24th February 2017, 21:00
Hello, one and all.
Let's set up a thread regarding the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, otherwise known as the BTCC.
For reference, the official BTCC website is http://www.btcc.net/
The 2017 calendar is as follows:
16th March - Season Launch, Media Day, Donington Park
1st - 2nd April - Brands Hatch Indy
15th - 16th April - Donington Park
6th - 7th May - Thruxton
20th - 21st May - Oulton Park
10th - 11th June - Croft
29th - 30th July - Snetterton
12th - 13th August - Knockhill
26 - 27th August - Rockingham
16th - 17th September - Silverstone
30th September - 1st October - Brands Hatch Grand Prix
As always, FP1, FP2 and 30-minute Qualifying on Saturday, 3 races on Sunday, with a reverse grid (between positions 6-10 of the race 2 results) for race 3.
The current ruleset, known as 'NGTC' or under the FIA, 'TCN-1', is locked in for the next 5 years, starting with 2017. Likewise, the live UK TV coverage is also a 5 year deal. Every race is LIVE on ITV4, ITV4HD through free-to-air TV or streamed live through the itv.com website. Qualifying is streamed live on the Saturday via itv.com/btcc.
Dunlop is the sole tyre supplier, also on a 5-year deal. New for 2017, however, are wider tyres. There were quite a few punctures in 2016, so hopefully this helps. In addtion, there are new compounds.
The support races are the Renault UK Clio Cup Championship, Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Championship, Ginetta Junoir Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain and British Formula Ford Championship. Each of these series is also on Saturday and Sunday, and live on ITV4, ITV4HD and ITV.com.
Pro-tip is if you miss the races live, they will be here from the Monday afterwards to stream online for free. You can even watch (currently) every 2016 race here: http://www.itv.com/btcc/races
The driver and teams line-up is properly exciting this season. So far, (at the time of writing, just one seat remains), for definite, the series is at it's maximum capacity. A full 32 car grid. Each team has a TBL (a licence) which legally locks them in to competing at every race.
Vauxhall and BMW return as manufacturer backed entires, alongside Honda, Subaru and MG. The private teams also have some great primary backers, such as Laser Tools, WIX Filters and breakfast cereal Shredded Wheat. The trackside visitors and TV viewers are at a new high, with an average of 35,000+ visiting each round in 2016. Those are some really brilliant track-side figures for a national series.
Halfords Yuasa Racing (Team Dynamics) - Honda Civic Type R - Gordon Shedden
Halfords Yuasa Racing (Team Dynamics) - Honda Civic Type R - Matt Neal
Team BMW (WSR) - BMW 125i M Sport - Colin Turkington
Team BMW (WSR) - BMW 125i M Sport - Rob Collard
Team BMW Pirtek Racing (WSR) - BMW 125i M Sport - Andrew Jordan
Subaru BMR Racing - Subaru Levorg - Jason Plato
Subaru BMR Racing - Subaru Levorg - Ash Sutton
Subaru BMR Racing - Subaru Levorg - James Cole
Subaru BMR Racing - Subaru Levorg - TBC
MG Racing (Triple Eight) - Árón Taylor-Smith
MG Racing (Triple Eight) - Dan Lloyd
Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall - Vauxhall Astra - Tom Chilton
Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall - Vauxhall Astra - Senna Proctor
Nestlé Shredded Wheat Racing (Motorbase) - Ford Focus - Mat Jackson
Nestlé Shredded Wheat Racing (Motorbase) - Ford Focus - Martin Depper
Nestlé Shredded Wheat Racing (Motorbase) - Ford Focus - Luke Davenport
Eurotech - Honda Civic - Jeff Smith
Eurotech - Honda Civic - Jack Goff
Speedworks Motorsport - Toyota Avensis - Tom Ingram
Handy Motorsport - Toyota Avensis - Rob Austin
WIX Racing (Cicely) - Mercedes A-Class - Adam Morgan
Laser Tools Racing - Mercedes A-Class - Aidan Moffat
AMDTuning.com - Audi S3 - Ollie Jackson
AMDTuning.com - Audi S3 - Ant Whorton-Eales
BTC Norlin - Chevrolet Cruze - Dave Newsham
BTC Norlin - Chevrolet Cruze - Chris Smiley
Team HARD - VW CC - Jake Hill
Team HARD - VW CC - Mike Epps
Team HARD - VW CC - Will Burns
Maximum Motorsport (Team Parker Racing) - Ford Focus - Josh Cook
Team Parker Racing - Ford Focus - Stephen Jelley
Simpson Racing (Team Dynamics) - Honda Civic - Matt Simpson
Last edited by tomhlord; 24th February 2017 at 21:06.
Likes: Simmi (28th February 2017)
24th February 2017, 21:08
The Team BMW launch was today, superb to see official BMW backing in the BTCC again.
A nice livery too - http://www.touringcartimes.com/2017/...surrey-racing/
Watch the live launch replay, here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1SgwfISb7c