John Wickham, staff supervisor throughout Audi’s profitable entry into the BTCC through the Tremendous Touring period, has died.
Wickham had an extended and profitable motorsport profession that included stints in Method 1 and sportscars earlier than becoming a member of forces with the late Richard Lloyd to supervise Audi’s entry into the BTCC with the A4 Quattro for the 1996 season.
The four-wheel drive machine can be the category of the sphere as Frank Biela began the season with 4 straight wins, and would solely end outdoors the highest 4 thrice in 26 races.
In complete, the German racer would obtain eight wins to beat Alain Menu and Rickard Rydell to the title, with Audi seeing off BMW’s problem for the Producers’ crown.
Though the additional weight added to the automobile for 1997 prevented Biela from defending the title, he would take an additional 5 wins to finish the season as runner-up to Menu, with teammate John Bintcliffe additionally coming in high step of the rostrum on two events.
The staff would compete for a 3rd and last season in 1998, though the transfer to the front-wheel drive A4 meant it was unable to succeed in the heights of earlier seasons – with a second place end for Yvan Muller at Knockhill as one of the best results of the marketing campaign.
After Audi’s withdrawal from the BTCC, Wickham returned to sportscars and labored on Bentley’s Le Mans-winning program in 2003 with the long-lasting Velocity 8 machine.
A key determine within the A1GP sequence which ran for 4 seasons, Wickham remained lively within the sport till being recognized with Motor Neurone Illness in 2018, and passing away on the age of 73.
TouringCarTimes Sending condolences to John’s household and mates.