BTCC 2010 Preview: Boulevard Team Racing: Vauxhall Astra Coupe

#27 Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson, the plucky Lincolnshire guy, one of the nicest and most popular guys in the paddock and who inherited the nickname 'the hotdog' due to his cars livery.

Johnson showed the whole BTCC field that a car which was racing in 2001 could still be competitive, and became a real fans favourite when, on the drag to the line at Rockingham, he passed the double BTCC Champion Fabrizio Giovanardi for 10th and the final point – in a car with a broken drive shaft and fourth gear not working.

Returning for a second season in the oldest car on the grid, Johnson will be looking to continue being a typical British underdog, and loving his racing.

Before Johnson acquired the old Yvan Muller Astra Coupe from former BTCC driver Erkut, Johnson ran his team in the Elf Renault Clio Cup with a very impressive record. He also claimed the team's title in 2004, as well as driver of the year in 2001.

Johnson won't give up the BTCC while the fans are supporting him – he is a true fans favourite.

Season Prediction:

Johnson won't trouble the front runners, but will have entertaining battles with the back end of the midfield, people like John George and Matt Hamilton. Will score a silly point or two, and for Johnson, that will feel like a win.

TCF Driver Prediction:

Johnson: 20th; with a couple of tenth place finishes, and a whole load of new fans.