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View Poll Results: Who is the greatest BTCC driver?
Jack Sears 0 0%
Jeff Uren 0 0%
George Shepherd 0 0%
John Whitmore 0 0%
John Love 1 1.69%
Jim Clark 4 6.78%
Graham Hill 0 0%
Roy Pierpoint 0 0%
John Fitzpatrick 0 0%
Frank Gardner 1 1.69%
Alec Poole 0 0%
Bill McGovern 0 0%
Bernard Unett 0 0%
Richard Longman 0 0%
Win Percy 1 1.69%
Chris Hodgetts 0 0%
Frank Sytner 0 0%
Gordon Spice 0 0%
Brian Muir 0 0%
Stuart Graham 0 0%
Richard Lloyd 0 0%
Vince Woodman 0 0%
Andy Rouse 21 35.59%
Steve Soper 1 1.69%
Robb Gravett 1 1.69%
Jeff Allam 0 0%
John Cleland 1 1.69%
Will Hoy 0 0%
Tim Harvey 0 0%
Joachim Winkelhock 0 0%
Gabriele Tarquini 1 1.69%
Frank Biela 0 0%
Alain Menu 3 5.08%
David Leslie 0 0%
Rickard Rydell 1 1.69%
Anthony Reid 0 0%
Laurent Aiello 0 0%
Yvan Muller 3 5.08%
James Thompson 0 0%
Jason Plato 4 6.78%
Matt Neal 0 0%
Fabrizio Giovanardi 2 3.39%
Colin Turkington 10 16.95%
Rob Collard 0 0%
Gordon Shedden 1 1.69%
Mat Jackson 0 0%
Andrew Jordan 0 0%
Ash Sutton 2 3.39%
Tom Ingram 0 0%
Dan Cammish 1 1.69%
Gerry Marshall 0 0%
Paul Radisich 0 0%
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Old 28 Jul 2021, 14:30 (Ref:4063603)   #46
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The next ten in my list:

50. Aron Smith
While Smith's ranking mostly comes from how closely matched he was to Mat Jackson, perhaps his greatest moment came during qualifying for the opening race of the 2015 season at Brands Hatch, when he stuck that Volkswagen on the front row, ahead of teammates Plato and Turkington. Also took four fine victories, and beat a returning Menu in 2014 in the same car. I have noticed that since he changed his name to Aron Taylor-Smith in 2017, the results have dropped off significantly but hopefully he will get on terms with Goff soon.
49. Darren Turner
Drove for two and a half seasons in a SEAT, where his primary goal was to help teammate Plato to win the championship. While he never managed this, Turner kept Plato very honest and won multiple races, but he was never more than the number two driver. Left the sport when SEAT pulled out in 2008.
48. Roberto Ravaglia
One of the most successful touring car drivers, but his time in the BTCC was brief. Did a few rounds in 1994 when Steve Soper was unavailable, and then did a full season for BMW in 1996. He finished only one point behind teammate Jo Winkelhock in the championship, but this score flattered him as Winkelhock was clearly the stronger driver. Ravaglia won one race, the British GP support race at Silverstone.
47. Adam Morgan
The difference between the 2012 Morgan and the 2013 Morgan is perhaps the biggest improvement in one driver I have ever seen over the course of one season. Since then, he has been a very solid driver at Mercedes, although he seemed to crack under pressure a few times before he got his first win. Usually outperformed Aiden Moffat in the similar Laser Tools Mercedes, and he also comfortably beat proper teammates Oliphant and Rowbottom, although I am inclined to believe the cars weren't always equal. Has so far outclassed Chilton in the BMW in 2021.
46. Paul O'Neill
One of the most popular drivers in the history of the BTCC, O'Neill's interviews were some of the most entertaining in the BTCC (along with Cleland's and Reid's). And he was a very decent driver too, if not on the pace of Vauxhall teammates Neal, Muller or Thompson. He was impressive too on his return between 2009 and 2011, and got some great results for Speedworks in his one-off appearance at Knockhill in 2012.
45. Rory Butcher
His first full season was with an uncompetitive MG in 2018, but Butcher dominated all his teammates, including race winner Tom Boardman, to take a strong 18th in the standings, and keep his drive the following year when AmD switched to a far quicker Honda. Butcher beat more experienced teammate Sam Tordoff in the championship (although Tordoff had a lot more bad luck with reliability), and came fifth in the points. He matched that fifth for Motorbase in 2020, where he was an outside title contender and won multiple races. I had him down as a genuine title contender this season for Toyota, but Butcher has struggled to match the previous form of Tom Ingram. However, he will start winning races soon.
