BTC-T Lexus IS200


BTC-T Lexus IS200

With the new low cost BTC Touring rules encouraging private teams to build their own cars, Cheshire-based ABG Motorsport decided to construct a Lexus IS200 for 2001. Converted from a roadcar into a racing machine, the car missed the first meeting at Brands Hatch, but appeared at Thruxton for the second event of the season and made an instant impression with its striking all black paintjob. Initially driven by Kurt Luby, he stepped down to be replaced by Brazilian Thomas Erdos, who was supposed to have driven a second car, which never got beyond the rolling shell stage. The Lexus was a competitive machine, taking several top six finishes behind the works Vauxhalls and giving the factory Peugeots a run for their money. Erdos didn't take part in the final rounds at Brands Hatch, instead Autocar magazine journalist Steve Sutcliffe drove, but struggled to impress in the appalling wet conditions.

Despite numerous rumours nearly every winter since that solitary season, there has always been talk of the car making a comeback, but it has never happened.

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*2001 - Kurt Luby/Thomas Erdos/Steve Sutcliffe | Luby: Rounds 3-12, Erdos: Rounds 13-24, Sutcliffe: Rounds 25-26


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