British Touring Car Championship

Last updated
Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship
2016 BTCC LOGO.jpg
Category Touring cars
Country United Kingdom
Ireland
Inaugural season 1958
ClassesManufacturers & Independents
Drivers25 (2020)
Teams16 (2020)
Constructors Audi, BMW , Ford, Honda , Hyundai , Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota , Vauxhall , Volkswagen
Note: The constructors in bold are currently represented in the Manufacturers Championship.
Engine suppliersTurbocharged 2.0 litre I4
Tyre suppliers Goodyear
Drivers' champion Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ashley Sutton
Makes' champion BMW
Teams' champion Team BMW
Official website btcc.net/
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is a touring car racing series held each year in the United Kingdom, currently organised and administered by TOCA. It was established in 1958 as the British Saloon Car Championship and was renamed as the British Touring Car Championship for the 1987 season. [1] The championship, currently running Next Generation Touring Car regulations, has been run to various national and international regulations over the years including FIA Group 2, FIA Group 5, FIA Group 1, FIA Group A, FIA Super Touring and FIA Super 2000. A lower-key Group N class for production cars ran from 2000 until 2003.

Contents

History

Early Years

The Austin A105 with which Jack Sears won the 1958 British Saloon Car Championship 1958 Jack Sears.JPG
The Austin A105 with which Jack Sears won the 1958 British Saloon Car Championship

The championship was initially run with a mix of classes, divided according to engine capacity, racing simultaneously. This often meant that a driver who chose the right class could win the overall championship without any chance of overall race wins, thereby devaluing the title for the spectators – for example, in the 1980s Chris Hodgetts won two overall titles in a small Toyota Corolla prepared by Hughes Of Beaconsfield, at that time a Mercedes-Benz/Toyota main dealer when most of the race wins were going to much larger cars; and while the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500s were dominating at the front of the field, Frank Sytner took a title in a Class B BMW M3 and John Cleland's first title was won in a small Class C Vauxhall Astra.

Modern Era

Super Touring Cars

Ford won the championship in 2000, the final year running Super Touring regulations. BTCC 2000 Ford.jpg
Ford won the championship in 2000, the final year running Super Touring regulations.

In 1990, the BTCC introduced a class for cars with an engine displacement up to 2.0 litres which would later be adopted by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile and become the Super Touring regulations that were used in various championships in Europe and around the world. In their first year, these cars were run alongside a second class which continued to allow larger engines and was once again dominated by the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, however from 1991 they became the only cars eligible to compete. The new one-class system was popular with manufacturers from the beginning with six manufacturer supported teams from BMW, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall entered in the championship. During the first seasons, the cars were not fitted with aerodynamic aids such as a front splitter or a rear wing which were allowed from 1995 after Alfa Romeo caused controversy a year earlier, when they entered the 155 fitted with a rear wing - an item that was delivered with the road-going version of the 155, however unfitted in its boot. Audi joined the BTCC in 1996 with its four-wheel drive A4 Quattro, and went on to take that year's title. [2] The continuously high number of manufacturer-backed teams meant rapid development on the cars and quickly growing costs to compete which caused several manufacturers to withdraw from the championship until the 2000 season, when only Ford, Honda and Vauxhall remained in the championship. To this day, the 'super touring era' during the 1990s is still looked at as the most successful period of the BTCC. The high number of manufacturer-backed teams provided very close competition, close and hard-fought racing on track and many spectators at the circuits. [3]

BTC Touring and Super 2000 cars

Previous generation BTC Touring cars racing at Brands Hatch, April 2006 BTCC Brands06 PaddockHill.jpg
Previous generation BTC Touring cars racing at Brands Hatch, April 2006
Touring Cars at a BTCC during race at Brands Hatch, April 2011 2011 BTCC Brands Hatch Neate, Onslow-Cole and Collard.jpg
Touring Cars at a BTCC during race at Brands Hatch, April 2011

In order to reduce the costs to compete in the championship, the organisers introduced new regulations for the 2001 season. The BTC Touring regulations cut costs dramatically but both manufacturer and spectator interest was low. The Super 2000 rules were adopted for the 2007 season. The 2000s saw cheaper cars than the later Supertouring era, with fewer factory teams and fewer international drivers.

