Jason Plato. 2001 Brands Hatch (© PSP Images)
Make / Model
Vauxhall Astra Coupé
Chassis No
Built By
Triple Eight Race Engineering
Date Built
Current Status
Driven by Jason Plato at the opening round of the 2001 BTCC. He would switch to V2001-005 for the remainder of the season, with this car was converted to a two-seater for promotional rides.

The car would re-appear as a race car in 2004 when it was run in the BTCC under the 'VXR Junior' banner before being sold to Daniels Motorsport in 2005, who ran it for Andy Neate in the final round of the 2005 BTCC, and for Nick Leason in the final two rounds of the 2006

After 2006 the car remained unused until being purchased by Lee Brett in 2014 and rebuilt.

Destroyed in a fire on 29th January 2020. The remains were purchased by Toby Smith in late 2023 to use as spares to rebuild V2001-005
Jason Plato. 2001 Brands Hatch  (© PSP Images)
2001 British Touring Car Championship
Vauxhall Motorsport (Triple Eight)
#5 Jason Plato
Round 1
2002 - 2003
Two seater demo car
Michael Bentwood. 2004 Thruxton  (© PSP Images)
2004 British Touring Car Championship
VXR Junior
#14 Michael Bentwood
Rounds 1–6, 8–10
Andy Neate. 2005 Brands Hatch  (© PSP Images)
2005 British Touring Car Championship
Team Nuts with Daniels Motorsport
#44 Andy Neate
Round 10
Andy Neate. 2006 Silverstone  (© PSP Images)
2006 British Touring Car Championship
NJL Racing with Daniels Motorsport
#19 Nick Leason
Rounds 9-10
2007 - 2014
Daniels Motorsport
Not used
Lee Brett. Lydden Hill 2014 (© Rich Sams)
2014 - 2020
Lee Brett
2024 fire damaged shell (©  Toby Smith)