Triple Eight Race Engineering


Plato and Tordoff 2013 Oulton

Triple Eight Racing have become one of the BTCC’s most established and successful names in the sport over the past 15 years, during which they have claimed a dominant eight manufacturer titles with the series former giants Vauxhall, all in the hands of some of the championship’s most well-known names.

Founded in 1996, Ian Harrison’s UK squad made their initial BTCC mark in 1997, where they took the helm of Vauxhall’s works squad with Formula 1 refugee Derek Warwick and former BTCC champion John Cleland. Over the first two seasons in a developing supertouring Vauxhall Vectra, success was varied as the duo took three wins between them in 1998, before Cleland moved into what would be his last season in BTCC in 1999.

With only one win in 1999 thanks to Frenchman Yvan Muller, the team’s three-car entry in 2000 also brought another star name into their line-up, Jason Plato, Triple Eight picking up five wins between the pair, who would fight for the title in the following season when the series switched from supertouring to BTC regulations – one that saw Triple Eight begin a spell of BTCC dominance with the Vauxhall Astra Coupe.

2001 saw the squad obliterate the opposition as they won every race that season thanks to both their works squad and customer egg: sport Vauxhall team, Plato claiming the team’s first of seven teams titles before being replaced by James Thompson, who also beat Muller to the title in another largely dominant year that saw the pair pick up 11 wins from 20 races, egg: sport picking up four with Matt Neal and Paul O’Neill.

2003 and 2004 saw a three-car Astra Coupe entry bring two more team and manufacturer titles in more hard-fought battles – won by Muller and Thompson – before switching to an Astra Sport Hatch for the following two seasons. Muller fought for the title but lost out – as did Triple Eight – to Dynamics and Neal, before they picked up a 100th BTCC win at Knockhill the following year in a difficult season, finishing third in 2006.

Italian Fabrizio Giovanardi and a switch to the S2000 Vauxhall Vectra in 2007 saw rejuvenation for Triple Eighth however, Giovanardi clinching two drivers titles in 2007 and 2008, the squad claiming their sixth and seventh teams title in 2008 and 2009 – only for Vauxhall to pull the plug on their manufacturer support in 2010. With the team finding sponsorship from Uniq, Giovanardi won two of the three races he entered, while James Nash could only help the team finish seventh.

Nash then starred in 2011 as he took the now-independent effort to the Independents driver and team’s titles, before the team switched to a new challenge for 2012 with a full MG-backed effort with two NGTC-specification MG6 machines. Plato returned to the squad to finish third, although the now KX-backed MG team could only manage fifth in the team championship – an impressive performance in their first development season with the MG6 – thanks to six Plato victories.