44. James Nash
I'm sure he would say he should be much higher on the list but James Nash, while very quick, was not quite as good as he thought he was. Had some standout moments in his first half-season with Chevrolet in 2009 and his first full season with Triple Eight in 2010, but 2011 was by far his best season as his consistency allowed him to be an outsider for the championship, and he also won the independents' title that year. Took one win at Rockingham.
43. Adam Jones
I've rated him as the second best driver never to win a race, and Jones very much deserved a win for his cracking drives in the independent SEAT between 2007 and 2009, often beating the works cars of Plato and Turner. Perhaps his best drive came at Brands Hatch in 2007, where he ran second and held on to leader Giovanardi for a long time in the SEAT Toledo before his tyres dropped off on a drying track.
42. Alan Morrison
The greatest ever starter in the BTCC, Morrison won the production class in 2000 and then got two full seasons in the Honda in 2002 and 2003. In 2002, he was beaten by Andy Priaulx, but not in dominant fashion and Priaulx went on to win many WTCC titles. He was then teamed with Matt Neal and Tom Chilton the following year, and ran Neal very closely (admittedly Neal had more reliability issues), while also beating Chilton comfortably despite having not much more experience than him. Deserved longer in the BTCC.
41. Kieth O'Dor
One of the few BTCC drivers to be killed in a racing accident (although not in the BTCC), O'Dor could have had so much more success had he survived to drive the Nissan Primera when it became the dominant car in the late nineties. Had a fantastic season in 1993, including a win at Silverstone and sixth in the championship to illustrious teammate Win Percy's 12th.
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Very good list so far. Interesting you rate Adam Jones as the second best driver never to win a race. I'm gonna make a prediction on who the first is. Patrick Watts? He would have been mine and many others
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40. Jeff Allam
The teammate to John Cleland in the first four years of the modern era, Allam had more success in previous seasons but still took some wins and was a title contender for much of the 1992 season. Not quite as quick as Cleland, and the pace dropped off further in 1993 and 1994, but still did a decent job and has been a steward for some time since.
39. Dan Eaves
The first driver ever to win three races in one weekend. Eaves started his career with a few impressive appearances in the production class, before getting a factory drive with Peugeot in 2001, where he beat Soper in the championship but was the less impressive of the two. Eaves was then teamed with Harvey and Breeze for two seasons in uncompetitive Peugeots before signing for Team Dynamics. Was close to Matt Neal's pace but ultimately not quite on it, but still took an impressive third in the championship in 2005.
38. Tom Chilton
Gets some points for longevity, as Chilton began his BTCC career as a teenager in 2002 and still drives in 2021. He did a very good job for Honda in 2004-2005 with some wins, after a disappointing first season there in 2003. Not so strong in Vauxhall as he was thoroughly outclassed by Giovanardi. Did well at Team Aon, although he was slower than Onslow-Cole and was lucky to take the independents' title in 2010. He returned in 2017 having driven in WTCC and took his best ever championship result with third in 2018 for Motorbase. Following a poor season with BTC, Chilton has now switched to a RWD Ciceley BMW, but 2021 has been a struggle so far.
37. Jack Goff
Made his debut in a Team HARD Vauxhall Insignia in 2013, with his best drive and result being a second place in the season finale, where he challenged Shedden. Got a drive in a top team in 2015 with MG and won at Snetterton, then had a poor year with WSR. His best seasons were at Eurotech in 2017 and 2018 when he took many wins and challenged for the independents' championship. Struggled in a very uncompetitive Team HARD Volkswagen the next two seasons after Eurotech pulled out, but has had improved results in the Cupra in 2021. Deserves to get back into a front-running car.
36. Warren Hughes
Only drove in the BTCC for two full seasons in 2002 and 2003 with MG, but won a few races and did a very respectable job against Anthony Reid, who I rate very highly. Hughes came sixth in 2002 to Reid's fourth, and seventh in 2003 to Reid's sixth and young Colin Turkington's eighth. Was dropped in favour of Turkington as MG slimmed to a two-car outfit in 2004 and never raced in the BTCC again.
35. Patrick Watts
The greatest modern-era BTCC driver never to win a race, Watts divided opinion amongst drivers and fans. I believe it was Paul Radisich who, after a collision with Watts, labelled the incident 'just typical Patrick Watts,' but Watts was actually extremely quick. He took a pole at Thruxton in a Mazda in 1993, and was strong throughout 1994 as he dominated teammate Eugene O'Brien and finished eighth in the points. His form dropped during his last two seasons with Peugeot as he was outclassed by Tim Harvey, and left after 1997 with no race wins.
