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BTCCPages Features - 2004
Below is a listing of feature articles with teams and drivers from the btcc that appeared on BTCCPages.com during 2004. Please click here for the most recent features, or see the bottom of the page for links to features from previous years.
November 2004
Yvan Muller - So close yet so far

Yvan MullerYvan Muller led the 2004 BTCC for much of the season, but narrowly lost out to VX Racing teammate James Thompson at the final meeting of the season at Donington. Ending the season just a single point behind Thompson, read what the Frenchman had to say about finishing second, again.

October 2004
1005 miles, 560 laps, 30 races, 9 circuits, 6 months, 2 team-mates, 1 point

James Thompson - BTCC Champion 2004James Thompson joined an exclusive club when he claimed his second BTCC title at Donington Park last weekend. Only Alain Menu, John Cleland, Andy Rouse, and now Thompson, have won the championship twice in the last twenty years. At the end of the thirty race season, a single point decided the championship, in Thompson's favour. We caught up with the double-champ to get his reaction.

August 2004
Dan Eaves: "Reidy was on a bit of a charge!"

Dan EavesDan Eaves looked set for his second BTCC race victory at the weekend, but on-form Anthony Reid had other ideas, as he snatched the win away from the Computeach Racing with Halfords driver in Sunday's third race. Eaves took two second place finishes in the HarrierZeuros Independents Trophy at Knockhill, and now ties team-mate Matt Neal in third position. Read his comments right here.

June 2004
Yvan Muller: "Plato just forgot to brake!"

Yvan MullerAfter rounds 13, 14 & 15 at Mondello Park, VX Racing's Yvan Muller leads the championship standings by four points from team-mate James Thompson, but it was his former team-mate, Jason Plato, with whom Muller came to blows in the third race at Mondello. The pair both ended up off the track, before Plato retired from the race, which he led up until the safety car was deployed in the latter stages. Muller was less then happy with Plato after the race...

May 2004
Shaun Watson-Smith: From Brands to Silverstone

Shaun Watson-SmithIn his first season in the BTCC, Shaun Watson-Smith is already proving a huge favourite amongst fans, winning praise for his impressive performances in the Proton Impian. Notably the comments were particularly positive after his strong run at Brands Hatch ? albeit after his hopes of a podium finish were dashed when he was nerfed by Anthony Reid. Check out the latest installment in our team PSP Diary as we talked to Shaun post-Silverstone.

Reid insists Thompson clash was 'racing incident'

Anthony ReidThe third race of the day at Silverstone brought controversy as Anthony Reid clashed first with James Thompson, and then with Matt Neal. Following the race, the Clerk of the Course initially excluded Reid from the results for the incident with Thompson, before he had an appeal upheld and the punishment was reduced to a ten-second penalty. Even after this, Reid insists it was merely a 'racing incident'. See what else he had to say...

April 2004
Michael Bentwood ? ?The amateurs need to go?

Michael BentwoodAfter a podium finish first time out at Thruxton, Michael Bentwood and the Tech-Speed run VX Racing Jr team had high hopes for the Brands Hatch races, but after a combination poor reliability and bad luck, this was not to be the case. A front row grid position was an impressive start to the weekend, but raceday was to prove a nightmare.

Justin Keen - An Introduction

Justin KeenJoining the fray at Brands Hatch will be Justin Keen in an ETCC-spec Edenbridge Racing BMW 320i. Having raced in sportscars and International F3000 amongst other series, the 28 year-old is not lacking in experience. We caught up with him ahead of his BTCC debut to find out a bit more.

Team PSP ? Strong start but still work to be done

Shaun Watson-Smith through Thruxton chicaneAfter a long winter that involved much hard work on the redevelopment of their Proton Impian racers, the opening rounds of the season at Thruxton provided the much anticipated first chance for Team Petronas Syntium Proton to see just how far they have progressed. Continuing our Team PSP Diary feature, we got the inside line on Thruxton.

Rob Collard ? ?You may as well come 20th as come 11th!?

