10th June 2002:
Full grids for growing diesel-powered Alfa 147 Cup
||The German Alfa Romeo importer
is running an Alfa 147 Cup this year, for 147s powered by the 1.9JTD diesel
unit. This series, with all the cars prepared by respected German tuner,
Holzer Motorsport, is proving popular and has supported a number of major
races so far this year.
June 2002: FIA European Touring Car Championship, Rounds 7 &
7 & 8 of the FIA European Touring Car Championship at Jarama, Spain
track saw Fabrizio Giovanardi and Nicola Larini utterly dominate the event,
claiming a win and a second place each to extend the Alfa drivers championship
lead over the rest of the field.
Nicola Larini won the second
race from Fabrizio Giovanardi, the superior power of the Alfas crushing
the BMWs, and early race leader Paolo Ruberti in the AGS Alfa 156
starting from pole position easily won the opening race, edging out team
mate Nicola Larini in the other Nordauto car. Paolo Ruberti in the privately
entered Alfa 156 came home fifth to score two points.
June 2002: Alfa front row lock out at Jarama
for round 7 of the European Touring Car Championship at the saw the Nordauto
drivers Nicola Larini and Fabrizio Giovanardi evently matched, with Championship
leader Giovanardi eventually edging pole position and the two Alfa drivers
finishing the session half a second clear of the BMWs of Dirk and Jorg
May 2002: FIA European Touring Car Championship, Rounds 5 & 6,
Rounds 5 & 6 of the FIA
European Touring Car Championship at the Czech Brno track saw Fabrizio
Giovanardi sweep up two more wins to extend his championship lead, but
he was pressed all the way by the rapidly improving BMWs and Volvos.
Giovanardi rounded off a
clean sweep at Brno, winning the second race ahead of Dirk Muller again,
with team mate Larini third once again bringing his understeering car home
Fabrizio Giovanardi won a
frantic opening race with Dirk Muller's BMW second ahead of Nicola Larini
and Luis Villamil picking up his first point of the season in the Bigazzi
Alfa 156 in sixth place
16th May 2002: British
Touring Car Championship, Rounds 3 & 4, Thruxton
Gary Ayles Motorsport arrived
at Thruxton for the bank holiday touring car race with a third production
car class Alfa 156 for Gavin Pyper to drive alongside regulars Alan Blencowe
and Graham Saunders. The Sprint race saw only Graham Saunders make it to
the flag, 7th in class and 22nd overall. The feature race however saw Alan
Blencowe make an excellent start, jumping up to second in class behind
James Kaye's Honda Civic, a position he would hold to the finish as well
as claiming 13th overall. Two places in the production class back and 15th
overall came Graham Saunders, while Gavin Pyper retired his Alfa 156 again.
5th May 2002: FIA
European Touring Car Championship, Rounds 3 & 4, Silverstone
Rounds 3 & 4 of the FIA
European Touring Car Championship saw the Alfa's sweep up the top positions
again, but only after stiffer competition from Rickard Rydell's Volvo and
the BMWs of Jorg and Dirk Muller were disposed of.
Honours were reverse in a
frantic second race, with the poorly starting Alfa's eventually passing
early leader Dirk Muller's BMW and Rykard Rydell's very competitive Volvo
to cross the line with Larini following team mate Giovanardi home.
Nicola Larini took a rather
fortunate win in the opening race, seizing his opporunity on the last lap
after race leader Fabrizio Giovanardi made a suprising mistake, Larini
leapfrogging from third to snatch the win.
4th May 2002: Alfa
front row at Silvertone for ETC race
Qualifying for rounds 3 and
4 of the European Touring Car Championship at a cold and wet Silverstone,
saw Fabrizio Giovanardi edge out team mate Nicola Larini to claim his second
consecutive pole position. The long, fast straights suited the powerful
Alfa's which were the class of the field, but Rickard Rydell's improving
Volvo S60 was a threatening third on the grid.
28th April 2002:
Tom Ferrier's ETC campaign to be backed by Alfa Romeo UK
Top rising star, Tom Ferrier, is to have his 2002 FIA European Touring
Car campaign backed by Alfa Romeo UK. His DART Racing run Alfa Romeo 156GTA
will receive works assistance and the car will carry large union jack insignia.
After running uncompetitive Alfa's in last years British Touring Car Championship,
he made a promising step up to the ETC for the opening round last weekend,
after an excellent qualification session his races ended in early retirements.
Tom, at 20 years old, the
youngest driver in this years ETCC will become only the second Alfa Romeo
works driver to compete at Silverstone in 50 years when the touring cars
hit the circuit next weekend.
April 2002: Alfa's dominate opening European Touring Car Championship
first round of this years European Touring Car Championship saw Alfa Romeo
resume where they had left off, with reigning champion Fabrizio Giovanardi
winning both races from team mate Nicola Larini. Alfa Romeo have been joined
this year in the expanding ETC by works teams from BMW and Volvo but the
new 156GTA, designed to the new regulations for 2002 was never threatened.
Bigazzi, AGS and DART Racing are all running 156's, with Luis Villamil's
7th place in race one being the best of the privateer runners.
10th April 2002:
European Touring Car Championship contenders pose together
||The main contenders for
this years European Touring Car Championship have posed together for official
photographs. Along with the new Nordauto-built 2002 spec Alfa Romeo 156
GTA and the Prodrive Volvo S60, the series debuting BMW 320i was also present.