34. Steven Kane
Kane could be higher on the list, but is let down by only having two seasons and never in a championship-contending car. In 2008, he beat experienced Rob Collard in the championship as a rookie, which was no mean feat given Collard's later successes, and then did an incredible job in 2010 to comfortably beat Mat Jackson, who had finished second in a BMW only two years earlier, and get sixth overall, also winning at Thruxton. Had Steven Kane remained in the BTCC over the last ten years, I feel confident that he would have won a championship, or at least been a contender for one.
33. Julian Bailey
Perhaps most famous for tipping teammate Will Hoy on his roof in Silverstone 1993, Bailey joined the BTCC as a Formula 1 exile, and did a superb job to take fifth beat former champion Hoy in the championship for Toyota, doing the same the following year. He also won at Knockhill. His final season was 1995, where he came ninth and was comfortably ahead of new teammate Tim Sugden, before Toyota pulled out of the sport.
32. Andy Priaulx
Priaulx drove only two full seasons in the BTCC, one in 2002 and the other in 2015. Had he driven in the twelve years in between, he would surely be top five at least on this ranking, given his many WTCC titles. Priaulx came fifth in 2002 for Honda with an impressive win at Knockhill. In 2015 he returned with a pole on his first outing at Brands Hatch, but could only manage eighth in the standings with two wins. He was beaten by teammate Tordoff but was arguably the better driver over the course of the season.
31. Tom Onslow-Cole
Burst onto the BTCC scene as a teenager in 2007, and came tenth in the championship for WSR, appearing quick but error-prone. He seemed to iron those mistakes out in 2008 with a fine sixth in the standings only one place behind Matt Neal, including two wins at Thruxton. His best season was 2010, where he fought for the title in a Team Aon Ford, with only a disastrous final meeting costing him a deserved independents' crown to teammate Chilton. He returned to WSR in 2012 for sixth overall, behind teammate Collard. His last season was 2013, where he had another fantastic weekend at Thruxton with two podiums for Team HARD, but the rest of the season was less successful. It is a shame he wasn't in the championship for longer.
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40. Jeff Allam
The teammate to John Cleland in the first four years of the modern era, Allam had more success in previous seasons but still took some wins and was a title contender for much of the 1992 season. Not quite as quick as Cleland, and the pace dropped off further in 1993 and 1994, but still did a decent job and has been a steward for some time since.
39. Dan Eaves
The first driver ever to win three races in one weekend. Eaves started his career with a few impressive appearances in the production class, before getting a factory drive with Peugeot in 2001, where he beat Soper in the championship but was the less impressive of the two. Eaves was then teamed with Harvey and Breeze for two seasons in uncompetitive Peugeots before signing for Team Dynamics. Was close to Matt Neal's pace but ultimately not quite on it, but still took an impressive third in the championship in 2005.
38. Tom Chilton
Gets some points for longevity, as Chilton began his BTCC career as a teenager in 2002 and still drives in 2021. He did a very good job for Honda in 2004-2005 with some wins, after a disappointing first season there in 2003. Not so strong in Vauxhall as he was thoroughly outclassed by Giovanardi. Did well at Team Aon, although he was slower than Onslow-Cole and was lucky to take the independents' title in 2010. He returned in 2017 having driven in WTCC and took his best ever championship result with third in 2018 for Motorbase. Following a poor season with BTC, Chilton has now switched to a RWD Ciceley BMW, but 2021 has been a struggle so far.
37. Jack Goff
Made his debut in a Team HARD Vauxhall Insignia in 2013, with his best drive and result being a second place in the season finale, where he challenged Shedden. Got a drive in a top team in 2015 with MG and won at Snetterton, then had a poor year with WSR. His best seasons were at Eurotech in 2017 and 2018 when he took many wins and challenged for the independents' championship. Struggled in a very uncompetitive Team HARD Volkswagen the next two seasons after Eurotech pulled out, but has had improved results in the Cupra in 2021. Deserves to get back into a front-running car.
36. Warren Hughes
Only drove in the BTCC for two full seasons in 2002 and 2003 with MG, but won a few races and did a very respectable job against Anthony Reid, who I rate very highly. Hughes came sixth in 2002 to Reid's fourth, and seventh in 2003 to Reid's sixth and young Colin Turkington's eighth. Was dropped in favour of Turkington as MG slimmed to a two-car outfit in 2004 and never raced in the BTCC again.
35. Patrick Watts
The greatest modern-era BTCC driver never to win a race, Watts divided opinion amongst drivers and fans. I believe it was Paul Radisich who, after a collision with Watts, labelled the incident 'just typical Patrick Watts,' but Watts was actually extremely quick. He took a pole at Thruxton in a Mazda in 1993, and was strong throughout 1994 as he dominated teammate Eugene O'Brien and finished eighth in the points. His form dropped during his last two seasons with Peugeot as he was outclassed by Tim Harvey, and left after 1997 with no race wins.
