Event>> Btcc Final At Brands Hatch

The final three rounds of the 2008 British Touring Car Championship took place at Brands Hatch last weekend. Vauxhall driver, Fabrizio Giovanardi needed just 9 points to secure his second consecutive title and despite being pushed onto the grass and finishing 14th, championship rival, Jason Plato could only finish 5th, ensuring Giovanardi of the title.


Race One was won by Mat Jackson in the family run BMW Dealer Team UK car. Steven Kane and Rob Collard in similar BMW 320Si's were 2nd and 3rd

Race Two saw another convincing win by Mat, leading from pole position. Its been an impressive year for the young driver, mixing it with the works SEATs and Vauxhall's. Newly crowned champion, Giovanardi, didn't even make the start when his engine wouldn't fire. Talk about timing

Matt Neal (Vauxhall, above) finished second. The race was a disaster for SEAT with both Jason Plato and Darren Turner retiring. Not a good send off for the team who will not be returning in 2009

The Team Dynamics Honda Civic of Tom Chilton took the final victory of the 2008 season leading from pole with Stephen Kane and Tom Onslow-Cole in hot pursuit. Matt Jackson finished 4th, which was enough to beat SEAT Works driver, Jason Plato to 2nd place in the championship. Impressive stuff.

The race was stopped a lap early after John George suffered a huge crash in his Honda Integra. It says a lot for the strength of a modern BTCC car as John only suffered bruising

The final championship table looks like this.

1. Fabrizio Giovanardi (Vauxhall)    262pts

2. Matt Jackosn (BMW)                 226pts

3. Jason Plato (SEAT)                   223pts

4. Colin Turkington (BMW)             212pts

5. Matt Neal (Vauxhall)                  185pts


We now look forward to 2009. There are rumours on the forums of a new works team next year, possibly more BMW involvement. SEAT have now left the series, so it will be interesting to see if Jason Plato remains in the BTCC.

Up and coming racers like Matt Jackson, Andrew Jordan and Adam Jones will be armed with more experience. Should be another great season.

 – Andy Blackmore


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 Images: BTCC.net, Jakob Ebrey/BMW Dealer Team UK (Matt Jackson images)



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I would love to see Ford back in the btcc again, long gone are the days of 550 bhp Sierra RS500's, but the Focus has a great chassis and suspension setup and would make a brilliant BTCC car, cant see it happening but :( rumors are that it is Honda that could possibly be bringing a works backed team next year, which would be pretty cool.


thanks for all the BTCC stories. I had not followed this series until I saw it on here. Some great racing. Shame Speed World Challenge is not similar


No Problem. I believe Speed TV will show the series over the winter. They normally show BTCC and Aussie V8's


Hay, it’s good to see some RWD coming back into the game! and showing the FWD lot, who’s boss.

I wish, they could get some Altezzas in there again, and a few more Rwd cars!.

And stop all this weight adding, to the Rwders, or they would leave the fwd for dust, of the line, at beginning of the each race!


DJJAW11 - I'd agree with you in WTCC as they keep chopping and changing the regs to suit Chevy or SEAT, but in BTCC, the bigger issue was the tyres. The Dunlops have prooved to be hard to work with on RWD, although the likes of Jackson and the , Motorbase and WSR have shown that they can win.


dame is that driver ok


yes, driver was OK