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Btcc | Dunlops 2018 Btcc Season In Numbers

Btcc | Dunlops 2018 Btcc Season In Numbers

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship was certainly a 60th anniversary season to remember with a record-breaking 17 different race winners over the course of 30 thrilling action-packed races. Lets take a look back at some of the tyre statistics for the 2018 season: 15 wins on Dunlop Sport Maxx Prime tyre 1,459 positions gained on the prime tyre Silverstone set the scene for two of the years memorable moments as Ash Suttons determined efforts to keep his BTCC title defence alive saw him overcome a lowly starting position by carving his way from 25th to 11th in race. It contributed to an overall #ForeverForward total of 29 places gained in a single weekend. Meanwhile, Sam Tordoffs pole position at Silverstone the penultimate event of the season consolidated his impressive 2018 qualifying average. The Motorbase Performance driver qualified an average of sixth position in the Ford Focus RS over the course of the year. #ForeverForward Most positions gained over a single race weekend (three races) Sam Tordoff 6.09 average starting position Watch Tordoffs inch-perfect lap of Silverstone right here Continue reading >>

2019 Could Be The Btcc's Best Year Yet

2019 Could Be The Btcc's Best Year Yet

You don't need a VHS player to watch mind-blowing motorsport Some of motorsport's biggest talents drive in the BTCC series Things were always better in the past, right? Not a bit of it. There are countless examples in our safer, better performing, more reliable, better built and more efficient road cars of today, and even some evidence in motorsport, too. The common conception was that the British Touring Car Championship , which kicks off again at Brands Hatch this weekend, was at its best in the Super Touring days of the 1990s, with big-name drivers racing works cars in front of big crowds. Yet speak to those whove competed across several BTCC eras, as we do in this weeks magazine, and the truth is weve never had it so good as today. A 30-strong grid of cars, often covered in their entirety by a few tenths of a second in qualifying, and then racing bumper to bumper across three action-packed races that often produce more excitement in an afternoon than Formula 1 does over an entire season. BTCC ringmaster Alan Gow points out that motorsport is designed first and foremost to entertain. And the BTCC delivers just that: entertainment. It is now also the UKs only motorsport on free-to-air TV. So tune into ITV4 this Sunday, remove the rose-tinted spectacles of the 90s and revel in how good it is today. Continue reading >>

Top 10 Btcc Drivers Of All Time

Top 10 Btcc Drivers Of All Time

The British Touring Car Championship, established in 1958 as British Saloon Car Championship, is one of the most popular touring car racing series worldwide, especially in Europe. In 60 years long history, BTCC (renamed in 1987) produced many great racing drivers who were successful not only in the UK but also all over the world in other racing competitions. Heres the list of the most successful BTCC and BSCC drivers since the inaugural season. We chose ten names, using the combination of victories and titles as the main criteria. Although BTCC is British racing series, four of ten drivers arent British citizens, which is the proof of BTCCs popularity among the drivers across the world. Jason Plato won his second title in 2010 with Chevrolet Jason Plato (born 1967) is the absolute superstar of the British touring car racing. He won the championship just two times (in 2001 and 2010), but his 96 wins (until the end of 2017) is almostan unbeatable score. Plato is still active, so he has a chance to increase the record number. Plato debuted in the BTCC in 1997, driving Renault Laguna, and since then he missed only two seasons, competing in other series in 2002 and 2003. Prior to that, he scored his first title in 2001, driving factory-entered Vauxhall Astra. From 2004 to 2008, Plato was driving for SEATSport UK, then three seasons for Chevrolet. Chevrolet Cruze was his championship-winning car in 2010. From 2012 to 2104, Plato drove MG6 GT. In 2015, he joined Team BMR to drive Volkswagen CC. For 2016 season, the team switched to Subaru Levorg. Andy Rouse (born 1947) is the only driver with four BTCC titles. He was active between 1973 and 1994, scoring 60 wins, in a period when BTCC weekend events had one or two races, not three as today, so his 60 wins are more worthy than Continue reading >>

