James Thompson (racing driver)
James Thompson is a British auto racing driver. He competes in the World Touring Car Championship, he has twice been champion of the British Touring Car Championship, was third in the 2007 World Touring Car Championship. Thompson started racing in the BTCC in a entered Peugeot 405 in 1994, his performances earning him a factory Vauxhall drive for 1995, he became the youngest race-winner that year taking two pole positions, before his season was cut short by a crash at Knockhill giving him an eye injury. 1996 was a transitional year with the new Vauxhall Vectra, although Thompson took a victory at Snetterton, moving up from fifth in a two-lap burst in which Roberto Ravaglia and Rickard Rydell collided, Joachim Winkelhock spun, Alain Menu broke down. In 1997, Thompson joined Honda, finishing fifth in the championship in 1997, third in 1998, fourth in 1999, he missed two rounds through a concussion sustained in a 12G backwards accident at Brands Hatch in 2000, but returned to racing at Knockhill, was able to finish ninth, having been pre-season favourite for the title.
When Honda pulled out for 2001, Thompson joined Team Egg Sport, racing their Vauxhall to four wins and third overall – enough to earn him a return to the factory Vauxhall team for 2002, which featured a titanic three-year battle with team-mate Yvan Muller in their dominant Astra. Thompson was BTCC champion in both 2002 and 2004, was second in 2003 behind Muller. For 2006, Thompson joined Jason Plato at SEAT Sport UK, he did this at the same time as competing in the WTCC, meaning he had to skip some BTCC rounds when they clashed with World touring car eC in the second SEAT Sport UK car, but at Silverstone for the final round he used his Red Bull-backed WTCC car. After competing in the first nine races, he was ahead of BTCC team leader Plato. Despite having to yield the victory to Plato at Croft, he finished sixth overall, scoring more points per entry than any other SEAT driver. For 2009, rumours had placed Thompson with a possible return to the BTCC after discussions with Team Dynamics to race one of their Honda Civics.
He tested a Tempus Sport Chevrolet Lacetti and a Motorbase Performance BMW 320si. However, his name was missing from the pre-season entry list, it was announced he would spend another year in the Danish series, it was announced in April, prior to the Thruxton round that he would return to the BTCC, replacing Gordon Shedden. He collected a double win at Donington Park, added a third win at Oulton Park. After the round at Knockhill, Thompson was replaced by ex-Formula One driver Johnny Herbert due to clashes with his commitments in the WTCC and V8 Supercars. Thompson was chosen as the development driver for the new Next Generation Touring Car regulations, participated in first practice for the 2010 season finale at Brands Hatch in a prototype car based on a Toyota Avensis, he returned to racing for the 2011 season finale with Airwaves Racing to support Mat Jackson's title bid. The weekend did not go well with two retirements in the first two races, but a single point for fastest lap in the last race was to be the best result of the weekend.
For 2005, Thompson attempted a new challenge with Alfa Romeo. His first WTCC season was not a huge success overall, he finished the season eighth in the standings. Alfa Romeo pulled out of the WTCC at the end of the season. For 2006 he moved to SEAT Sport, the team which he would drive for in that year's BTCC. Within the first six races, Thompson finished on the podium three times but in the second half of the season he finished in the points on only three occasions. In a team that featured a top driver lineup including Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini, he finished eighth in the Drivers Championship. In 2007, Thompson rejoined Alfa Romeo in the WTCC run by N. Technology. Although his aged Alfa Romeo 156 was not as well developed as his works-backed rivals, he fought for the championship title until the final race and ended the season in third place. In 2008 he competed for N. Technology in a Honda Accord Euro R in the WTCC, he drove an Accord in the Danish Touring Car Championship. After missing the first two WTCC meetings, the team struggled to develop the car competitively.
