Eurotech Racing running Jeff Smith and Martin Depper in the British Touring Car Championship Supported By CarSceneUK for the 2016 British Touring Championship
With Media day being held at the glorious Donington Race Track with all the new cars being shown for all the media we had exclusive access with a Team we are covering this year and supporting them throughout.
After some discussion’s with the Team over at Eurotech Racing BTCC it has been agreed we will be covering the Season with the Team for the 2016 British Touring Car Championship.
Drivers for the Eurotech Racing BTCC we will be supporting are:
Jeff started club level karting in 1996, racing at Kimbolton, Whilton Mill and Shenington. Won the Formula TKM Festival Cup in both 2002 & 2003, the only driver to win the coveted title in consecutive years.
Between 2004 and 2007 he competed in a few club-level kart races choosing to help his kids pursue other sports.
In 2008 returned to motorsport in earnest competing in the Renault Clio Cup for two seasons.
In 2010 he made his BTCC debut at Knockhill in a Triple Eight-run Vauxhall Vectra finishing in the top 15 in all three races. Joining Eurotech Racing for full seasons campaign in 2011 in Fabrizio Giovanardi’s championship winning Vectra from 2007/2008 this car being one of the first to adopt the new NGTC engine package.
In 2012 Eurotech made the switch to full NGTC specification Honda Civics, becoming a regular contender in the front half of the grid and a second place at Knockhill being the highlight of the season. Staying with Eurotech for 2013 and finishing 14th in the championship, achieving another podium finish at Brands Hatch to add to a consistent stream of top ten finishes.
Took a year out of BTCC in 2014 and contended three of the later rounds of British GT – qualifying twice in the top 3 and standing on the podium 3 times out of the 5 races competed in.
In 2015 he returned to Eurotech Racing as both Team Principal and a driver, the team rebranding the well-known name. Lining up alongside Martin Depper, Jeff also raced an Australian V8 Focus at Paul Ricard circuit in the 24Hr Series and won the SP2 class in 2015.
Martin first started driving when he was seven years old, taking an old Mini the family owned down to their three-acre field and giving it a go.
He then moved on to bikes when he was eleven, and always thought he’d go motorcycle
racing. Unfortunately, he never got the chance to do so as he didn’t have time or budget.
He passed his driving test first time when he was 17, just two weeks after his birthday. After going to various bike and car grands prix, including several BTCC meetings in the 1990s, Martin’s love for car racing took off and he hasn’t looked back since.
Then, in 2004, he was invited to a car track day at Silverstone with a good friend who was competing in the John Cooper Works Challenge and he let Martin have a go, which he turned out to be quite good at! Then, through a business deal an opportunity and offer came around and he took his race licence tests and started racing in 2005 in the Mini Challenge.
It was a dream come true for Martin, who was relishing the opportunity. Then when he developed his race craft and started to finish on the podium, his hunger grew for victories and in 2008 he was victorious in the Mini Challenge Championship. That’s when he thought; “how far can go?”
From then on, Martin focused solely on getting a drive in the BTCC. In 2010, his good friend Arthur Forster co-creared a touring car team with Martin and both made the jump into BTCC, which was an incredible step in the motorsport careers of both. They had everything thrown at them in their first season and to this day Martin remains thankful to Arthur for all the fantastic work he did. The team nearly broke into the top ten, with their best result being a 12th place finish, which considering the young age of the team was a good result.
After some small stints in various races throughout 2011, 2012 and 2013, Martin was then able to get back in to BTCC with Eurotech Racing. He has already beaten his best previous result in the championship in 2015 and both the lap times and the results show that, both personally and as a team, the improvement is there and Martin remains confident that the ultimate ambition of podium finishes and victories in the BTCC is one that will soon be realised.
Eurotech Racing have established themselves as one of the most successful British Touring Car Championship teams of recent times. The Midlands-based team were crowned Independent Drivers Champions in 2012 with Andrew Jordan behind the wheel, which was then followed in 2013 by an overall Drivers Championship.
Eurotech Racing entered 2014 as strong as ever with Andrew Jordan now taking to the grid as the reigning British Touring Car Champion with new backing from international brand, Red Bull. Lining up alongside him was series returnee Martin Depper, as Jeff Smith took a year out from the championship.