BTCC Brands Hatch. Cammish, Turkington and Oliphant victorious in blistering brands heat.

The second round of the BTCC’s condensed schedule gets underway this weekend at the Brands Hatch GP circuit. It marks a change to proceedings, the precovid BTCC calendar would have seen round 2 taking place on the quickfire Brands Hatch indy layout; instead, the weekends racing will take place on the fast, flowing GP layout. Saturday saw Rory Butcher clinch pole position for Race 1 on Sunday, giving the new Ford Focus ST its maiden pole position and continuing to show the strong potential of Motorbase’s new chariot. Race 1,…

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BTCC Donington Park, Cammish, Turkington and Sutton triumph.

294 days, that’s how long it has been since the last BTCC race meeting. The recent, and continuing Covid19 has pushed back the start of the BTCC season by over 4 months, but finally, it’s back for the opening round at Donington Park. There was drama before the weekend began however. A late decision by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports saw fans denied the opportunity to attend the season opener. Fans were disappointed, but due to a resurgence in Covid19 cases, Toca & MSV had…

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BTCC Snetterton test & news round up, Rory Butcher fastest as a new age dawns.

The 7th and 8th of July saw the first track running for the BTCC since the Covid affected media day at Silverstone on March 16th, yes it really has been that long. It was also the dawn of a new age in the BTCC, whilst much has been made of the upcoming hybrid regulations, the two day test was the first running of the new Toyota Corolla Hybrid. Whilst the car is at the beginning of a long and exhaustive development programme, it was a historic moment being the first…

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M-Sport announced as new BTCC control engine partner.

After a long period of conjecture as to who would be selected to provide the coveted TOCA control engine in the BTCC, we finally have the answer. M-Sport, the group behind Ford’s WRC programme and Bentley’s GT3 programme have been selected to provide the TOCA control engine.  M-Sports announcement comes amid news that they will also cancel their Intercontinental GT Challenge programme with Bentley with immediate effect, this piece of news breaking shortly after the TOCA engine deal being announced. M-Sport’s new engine will compete from 2022-2026, which will also…

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Revised BTCC 2020 calendar unveiled.

In a day wrought with motorsport announcements, some good; Formula 1 targeting a return to racing at the Red Bull Ring in July and some not so good; Audi departing DTM after 2020, leaving DTM with a calamitous situation to deal with from 2021 onwards. One of the biggest pieces of news though; Toca, organisers of the BTCC announced a revised calendar which will hopefully see the first race action for the series in 2020. The news followed shortly after the announcement that the British Grand Prix is slated to…

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Autosport international Show 2020 and the big BTCC catch up.

The Autosport international show rolled in its traditional venue of the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in the UK, once again providing fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and people behind many different championships.  There were a number of headline events for fans to enjoy, from the Live Action Arena where a huge variety of cars would complete demonstrations in one of the largest indoor areas in Europe, to driver forums and team and driver announcements ahead of the start of the 2020…

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BTCC 2020 rule tweaks announced, changes to tyres, ballast & qualifying.

In preparation for the upcoming 2020 season TOCA, the governing body for the BTCC have announced a raft of rule changes and tweaks. The biggest change for 2020 will be the change from long standing tyre partner Dunlop over to Goodyear for the 2020 season. There are further changes relating to the tyre regulations for next year, teams will be required to run all 3 tyre compounds at Snetterton like in this years edition, but this will be replicated at Croft for the 2020 season. Additional changes include changes to…

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BTCC Brands Hatch finale, Turkington clinches title number four.

The final round of the 2019 BTCC season rolls back into Brands Hatch, this time on the fast sweeps of the full Grand Prix loop, the season will finish where it began and under similar conditions to the season opener, with sporadic rain and sunshine punctuating race day bringing mayhem.  The saturday saw Colin Turkington clinch pole position for race 1 after a strong run in qualifying, putting him in good stead to defend his title. Sunday dawned to changeable weather conditions with rain & sunshine making tyre choice difficult…

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BTCC Silverstone, Ingram & Goff triumph in rain affected mayhem.

The penultimate round of the BTCC rolled into the flatland of Northamptonshire and the fabled tarmac of Silverstone, and with a weekend with a few stories breaking cover. Nicholas Hamilton will sit out the rest of the season due to Sponsorship issues, which sees his drive being taken over by Michael Caine for the remaining two rounds of the season. Earlier in the week, Sam Tordoff confirmed that he will not contest the remainder of the 2019 BTCC season, Mike Bushell will see out the season in the AMD Honda.…

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BTCC Knockhill, the championship opens up.

The sole Scottish round of the BTCC took place over the weekend at the undulating, quick fire Knockhill circuit and saw a raceday of action with a splash of controversy to mix things up. The Saturday saw local lad Rory Butcher dominating practice and Qualifying in his FK2 Honda Civic. Mike Bushell is in this weekend covering for Sam Tordoff. Sam and his Wife Georgina grieving following the tragic loss of their week old son Arlo, a number of cars were carrying decals in memory of Arlo as the TOCA…

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BTCC Thruxton, Honda Hat-trick.