Next Generation Touring Car

Andrew Jordan in his NGTC Honda Civic during practice at Thruxton Circuit, April 2012 Andrew Jordan, Thruxton, Apr 2012 (practice).jpg
Andrew Jordan in his NGTC Honda Civic during practice at Thruxton Circuit, April 2012

In 2009, the BTCC released details of its Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) specification, to be introduced from 2011. The introduction of these new technical regulations were designed to dramatically reduce the design, build and running costs of the cars and engines as well as reducing the potential for significant performance disparities between cars. The NGTC specification also aimed to cut costs by reducing reliance on WTCC/S2000 equipment, due to increasing costs/complexity and concerns as to its future sustainability and direction. [4]

Current NGTC cars

Currently, the cars used are a mix of 2.0 L saloons (sedans) such as the BMW 3-Series and Infiniti Q50, and hatchback cars such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus, based on models from a variety of manufacturers, using NGTC regulations. S2000 cars continued running in the Jack Sears Trophy until the 2014 season.

Teams

BTCC teams are a mixture of manufacturer entries (currently Honda, BMW and Toyota) and independent teams such as BTC Racing, and Motorbase Performance.

In 2010, following Vauxhall's decision to pull out of the series, there were two new works teams, : Chevrolet, run by RML; and Honda, run by Team Dynamics. [5]

In 2005, Team Dynamics became the first independent outfit to win the BTCC drivers and team championships; Matt Neal won the overall and independent drivers contests in his Team Dynamics Honda Integra. This included finishing all 30 championship races that year, something no other driver had achieved before and only equalled by Adam Morgan some 10 years later in 2015. This ended Vauxhall's run of 4 victories in the drivers and teams championships between 2001 and 2004. Neal and Dynamics were also victorious in 2006, before Vauxhall won the 2007 title with Italian Fabrizio Giovanardi. Team Dynamics also achieved the first overall independents race win in the 'Supertouring' era when Neal won a round of the 1999 BTCC at Donington Park, earning the team prize-money of £250,000.

As a result of Matt Neal's championship victories, and the fact that Team Dynamics were designing and building their own S2000 Honda Civic Type R (with unofficial support from Honda), they were no longer entered into the Independents category, and were classed as neither an "independent" or "works" team until the 2009 season, when the Manufacturers championship was renamed Manufacturers/Constructors Championship to allow both Team Aon and Team Dynamics to compete with at the time the sole works entry of Vauxhall.

Car regulations

VXRacing Vectra being checked by the scrutineers BTCC DP08 Neal pit 3.jpg
VXRacing Vectra being checked by the scrutineers

Current regulations

As of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship, all cars are built to the same regulations:

Cost control measures

There are strict limits to the modifications which can be made to the cars, which are intended to reduce the cost of running a competitive team, which had become prohibitive in the final years of the Super Touring rules. These cost reductions saw a rise in independent entries – teams or individuals entering cars purchased from the manufacturer teams when they update their chassis.

With the introduction of the NGTC rules, all cars share a number of common components provided through a contract with RML Group. This has allowed many independent teams to enter without the need for manufacturer support, and negating the need to source ex-works cars. Teams can install an engine from their marque's broad 'family' of cars, or opt to lease an engine from TOCA, built by Swindon Engines which also helps to make the cost of entry more affordable.

To further keep costs in check, the BTCC uses a single tyre supplier, with Dunlop the current supplier of rubber to all the teams. For dry races, the Dunlop SportMaxx Prime tyre is used, along with the use of the Option tyre (Soft/Hard) mandated at one race each meeting. For wet races, the Dunlop SportMaxx BluResponse tyre is used.

Fuels

The rules previously allowed for a variety of different fuels in a bid to encourage more efficient cars. In 2004 Mardi Gras Motorsport independently entered a Liquified petroleum gas powered Super 2000 Honda Civic Type-R (which was subsequently replaced by a more competitive BTC-Touring Peugeot 406 Coupé, still LPG powered), and in 2005 Tech-Speed Motorsport converted an ex-works Vauxhall Astra Coupé to run on bio-ethanol fuel. In the middle of 2006, Kartworld's owner-driver Jason Hughes converted his 4-cylinder MG ZS to run on Bio-Ethanol, soon followed by the West Surrey Racing cars of championship contender Colin Turkington and Rob Collard, and for the final event at Silverstone, Richard Marsh converted his Peugeot 307 to run on bio-ethanol fuel. Only Hughes continued on this fuel in 2007 and 2008. The regulations also permitted cars to run on diesel; attempted first in the 2007 season by Rick Kerry in a BMW 120d E87 run by Team AFM Racing. In 2008 SEAT Sport UK entered two Turbo Diesel Power SEAT Leons – the first diesel powered manufacturer entered cars. At the start of the 2010 season, it was announced that Team AON racing had converted both of their Ford Focus ST cars to run on LPG.

