BTCC: Pit Stop Challenge, London

News from the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship 24/3/98 JOHN WATSON JOINS BTCC CREW AUDI WINS PIT-STOP CHALLENGE Former Grand Prix star John Watson was today (Tues) announced as the new voice of the Auto Trader RAC British...

News from the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship 24/3/98

JOHN WATSON JOINS BTCC CREW AUDI WINS PIT-STOP CHALLENGE

Former Grand Prix star John Watson was today (Tues) announced as the new voice of the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship. Watson - World Championship runner-up in 1982 for McLaren and a five- time Grand Prix race winner - will team up with Australian broadcaster and racer Charlie Cox to voice the BBC's BTCC coverage.

The Watson and Cox partnership - brought in to replace the high-octane delivery of commentating veteran Murray Walker - was unveiled today at the London Docklands media launch for the 1998 Auto Trader BTCC. Said former Eurosport F1 commentator Watson: "I am looking forward to the challenge, as I have never worked with a terrestrial broadcaster before. Most of all I am looking forward to adding to the entertainment factor, because touring cars is all about entertainment."

After the BTCC drivers - including Ford's "new boy" Nigel Mansell - were introduced to the world's media the teams staged a Pit-Stop Challenge on the quayside, racing against the clock to make a pit stop, change two wheels and sprint off again. At stake was a UKpounds10,000 TOCA cheque for the winning team members.

In a brilliant display of Germanic efficiency the Audi Sport UK team showed that theirs will be the pit crew to beat when the championship blasts back into action at Thruxton on Easter Monday (Apr 13). The Audi, driven by Yvan Muller, completed the pit-stop-and-sprint in just 24.17 seconds, nearly two seconds quicker than their nearest rivals, the DC Cook squad.

TOCA Pit-Stop Sprint Competition - London Docklands, 24 March 1998 1 Audi Sport UK 24.17s 2 DC Cook Motorsport 25.83s 3 Vodafone Nissan Racing 26.83s 4 Esso Ultron Team Peugeot 28.12s 5 Team Honda Sport 29.14s 6 Vauxhall Sport 33.26s 7 Volvo S40 Racing 33.68s 8 Nescafe Blend 37 Williams Renault 33.82s 9 Team Dynamics Max Power Racing 35.18s 10 Ford Mondeo Racing 45.12s

-- BTCC official website www.btcc.co.uk

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