However, the team worked on the car over the season and scored their first win of the season at Imola. However, N. Technology announced its withdrawal at the end of the year, he returned to the WTCC with Lada Sport in July 2009, driving their new Priora model. He participated in five events with Lada Sport, achieving a best result of sixth place in both races at Imola. Thompson was unable to participate in the final event at Macau following a heavy collision in qualifying with the stationary car of Stefano D'Aste. Thompson returned to the WTCC in 2012 with Lada Sport driving a Lada Granta WTCC at both the Race of Hungary and the Race of Portugal, he will return to the WTCC in 2013, driving a Lada Granta WTCC full-time with Lada Sport Lukoil alongside new team mate Aleksei Dudukalo. During qualifying for the Race of Italy he was hit by Dudukalo who had missed the braking point for the first chicane. Thompson was through to Q2 and he returned to the pits for repairs before taking part in the second session.
He set the ninth fastest time which would give him a front row start when the grid was reversed for race two. Lada withdrew both of their cars prior to the races as neither could be repaired in time to participate, he won the 2009 European Touring Car Cup at the Circuito Vasco Sameiro near Braga in Portugal, driving a Honda Accord for Hartmann Hon
The Goodwood Revival is a three-day festival held each September at Goodwood Circuit since 1998 for the types of road racing cars and motorcycle that would have competed during the circuit's original period—1948–1966. The first Revival took place 50 years after the 9th Duke of Richmond and Gordon opened the motor racing track in 1948, driving around the circuit in a Bristol 400 Britain's state-of-the-art sporting saloon. Most people dress in period clothes, it is one of the world's most popular motor race meetings and the only United Kingdom event which recreates the golden era of motorsport from the 1950s and 1960s. There was some opposition to the re-introduction of racing at the circuit, but a numerically strong lobby in the form of the Goodwood Supporters Association helped to gain approval; the festival acts as a showcase for exceptional wheel-to-wheel racing around a classic circuit, untouched by more modern developments, relives the glory days of Goodwood Circuit, which ranked alongside Silverstone as Britain’s leading racing venue throughout its active years.
Between 1948 and 1966 Goodwood hosted contemporary racing of all kinds, including Formula One, the famous Goodwood Nine Hours race, the celebrated Tourist Trophy sports car race. The festival includes Grand Prix cars from the 1950s and 1960s, sports and GT cars, as well as historic saloon cars and little-seen Formula Juniors. Many of these important historic racing cars are driven by famous names from motor sport past and present. Famous drivers who have taken part include Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees, Kenny Bräck, Sir Jack Brabham, Phil Hill, Derek Bell, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Gerhard Berger, Martin Brundle, Bobby Rahal, Johnny Herbert, Wayne Gardner, Giacomo Agostini, Jean Alesi, Barry Sheene and Peter Brock, as well as celebrities such as Chris Rea, Rowan Atkinson in 2009. There is a pedal car race for youngsters called the Settrington Cup, featuring Austin J40 pedal cars. Apart from the inclusion of a chicane on the start/finish straight, the restored circuit is unchanged from its heyday, many visitors wear appropriate period clothing.
No modern vehicles are allowed within the circuit perimeter throughout the weekend, except for modern race fire and rescue vehicles. There are theatrical sets that bring the past back to life, as well as many historic aircraft; the Goodwood 1948–1966 Revival 2012 Goodwood Revival Picture Gallery
British Touring Car Championship
The British Touring Car Championship is a touring car racing series held each year in the United Kingdom organised and administered by TOCA. It was established in 1958 as the British Saloon Car Championship and was renamed as the British Touring Car Championship for the 1987 season; the championship running Next Generation Touring Car regulations, has been run to various national and international regulations over the years including FIA Group 2, FIA Group 5, FIA Group 1, FIA Group A, FIA Super Touring and FIA Super 2000. A lower-key Group N class for production cars ran from 2000 until 2003; the championship was run with a mix of classes, divided according to engine capacity, racing simultaneously. This meant that a driver who chose the right class could win the overall championship without any chance of overall race wins, thereby devaluing the title for the spectators – for example, in the 1980s Chris Hodgetts won two overall titles in a small Toyota Corolla prepared by Hughes Of Beaconsfield, at that time a Mercedes-Benz/Toyota main dealer when most of the race wins were going to much larger cars.