Under current NGTC regulations, all entrants use Carless HiperFlo 300 which is a 101/102 RON and 89/90 MON unleaded gasoline with approximately 2% oxygen content that meets the FIA ‘Appendix J’ gasoline specification.

Previous regulations

The following regulations have been applied to the championship:

Circuits

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Current circuits of the BTCC

Being a national championship, the British Touring Car Championship has visited circuits throughout the United Kingdom over its long history. Currently the series visits eight different tracks in England and Scotland over the course of ten meetings. These tracks are: Brands Hatch (Indy Layout), Donington Park, Thruxton Circuit (the fastest track ever visited by the BTCC, with an average speed of 111.31 mph, set by Andrew Jordan during qualifying in 2014), Oulton Park, Croft Circuit, Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, Knockhill Racing Circuit, and Silverstone Circuit (National and International layouts), with a return to Brands Hatch (GP Layout) at the end of the season.

In the past, the BTCC has visited Mondello Park in Ireland and Pembrey Circuit in Wales. A street race around the city of Birmingham known as the Birmingham Superprix, was held in 1989 and 1990. Rockingham Motor Speedway, Aintree Motor Racing Circuit, Crystal Palace circuit and Goodwood Circuit have all hosted rounds in the past.

Race format

Championship contenders Jason Plato (SEAT) and Fabrizio Giovanardi (Vauxhall) collide during a BTCC race at Snetterton in July 2007. The BTCC is known for being a high-contact series. Plato + Giovanardi Snetterton 2007.jpg
Championship contenders Jason Plato (SEAT) and Fabrizio Giovanardi (Vauxhall) collide during a BTCC race at Snetterton in July 2007. The BTCC is known for being a high-contact series.

On the Saturday of a race weekend there are two practice sessions followed by a 30-minute qualifying session which determines the starting order for the first race on the Sunday, the fastest driver lining up in pole position.

Each race typically consists of between 16 and 25 laps, depending on the length of the circuit. A race may be extended by three laps if three or more laps have been run behind a safety car.

The grid for race two is based on the finishing order of race one. [8] For race three, a draw takes place to decide at which place the grid is 'reversed'. This means drivers finishing race two in positions 6th through 12th could take pole position for race 3 depending on the outcome of the draw. For example, if ball number 7 is drawn, the driver finishing in 7th position in race two starts on pole, 6th place starts in second place, 5th place starts in third etc. Drivers finishing in 8th place and beyond would start race three in their finishing order for race two. The draw is normally conducted by a celebrity or VIP, live on TV. For 2014, this was changed so that the driver who finished Race 2 in 10th position made the draw. Fabrizio Giovanardi has twice [9] [10] managed to put himself on pole position by drawing out number 10.

Before 2006, the driver finishing in 10th place in race two took pole position for race three. This initiated deliberate race 'fixing', whereby some drivers attempted to finished in 10th place during race two to gain pole position in race three. This "reverse grid" rule polarised opinion: some fans enjoy the spectacle afforded by having unlikely drivers on pole position while faster ones have to battle through the field; others feel it detracts from the purity of the racing. For example, some drivers might decide to slow down and let others pass them, thereby improving their own starting position for the "reverse grid" race, which is contrary to the spirit of motor racing – which is to try to come first in every race. It also led to some safety concerns as drivers would slow dramatically on the approach to the finish line, with cars behind forced to take evasive action to avoid collecting slower cars ahead. These factors contributed the rule change for the 2006 season.

Points system

Current points system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen drivers in each race as follows:

Current BTCC points system (2012–Present)
Race 1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th  10th  11th  12th  13th  14th  15th Pole PositionFastest LapLead A Lap
R1201715131110987654321111
R220171513111098765432111
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Previous points system

Points are awarded to the top ten drivers in each race as follows:

BTCC points system
Race 1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th  10th Pole PositionFastest LapLead A Lap
R11512108654321111
R2151210865432111
R3151210865432111

Television coverage

The BBC screened highlights of every race from 1988 to 2001. The F1 commentator at the time, Murray Walker, commentated. From 1997, some races were screened live with Charlie Cox joining Murray Walker. After 1997 the commentary team was Charlie Cox and John Watson with Murray Walker dedicating his time to Formula 1.

