Can you race white vans?

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White Vans are quite fast. It’s not supposed to be that much of a surprise. Some of them have turbo diesel engines given the huge amount of equipment that is contained in the back. However, given that many of them fly past us on the motorway or dual carriageways of the UK at great speed is there a chance you can race them?  At least you can see them quite clearly. The use of Chapter 8 Chevrons, like those from enable us to pick out the back to or the side of a van from a long distance.

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The answer is a resounding yes! Vans were entered into the BTCC in 2013. They were marginally successful, but there are no plans to have a Van-only championship. The main reason is that, unlike trucks, the High sides of the Van make it impossible to steer properly or successfully. You might be able to get one through Maggots at Silverstone, but try to go through Eau Rouge At Spa or all of the new Jeddah circuit in Saudi Arabia, and then the thing is going to tip over.

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The late Sabine Schmitz is the closest to proving it can be done. Saying that she could beat Jeremy Clarkson’s time around the Nurburgring in a Jaguar with a Van, she set about doing it in a Ford Transit. Stripped of all essentials, and then dumping out Richard Hammond, she came within 9 seconds, beating Clarkson’s time of 9 minutes 59 seconds.

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