In 1990, the BTCC introduced a class for cars with an engine displacement up to 2.0 litres which would be adopted by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile and become the Super Touring regulations that were used in various championships in Europe and around the world. In their first year, these cars were run alongside a second class which continued to allow larger engines and was once again dominated by the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, however from 1991 they became the only cars eligible to compete; the new one-class system was popular with manufacturers from the beginning with six manufacturer supported teams from BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Vauxhall entered in the championship. During the first seasons, the cars were not fitted with aerodynamic aids such as a front splitter or a rear wing which were allowed from 1995 after Alfa Romeo caused controversy a year earlier, when they entered the 155 fitted with a rear wing - an item, delivered with the road-going version of the 155, however unfitted in its boot.
The continuously high number of manufacturer-backed teams meant rapid development on the cars and growing costs to compete which caused several manufacturers to withdraw from the championship until the 2000 season, when only Ford and Vauxhall remained in the championship. To this day, the'super touring era' during the 1990s is still looked at as the most successful period of the BTCC; the high number of manufacturer-backed teams provided close competition and hard-fought racing on track and many spectators at the circuits. In order to reduce the costs to compete in the championship, the organisers introduced new regulations for the 2001 season; the BTC Touring regulations cut costs but both manufacturer and spectator interest was low. The Super 2000 rules were adopted for the 2007 season; the 2000s saw cheaper cars than the Supertouring era, with fewer factory teams and fewer international drivers. In 2009, the BTCC released details of its Next Generation Touring Car specification, to be introduced from 2011.
The introduction of these new technical regulations were designed to reduce the design and running costs of the cars and engines as well as reducing the potential for significant performance disparities between cars. The NGTC specification aimed to cut costs by reducing reliance on WTCC/S2000 equipment, due to increasing costs/complexity and concerns as to its future sustainability and direction; the cars used are a mix of 2.0 L saloons such as the Toyota Avensis and Chevrolet Cruze, station wagons such as the Subaru Levorg as well as hatchback cars such as the Honda Civic and Ford Focus, based on models from a variety of manufacturers, using NGTC regulations. S2000 cars continued running in the Jack Sears Trophy until the 2014 season. BTCC teams are a mixture of manufacturer entries and independent teams such as BTC Norlin, Motorbase Performance. In 2010, following Vauxhall's decision to pull out of the series, there were two new works teams,: Chevrolet, run by RML. In 2005, Team Dynamics became the first independent outfit to win the BTCC drivers and team championships.
This included finishing all 30 championship races that year, something no other driver had achieved before and only equalled by Adam Morgan some 10 years in 2015. This ended Vauxhall's run of 4 victories in the drivers and teams championships between 2001 and 2004. Neal and Dynamics were victorious in 2006, before Vauxhall won the 2007 title with Italian Fabrizio Giovanardi. Team Dynamics achieved the first overall independents race win in the'Supertouring' era when Neal won a round of the 1999 BTCC at Donington Park, earning the team prize-money of £250,000; as a result of Matt Neal's championship victories, the fact that Team Dynamics were designing and building their own S2000 Honda Civic Type R, they were no longer entered into the Independents category, were classed as neither an "independent" or "works" team until the 2009 season, when the Manufacturers championship was renamed Manufacturers/Constructors Championship to allow both Team Aon and Team Dynamics to compete with at the time the sole works entry of Vauxhall.
As of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship, all cars are built to
Colin Henry Turkington is a Northern Irish auto racing driver, competing in the British Touring Car Championship for Team BMW WSR in a BMW 125i M Sport. He is the reigning BTCC champion, having won it for the third time in 2018, his most notable successes to date include becoming 2009 British Touring Car Champion driving for Team RAC and 2014 British Touring Car Champion driving for eBay Motors. He has competed in the World Touring Car Championship and the inaugural Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. In 2013 he returned to the British Touring Car Championship with his current team, West Surrey Racing. Turkington, born in Portadown, began his racing career in the Ulster Karting series in 1993, he competed in autograss in 1996 and 1997, before moving on to the Northern Irish Metro Championship in 1998, where he won his first title. He moved on to the Ford Credit Fiesta Zetec Championship on mainland Britain in 1999, winning the title in 2001. Turkington moved to the BTCC in 2002, his first BTCC drive was in a year-old MG ZS, sponsored by the pop group Atomic Kitten, partnering fellow Fiesta graduate Gareth Howell.
