The Finale. 2000-2001.
Things were turning sour before 2000. More than his fair share of stints at Le Mans in 1999, Roberto Ravaglia had retired, Johnny Cecotto and Joachim Winkelhock were also nearing the end of their contracts. But more importantly the new BMW Motorsport boss had ideas.
Steve’s relationship with his new team mates for 2000 could not compare with the most recent with J.J. There were a couple of outings in a 2000 spec’ V12 LMR but after 11 years at BMW, it was time to leave. There was a return to the BTCC in 2001 with Peugeot as a surprise employer. There were some good drives and a nearly win with the 406 at Oulton Park on his 100th BTCC start. There was also a return to Macau in a 306, the place where Steve holds the lap record, but then the fire that had burned so long and that had taken Steve Soper racing in six continents, was going out.
Ultimately the accident at Brands Hatch at the end of the season helped Steve make the decision none of us fans wanted to hear:
Steve Soper retired…