004 but could not succeed. He was a runner-up in 2003 and ranked fourth in 2004.
In 2006, Team Halfords chose him to take part in BTC Championship where he won five times. In 2007, he joined the team of Honda Civic and earned four wins in BTC Championship series. In 2008 and 2009, he could not succeed much. In 2010, he won two races at Croft Circuit and finished third in Drivers Championships.
Colin Turkington is an Irish auto racer who is currently a member of Team BMR and is competing in BTC Championship. He won BTC Championship for Team RAC in 2009 and for Team eBay Motors in 2014. Turkington started his career in 1993. He won his first title in 1998 in Northern Irish Metro Championship.
His next Championship was Ford Credit Fiesta Zedec in 1999 and he won this title in 2001. In 2002, he moved to BTC Championship where he joined Team Atomic Kitten and ranked 14th. In the season 2003-2004, he took part in West Surrey racing and won his first race. In 2006, he ranked third in Drivers Championships. Till 2015, he won many championships.
Andrew Jordan is a British auto racer who won BTC Championship in 2013. In 2003, he joined Ford Rally Academy and won Winter Junior Rallycross Championship. The following year also he won BTRDA Junior Rallycross Championship. The year 2005 was his year as he won four different titles. In 2006, he won British Rallycross Supercar class.
In 2009, he joined his father’s team and his success included two podiums. In 2009, he joined Vauxhall Team and got first pole position. In the seasons that followed, he took part in many races and won. In 2014, he again took part in Rallycross and finished third. In 2016, he announced that he would join Motobase for 2016 season.
Matt Neal or Matthew Neal is a British auto racer who won BTC Championship three times. Neal started his career in 1988 and drove Ford Fiesta. He was British Group N Champion in 1990 and 1991. Neal debuted into BTC Championship through Pyramid Motosport and finished 13th. In 1992, he joined Team Dynamics and won the Total Cup in 1993. In 1995, he again joined the Team Dynamics and won different titles in 1995, 1999, and 2000.
In 2001, he took part in European Touring Car Championship and finished 14th. In 2002, he again came to BTC Championship and ranked third. In the season 2004 to 2007, he rejoined Team Dynamics and took part in Drivers Championship and Independents Championship. He also took part in many other championships but could not succeed much.
Jason Plato is a British racer who has won BTC Championship two times. He also has the record of most wins in BTC Championship. In his career, he took part in Formula Three and Formula Renault and after that he participated in Renault Spider Championship in 1996 and won the title.
In 2000, he joined Vauxhall and ranked fifth. In 2001, he won the BTC Championship being in the Vauxhall team. In the season 2002-2003, he took part in NASCAR racing and finished third. He returned to BTC Championship in 2004 and took part in many races.
Fabrizio Giovanardi is an Italian racer who has won eight Touring Car titles. In 1986, he won the Italian and World Formula C Karting titles. In 1987, he took part in Italian Formula 3 Championship and scored a podium. He won two races in the championship and got third rank in the overall championship.
In 1989, he participated in International Formula 3000 and won the first race but in overall championship, he ranked 10th. In 1991, he took part in Italian Superturismo Championship and got five Class S2 victories. He also has taken part in European, World, and British Touring Car Championships and won many races.
James Thompson is a British auto racer who has won BTC Championship two times. He started his career in 1994 through Peugeot 405. In 1995, he was a member of Vauxhall team and was the youngest winner. In 1996, he won a race with Vauxhall Vectra.
From 1997 onwards, he took part in various races but could not succeed. In 2001, he joined Team Egg Sport and got four victories. In 2002 and 2004, he was BTC Championship champion. He took part in SEAT Sport UK with Jason Plato. In 2007, he took part in World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and earned the third place.
Yvan Muller is an auto racer from France who won World Touring Cars Championships four times. In 1992, he won Formula Two Championship. In 1995, Muller won French Supertouring Championship. He debuted in BTC Championship in the year 1998 and became the top driver in 2000, where he raced for Vauxhall.
In 2001, Muller again took part in BTC Championship and finished second. In the following year, he again finished second in the same series. In 2006, he switched to WTCC and finished at the second place. In 2007, he got the second position. In 2010 and 2011, he won the World Touring Car Championship.
Alain Menu is a Swiss Racer who has won BTC Championship two times. He finished second in WTCC when he drove for Chevrolet between 2005 and 2012. Menu started his career as a single racer and reached International Formula 3000 Championship in 1991. In 1993, he associated with Renault and took part in BTC Championship.
In this championship, he finished at the second position. In 1994, he again took part in BTC Championship with Renault Laguna but could not get much success. However, he got pole position and third rank in the race. In 1997, Menu won four races. In 1998, he won three races with the same Renault car. Later on, he took part in many other races of BTC Championship. Now Menu is a coach for BMR Team.
Laurent Aïello is a French auto racer who won 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998, BTC Championship in 1999, and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series in 2002. He started his career in 1988 and ended in 2005.
He also took part in International Formula 3000, French Supertouring Championship, The Italian Super Touring Championship, and Super Tourenwagen Cup.
In 1994, he won CFS title and in 1997, he won STW title. At the starting of his career, he took part in French Karting Championship.