He finished 14th in the Drivers' Championship. For 2003, Turkington moved to the manufacturer-backed West Surrey Racing, winning his first race at Brands Hatch and finishing 8th in the Drivers' Championship. Despite the loss of official MG backing in 2004, he finished 6th in the 2004 Drivers' Championship, taking the second win of his BTCC career at Mondello Park. For 2005, Turkington replaced champion James Thompson at Vauxhall, he finished 6th in the Drivers' Championship again, a performance, not enough for him to retain the seat for the following season. For 2006, Turkington rejoined WSR to drive an RAC-backed MG ZS alongside Rob Collard. A strong first half of the season made him the closest challenger to Matt Neal for the title, although Jason Plato pipped him to 2nd in the Drivers' Championship in the final race of the year. Late in the season, the team switched to bio-ethanol fuel becoming the first team to win a race with it, he finished 3rd with two wins and 14 podium finishes. For 2007, the BTC-spec MG was no longer eligible to win the championship outright, so the team switched to the BMW 320si.
Turkington's first win of the season came in the fourth weekend of the championship at Croft. Turkington went on to win his first Independent Drivers' title, finishing 5th in the overall Drivers' Championship, with three wins. Turkington competed with WSR in the Brands Hatch and Macau rounds of the World Touring Car Championship in 2007. At Brands Hatch, he finished 3rd in the first race on and finished 4th in the second race, but as his car was not homologated because of its sequential gearbox, Turkington did not collect championship points. In Macau, he finished 8th in the two races. In 2008, he was joined at WSR by Formula Three driver Stephen Jelley. Turkington won four races on his way to 5th in the Drivers' Championship, while retaining his Independent Drivers' crown, he finished every race that season in the top 10. In 2009, Turkington took the championship lead at the mid-season point, went on to win the BTCC title in a thrilling finale, after winning six races. Turkington finished with an unbroken run of eighteen point-scoring finishes, from Croft onwards, failing to finish in just one race.
However WSR lost the title sponsor RAC and Turkington could not attempt to retain his title in 2010. In 2013, Turkington returned to the BTCC with WSR, he drove one of their three new BMW 125is. He finished 5th in the 2013 Drivers' Championship after taking five race wins. Turkington stayed with the team for the 2014 season, taking eight race wins and winning his second BTCC Drivers' title. After winning the championship with eBay Motors in 2014, Turkington switched to Team BMR for the 2015 season, driving alongside Jason Plato, Aron Smith and Warren Scott. In 2016, Team BMR announced a change of car to the Subaru Levorg, after months of testing entered it into the 2016 season; the Subaru idea sprung up when Jason Plato and one of his engineers were talking back in 2012 about a works Subaru team. After a slow start at Brands Hatch and Donington Park where the team spent their time trying to develop the Subaru, Turkington scored a best finish of 10th at Donington Park; the team withdrew all four Subarus from the Thruxton round after an issue with the fuel line causing fires.
The Levorg gained its first win in the BTCC at Oulton Park in Round 10. Turkington took a further 4 wins before the season ended and finished 4th in the drivers championship standings. For 2017, Turkington once again re-joined the outfit headed by Dick Bennetts, he joined Andrew Jordan and Rob Collard in a trio of BMW 125i M Sports - the car was a development from when Turkington won the 2014 championship. Turkington collided with Matt Neal off the startline at the season opener at Brands Hatch, but salvaged a 9th place finish in Race 2 from the back of the grid after a last-gasp move on Michael Epps, he finished second in Race 3 behind teammate Andrew Jordan. During the year, the Ulsterman took 4 race wins, including the 100th BTCC win for BMW at Thruxton, he went into the final round battling for the championship with Ashley Sutton, his replacement at Team BMR. Despite the title fight going down to the final race, his hopes ended when he collided with Mat Jackson early in the race, meaning he finished the year as runner-up.
In 2010, Turkington competed in three rounds of the 2010 World Touring Car Championship series driving a BMW for WSR at Algarve, Brands Hatch and Brno. At Brands Hatch, he was
Bill McGovern is a British former auto racing driver from Ireland. McGovern is best known for becoming the first person to win three British Touring Car Championship driver titles, he won three consecutive titles between 1970–72, with a George Bevan prepared class D Sunbeam Imp. Bill McGovern at driver database