Butlers Vehicle Solutions Ltd returns to the to the BTCC for the 2016 season with Aiden Moffat and Laser Tools Racing. More news to follow.
2014 saw the return of Butlers Vehicle Solutions Ltd to the BTCC after a couple of years in the WTCC by sponsoring Tom Ingram.
2011 featured the return of Butlers Vehicle Solutions Ltd to the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) after a 4 year hiatus from the series. The start of the season saw the Butlers logo on the distinctive pink and green Vauxhall Vectra S2000 of Tony Gilham for 888 race engineering, and teammate of James Nash. 888 race engineering were the former Vauxhall works preparation team; the most successful preparation team to ever compete in the BTCC.
In the latter stages of the season the driver behind the distinctive pink and green Vectra found himself facing troubles with funding and it was at this point Butlers decided to stay with 888 race engineering and move onto fellow teammate James Nash’s car. This decision was made partially due to prior commitments Butlers had made with a charity concerning the BTCC. The move to James came with a whole new array of sponsors and opportunities with new sponsors including Profile Autones, VGroup International, EACS, Sports Trader, East Anglia Air Ambulance, and DRIVE Marketing. This move would prove to be very beneficial by the end of the season.
Off the racetrack, close links with VGroup International, a market leader in the manufacture and supply of vehicle car mats, number plates and vehicle driver packs, enabled Butlers Vehicle Solutions Ltd to develop their own branded driver packs that are now supplied with every new vehicle a customer orders to ensure total customer satisfaction. On the racetrack, Butlers Vehicle Solutions Ltd in conjunction with James Nash Racing achieved great success, in what was James’ first full BTCC season. At Rockingham James achieved his first ‘official’ BTCC win and matured into a 2011 BTCC title contender. Entering the final 3 races at Silverstone James was still in with a chance to become overall BTCC champion along with the familiar names of Matt Neal, Jason Plato, Gordon Sheddon and Mat Jackson.
For 2011 however, it wasn’t to be. James didn’t become the overall BTCC Champion however he did win the 2011 Independent Driver Championship and his team Triple Eight Race Engineering won the 2011 Independent Team Championship. The 2011 season saw James take 9 outright podiums and a fastest lap. His final position in the overall standings was joint 4th with independent rival Mat Jackson. James also finished 32 points clear in the Independent standings.
Tim Butler - Director of Butlers Vehicle Solutions Ltd, “We thoroughly enjoyed our BTCC sponsorship of James Nash and look forward to working closely in the future with both James Nash Racing and VGroup International. We are very happy for James on his success and hope to maintain the strong relationship that has been built throughout this season.”
To get more information about the 2011 British Touring Car Championship season that James & Tony competed in, see past results / photos, please go to the Butlers Vehicle Solutions Facebook page at www.facebook.com/butlersvehicle Twitter Feed @butlersvehicle or go to the latest news section on the website http://www.butlersvsl.com/news You can even check out the Butlers Vehicle Solutions YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/butlersvehicle
2007 saw the first sighting of the Butlers Vehicle Solutions Ltd’s logo in the British Touring Car Championship. Their driver of choice was rookie Mat Jackson who drove for his own independent family run Jacksons MSport team. During this season Mat was rated as a 1st place rookie by Autosport Magazine. Mat’s car of choice was the BMW 320si E90 and it was this exact car that Andy Priaulx drove to win the 2006 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Mat’s other sponsors included Maxim, Whale Tankers, Nick Whale BMW and Jacksons Ford.
Tim Butler - Director of Butlers Vehicle Solutions Ltd, “We are pleased to sponsor Mat in his debut season of the BTCC. I first met Mat in 2000 when he raced in the Renault Clio Championship and am glad he has progressed as he is a talented driver. We like the fact he drives for a family run team as we are very family orientated being a family run business ourselves.”
Halfway through the season Mat had already racked up 4 podiums one of which was an outright win. Mat was competing against works drivers and teams which made the results feel even better. By the end of the season he had gained a total of 7 podiums including 2 outright wins. His standings in the trophy hunt were 2nd in the Independent Drivers Championship with 270 points & 7th with 158 points in the BTCC Overall Drivers Championship.
To get more information about the 2007 British Touring Car Championship season that Mat competed in, see past results / photos, please go to the Butlers Vehicle Solutions Facebook page at www.facebook.com/butlersvehicle Twitter Feed @butlersvehicle or go to the latest news section on the website http://www.butlersvsl.com/news You can even check out the Butlers Vehicle Solutions YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/butlersvehicle
27 year old Milton Keynes born James Nash is one of the rising stars of British Motorsport. James began his racing career at 15 years old in 2000 where he competed in the Junior Formula TKM Karting. He graduated to the Senior National TKM Karting Championship in 2002 and finished the series 5th. Two years later in 2004 he narrowly missed out on the Championship title and took 2nd place. James decided to compete in the 2005 British Formula Ford Championship, and just a year later he came 5th overall in the championship. In 2007 James took 2nd place, narrowly missing out on the Championship title.