34. Steven Kane
Kane could be higher on the list, but is let down by only having two seasons and never in a championship-contending car. In 2008, he beat experienced Rob Collard in the championship as a rookie, which was no mean feat given Collard's later successes, and then did an incredible job in 2010 to comfortably beat Mat Jackson, who had finished second in a BMW only two years earlier, and get sixth overall, also winning at Thruxton. Had Steven Kane remained in the BTCC over the last ten years, I feel confident that he would have won a championship, or at least been a contender for one.
33. Julian Bailey
Perhaps most famous for tipping teammate Will Hoy on his roof in Silverstone 1993, Bailey joined the BTCC as a Formula 1 exile, and did a superb job to take fifth beat former champion Hoy in the championship for Toyota, doing the same the following year. He also won at Knockhill. His final season was 1995, where he came ninth and was comfortably ahead of new teammate Tim Sugden, before Toyota pulled out of the sport.
32. Andy Priaulx
Priaulx drove only two full seasons in the BTCC, one in 2002 and the other in 2015. Had he driven in the twelve years in between, he would surely be top five at least on this ranking, given his many WTCC titles. Priaulx came fifth in 2002 for Honda with an impressive win at Knockhill. In 2015 he returned with a pole on his first outing at Brands Hatch, but could only manage eighth in the standings with two wins. He was beaten by teammate Tordoff but was arguably the better driver over the course of the season.
31. Tom Onslow-Cole
Burst onto the BTCC scene as a teenager in 2007, and came tenth in the championship for WSR, appearing quick but error-prone. He seemed to iron those mistakes out in 2008 with a fine sixth in the standings only one place behind Matt Neal, including two wins at Thruxton. His best season was 2010, where he fought for the title in a Team Aon Ford, with only a disastrous final meeting costing him a deserved independents' crown to teammate Chilton. He returned to WSR in 2012 for sixth overall, behind teammate Collard. His last season was 2013, where he had another fantastic weekend at Thruxton with two podiums for Team HARD, but the rest of the season was less successful. It is a shame he wasn't in the championship for longer.
Clearly a lot of thought is going into these lists, can't wait for the next one, good work BTCC Frog.
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30. Sam Tordoff
Tordoff's career was made up of a mixture of extremely lucky and unlucky seasons. His first full seasons were 2013 and 2014 with MG, where he took a sixth and seventh in the championship, but had multiple reliability problems while in strong positions. Tordoff then moved to WSR, where he came sixth in 2015 ahead of teammates Priaulx and Collard, before a career-best second in 2016, where he took four reversed grid poles and missed out on the championship by two points. After a year out, Tordoff returned in 2018 with Motorbase, where he finished eleventh to teammate Chilton's third, but again suffered many reliability problems. His final season was 2019 with AmD which was a similar story to 2018, but pulled out before the end of the season in tragic circumstances. Will hopefully return to the grid at some point in the future.
29. Josh Cook
Cook made his debut with Power Maxed Racing in 2015, where he immediately impressed by leading the third race at Donington Park. He then moved to a declining MG for 2016, but still came twelfth and was the only teammate so far to seriously challenge Ash Sutton in thirteenth. Cook drove the first half of 2017 in a Team Parker Ford and got some great results, before a more difficult second half back in an MG, where he blotted his copybook with a series of incidents that got him banned for a race. Returned to Power Maxed in 2018 and had a successful season, including his first win at Donington, to sixth in the standings. Cook then switched to BTC Racing and was a title contender (mainly through race threes) in 2019 with fourth. 2020 was more difficult as Cook had a lot of bad luck and only managed ninth, but 2021 has so far been more successful as he lies third after three rounds.
28. Tom Kristensen
Only one season in the BTCC for a driver who had a lot of success in other categories, but it was a very impressive one. Kristensen drove one of three Honda Accords and came seventh in the championship in possibly the strongest lineup of ten drivers in the championship's history. He beat future champion teammate James Thompson, and was only a few points behind past champion teammate Gabriele Tarquini. Kristensen won three races, including a double at the season finale at Silverstone. He's the second highest rated driver with only one season of experience.
27. Andy Rouse
Rouse is possibly the greatest BTCC driver of all time, but this list only takes into account 1991 onwards, so misses the best of Rouse. In 1991, Rouse drove a FWD Toyota, and finished a very impressive third in the new car, including a double at Donington. He stayed with Toyota for 1992, but now with a more competitive teammate in Will Hoy, who finished second to Rouse's fifth, and Rouse took his sixtieth and final win at the season finale in Silverstone. He then put in one of the greatest laps of all time at the TOCA shootout to lead the race from near the back of the grid. For 1993, Rouse decided to run Ford Mondeos, which missed the first part of the season, but his best days as a driver were now behind him and he was outclassed by Paul Radisich over 1993 and 1994, at the end of which he retired as a four-time champion.
