Cleland - Good Old Boy ?
His last races at a rain-soaked Silverstone will be remembered for many reasons... a surprise tartan livery, ginger wigs, a convenient saltire for the final slowing down lap and the phrase "go raffle yerself."
Image: Post race 2 cooling down lap, Silverstone 1999.
Having asked John to partake in this interview, I was concerned that a financial reward may be involved... but I eventually agreed with Mr. Cleland that I would not accept his money.
DW: What were the most memorable moments from your BTCC career?
JC: Winning the championship in 1995 and beating Alain Menu ! and the low point was 1992 and losing the Championship after a fight with Steve Soper at Silverstone.
DW: Over the past 11
seasons you have seen great, and not so great drivers come and go from the
series... who, in your opinion were the talented drivers? who were not? and who
are the one's who were winners because they had the right car at the right time?
DW: After the
ultimate success of the Cavalier, can you identify the reasons for the lack of
overall effectiveness of the Vectra since 1996 in the U.K. considering the car
has been reasonably successful in the German STW with a different aerokit?
DW: Where do you see
the future of the BTCC and are the new regulations really the way to go?
DW: Given the
choice, which International Championships would you consider?
DW: Can you tell us which are your favourites and why?
a. Race circuit?
Image: Bathurst Pitlane 1997.
b. Race car?
c. Road car?
d. Heroes... motorsport
g. TV show?
DW: And even more interestingly... what are your least favourites:
a. Race Circuit?
b. Race car?
d. BTCC competitors? (A list in descending order will
DW: Can you tell us
what options you have for 2000 and beyond and if you have reached a decision
DW: Would you
consider coming back to driving or team management in the BTCC if the right
opportunity arose in the future?
DW: Do you regret
having committed to Vauxhall for the entire 11 seasons and were you offered any
other drives by other manufacturers during this time, if so which ones?
DW: Some time ago,
you suggested that to get a good drive in the BTCC your name must end in a
vowel, do you believe that each team should have at least one British driver, or
has the International line up been a positive contribution to the "best
touring car championship in the world"?
Some out-takes which were not intended for airing, but what the heck!
a. Can I take you
home with me? (from a female contributor)
b. Did you practice
standing on the door frame for the parade lap and have you ever fallen off?
c. Can I have your
d. Are you retiring
because you are pissed off with Warwick telling you how to drive a touring car?
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