NIS­SAN PRIMERA SU­PER TOURER

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Flat-out in a white, Ray Mal­lock Limited-run Nis­san Primera is prob­a­bly how Reid is best re­mem­bered in the BTCC.

The ground­work was laid in Ger­many in the 1996 STW, de­spite mod­est re­sults. Reid, along with Nis­san Mo­tor­sport Europe and fig­ures such as Alex Poole, Derek Gard­ner and Richard Divila, de­vel­oped the P11 ver­sion of the car, turn­ing it into the Su­per Tourer he wanted.

“For the first time, I had the op­por­tu­nity to put my DNA into a rac­ing car pro­gramme,” re­calls Reid. “It was built around what I was look­ing for.”

Reid and Nis­san came to Bri­tain and joined forces with RML in 1997. The com­bi­na­tion be­came the BTCC’S fastest in 1998, with 11 poles and seven wins go­ing Reid’s way. Both stats were more than any­one else man­aged, but early sea­son re­li­a­bil­ity prob­lems with the AER en­gine meant he couldn’t quite catch Rickard Ry­dell.

“There’s no sin­gle thing that makes a win­ning com­bi­na­tion, it was all the de­tails,” says Reid. “The Nis­san had a strong en­gine and the chas­sis gave you what you wanted. I like a car that is pre­dictable and gives you great con­fi­dence. My speed comes from cor­ner en­try and that car had every­thing I re­quired.”

Reid moved to Ford for 1999 and Laurent Aiello fi­nally took the driv­ers’ crown for Nis­san in the Primera. The Pro­drive-built Mon­deo be­came ar­guably the fastest Su­per Tourer in 2000, but Reid felt more com­fort­able in the Nis­san.

“For me that was the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence – work­ing with Ray Mal­lock, NME and a car that suited my style,” he adds. “It was the zenith of what mo­tor rac­ing is all about. It gave me what I was look­ing for as a driver – the ul­ti­mate race car.”

style... Primera around his driv­ing Reid de­vel­oped the 1998

...and of­ten led the way

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