26. Rob Collard
Collard is very much a veteran BTCC driver, with twenty years of experience, but those twenty years have been very much a mixed bag. He started off in the production class, before stepping up to the main class in 2003 and winning the independents' championship. In 2005 he got a drive with WSR in the MG and won his first race in an impressive season, but struggled the next year and was totally beaten by Colin Turkington. He drove for Motorbase in 2008-2009 losing to rookie Kane but beating rookie Adam in an improved 2009 season where he was sixth overall. Then returned to WSR where he would stay for a decade. 2010 and 2011 brought promise but Collard was unlucky not to win a race, while 2012 saw an improved BMW and Collard won multiple times on his way to fifth place. He was reunited with Turkington in 2013, but struggled with NGTC and had a horror season, with 2014 an improvement. 2015 was an unlucky season for Collard as he was beaten by both teammates Tordoff and Priaulx. Then came his best yet in 2016 as Collard fought for the title despite rarely qualifying in the top ten, and had some fantastic comeback drives. 2017 was even better as Collard was almost on the pace of Turkington all season, but his season ended early with a huge crash at Silverstone. Collard was never the same driver after that, winning once in 2018, then retiring after a single season with Power Maxed in 2019.
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30. Sam Tordoff
Tordoff's career was made up of a mixture of extremely lucky and unlucky seasons. His first full seasons were 2013 and 2014 with MG, where he took a sixth and seventh in the championship, but had multiple reliability problems while in strong positions. Tordoff then moved to WSR, where he came sixth in 2015 ahead of teammates Priaulx and Collard, before a career-best second in 2016, where he took four reversed grid poles and missed out on the championship by two points. After a year out, Tordoff returned in 2018 with Motorbase, where he finished eleventh to teammate Chilton's third, but again suffered many reliability problems. His final season was 2019 with AmD which was a similar story to 2018, but pulled out before the end of the season in tragic circumstances. Will hopefully return to the grid at some point in the future.
29. Josh Cook
Cook made his debut with Power Maxed Racing in 2015, where he immediately impressed by leading the third race at Donington Park. He then moved to a declining MG for 2016, but still came twelfth and was the only teammate so far to seriously challenge Ash Sutton in thirteenth. Cook drove the first half of 2017 in a Team Parker Ford and got some great results, before a more difficult second half back in an MG, where he blotted his copybook with a series of incidents that got him banned for a race. Returned to Power Maxed in 2018 and had a successful season, including his first win at Donington, to sixth in the standings. Cook then switched to BTC Racing and was a title contender (mainly through race threes) in 2019 with fourth. 2020 was more difficult as Cook had a lot of bad luck and only managed ninth, but 2021 has so far been more successful as he lies third after three rounds.
28. Tom Kristensen
Only one season in the BTCC for a driver who had a lot of success in other categories, but it was a very impressive one. Kristensen drove one of three Honda Accords and came seventh in the championship in possibly the strongest lineup of ten drivers in the championship's history. He beat future champion teammate James Thompson, and was only a few points behind past champion teammate Gabriele Tarquini. Kristensen won three races, including a double at the season finale at Silverstone. He's the second highest rated driver with only one season of experience.
27. Andy Rouse
Rouse is possibly the greatest BTCC driver of all time, but this list only takes into account 1991 onwards, so misses the best of Rouse. In 1991, Rouse drove a FWD Toyota, and finished a very impressive third in the new car, including a double at Donington. He stayed with Toyota for 1992, but now with a more competitive teammate in Will Hoy, who finished second to Rouse's fifth, and Rouse took his sixtieth and final win at the season finale in Silverstone. He then put in one of the greatest laps of all time at the TOCA shootout to lead the race from near the back of the grid. For 1993, Rouse decided to run Ford Mondeos, which missed the first part of the season, but his best days as a driver were now behind him and he was outclassed by Paul Radisich over 1993 and 1994, at the end of which he retired as a four-time champion.
26. Rob Collard
Collard is very much a veteran BTCC driver, with twenty years of experience, but those twenty years have been very much a mixed bag. He started off in the production class, before stepping up to the main class in 2003 and winning the independents' championship. In 2005 he got a drive with WSR in the MG and won his first race in an impressive season, but struggled the next year and was totally beaten by Colin Turkington. He drove for Motorbase in 2008-2009 losing to rookie Kane but beating rookie Adam in an improved 2009 season where he was sixth overall. Then returned to WSR where he would stay for a decade. 2010 and 2011 brought promise but Collard was unlucky not to win a race, while 2012 saw an improved BMW and Collard won multiple times on his way to fifth place. He was reunited with Turkington in 2013, but struggled with NGTC and had a horror season, with 2014 an improvement. 2015 was an unlucky season for Collard as he was beaten by both teammates Tordoff and Priaulx. Then came his best yet in 2016 as Collard fought for the title despite rarely qualifying in the top ten, and had some fantastic comeback drives. 2017 was even better as Collard was almost on the pace of Turkington all season, but his season ended early with a huge crash at Silverstone. Collard was never the same driver after that, winning once in 2018, then retiring after a single season with Power Maxed in 2019.