Btcc | Butcher And Tordoff Cant Wait To Sample Best Chassis On Grid

Btcc | Butcher And Tordoff Cant Wait To Sample Best Chassis On Grid

Butcher and Tordoff cant wait to sample best chassis on grid Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racings Rory Butcher and Sam Tordoff are eager to jump into the outfits newly-acquired Honda Civic Type Rs, with both eyeing race wins in the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship. TheFK2 has proven to be one of the most successful chassis in BTCC history, leadingformer championship runner-up Tordoff andthe returning Butcher to believe that regular running at the front of the field is more than attainable in 2019. Im champing at the bit ready to go, it cant come soon enough, said Butcher.Weve got a little gap before we get into the car for the first time but I think myself and Sam (Tordoff) are just eager now to get behind the wheel of the Hondas. Last year was a difficult season. Having to be happy with breaking into the top ten was a weird feeling but thats just the way touring cars is and how our package was at the time. Weve taken a step up a gear and Im really excited to drive beside Sam too. Hes someone to bounce ideas off of and I think well be able to do good things together. What happens at the front of the field is very different to what happens where I was last year. The guys at the front tend to be a little more comfortable with where they are and they understand that if they make up one more position theyll get a couple of points but its maybe not do or die. Where I was, we were desperate in trying to fight for that last point. Hopefully this year I can break away from that and be more towards the sharp end. The package is there for us to do the job. If were not there winning races, well be disappointed. One thing I learned last year was that its so important just to score points. If you look at Colin (Turkington) and his points haul last year, Continue reading >>

The Greatest Ever British Touring Cars

The Greatest Ever British Touring Cars

Jarkle 11th August 2017 Uncategorized 5908 Views The British Touring Car Championship is one of the most competitive race series of its type anywhere in the world, with packed varied grids, rammed grandstands and a rabid following throughout the UK. Autoglym has long sponsored various BTCC teams and has lent its support to some of the best known outfits, hence why weve opted to put together a list of the greatest cars to have graced the BTCC grid since thelate 80s. Let us know if weve missed your favourite out. The Sierra Cosworth RS500 captured the imagination of a generation of BTCC fans 1) Ford Sierra CosworthRS500,Andy Rouse Engineering Well start with perhaps the most beloved touring car of all, certainly one of the most spectacular, the Sierra Cosworth RS500. Fords decision to turn the hum-drum Sierra into a race car was motivated by marketing as much as anything (the jellymould hadnt been well received by all at launch), though the decision to entrust its development to Cosworth ensured that it was always going to be a potent machine. As it was, the Sierra RS500 pretty much made the BTCC its own from 1988 onwards, proving so dominant that its class, Group A, was eventually replaced by the Super Touring regulations which proved so popular in the 1990s. Thats right, it was so good the powers that be banned it! Volvos decision to race its 850 estate in 1994 must rank as one of the greatest PR coups in BTCC history It was never the fastest BTCC car and certainly not the nimblest, but the Volvo 850 Estate of 1994 has gone down in touring car history as one of the most beloved racers to ever grace the grid. Much of this is down to the fact that Volvo, a firm almost exclusively known at the time for big, boxy estates, clearly had a good sense of humour and were willing Continue reading >>

Btcc: What Was The Greatest Touring Cars Season Ever?

Btcc: What Was The Greatest Touring Cars Season Ever?

Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal and a panel of tin-top experts look back on the series' greatest moments. Were getting to the business end of another fantastic British Touring Car Championship season. The series has given us some iconic moments over the years but what season do the experts rate as the ultimate classic? RedBull.com asked current BTCC racers Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal , as well as driver-turned-TV presenter Paul ONeill and journalists Neil Hudson and Damien Smith, to choose their vintage BTCC year. It was a great way to win the championship 2013 was a very hard-fought, competitive season, where we went to the final round with five of us who could still mathematically win the title. It was probably the most dramatic end to a season that weve had for a few years. I had everything thrown at me that day. I remember waking up at the hotel, looking outside and seeing the rain and thinking Oh God! There was a lot riding on that day, but with the weather theres so much more that can go wrong because grip levels are that much lower. It just added a bit of extra pressure not that I needed any more! On the day, I wished it hadnt been so dramatic, but looking back, it was a great way to win it, coming from the back and in the dark as well. It was a real family effort because my Dad ran the team, my brother-in-law (and friend) was the race engineer. It was a really close-knit team, we were all so involved and knew how much hard work was going into it. Thats something Ill cherish forever. Matt Neal, 2005, 2006 and 2011 BTCC champion 1999 Never in my wildest dreams did I think we were going to win a race 1999 was the last year where the manufacturers were really throwing everything they could at the series before a lot of them went. The cars were getting very technical, very Continue reading >>