April 2002: British touring car hot shot Tom Ferrier to run in European
rising touring car star Tom Ferrier is to compete in this years European
Touring Car Championship at the wheel of a 2002-specification DART-Racing
run Alfa 156 GTA. DART Racing is an offshoot of JAS Engineering. Last year,
running semi-works Honda's on a fraction of the works Alfa's budget in
the ETC, JAS with Gabriele Tarquini driving, ran the Alfas down to the
last race before Fabrizio Giovanardi clinched the title.
In 2001 Tom Ferrier drove
a JSM Alfa 147 in the British Touring Car Championship. Saddled with an
uncompetitive car, Ferrier put in a series of good performances and consistently
outperformed his more illustrious team mate, Tim Harvey.
8th April 2002:
more Alfa's to appear in the BTCC
GR Motorsport now expect
to debut their Alfa 147 at Thruxton's rounds 4 and 5 in early May with
highly rated Gordon Sheddon driving. The former Fiesta racer competed in
only one BTCC race last year, making a debut win in the production class.
Meanwhile Gary Ayles Motorsport
are negotiating to run last years team leader, Gavin Pyper, in a third
Alfa 156 alongside Graham Saunders and Alan Blencoe, probably from Thruxton
April 2002: Alfa reveal technical specification of new Alfa 156 GTA
||Alfa have revealed the technical
specification of the new 2002 Alfa Romeo 156 GTA European Touring Car contender.
It will be powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cyl engine producing 270bhp, with sequential
gearshift, and incorporating a major new aerodynamic package.
April 2002: Nordauto Alfa Romeo 156 GTA runs out in 2002 colours
1st April 2002:
British Touring Car Championship, Round 1
GA Racing turn up to the
opening round of the championship with two Production Class Alfa Romeo
156's for Graham Saunders and Alan Blencoe. In qualifying for the first
race Graham Saunders was edged out of the production car pole by Mark Fullalove's
Peugeot 306 by a tenth of a second lining up second and fifteenth overall
with a time of 1:39.197, Blencoe's time of 1:39.391 saw him line up next
to him. In qualifying for the main race Blencoe set 7th fastest production
time and lined up 20th on the grid, one place ahead of Saunders.
The race was less successfull
for the team, both cars retired early on in the Sprint race, however Graham
Saunders brought his car how 3rd in class ( 11th overall ) in the feature
race, while Alan Blencoe failed to finish again.
21st March 2002: GR Motorsport aiming
to run Alfa 147 in BTCC
GR Motorsport are aiming
to be on the grid at Brands Hatch for the first round of the British Touring
Car Championship on 1st April with an Alfa Romeo 147. Former Fiesta racer,
Gordon Sheddon, has been linked with the drive.
18th March 2002:
Dutch Pearle Challenge moves over to Alfa 147 for 2002 series
Pearle Alfa Romeo 156 Challenge, organised by Fiat Auto Holland, has after
three successful years with the 156 model moved over to the 147 for this
years series. The Alfa 147 used is a purpose built race car, developed
by Alfa Romeo competitions department, N-Technology. It features the 2.0-litre
4-cyl 200 bhp engine, a six-speed sequential gearbox, 17in alloy wheels,
major use of lightweight materials including adjustable spoilers. Drivers
competing this season will include current champion Boy Zentvelt, former
Eurosport commentator Allard Kalliff and former Superbike star Cees Doorakkers.
March 2002: factory Alfa Romeo team testing continues
Alfa Romeo's preparations
for the 2002 European Touring Car Championship continue with an extended
test at the Italian Vallelunga circuit where gearbox and suspension developements
28th February 2002:
Eric Cayrolle to drive second Bigazzi Alfa Romeo
French driver Eric Cayrolle
join Luis Villamil in the European Touring Car Team, Bigazzi, as driver
of the teams second Alfa Romeo 156.
22nd February 2002: F1-style championship
point scoring to be introduced
A points scoring system as
used in Formula 1 and World Rallying is to be introduced in the ETC this
year for both drivers and manufacturers championships. Under the new system
10 points will be awarded for a win, 6 points for second place, 4 points
for third, 3 points for fourth, 2 points for 5th and finally 1 point for
It is also announced that
the Super Production Cup ( for FIA GpN machinery ) which ran as a seperate
race series last year will be amalgamated with the main race in 2002. Upgrade
kits will be allowed to bring the cars closer to the ETC cars.
Two 50 km races will again
be held at each meeting, with a thirty minute break between races. Instead
of the reversed grid for race 2 used in 2001, only the first six in race
1 will be reversed for race 2, the remaining runners will start the second
race in the positions they finished the first.
The manufacturers have now
agreed on the technical rules for 2002. After BMW dug their heels in over
the use of sequential gearboxes, the other manufacturers have ceeded on
22nd January 2002: Bigazzi
team to join ETC with their Alfa Romeo 156's
touring car team Scuderia Bigazzi announce that they will be running
a full ETC program. The Alfa Romeo 156's that they ran in the production
car series last year will be reused and upgraded to 2002 specification
using the factory supplied update kits. Bigazzi hope to retain both of
last years drivers also, Luis Villamil will lead the team while
it is expected that Tomas Massina will drive the second car, subject
to sponsorship arrangements being finalised.
147 Challenge high resolution images
about the 2001 European Touring Car Championship in which a season long
battle between the Alfa Romeo pilots Fabrizio Giovanardi and Nicola Lanini
and Honda's Gabrielle Tarquini was resolved at the last race in Giovanardi's
favour, while Nordauto took team honours. Also see the Alfa Romeo 147's
campaigned in the British Touring Car Championship by JSM Motorsport.