Tordoff did make a one-off debut in 2010 and Collard's season-curtailing crash was 2018, but once again, good work. Keep it up.
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Tordoff did make a one-off debut in 2010 and Collard's season-curtailing crash was 2018, but once again, good work. Keep it up.
To be accurate - Collard's 2017 season ended after a crash at Silverstone which also saw Will Burns hospitalised.
Collard's 2018 season ended after a crash at Snetteron.

'Rob Collard said: “After suffering a serious concussion in a crash at Silverstone in 2017, I was cleared to return to racing earlier this year while remaining under close monitoring by the TOCA medical team. Following a pair of high-speed, high-impact accidents in Races 1 and 2 at Snetterton, and after reviewing the results of a concussion test with the medics at the track, it was ruled that I was unfit to participate in the special ‘Diamond Double’ race and that I should not race at Rockingham or Knockhill either. I’m absolutely gutted for Team BMW, all my sponsors and supporters and I’d like to thank the TOCA medical team for their professionalism and support, as always.”'
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Tordoff did make a one-off debut in 2010 and Collard's season-curtailing crash was 2018, but once again, good work. Keep it up.
I was referring to Collard's crash in Silverstone 2017, although he did of course crash at Snetterton in 2018 and get replaced by Ricky Collard. And Tordoff's one-off debut was why I referred to 2013 as his first 'full season', rather than his debut. But thanks for your positive words.
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To be honest, I was starting to lose track of how many crashes Collard's had cos he's had a few over the years, it's safe to say. You're welcome BTCC Frog.
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To be honest, I was starting to lose track of how many crashes Collard's had cos he's had a few over the years, it's safe to say.
- put 'Collard BTCC crash' into Google and you have plenty to pick from.
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- put 'Collard BTCC crash' into Google and you have plenty to pick from.
Why does that not surprise me?
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Why does that not surprise me?
Ha ha - he was excellent at getting the BMW off the line as well. I know the rear wheel drive was a big advantage but even so. He regularly made up so many places in the first few hundred yards of races
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25. Frank Biela
Perhaps a little harsh to rate him the lowest of the champions, considering just how dominantly Biela won in 1996, but in reality that four-wheel drive Audi was the dominant car. Having said that, Biela did a superb job when the car was hobbled by boost restrictions later in the season. He returned in 1997 with a more handicapped Audi and was unable to repeat the championship of the previous season, finishing second to Alain Menu, while his advantage to John Bintcliffe was greatly reduced. 4WD was outlawed for 1998 and Biela quit the championship, but achieved great success in other championships.
24. Dan Cammish
Only three seasons in the championship, but in that time Cammish went from the rookie at Team Dynamics to the undisputed team leader. He did a great job to finish tenth in 2018 just a few points behind triple champion Matt Neal, then dominated his champion teammate in 2019 and fought for the title, missing out by two points to Turkington in one of the most thrilling title deciders of all time after a brake failure on the penultimate lap. Went to the final race of 2020 again with a shot at the title, but this time finished third, again dominating Matt Neal. Lost his drive to Shedden in 2021 but made a fine cameo for BTC Racing and hopes to return to the championship in 2022.
23. Tim Harvey
Most famous, now, as the BTCC commentator, Harvey was also a driver in the 1990s. He controversially won the 1992 title after a collision between teammate Soper and title rival Cleland, after a run of five consecutive wins. The next two years were more difficult as he was soundly beaten by Alain Menu in the Renault, and he was also beaten by Rydell in his sole season for Volvo. Harvey then switched to an uncompetitive Peugeot and clearly had the upper hand over Patrick Watts for two seasons, before his position as team leader was threatened in 1998 with the arrival of Paul Radisich who beat Harvey in the standings. After two seasons out, Harvey returned with Alfa Romeo and then Peugeot in the BTC-Touring era and doing a decent job before switching to commentary for 2003.