2008 saw James move into touring cars where he finished 4th in a SEAT Leon in the SEAT Eurocup. Since this move to touring cars James featured in selective events of the 2009 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in a Chevrolet Lacetti alongside Jason Plato. This move saw him take a 3rd place and an outright podium. James returned in 2010, but his most significant season came in 2011 when he raced a Vauxhall Vectra for 888 racing. James achieved his first ‘official’ outright win at Rockingham in 2011 and took 9 outright podiums and a fastest lap. It was in 2011 he won the BTCC Independent Trophy with a 32 point advantage over nearest rival Mat Jackson. He also finished in joint 4th place on 191 points in the overall drivers championship.
2011 also saw James take class pole and fastest lap in the 24 hour Dubai race and made a winning sports car debut from pole in the Donnington 3 hour GT race driving a works Lotus Evora. The World Touring Car Championship was next in James’ sights, which he chose to pursue in 2012 with Team Aon. The season saw him take three top 10 finishes including a 6th place overall and a pole position. James continues in the WTCC for the 2013 season in a Bamboo Engineering Chevrolet Cruze.
James is a former Autosport/McLaren/BRDC Young Driver of the Year finalist. Outside of his racing commitments James is an enthusiastic ambassador and fundraiser for the East Anglia Air Ambulance. Some of his fundraising activities have included a sponsored sky dive.
Tony’s racing career started in 2005 in the Toyota MR2 championship with 4 race wins and 6 podiums. In 2006 he moved into the VW Cup with a VW Beetle RSi but sadly his engine blew after 4 races. However he managed to score more points than anybody in final 8 races to finish 4th overall. In 2007 Tony competed in the VW Cup but this time he raced to victory in the MkV Golf.
From 2008 onwards Tony battled in the Porsche Carrera Cup which was a support race to the British Touring Car Championship. He remained consistent over the 3 years he raced with a 6th, 7th and 8th overall finish in the championship and a 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Pro Am Category. In 2010, his final year in the championship, he raced for his own team Collins Redesign Racing.
Tony obtained a seat at 888 race engineering the following year where he drove a BTCC Vauxhall Vectra S2000 alongside James Nash. His gained a series best 8th place at Brands Hatch and Donnington. However due to financial reasons Tony couldn’t finish the whole season so left 888 race engineering and came back for the final rounds with Geoff Steal Racing in a BMW.
After his short stint racing in the BTCC Tony came back with his own team, Team HARD. Team HARD saw the development of new NGTC cars like the Volkswagen Passat CC. Tony then succeeded in getting big named drivers and fan favourites like Tom Onslow-Cole and Paul O’Neill to race for the Team HARD Brand. Team HARD also provide drivers with the opportunity to race in the VW Cup as well as the BTCC.
Mat originally started his race career in Karting and moved his way through the rankings of the of the British Touring Car Support races. He finished 4th overall in the Renault Clio Cup in 2000 and became the Seat Cupra Champion in 2006 with an unrivalled 11 race victories in one season.
After his stint in the support races Mat made the step up to the actual British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in 2007 with his own family run team. By the end of the season he had gained a total of 7 podiums including 2 outright wins and his standings in the trophy hunt were 2nd in the Independent Drivers Championship & 7th in the BTCC Overall Drivers Championship.
Matt has continued to race in the BTCC since his debut season; however he no longer drives for his own family run team and has since drove for a number of different teams including Motorbase and RML/Racing Silverline in cars such as the Ford Focus and the Chevrolet Lacetti. He has achieved many more podiums and gained many outright wins.
The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) visits the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, travelling from the countryside of Kent to the Highlands of Scotland and many more places in between. The series features 30 races from 10 different circuits across Britain. Circuits vary from the often cold and windy Knockhill, Scotland to the Southeast Brands Hatch which is normally visited twice during the average season.
The championship often features 20+ drivers race over the course of the season, all competing for the overall drivers championship and an independent championship trophy for non manufacturer backed drivers. As well as the drivers trophy there are also team trophy available for the manufacturer’s championship and the independent team trophy for the independent teams.
The series can be found over a number of platforms including the ITV Player, and ITV4 Television. ITV air all 30 races live plus many more support races on their ITV4 television channel on a 6 hour long show. Qualifying is streamed live at www.itv.com/btcc/live/