The BTCC on the weekend of August 17th & 18th makes its second trip to the high speed sweeps of Thruxton. Saturday saw a close qualifying which saw Sam Tordoff taking a surprise pole position in the FK2 generation Honda Civic Type R with Jason Plato lining up alongside, the Plato fire seemingly stoked after Snetterton. Race 1 on Sunday saw Tordoff make a strong start in his Civic, Jason Plato meanwhile came to grief before the race had even started, overshooting his grid spot alongside Tordoff earning himself a…

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BTCC Snetterton 2019, Ingram, Turkington & Butcher claim victory, Plato penalised.

The British Touring Car Championship returned after the summer break to the high speed Snetterton circuit in Norfolk. During the off season, the proposed Hybrid regulations for BTCC were finally confirmed, with Cosworth Electronics named as the Hybrid Powertrain supplier. The interesting news coming out of this is that success ballast will be abolished, instead the performance of the cars will be balanced using the hybrid system, the hybrid system will also be a bolt on solution, a hybrid methodology that has been evaluated by several series recently but is…

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BTCC Oulton Park, controversy and Turkington success.

The weekend of June 29th & 30th saw the British Touring Car Championship roll up into the Cheshire parkland circuit of Oulton Park, one of the most challenging and formidable tracks on the calender. Oulton Park is an undulating rollercoaster of a track and has the added challenge of lots of little lumps, bumps and cambered corners. Saturday saw the circuit bake in temperature of 29degrees as the European heatwave arrived in the UK. Honda & BMW paced the two free practice sessions, qualifying for Race 1 saw a mad…

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BTCC Croft, Jordan doubles down & Turkington consolidates.

The British Touring Car Championship roared back into action last weekend in front of a capacity crowd at Croft in North Yorkshire. The weather over the weekend was atypically Yorkshire, it was wet, very wet and then there was glorious sunshine and it was wet….again. The Friday and Saturday saw heavy rain affect both days, the UK had been lashed all week by heavy rain which had caused flooding in different parts of the country, luckily Croft was unaffected by flooding. The Saturday qualifying session saw no less than 5…

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BTCC Thruxton round 4 review

The weekend of May 18th to the 19th sees the BTCC rock up at Thruxton for the third round of the championship. Thruxton is the fastest circuit in the UK, it’s a fearsome place characterised by fast sweeping corners and long straights; like any truly old school track, it’s a circuit that demands commitment and bravery, the faint of heart need not apply. Practice on Saturday saw the Honda Civic Type R’s of Dan Cammish & Matt Neal pace the day, the Honda’s relatively low drag profile but strong engine…

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BTCC Donington Park review

Round 2 of the BTCC sees the championship move from the short, quickfire Brand Hatch Indy circuit to the high speed sweeps of Donington Park, home of the fearsome Craner Curves. Saturday saw a day affected by high winds and rain, courtesy of Storm Hannah, lashing the UK with heavy rain and high winds. Race day on Sunday dawned to overcast but dry conditions but with a potential for rain later on in the day. Colin Turkington took pole position on Saturday for Race 1, it marks Turkington’s first pole…

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BTCC Round 1: Brands Hatch Indy review.

The first round of the 2019 BTCC saw drama, surprises and close racing in abundance in all 3 races throughout raceday on Sunday. On Sunday morning as fans packed into the natural bowl of Brands Hatch, they were met with atypical British gloom. It was cold, wet and very, very foggy. So much so, that there was the potential for the opening race of the season of being postponed due to the thick fog. Luckily, this wasn’t the case. Race 1 already had drama before it began. The fog and…

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British Touring Car Championship 2019 season preview.

Welcome, to the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season preview. 2019 is set to be another stellar year for the evergreen BTCC with revisions to the championship calendar, new teams, drivers and cars. We’ll start with changed to the championship & calendar and move on to the teams, drivers and cars following that. The Championship. For 2019 there are changes abound. The closure of Rockingham at the end of 2018 left a gap on the calendar, which has been replaced by a second outing at Thruxton which means the fastest…

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Recently retired Schnitzer BMW Team principal Charly Lamm dies suddenly at the age of 63

Only two months after his retirement as team principal of the Schnitzer BMW Team – right after the Macau Grand Prix which Augusto Farfus won for Schnitzer in a BMW M6 GT3 – Charly (Karl) Lamm has died rather suddenly at the age of 63 years on Thursday January 24th, 2019, after a very short but severe illness. Photo: BMW Motorsport This news today has put a large part of the motorsport world in shock and sadness.  Team Schnitzer, BMW Motorsport, drivers, fans, and even BMW’s competitors, issued statements on…

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Matt Neal leads BTCC after first weekend

Matt Neal has taken the lead of BTCC after the first weekend’s action at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. Neal drove an almost perfect weekend with 3rd place in race 1, followed by a 2nd and a 5th. The triple Champion was the most consistent driver of the weekend while teammate Gordon Shedden is 2nd in the Championship after P2 in race 1 and a win in race 2. In race 3 he had to retire with a puncture and then ending up in the gravel as a consequence of…

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