Vauxhall bows out of BTCC after two decades in the tin-top championship
5 October 2009

Vauxhall has bowed out of the British Touring Car Championship following almost 20 consecutive years in the sport.

To mark the occasion Autocar has sifted through the archives to bring you a gallery of the Luton’s brand’s best BTCC moments.

See the hi-res picture gallery from Vauxhall's time in the BTCC

Vauxhall’s last appearance in BTCC was celebrated with the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ title at Brands Hatch over the weekend.

Vauxhall driver Fabrizio Giovanardi took two podiums and a fourth place to secure third in the BTCC Drivers’ Championship.

The British car manufacturer first entered BTCC in 1976 with the Vauxhall Magnum Coupe. Gerry Marshall won his class and third overall that year and Jeff Allam finished fourth overall a year later.

Twelve years later, Vauxhall returned to the Championship and began two decades in the series.

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5 October 2009

I didn't enjoy Matt Neals predictably boring tactic in the BTCC final on Sunday. Why should he have been allowed to slow the whole field down in his Vauxhall just so frustrate Turkington?

I understand why he did it and he was under orders but it made for a very boring and slow 1st few laps to the race! Good on Turkington for getting him out of the way!

Shame they won't be back and it would have been nice to see the Vauxhalls bow out with more dignity.

5 October 2009

[quote BMWMAN]I didn't enjoy Matt Neals predictably boring tactic in the BTCC final on Sunday. Why should he have been allowed to slow the whole field down in his Vauxhall just so frustrate Turkington?[/quote]It think it actually worked against them as it allowed Tom Chilton to get infront of Gio...

Personally im going to really miss having Vauxhall there but it would never had made sense for them to stay when once SEAT left. I guess next year Matt Neal will go back to his dads team and Andrew Jordan should get a sponsorship deal but I think Gio will leave the BTCC - what a shame! A real class act.

The big question is: How will the organisers ever tempt any Manufacturer backed teams to enter again?

6 October 2009

[quote Quattro369]The big question is: How will the organisers ever tempt any Manufacturer backed teams to enter again?[/quote]

Simple. They won't. Or at least they shouldn't. If they do then they won't have learned anything from the past, lessons that F1 and WRC are learning now. If you organise a race/rally series to entice the big guns they will come.

They spend there big bucks and push the cost of competing so high that eventually the whole thing topples over.

Why can't private teams run cars conforming to a set of rules and be left to go racing? Why do the manufacturers have to get involved as factory backed teams?

6 October 2009

Whilst I have enjoyed watching Vauxhall`s contribution to the BTCC over the years, I cannot see that it can ever have made financial sense. Has their image changed since they started? No, and that goes double for Renault. The vast majority of customers for Scenics surely neither know nor care that Renault are in F1.

Lanciaman

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