In the UK, ITV covered the series from 2002, with commentary from Ben Edwards and former champion Tim Harvey, with Toby Moody replacing Edwards after he replaced Martin Brundle on the BBC's F1 coverage in 2012 and David Addison replaced Toby Moody [11] for the 2013 season. In 2006 the ITV coverage included highlights from the first and second race of the day and live coverage of the third and final race. This returned in the second half of 2007, after the first five meetings had been on ITV3 (a digital channel with fewer viewers), with a half-hour late-night highlights show. ITV also has a Sunday night show called Motorsport UK, featuring many of the supporting races. From 2008, the races were screened live on ITV4, along with the support races. ITV has a one-hour highlights programme on the Monday night following the race.

The series is screened in other countries. In Australia, Fox Sports Australia have been covering the BTCC championship since 2000. From 2009 the ITV coverage has screened on ONE HD. Speed TV screened several seasons in the USA over the winter, but this ended when the network became Fox Sports 1 in 2013. BTCC returned to the air in the US with the 2015 season, being aired on CBS Sports Network in condensed, one-hour packages like those aired on Speed. Unlike Speed's offering as the series being winter programming filling the void after the American racing season, CBSSN airs events a week or so after their actual running.

Motors TV used to show all the races live, including some support races, both in the UK and across Europe. [12] In 2007 Setanta Sports showed all the races live, including the support races; this ceased when the entire day's coverage moved to ITV4.

TV Coverage of 2018 season
CountryTV NetworkLanguageQualifyingRace 1Race 2Race 3Notes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom [13] ITV4 / ITV4 HD EnglishNoLiveLiveLiveUp to 7 Hours of coverage per meeting (also shows live and delayed coverage of support races). Simulcast High Definition coverage on ITV4 HD
No
Highlights
90 minute highlight show of all 3 races and qualifying
ITV Sport Website EnglishLiveLiveLiveLiveLive video stream. Highlights available to watch anytime after the race via the Race Archive
ITV / ITV HD EnglishNo
Highlights
90 minute highlight show of all 3 races and qualifying. Simulcast High Definition coverage on ITV HD

    Live timing

    Live timing for the BTCC and its support races, as well as testing, is provided by Timing Solutions Ltd from their website. This service allows you to follow free practice and qualifying as well as race day action via a timing screen from your computer or mobile phone.

    Previous champions

    Currently, five championships are awarded per season. The overall driver's championship is the driver gaining the most points overall throughout the season. Since 1992, the Independents driver championship has also been awarded to the leading non-manufacturer-backed driver. There are also awards for the best overall team, leading manufacturer and, since 2005, the top independent team. Previous championship titles were awarded to the leading "Production" (or "Class B") driver and team between 2000 and 2003. The Jack Sears Trophy was introduced for the 2013 season and was awarded to the highest scoring driver competing in S2000 machinery. For 2014, with S2000 cars no longer eligible to compete, it was awarded to the drive that had made up the most places from their grid position throughout the season. From the 2015 season the Jack Sears Trophy has been awarded to the highest placed rookie driver at the end of the season. For the 60th anniversary year in 2018, any driver who had yet to take an overall podium was eligible to contest the Jack Sears Trophy.

