Phil Bennett. 2001 Thruxton  (© PSP Images)
Category
BTCT
Make / Model
Vauxhall Astra Coupé
Chassis No
V2001-001
Built By
Triple Eight Race Engineering
Date Built
2001
Current Status
Comments
Run by Triple Eight under the ‘egg:sport’ banner in the 2001 BTCC. Primarily driven by Phil Bennett, except for the Oulton Park round where Andy Priaulx would substitute whilst Bennet served a one-race ban. Run as the ‘egg:sport’ entry again in 2002, this time driven by Matt Neal.

In 2003 the car, along with V2001-003, would be bought by GA Motorsport and driven by Gavin Pyper and Carl Breeze in 2003, and by Paul Wallace, Kelvin Burt and Stefan Hodgetts in 2004. After missing the Knockhill round in 2004, the team would run a single car for the remainder of the season driven initially by Carl Breeze and then by Gavin Pyper, although it is not known if 001 or 003 was used.

Through 2005 and 2006 both 001 and 003 would make sporadic appearances in the Britcar Production series.

In late 2006, both cars were sold to Encke Sport, a new team backed by Blackburn Rovers and Finland international goalkeeper Peter Enckelman. The team had planned to run them in the 2007 BTCC but quickly decided it was too much too soon for a new team, meaning that the cars would sit unused.

001 was eventually sold to Tony Tait, who initially leant the car to Kirklees College as a training aid for vehicle engineering students, before moving it to Huddersfield University engineering department.
Phil Bennett. 2001 Brands Hatch  (© PSP Images)
2001 British Touring Car Championship
egg:sport (Triple Eight)
#27 Phil Bennett
Rounds 1–9, 11–13
2 wins
Andy Priaulx. BTCC Oulton Park 2001 (© Jakob Ebrey)
2001 British Touring Car Championship
egg:sport (Triple Eight)
#18 Andy Priaulx
Round 10
Matt Neal. 2002 Silverstone  (© PSP Images)
2002 British Touring Car Championship
egg:sport (Triple Eight)
#0 Matt Neal
All rounds
3 wins
Gavin Pyper. 2003 Brands Hatch  (© PSP Images)
2003 British Touring Car Championship
GA Motorsports
#44 Gavin Pyper
Rounds 1-5
Carl Breeze. 2003 Donington Park (© PSP Images)
2003 British Touring Car Championship
GA Motorsports
#10 Carl Breeze
Rounds 6-10
Paul Wallace. 2004 Thruxton  (© PSP Images)
2004 British Touring Car Championship
Team Sureterm / GA Motorsports
#21 Paul Wallace
Rounds 1-2
Kelvin Burt. 2004 Silverstone  (© PSP Images)
2004 British Touring Car Championship
Team Sureterm / GA Motorsports
#24 Kelvin Burt
Rounds 3-4
Steffan Hodgetts. 2004 Mondello Park (© PSP Images)
2004 British Touring Car Championship
Team Sureterm / GA Motorsports
#26 Stefan Hodgetts
Rounds 5-6
2005 Britcar Production S1
GA Motorsports
Aitken/Heintzelman. Britcar Brands Hatch 2006 (© Pat Cranham)
2006 Britcar Production S1
GA Motorsports
#51 Scott Aitken / Peter Heintzelman
2007 - 2008
Encke Sport
Not used
2009
Tony Tait
Loaned to Kirklees College
2018
Chassis under restoration