22. Andrew Jordan
The younger Jordan began in the BTCC as a teenager in 2008 and immediately got the better of his father, with an impressive debut season gifting him a Vauxhall drive in 2009, where he struggled against Giovanardi and Neal. Jordan then drove for two seasons in an independent Vauxhall, winning a couple of races for his family-run team Eurotech. In 2012, Eurotech switched to a Honda Civic and Jordan won his first independents' title. He won outright in 2013 in fine fashion, beating works Hondas Neal and Shedden, with 2014 starting well before he faded to fifth. He left the comfort of his family team for an MG drive in 2015 which brought no race victories, and his single season for Motorbase was also disappointing by his standards as he was outclassed by Mat Jackson. The move to WSR in 2017 initially didn't seem great as he was beaten by Turkington and Collard, but Jordan rediscovered his form from the Eurotech days in 2019 and pushed Turkington hard, missing the title by two points. He lost his drive just before 2020 began, mainly due to the loss of Pirtek backing, and appears unlikely to return in the near future.
21. Will Hoy
The first champion of the modern era BTCC. Hoy won in the Vic Lee BMW by after a title battle with Cleland (where effectively having seven teammates played to his advantage), and then moved to Toyota in 1992 and outclassed his teammate, the great Andy Rouse, finishing second to Harvey in the points. He was beaten by Julian Bailey in both 1993 and 1994 but was generally the superior Toyota driver in the former season, and he joined Renault for the subsequent two seasons. He was off the pace of Menu, who was usually given preferential treatment, and he lost his drive at the end of 1996. He joined Ford in 1997 and was beaten by Radisich, but improved in 1998 and took a fine win in changeable conditions in Silverstone. He retired after one final half-season in an independent Renault in 1999.
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25. Frank Biela
Perhaps a little harsh to rate him the lowest of the champions, considering just how dominantly Biela won in 1996, but in reality that four-wheel drive Audi was the dominant car. Having said that, Biela did a superb job when the car was hobbled by boost restrictions later in the season. He returned in 1997 with a more handicapped Audi and was unable to repeat the championship of the previous season, finishing second to Alain Menu, while his advantage to John Bintcliffe was greatly reduced. 4WD was outlawed for 1998 and Biela quit the championship, but achieved great success in other championships.
24. Dan Cammish
Only three seasons in the championship, but in that time Cammish went from the rookie at Team Dynamics to the undisputed team leader. He did a great job to finish tenth in 2018 just a few points behind triple champion Matt Neal, then dominated his champion teammate in 2019 and fought for the title, missing out by two points to Turkington in one of the most thrilling title deciders of all time after a brake failure on the penultimate lap. Went to the final race of 2020 again with a shot at the title, but this time finished third, again dominating Matt Neal. Lost his drive to Shedden in 2021 but made a fine cameo for BTC Racing and hopes to return to the championship in 2022.
23. Tim Harvey
Most famous, now, as the BTCC commentator, Harvey was also a driver in the 1990s. He controversially won the 1992 title after a collision between teammate Soper and title rival Cleland, after a run of five consecutive wins. The next two years were more difficult as he was soundly beaten by Alain Menu in the Renault, and he was also beaten by Rydell in his sole season for Volvo. Harvey then switched to an uncompetitive Peugeot and clearly had the upper hand over Patrick Watts for two seasons, before his position as team leader was threatened in 1998 with the arrival of Paul Radisich who beat Harvey in the standings. After two seasons out, Harvey returned with Alfa Romeo and then Peugeot in the BTC-Touring era and doing a decent job before switching to commentary for 2003.
22. Andrew Jordan
The younger Jordan began in the BTCC as a teenager in 2008 and immediately got the better of his father, with an impressive debut season gifting him a Vauxhall drive in 2009, where he struggled against Giovanardi and Neal. Jordan then drove for two seasons in an independent Vauxhall, winning a couple of races for his family-run team Eurotech. In 2012, Eurotech switched to a Honda Civic and Jordan won his first independents' title. He won outright in 2013 in fine fashion, beating works Hondas Neal and Shedden, with 2014 starting well before he faded to fifth. He left the comfort of his family team for an MG drive in 2015 which brought no race victories, and his single season for Motorbase was also disappointing by his standards as he was outclassed by Mat Jackson. The move to WSR in 2017 initially didn't seem great as he was beaten by Turkington and Collard, but Jordan rediscovered his form from the Eurotech days in 2019 and pushed Turkington hard, missing the title by two points. He lost his drive just before 2020 began, mainly due to the loss of Pirtek backing, and appears unlikely to return in the near future.
21. Will Hoy
The first champion of the modern era BTCC. Hoy won in the Vic Lee BMW by after a title battle with Cleland (where effectively having seven teammates played to his advantage), and then moved to Toyota in 1992 and outclassed his teammate, the great Andy Rouse, finishing second to Harvey in the points. He was beaten by Julian Bailey in both 1993 and 1994 but was generally the superior Toyota driver in the former season, and he joined Renault for the subsequent two seasons. He was off the pace of Menu, who was usually given preferential treatment, and he lost his drive at the end of 1996. He joined Ford in 1997 and was beaten by Radisich, but improved in 1998 and took a fine win in changeable conditions in Silverstone. He retired after one final half-season in an independent Renault in 1999.
