- One of the most iconic BTCC Super Touring Cars
- Driven by Matt Neal in the 1999 BTCC where he became the first privateer to win a race outright during the Super Touring Era
- Finished second in the 1998 Bathurst 1000 co-driven by Matt Neal and Steven Richards
- Low race mileage and in excellent original condition
This particular Nissan Primera Super Tourer driven by Matt Neal was one of the quickest cars of the BTCC Super Touring decade and certainly one of the more historically significant.
Originally painted white as part of the 1998 factory BTCC Team, it was later driven in the 1998 Australian Bathurst 1000 by Steven Richards and Matt Neal. They led the race at the start and finished in second place, less than two seconds behind after almost seven hours of racing. This resulted in the famous ‘father and son’ battle between Jim Richards in the winning Volvo S40 and his son Steven Richards in the Nissan Primera.
The Primera was repainted in red and raced in the 1999 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) by Team Dynamics, piloted by Matt Neal. That season Matt Neal made his historic debut win at Donington Park, which was the first overall BTCC win by a privateer in the Super Touring era.
Matt Neal raced the car at the last event of the 2000 BTCC. The Primera was then sold and briefly had UK and New Zealand owners, neither of which did any track time in the car.
It was shipped to Indonesia in 2008 where it was raced at Sentul Circuit in the Indonesian Supercar Series from 2009 to 2011, then put into storage. Consequentially the chassis has relatively low racing mileage and is in excellent original condition.
The engine head has since been rebuilt by Dave Hill of International Engine Services (IES), the company that redesigned and built the Nissan Super Touring winning engine. The car is currently in good running order and has been restored back to it’s historic 1999 livery.
Large spare parts package includes multiple carbon body panels, suspension components, gear ratios, wheels, and numerous other parts.
Refer to above links, PHOTOS and DOCUMENTS, for more details including a complete Spares List.
Chassis Number: 98/P11#50
Engine Number : 98-12
Engine Specs : 2.0L 16V / 320 hp@8300 rpm
Electronics : PI data logging / Pectel T10S ECU
Flat shift 6-speed sequential Xtrac gearbox
AP carbon clutch
Center lock 19 inch magnesium wheels
AP 378 mm floating vented front disks, 280 mm rear
Cockpit adjustable front and rear sway bars
Cockpit adjustable brake bias
New Recaro race seat (have also retained the original Matt Neal Recaro carbon seat in original condition)
Viewing of the car in Jakarta is welcome, accommodation provided.
Historical Articles & Information:
Goodwood (2017) – ‘On this day in … 1999’: https://www.goodwood.com/grr/race/historic/2017/4/on-this-day-in…-1999/
Video (2018) – ‘Is This the most amazing BTCC win ever?’ : https://www.goodwood.com/grr/race/historic/2018/8/video-was-this-the-most-amazing-btcc-win-ever/
1990s BTCC (2019) – ‘Matt Neal makes History at Donington – 20 Years On’: https://1990sbtcc.com/2019/04/05/donington-1999-matt-neal-makes-history/
Touring Car Times (2014) – ‘Famous Races . . . . Donington 1999’: https://www.touringcartimes.com/2015/01/02/famous-races-matt-neal-talks-about-donington-1999/
V8Sleuth (2018) – ‘We’ve Found the Nissan that Nearly Won Bathurst’ : https://www.v8sleuth.com.au/weve-found-the-nissan-that-nearly-won-bathurst/
Super Touring Register: http://www.supertouringregister.com/register/vehicle/197/