Justin Keen. BTCC Barnds Hatch 2004 (© PSP Images)
Category S2000
Make / Model BMW 320 E46
Chassis No E46/4 FL ETCC 011
Built By BMW Motorsport
Date Built 2003
Current Status

Comments

Assembled by Edenbridge Racing from a kit supplied by BMW Motosport, the car made it's first public appearance as a static display on the paddock at the Brands Hatch BTCC round in August 2003.

The car's first race appearance would also be at Brands Hatch early the following year with Justin Keen behind the wheel. A late deal mean that the team missed the first round. Following a string of poor results the team decided to withdraw from the series mid-season, citing Keen's lack of touring car experience, issues with the 5-speed H-pattern gearbox, and problems adapting to the control Dunlop tyres as the reason for the decision.

A late deal was put together to run the car for Rob Collard at the end-of-season Macau GP, but that too proved to be less than successful. Collard was forced wide at the first corner, onto the dirty part of the track and clipped the barrier, ending his race without completing a lap. The short repair time between the weekend's two races meant that the car was unable to start race 2.

Plans to run the car in the ETCC in 2005 had to be abandoned when a suitable budget could not be found. As a result the car remained unused until 2007.

Purchased by Jim Pocklington and run in the early part of the 2007 BTCC. Difficulty in getting electronics repairs meant the car only ran in a handful of rounds. Pocklington was able to race the car a few times in 2008, mostly in Dutch Supercars and the odd club race.

By 2009 the car had been split up and sold - the engine going to a German hillclimber and the chassis going to Patrik Skoog in Sweden. Skoog had intended to restore the car but that work was never completed and the car sat unused until 2015.

Purchased by Danish driver Michael Vesthave Jr in Nov 2015, the car underwent a full restoration over the winter.

In 2016, Vesthave entered the car in Class 1 of the Danish YTCC, taking 11 race wins on the way to the championship title. 2017 saw a switch to the Yokohama SuperCup series where it would take 8 race wins and the championship title. 2018 continued the trend with another SuperCup title and a further 13 race wins.
Edenbridge Racing 2003. (© PSP Images)
2003
Edenbridge Racing
Not used
Justin Keen. BTCC Barnds Hatch 2004 (© PSP Images)
2004 British Touring Car Championship
Edenbridge Racing
#46 Justin Keen
Rounds 2-4
2004 Macau Guia Race
Edenbridge Racing
#5 Rob Collard
Jim Pocklington, BTCC 2007 (© PSP Images)
2007 British Touring Car Championship
J-Team Motorsport with Tech Tuning
#45 Jim Pocklington
Rounds 1-2, 4-5
2008 Dutch Supercars
Jim Pocklington
2009 - 2015 Storage
2015 rebuild (© Michael Vesthave Jr)
2015 Rebuild
Michael Vesthave Jr, 2016 YTCC
2016 Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge
#176 Michael Vesthave jr
All rounds
11 wins, Champion
Michael Vesthave Jr, Jyllandsringen 2017 (© Special Saloon Car)
2017 Danish Special Saloon Car
#176 Michael Vesthave Jr
11 wins, Champion
Michael Vesthave Jr, 2017 Yokohama SuperCup
2017 Yokohama SuperCup
#176 Michael Vesthave Jr
8 wins, Champion
Michael Vesthave Jr, 2018 Yokohama SuperCup
2018 Yokohama SuperCup
#176 Michael Vesthave Jr
All rounds
13 wins, Champion