When Neal spurned a factory Volvo seat
Matt Neal laid the foundations for his three BTCC titles with his breakthrough 1999 season in Team Dynamics' privateer Nissan. But that only happened because he'd rejected the team that took Rickard Rydell to the '98 championship
After Matt Neal impressed in his battle with fellow British Touring Car Championship star Rickard Rydell and Jim Richards for victory in the 1998 Bathurst 1000, Volvo came calling.
An underwhelming season for its second driver Gianni Morbidelli in the BTCC meant the ex-Formula 1 driver had exited stage left and there was now a vacancy for Neal alongside reigning champion Rydell at the TWR-run team.
It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s plenty of talking points elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action
The Lancashire squad of Ciceley Motorsport has been a BTCC race winner for several years with Adam Morgan and Mercedes. But the switch to WSR-built BMWs and addition of Tom Chilton as a true barometer for Morgan should see the team step up into title contention
After topping the times at the end of British Touring Car Championship pre-season testing, it feels like Gordon Shedden has never been away. But after plenty of changes behind the scenes, the three-time champion is bedding himself in to pick up where he left off
After a year of enforced absence from the British Touring Car Championship grid, Jason Plato is back and hungrier than ever. Despite stellar opposition and some familiar challenges, the two-time champion still has his eyes focused on the biggest prizes
After seven years together, Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport have amicably split and gone down separate paths for the 2021 BTCC season. With engineer Spencer Aldridge joining him at the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai squad, Ingram is confident he can challenge for titles from the off
The Dolomite Sprint was a potent giantkilling weapon during the 1970s in the British Saloon Car Championship, now known as the BTCC. Tin-top legend Andy Rouse explains how it became such a force
It’s four decades since one of UK motorsport’s most successful teams made its debut at Silverstone in British Formula 3. Now it’s top dog in the BTCC, time to blow out some candles with boss Dick Bennetts
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BTCC to trial new qualifying system at Snetterton in 2020