Rob CollardAfter a nightmare outing at Thruxton last year, Rob Collard was hoping to pay a more successful trip to his home track this year. Whilst he emerged with an undamaged car this time, the first meeting of the season was far from perfect for the reigning Independents Cup champion.

Jason Hughes - A weekend to forget

Jason HughesJason Hughes and the Kartworld racing team endured a far from ideal start to the season at Thruxton. The team have hit a steep learning curve in the BTCC's top flight, and we spoke to Jason to find out just what caused the first meeting of the year to be a troublesome one.

Colin Turkington ? On racing, life at university, and much much more

Colin TurkingtonColin Turkington is entering his third season in the BTCC this year, and has shown real talent over the course of the past two seasons. He took his first race victory last year and has every chance of building on that achievement in 2004. Ahead of the new season we caught up with Colin to ask him a few questions!

March 2004
Robert Huff ? Life as a works touring car driver

Robert HuffAfter a successful season last year which saw him win the Seat Cupra Championship, Robert Huff is now reaping the rewards. He lines up along side Jason Plato in the Seat Sport UK works team in the 2004 BTCC. Find out what he had to say about landing his dream job right here.

Charlie Butler-Henderson ? A Sureterm success?

Charlie Butler-HendersonMaking the step up from the Renault Clio Cup, Charlie Butler-Henderson will drive a Vauxhall Astra Coupe for Team Sureterm in the 2004 BTCC. We caught up with him to find out about his hopes and expectations for the year, along with how he has been getting on with the car so far!

John George ? Putting his foot on the gas!

John GeorgeMardi Gras Motorsport will make history on Sunday 11th April at Thruxton when John George becomes the first driver to race an LPG-powered car in the BTCC. The former Clio racer took time out to tell us a bit more about this somewhat unusual project!

Luke Hines ? ?I?ve only come to do two things - chew bubblegum and kick ass?

Luke HinesLuke Hines is the reigning BTCC Production class champion and steps up to contest the 2004 season with the VX Racing in a works Vauxhall Astra Coup?. Ahead of the new season, Luke joined us for a Q&A session on the excitement and challenges that face him throughout the year.

Rob Collard ? ?I?m out to defend my title?

Rob Collard2003 Independents Cup champion Rob Collard returns to the series this year. He will once again contest the championship in his Vauxhall Astra Coup? with the Collard Racing team. Find out Rob had to say about the forthcoming season as he tested the car for the first time this year at Donington Park.

February 2004
Exclusive - Introducing : Shaun Watson-Smith

Shaun Watson-SmithFollowing the confirmation of Shaun Watson-Smith?s position at Team Petronas Syntium Proton, we are pleased to bring you the first chance to get to know the South African driver, whose name will become somewhat more familiar to followers of the BTCC in the coming months. It is the latest in our exclusive series of features which also saw us follow the progress of Team PSP's rookie Malaysian driver as he tested at circuits around the UK at the end of 2003.

Feature - Trophee Andros Finale - Stade de France

Trophee Andros Yvan Muller was in action alongside four-time Formula One world champion Alain Prost at the Stade de France last weekend. Driving his Kia Rio silhouette, Muller tried his luck on the specially constructed ice-covered oval inside France's national stadium. Read on to find out how the action unfolded!

January 2004
Feature - 2003: Looking back - Round by round (Part 2)

Muller wins Part two of our review of the 2003 season takes in rounds 11 to 20, starting at Croft and culminating in the nail-biting finale at Oulton Park. Just as in the first half of the season, there was close race action all the way, not to mention titles that remained undecided until the final round!

Autosport International 2004 - Round-up

Team DynamicsThe annual Autosport International Show offers a brief break from the doom and gloom of the winter months. Held at the NEC in Birmingham, this year's show featured a range of events and entertainment for the motorsport fan. Numerous BTCC drivers were to be found wandering the halls, whilst there were also visits from World Rally Champion Petter Solberg and F1 stars Jenson Button and Justin Wilson. In this brief round-up, we take a look at the weekend's events.

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