Don't forget his one-off Class B appearance in 2000.
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20. Steve Soper
The greatest BTCC driver never to win a championship, although this period doesn't cover some of his best seasons. Soper was the class of the field in 1991 and surely would have won the title had he done the full season. He was almost as impressive in 1992 as he again did a half-season, and put in one of the strongest ever drives at Silverstone to get back to fourth after being spun out early on. Unfortunately, he then hit Cleland (the man's an animal!) in order to help teammate Harvey win, and he loses marks for this as I believe the crash was completely intentional. 1993 saw Soper paired with Joachim Winkelhock, who surprisingly beat him to the title in the dominant BMW. Soper left the sport after a relatively underwhelming 1994 season, but returned in 2001 to drive a Peugeot and often challenged the far superior Vauxhalls at the start of the race. The final standings don't show it, but he generally got the better of Dan Eaves.
19. David Leslie
One of the mainstays in the championship during the super touring era, Leslie was another unlucky not to win a title. He began full-time in 1992 with the Ecurie Ecosse Vauxhall had perhaps his best season in 1993, winning at Thruxton and outscoring Jeff Allam. After a disappointing couple of years with an uncompetitive Mazda and then Honda, he had his other best season in 1996 in a stronger Honda and finished fourth in the points, with three wins. Leslie then switched to a Nissan, which got progressively stronger over his three years with the team. In 1998, he won a few races, but teammate Anthony Reid challenged for the title, and he finished a career-best runner up to teammate Laurent Aiello in 1999. After a couple of guest appearances, he returned full time in 2002 with Proton, which wasn't a particularly quick car but he clearly outperformed Phil Bennett. His final season in the BTCC was 2003, again comfortably beating Bennett's Proton.
18. Mat Jackson
After an impressive season in 2001 in the production class, Jackson returned to the championship in 2007 in a family-run BMW and instantly impressed with two wins and seventh overall. He finished runner-up in 2008, his best season, which really outlines the quality of his small team. A late move to Chevrolet in 2009 brought more wins but he wasn't able to challenge for the title as teammate Plato did, and Jackson returned to BMW in 2010 with Motorbase. This was his worst season and he was outdriven by Steven Kane. Over the next seven years, Jackson became a mainstay in the Motorbase Ford Focus, with particularly strong seasons in 2011, where he challenged for the title before a nightmare end to the season, 2014 where he finished fourth and dominated returning teammate Fabrizio Giovanardi, 2015 where he dominated the second half of the season with three consecutive poles after the team sat out the first five rounds, and 2016 where he outclassed Andrew Jordan and finished third. Jackson left the team for 2018 after attempting to get a drive with Team Dynamics, and Chilton's third in the standings suggests that Jackson may have been able to take that elusive title had he stayed. Attempted to return with Power Maxed for 2020 before the team pulled out, but hopefully will return fully at some point.
17. Paul Radisich
Radisich burst onto the BTCC scene halfway through the 1993 season and immediately outperformed illustrious teammate Andy Rouse. Despite only competing for half the season, he finished third in the standings after three wins and went into 1994 the clear favourite, but then Alfa Romeo entered and Tarquini dominated the championship. Radisch still finished third again, and won twice. The Ford Mondeo became progressively less competitive after that and Radisich was sixth in 1995 with one final win, then thirteenth in 1996 and 1997, ahead of Robertson and Hoy. He finally left the team in 1998 for Peugeot, but this proved to be a mistake as he finished fourteenth while former teammate Hoy came tenth and won a race in the Ford. Radisich still outclassed new teammate Tim Harvey, but left the BTCC at the end of the season. Again, deserved a BTCC championship.
16. Laurent Aiello
One of the greatest touring car drivers of all time only raced in the BTCC for one season, and the perfect way to describe his BTCC career is 'he came, he saw, he conquered.' Aiello drove the Nissan Primera vacated by Anthony Reid in 1999, and was teammate to the very quick David Leslie. He took a bit of time to adjust to the car, claiming that he was two seconds off Leslie in a pre-season test, but became a winner at only the second round of the championship at Silverstone. From then on, he was unstoppable, winning ten races including doubles at Thruxton and Oulton Park. Aiello was involved in a few too many incidents mid-season, and Leslie closed down his lead in the championship, but Aiello's title was never really in doubt. The final points gap of sixteen points between the Nissan teammates was not really representative of their pace difference, and had Aiello dedicated his entire touring car career to the BTCC he would surely be vying for number one spot on this list. But only doing one season has to count against him, so he instead he is number sixteen.
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