2019 British Touring Car Championship entry list and preview

  • 2019 BTCC grid shot
  • 2019 BTCC grid shot
  • 2019 BTCC grid shot
  • 2019 BTCC grid shot
  • 2019 BTCC grid shot

The 2019 British Touring Car Championship season kicked off with a special promotional event at the historic Hever Castle in Kent and then with the official test at Brands Hatch circuit while the first race will follow this weekend (April 6-7) at Brand Hatch Indy Circuit.

It would be the 62nd season of British major racing championship and the first with a new naming sponsor – Kwik Fit, UK’s car servicing and repair company. Dunlop will stay with the series as an exclusive tyre supplier.

BTCC Kwik Fit grid girls

Kwik Fit is the new naming partner of the championship

The championship organiser, TOCA, announced a high-class 30-car grid that will represent ten different manufacturers with twelve models of cars. Five manufacturers (one more than in 2018) will fight for Manufacturers’/Constructors’ Championship – BMW, Toyota, Vauxhall, Subaru and Honda. Two of them, BMW and Toyota, have produced all-new cars for the forthcoming campaign, BMW 330i M Sport and Toyota Corolla GT.

The other manufacturers represented at 2019 BTCC grid will be Ford, MG, Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen. Parallel to West Surrey Racing’s campaign with new BMW 330i M Sport, Team Parker Racing will run BMW 125i M Sport. Honda will also have two models on the grid because two independent teams will run old Civic Type R while BTC Racing will have new Civic Type R, the same as factory-supported Team Dynamics.

Mark Blundell (GBR) Trade Price Cars Audi

The former F1 driver Mark Blundell will be BTCC rookie at the age 53

On the list of drivers, there are five former champions, eighteen race winners, plenty of young stars and several rookies. Among rookies, there is even an ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell. In his long and successful career, he never raced in the British Touring Car Championship and now he will fight for Jack Sears Trophy in the #8 TradePriceCars Audi S3 Saloon.

Blundell is also the oldest driver on the grid, he will celebrate the 53rd birthday on Monday, April 8, just a day after his BTCC debut. There are three more 50+ drivers on the grid – Matt Neal, Jason Plato and Rob Collard. While Neal will continue to drive Honda Civic Type R for his family team under Halfords Yuasa banner, Plato and Collard both changes teams and now they will be teammates in two Vauxhall Astras of Power Maxed Racing.

Jason Plato, Vauxhall Astra, Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall

Jason Plato will drive Vauxhall Astra for Power Maxed Racing

The reigning champion Colin Turkington will have number 1 on his new BMW 330i M Sport. His new teammate is Tom Oliphant who moved from Ciceley’s Mercedes to WSR’s BMW. West Surrey Racing will also run the third BMW for Pirtek Racing’s Andrew Jordan.

Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport, last year’s runners-up, secured official support from Toyota ahead of the 2019 season, meaning that they replaced old Toyota Avensis with brand new Corolla GT. Corolla is returning to the BTCC for the first time since 1986.

Among other manufacturer-supported entries, Honda retained Matt Neal and Dan Cammish, Vauxhall will have veterans Jason Plato and Rob Collard, while Team BMR/Subaru will have the youngest line-up, adding 20-year-old Senna Proctor to 25-year-old former champion Ashley Sutton.

Colin Turkington, 2019 BTCC, BMW 330i M Sport

Colin Turkington will have number 1 on his brand new BMW 330i M Sport

Among independent teams, one of the favourites will be the Motorbase Performance stable with three Ford Focus RS machines. The leading driver is Tom Chilton, he will be supported by Ollie Jackson and Nic Hamilton, the brother of five-time F1champion Lewis Hamilton. The younger Hamilton made his BTCC debut back in 2015, then raced in the Renault UK Clio Cup and now he’s ready for a full-time campaign.

Mercedes will also have three cars on the grid, two from Ciceley Motorsport for Adam Morgan and Daniel Rowbottom, plus one A-Class from Laser Tools Racing for Aiden Moffat.