British Touring Car Championship News

British Touring Car Championship News

2017 Autosport Media UK. All rights reserved. Goff takes pole after Cammish is penalised Jack Goff took his Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R to the first British Touring Car Championship ... 1523114685 BTCC Goff leads Hondas in BTCC practice Hondas dominated the top of the timesheets during the second free practice session ahead of this wee... 1523103215 BTCC Ingram fastest as BTCC season starts Speedworks Motorsport driver Tom Ingram topped the opening free practice session of the British Tour... 1523094877 BTCC Austin puts new Alfa on top in BTCC test The new HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Rob Austin was fastest in the official pre-season British... 1522169414 BTCC Final 2018 BTCC driver announced Josh Price will continue to race for Team BMR in the British Touring Car Championship this season in... 1522065629 BTCC Butcher lands full-time BTCC deal for 2018 Rory Butcher has secured a full British Touring Car Championship campaign for 2018 with the AmD Tuni... 1521621285 BTCC Get Autosport Plus today. Start your free 30-day trial. Instant access to in-depth motorsport analysis, technical insight and expert opinion. Motorbase announces Jackson's replacement James Cole has been announced as Mat Jackson's replacement at the Motorbase Performance British Tour... 1520258428 BTCC New Honda BTCC car makes test debut The new Honda Civic Type R British Touring Car machine took to the track for the first time in Spain... 1519739517 BTCC AmD's first MG BTCC driver announced Tom Boardman is the first driver to sign up for AmD Tuning's first British Touring Car Championship ... 1519291837 BTCC Motorbase Ford squad and Jackson part ways British Touring Car Championship racer Mat Jackson has split from Motorbase Performance, which had s... 1518792328 BTCC Dynamics announces Sh Continue reading >>

These Are The 12 Greatest Btcc Cars Ever

These Are The 12 Greatest Btcc Cars Ever

With its roots stretching back to 1958 as the British Saloon Car Championship, what we now call the British Touring Car Championship is without doubt one of the most spectacular forms of racing. Why? First, the close action. Second, the all-star drivers. Finally, that these vehicles havent strayed too far beyond what you or I could park in the garage. Here are our favorites. On circuits across the UK, the clich of David versus Goliath turned out to be more like Goliath versus David as the tiny Minis proved their worth against much larger machines. Watching then dice with huge Jaguars proved immensely popular with fans, and for good reasonthe little guy can come out on top. What other car can win a racing series thats essentially unchanged except for the competitors in it as early as its double Championship wins in 1961-62 and as late as its two-year Championship-winning streak in 1978-79? First, it won as the Austin Seven. Then as the Mini Cooper. In the 70s, the less-aerodynamic-than-the-originals British Leyland Mini 1275GT still managed to win the series, twice. The final truly British Rover will go down in history as one of the most formidable competitors in touring car, sports car, and rally competitionwinning in events as diverse as the RAC Tourist Trophy and its class at the Bathurst 1000. In touring cars, the SD1 was a menace to its competitors, with the mid-80s seeing the car take championships in Europe as well as in the UK for 1983-84with the latter result ending in disqualification. Look, the cars were fantasticno denying itbut one of the drivers who happened to win quite frequently in one was named Jim Clark. The Lotus-Ford Cortina is still a force to be reckoned with in vintage touring car races, but in period it was often only stopped by extenuating circ Continue reading >>

The 10 Best Modern Btcc Cars

The 10 Best Modern Btcc Cars

As we ready ourselves to celebrate 60 years of touring car racing in Britain at the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, we've been counting down the greatest touring car machines of all time. Last time out we brought you the best of the first three decades of BSCC and BTCC action , now we move into the modern era to complete the countdown. An icon in the tin-top world, the M3 made its debut on the British scene midway through the 1987 season in the hands of Frank Sytner and a rally team by the name of Prodrive making its first steps into circuit racing. With a semi-works package, Sytner and Prodrive stormed to outright honours in the 1988 season. The M3 paved the way for the dawn of a new era of the British Touring Car Championship . In 1990, BMW reworked its M3 from Group A regulations into the new 2-litre ruleset with a view to a single class formula in 1991, the first time in the championships history. And thus, SuperTouring was born 2014 BTCC Honda Civic versus Austin A40 at Goodwood (sort of...) The 318is picked up exactly where the M3 left off. The decision to run a brand-new shape car was a risk, and the early stages of the 1992 season suggested that there had been a big mistake in Bavaria. A strong run of form in the latter half of the year, mixed in with one of the most infamous moments in BTCC history, saw Tim Harvey take the 318is to glory in its debut year. With Vic Lee, who ran the title-winning teams in 91 and 92, convicted for drug trafficking and BMW GB pulling out as a result, things looked bleak for BMW in 1993. Enter Schnitzer Motorsport, their works operation from the DTM paddock and driver Joachim Winkelhock. It did not take long for Smokin Jo to acclimatise himself to the British championship, winning no fewer than five times en route to ch Continue reading >>

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