# Driver Specification Car Pos. Pts.
1997 – Triple Eight Racing
8 John Cleland  Supertouring Vauxhall Vectra 12 44
88 Derek Warwick Vauxhall Vectra 14 33
Manufacturers Championship 8 106
Teams Championship 8
1998 – Triple Eight Racing
88 Derek Warwick  Supertouring Vauxhall Vectra 9 70
98 John Cleland Vauxhall Vectra 8 106
99 Flavio Figueiredo Vauxhall Vectra 22 0
Manufacturers Championship 5 162
Teams Championship 5 75
1999 – Triple Eight Racing
7 Yvan Muller  Supertouring Vauxhall Vectra 6 122
8 John Cleland Vauxhall Vectra 13 51
Manufacturers Championship 5 186
Teams Championship 5 83
2000 – Triple Eight Racing
5 Jason Plato  Supertouring Vauxhall Vectra 5 160
6 Yvan Muller Vauxhall Vectra 4 168
8 Vincent Radermacker Vauxhall Vectra 10 81
Manufacturers Championship 3 399
Teams Championship 2 196
2001 – Vauxhall Motorsport
4 Yvan Muller BTC Vauxhall Astra 2 318
5 Jason Plato Vauxhall Astra 1 336
Manufacturers Championship 1 886
Teams Championship 1 269
2001 – Egg: sport
9 James Thompson BTC Vauxhall Astra 3 276
18 Andy Priaulx Vauxhall Astra 11 15
27 Phil Bennett Vauxhall Astra 4 173
Teams Championship 2 211
2002 – Vauxhall Motorsport
2 Yvan Muller BTC Vauxhall Astra 2 163
3 James Thompson Vauxhall Astra 1 183
Manufacturers Championship (-25 Penalty Points) 1 471
Teams Championship (-20 Penalty Points) 1 161
2002 – Egg: sport
0 Matt Neal BTC Vauxhall Astra 3 145
29 Paul O’Neill Vauxhall Astra 8 77
Teams Championship (-20 Penalty Points) 3 87
2003 – VX Racing
1 James Thompson BTC Vauxhall Astra 2 199
2 Yvan Muller Vauxhall Astra 1 233
8 Paul O’Neill Vauxhall Astra 4 138
Manufacturers Championship (-10 Penalty Points) 1 528
Teams Championship (-10 Penalty Points) 1 438
2004 – VX Racing
1 Yvan Muller BTC Vauxhall Astra 2 273
2 James Thompson Vauxhall Astra 1 274
57 Luke Hines Vauxhall Astra 10 115
Manufacturers Championship (-10 Penalty Points) 1 536
Teams Championship (-10 Penalty Points) 1 732
2005 – VX Racing
2 Yvan Muller BTC Vauxhall Astra Sports Hatch 2 273
6 Colin Turkington Vauxhall Astra Sports Hatch 6 174
88 Gavin Smith Vauxhall Astra Sports Hatch 10 86
Manufacturers Championship (-10 Penalty Points) 1 781
Teams Championship (-10 Penalty Points) 2 470
2006 – VX Racing
5 Tom Chilton BTC Vauxhall Astra Sports Hatch 7 139
10 Gavin Smith Vauxhall Astra Sports Hatch 8 123
11 Fabrizio Giovanardi Vauxhall Astra Sports Hatch 5 163
90 Erku Kizilirmak Vauxhall Astra Sports Hatch 22 0
Manufacturers Championship 2 528
Teams Championship 3 386
2007 – VX Racing
5 Fabrizio Giovanardi BTC Vauxhall Vectra 1 300
7 Tom Chilton Vauxhall Vectra 9 130
88 Gavin Smith Vauxhall Vectra 15 13
Manufacturers Championship 1 637
Teams Championship 2 421
2008 – VX Racing
1 Fabrizio Giovanardi S2000 Vauxhall Vectra 1 262
4 Matt Neal Vauxhall Vectra 5 185
10 Tom Onslow-Cole Vauxhall Vectra 6 170
Manufacturers Championship 1 697
Teams Championship 1 537
2009 – VX Racing
1 Fabrizio Giovanardi S2000 Vauxhall Vectra 3 266
5 Matt Neal Vauxhall Vectra 4 170
77 Andrew Jordan Vauxhall Vectra 10 114
Manufacturers Championship (-10 Penalty Points) 1 658
Teams Championship (-10 Penalty Points) 1 466
2010 – Uniq Racing with Triple Eight
14 James Nash S2000 Vauxhall Vectra 12 52
Independents Championship 8 112
15 Jeff Smith Vauxhall Vectra 29 0
Independents Championship 25 2
16 Sam Tordoff Vauxhall Vectra 23 1
Independents Championship 21 5
25 Daniel Lloyd Vauxhall Vectra 17 7
Independents Championship 18 12
88 Phil Glew Vauxhall Vectra 16 9
Independents Championship 14 19
888 Fabrizio Giovanardi Vauxhall Vectra 14 38
Independents Championship 12 40
Teams Championship 7 10
Independent Teams Championship 5 189
2011 – 888 Racing With Collins Contractors
14 James Nash S2000 Vauxhall Vectra 5 191
Independents Championship 1 268
34 Tony Gilham Vauxhall Vectra 19 12
Independents Championship 15 42
48 Ollie Jackson Vauxhall Vectra 26 0
Independents Championship 20 8
88 Aron Smith Vauxhall Vectra 24 1
Independents Championship 21 5
Teams Championship 3 203
Independent Teams Championship 1 293
2012 – MG KX Momentum Racing
44 Andy Neate NGTC MG6 GT 16 79
99 Jason Plato MG6 GT 3 376
Manufacturers Championship 5 446
Teams Championship 2 722
2013 – MG KX Momentum Racing
88 Sam Tordoff NGTC MG6 GT
99 Jason Plato MG6 GT