Motor Sport, British Touring Cars: John Cleland

John won the BTCC title in 1989 and 1995, spent his childhood travelling to motorsport events with his father, who was chief scrutineer for Scotland. He describes watching an unusual race between Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark at Ingliston in the 1960's, travelling to Glasgow to watch the start of the iconic Monte Carlo Rally and of course, some fantastic memories of his racing career, looking back at some of the most spectacular BTCC races.

"Taking part in, what is said, was the best touring car race ever. It was the race at Donington in 1998 which Nigel Mansell drove in. I won the race on that day and I think it was the best race I'd ever been in, in touring cars."

More recently, John was asked by the FIA to be the driving standards steward for some of the World Touring Car Championship rounds which he says seemed like more fun...poacher turns gamekeeper!


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