March 2013: John Cleland to compete in historic super touring car series.
The first Triple 888 Engineering built Vectra super tourer bearing the chassis number V97-001 will once again be raced by Cleland almost 16 years after it first took to the track at John’s home circuit of Knockhill. John hopes to compete in 2 rounds of the HSCC Super Touring Car Trophy at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park.
“I hope the series gets bigger and turns into a major event in future years… I’m sure it will. My plan is to race it and involve my sons Niki and Jamie in some of the drives.
Should be a bit of fun !! Good job I didn’t throw out the overalls from that year !!!”
July 2008: 95 Cavalier for Goodwood.
John Cleland will be reunited with his 1995 BTCC Championship winning Cavalier at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the July 12th & 13th 2008 weekend.
The Cavalier has been seen around UK circuits in the past few years and is always a crowd pleaser due to it's racing pedigree.
John says of his trip down memory lane "it should be fun."
Also expected to appear at the Festival in vehicles of interest are Andy Rouse, Frank Biela, Anthony Reid, Steve Soper and Win Percy among many others.
Here's a clue to how the weekend went...
David Leslie dies in air crash. March 30th 2008: We were sad to learn of the death of David Leslie and Richard Lloyd in an aircraft accident near Farnborough in Kent. A total of 5 people were killed as their light aircraft crashed after what is believed to have been engine failure.
John had this to say about his former BTCC rival and fellow Scot:
David Leslie accident is a terrible loss to the UK motorsport world and all
those whom he helped in their early careers will miss him greatly. His
passion for the sport regardless of whether it was International or at club
level was second to none and his commitment to putting something back into
the sport that gave him a living for many years was a credit to him and his
2006: Rumours regarding John's possible involvement in the Snetterton 24 hour 2CV meeting are unfortunately unfounded.
John had been invited to take part in this serious/fun annual event with sons Jamie and Niki but prior commitments have unfortunately scuppered
John's only semi firm appearance so far this year will be at Knockhill on October 8th in Jamie's Scottish Mini Cooper Challenge car, a two driver end of
John's regular appearances at Sandown and Bathurst in the Australian V8 Supercars also look in doubt this year but watch this space for any news as it breaks.
2005: October 6-9: Supercheap Autos Bathurst 1000. A new title sponsor this year for the great race. 161 laps of the famous Mount Panorama circuit sees Murph on a hat trick. Brad Jones Racing often perform well in this event and John hasn't got the Brock/Plato Holden to get in the way this year.
2005: September 9-11: Betta Electrical Sandown 500 endurance race at Sandown International Raceway, Melbourne, Australia.
John once again drives the Brad Jones Racing Ford Falcon V8, this year sponsored by BOC Gases and partnered by Dale Brede.
2004: Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 event at Mount Panorama (7-10 October). John again climbs behind the wheel of the second Brad Jones Racing Ozemail Falcon with a twist....
2004: September 10-12: Betta Electrical Sandown 500 endurance race at Sandown International Raceway, Melbourne, Australia.
2004: September 26: BTCC Masters. John competes against past winners of the BTCC in identical Seat Cupras at the final TOCA meeting of the year at Donington Park. This event, organised by TOCA boss, Alan Gow, brings together all the BTCC champions since 1990, plus a few "guest favourites" in the identically prepared Seat Cupras. more....
2004: August 7-8: Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain. John drives the #1 guest car at his home circuit of Knockhill, in this TOCA support series. Cleland fights for victory against championship leader and ex BTCC adversary...more....
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