The celebratory BTCC season is ready to start, look who's in

  • 2018 British Touring Car Championship season preview
  • 2018 British Touring Car Championship season preview
  • 2018 British Touring Car Championship season preview
  • 2018 British Touring Car Championship season preview
  • 2018 British Touring Car Championship season preview

The British Touring Car Championship is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018. The celebratory season will kick-off this weekend at Brands Hatch with three races on the 1.2-mile Indy Circuit.

The entry list for the championship features 32 drivers/cars, representing eleven manufacturers with twelve different cars. Four brands (BMW, Subaru, Honda and Vauxhall) will fight for Manufacturers’ title while other teams will participate in a battle for Teams’ trophy or Independents’ trophy.

Thirty-two drivers will participated in BTCC 60th anniversary season

Thirty-two drivers will participate in BTCC 60th anniversary season

Among the drivers, there are 17 race-winners from the previous BTCC seasons, making one of the strongest line-ups in the series’ 60-year history. The reigning champion Ashley Sutton will stay in the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing’s Levorg GT, only replacing the number 116 with number 1 on his car.

The most of the top-runners from the 2017 season stayed with their respective teams but there are also some significant changes. Last year’s vice-champion Colin Turkington will race again in a West Surrey Racing’s BMW 125i M Sport. Tom Ingram, who was third overall in 2017 and the best among independent drivers, will stay for the fifth consecutive season in Speedworks Motorsport’s #80 Toyota Avensis.

Colin Turkington and Ashley Sutton

Colin Turkington and Ashley Sutton – last year’s main rivals for the title

Rob Collard (fifth in 2017) stays with Team BMW, Jack Goff (sixth in 2017) remains in Eurotech Racing’s Honda Civic while Matt Neal (seventh in 2017) will spend his ninth consecutive year in Team Dynamics Honda.

BMW Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan (ninth in 2017) and Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan (tenth in 2017) also will stay with the same teams and cars. Two drivers from last years’ Top 10 will be missing – Gordon Shedden moves to the WTCR FIA World Touring Car Cup while Mat Jackson stays without a drive.

BTCC legend Jason Plato

BTCC legend Jason Plato

What about the rest of the grid? BTCC legend Jason Plato will chase his victory number 98 in the #99 Subaru Levorg GT. Last year’s best rookie and Jack Sears Trophy winner Senna Proctor stays with Power Maxed Racing to drive a Vauxhall Astra. His new teammate is Josh Cook who moved from Triple Eight Racing to PMR.

Tom Chilton left PMR to join Motorbase Performance in a Ford Focus RS. Chilton’s teammates would be James Cole who moved from Team BMR to Motorbase, and returnee Sam Tordoff  who spent one season in GT racing.

The 2018 BTCC grid with 32 cars from eleven manufacturers

The 2018 BTCC grid with 32 cars from eleven manufacturers

AmD Tuning grew up to the four-car team, taking over two MG6 GTs for Rory Butcher and Tom Boardman but also continuing to run two Audi S3 Saloons for Ollie Jackson and rookie Sam Smelt.

The biggest name among 2018 rookies is Dan Cammish, a two-time Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion who will spend his maiden BTCC season with Halfords Yuasa Racing as a replacement for Gordon Shedden. Two more rookies with a championship-winning pedigree are Tom Oliphant in Ciceley Motorsport’s Mercedes A-Class and Bobby Thompson in Team HARD’s Volkswagen CC.

BTCC 60th anniversary logo

BTCC 60th anniversary logo

This year, not only rookies will be eligible to fight for the Jack Sears Trophy but also the drivers that have never scored an outright BTCC podium position. In total, thirteen drivers will collecting points for the Jack Sears Trophy in 2018.

This year’s British Touring Car Championship will again comprise 30 races across ten events at nine venues, starting and finishing at Brands Hatch. A plenty of anniversary celebrations are planned throughout the year, with the event at Snetterton in July set to be a particular highlight.

The third race at Snetterton will be an extended to 60 miles, with all cars competing without any success ballast and with double championship points on offer. There will be a separate qualifying session for this showpiece race, with all cars qualifying at their base weights.

2018 BTCC entry list

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing/Team BMRSubaru Levorg GT1Ashley Sutton
Subaru Levorg GT99Jason Plato
Autoglym Academy Racing/Team BMRSubaru Levorg GT28Josh Price
Team BMW/West Surrey RacingBMW 125i M Sport2Colin Turkington
BMW 125i M Sport5Rob Collard
BMW Pirtek Racing/West Surrey RacingBMW 125i M Sport77Andrew Jordan
Power Maxed TAG RacingVauxhall Astra18Senna Proctor
Vauxhall Astra66Josh Cook
Halfords Yuasa Racing/Team DynamicsHonda Civic Type R25Matt Neal
Honda Civic Type R27Dan Cammish
Team Shredded Wheat/Motorbase PerformanceFord Focus RS3Tom Chilton
Ford Focus RS20James Cole
Team GardX Racing with MotorbaseFord Focus RS600Sam Tordoff
AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance RacingMG6 GT6Rory Butcher
MG6 GT12Tom Boardman
AmD with Cobra ExhaustsAudi S3 Saloon23Sam Smelt
Audi S3 Saloon48Ollie Jackson
Duo Motorsport with HMS RacingAlfa Romeo Giulietta11Rob Austin
BTC Norlin RacingHonda Civic Type R14James Nash
Honda Civic Type R22Chris Smiley
Ciceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class15Tom Oliphant
Mac Tools with Ciceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class33Adam Morgan
Laser Tools RacingMercedes-Benz A-Class16Aiden Moffat
Team HARDVolkswagen CC19Bobby Thompson
Volkswagen CC21Mike Bushell
Volkswagen CC24Jake Hill
Volkswagen CC44Michael Caine
WIX Racing with EurotechHonda Civic Type R31Jack Goff
Honda Civic Type R39Brett Smith
Simpson RacingHonda Civic Type R303Matt Simpson
Team Parker RacingBMW 125i M Sport60Stephen Jelley
Speedworks MotorsportToyota Avensis80Tom Ingram

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