Nic Hamilton (GBR) Motorbase Performance Ford Focus

Lewis Hamilton’s brother Nic is returning to BTCC

BTC Racing has higher ambitions after the team made an upgrade from old Civic Type R to the new Honda Civic Type R (FK8). Chris Smiley stayed with the team, his new teammate is Josh Cook.

Essex-based outfit AmD will run again four cars in 2019, two Honda Civic Type Rs and two Audi S3 Saloons. Mark Blundell and Jake Hill will race in the Audis, whilst Sam Tordoff and Rory Butcher will have Hondas. Matt Simpson is another Honda racer who already has BTCC race victory on his account and he is hoping to win again. Just a day before season launch, fans’ favourite Jack Goff secured a last-minute seat in one of Team HARD’s four Volkswagen CCs. His teammates will be Bobby Thompson, Carl Boardley and Michael Crees.

Team Parker Racing’s driver in a BMW 125i M Sport will be experienced Stephen Jelley. The new team on the grid is Excelr8 Motorsport, running two MG6 cars for Sam Osborne and Rob Smith.

BTCC cars at Brands Hatch Circuit

BTCC cars at Brands Hatch Circuit

The calendar of races has been changed compared to the previous years. There will be ten racing events with three races each but two venues will have BTCC events twice.

Rockingham Motor Speedway has been removed from the schedule and it will be replaced by Thruxton Circuit, which will host two race weekends in May and August. Brands Hatch also has a double date, with season-opening and season-closing rounds scheduled at Kentish circuit.

2019 BTCC entry list

TeamCarNumberDriver
Team BMW/West Surrey RacingBMW 330i M Sport1Colin Turkington
Team BMW/West Surrey RacingBMW 330i M Sport15Tom Oliphant
BMW Pirtek Racing/West Surrey RacingBMW 330i M Sport77Andrew Jordan
Power Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra9Rob Collard
Power Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra11Jason Plato
Adrian Flux Subaru Racing/Team BMRSubaru Levorg GT18Senna Proctor
Adrian Flux Subaru Racing/Team BMRSubaru Levorg GT116Ashley Sutton
Halfords Yuasa Racing/Team DynamicsHonda Civic Type R (FK8)25Matt Neal
Halfords Yuasa Racing/Team DynamicsHonda Civic Type R (FK8)27Dan Cammish
Team Toyota GB/Speedworks MotorsportToyota Corolla GT80Tom Ingram
Team Shredded Wheat with Gallagher/Motorbase PerformanceFord Focus RS3Tom Chilton
Team Shredded Wheat with Gallagher/Motorbase PerformanceFord Focus RS48Ollie Jackson
ROKiT Racing with MotorbaseFord Focus RS28Nicolas Hamilton
Excelr8 MotorsportMG6 GT4Sam Osborne
Excelr8 MotorsportMG6 GT37Rob Smith
Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB InsuranceHonda Civic Type R (FK2)6Rory Butcher
Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB InsuranceHonda Civic Type R (FK2)600Sam Tordoff
TradePriceCars.com/AmD EssexAudi S3 Saloon8Mark Blundell
TradePriceCars.com/AmD EssexAudi S3 Saloon24Jake Hill
Team Parker RacingBMW 125i M Sport12Stephen Jelley
Laser Tools RacingMercedes-Benz A-Class16Aiden Moffat
Team HARD/GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite DirectVolkswagen CC19Bobby Thompson
Team HARD/GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite DirectVolkswagen CC777Michael Crees
Team HARD/RCIB Insurance with Fox TransportVolkswagen CC31Jack Goff
Team HARD/RCIB Insurance with Fox TransportVolkswagen CC41Carl Boardley
BTC RacingHonda Civic Type R (FK8)22Chris Smiley
BTC RacingHonda Civic Type R (FK8)66Josh Cook
Cataclean Racing with Ciceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class32Daniel Rowbottom
Mac Tools with Ciceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class33Adam Morgan
Simpson RacingHonda Civic Type R (FK2)303Matt Simpson

Photos: BTCC, Jakob Ebrey,

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