    SeasonOverallIndependentSecondary Class
    Drivers' ChampionManufacturers / Makes
    Champion [14]
    Teams' Champion [14] Drivers' ChampionTeams' ChampionDrivers' ChampionTeams' Champion
    1958 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Sears nonenone
    1959 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jeff Uren nonenone
    1960 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Doc Shepherd nonenone
    1961 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sir John Whitmore nonenone
    1962 Flag of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953-1963).svg John Love nonenone
    1963 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Sears nonenone
    1964 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim Clark nonenone
    1965 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roy Pierpoint none Weybridge Engineering Company [15]
    1966 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Fitzpatrick none Team Lotus [16]
    1967 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Gardner nonenone
    1968 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Gardner (2)nonenone
    1969 Flag of Ireland.svg Alec Poole nonenone
    1970 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill McGovern nonenone
    1971 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill McGovern (3)nonenone
    1972 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill McGovern (3)nonenone
    1973 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Frank Gardner (3)nonenone
    1974 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bernard Unett nonenone
    1975 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Rouse Chevrolet [17]
    Triumph [17]
    none
    1976 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bernard Unett (2)nonenone
    1977 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bernard Unett (3)nonenone
    1978 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Longman nonenone
    1979 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Longman (2) BL Mini [18] none
    1980 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Win Percy nonenone
    1981 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Win Percy (2)nonenone
    1982 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Win Percy (3)nonenone
    1983 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Rouse (2) Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT none
    1984 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Rouse (3) Rover none
    1985 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Rouse (4) Ford none
    1986 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Hodgetts Toyota none
    1987 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Chris Hodgetts (2) Toyota (2)none
    1988 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Frank Sytner BMW none
    1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Cleland Vauxhall none
    1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robb Gravett Ford (2)none Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Frank Sytner
    1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Will Hoy BMW (2)none Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Will Hoy
    1992 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tim Harvey Vauxhall (2)none Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Kaye
    1993 Flag of Germany.svg Joachim Winkelhock BMW (3)none Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Neal
    1994 Flag of Italy.svg Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo none Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Kaye (2)
    1995 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Cleland (2) Renault Vauxhall Sport Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Neal (2)
    1996 Flag of Germany.svg Frank Biela Audi Audi Sport UK Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lee Brookes
    1997 Flag of Switzerland.svg Alain Menu Renault (2) Williams Renault Dealer Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robb Gravett
    1998 Flag of Sweden.svg Rickard Rydell Nissan Vodafone Nissan Racing Flag of Norway.svg Tommy Rustad Production Class
    1999 Flag of France.svg Laurent Aïello Nissan (2) Vodafone Nissan Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Neal (3)Drivers' ChampionTeams' Champion
    2000 Flag of Switzerland.svg Alain Menu (2) Ford (3) Ford Team Mondeo Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Neal (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Morrison
    2001 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jason Plato Vauxhall (3) Vauxhall Motorsport none Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Harrison GR Motorsport
    2002 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Thompson Vauxhall (4) Vauxhall Motorsport Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dan Eaves Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Kaye Synchro Motorsport
    2003 Flag of France.svg Yvan Muller Vauxhall (5) VX Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rob Collard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Luke Hines Barwell Motorsport
    2004 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Thompson (2) Vauxhall (6) VX Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Reid
    2005 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Neal Vauxhall (7) Team Halfords Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Neal (5) Team Halfords
    2006 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Neal (2) SEAT Team Halfords Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Neal (6) Team Halfords
    2007 Flag of Italy.svg Fabrizio Giovanardi Vauxhall (8) SEAT Sport UK Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Turkington Team RAC
    2008 Flag of Italy.svg Fabrizio Giovanardi (2) Vauxhall (9) VX Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Turkington (2) Team RAC
    2009 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Turkington Vauxhall (10) VX Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Turkington (3) Team RAC
    2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jason Plato (2) Honda Honda Racing Team Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Chilton Team Aon
    2011 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matt Neal (3) Honda (2) Honda Racing Team Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Nash Triple 8 Race Engineering Jack Sears Trophy
    2012 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gordon Shedden Honda (3) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Jordan Pirtek Racing (Eurotech)Drivers' ChampionTeams' Champion
    2013 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Jordan Honda (4) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Jordan (3) Pirtek Racing (Eurotech) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lea Wood Not awarded
    2014 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Turkington (2) MG eBay Motors Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Turkington (4) eBay Motors Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dave Newsham
    2015 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gordon Shedden (2) Honda (5) Team BMR RCIB Insurance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Turkington (5) Team BMR RCIB Insurance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Josh Cook
    2016 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gordon Shedden (3) BMW (4) Team JCT600 with GardX Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andrew Jordan (3) Motorbase Performance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ashley Sutton
    2017 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ashley Sutton BMW (5) Team BMW Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Senna Proctor
    2018 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Turkington (3) BMW (6) Team BMW Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Ingram (2) Speedworks Motorsport Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dan Cammish
    2019 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Colin Turkington (4) BMW (7) Halfords Yuasa Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rory Butcher Cobra Sport AmD Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rory Butcher
    2020 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ashley Sutton (2) BMW (8) Team BMW Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ashley Sutton Laser Tools Racing Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael Crees

    Manufacturers'/Constructors' championship winners (1991-)

    YearMakeCarWins
    1991 BMW BMW M3 8/14
    1992 Vauxhall Vauxhall Cavalier 5/15
    1993 BMW BMW 318i 8/17
    1994 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 155 9/21
    1995 Renault Renault Laguna 10/25
    1996 Audi Audi A4 8/26
    1997 Renault Renault Laguna 14/24
    1998 Volvo Volvo S40 9/26
    1999 Nissan Nissan Primera 13/26
    2000 Ford Ford Mondeo 11/24
    2001 Vauxhall Vauxhall Astra Coupé 25/26
    2002 Vauxhall Vauxhall Astra Coupé 15/20
    2003 Vauxhall Vauxhall Astra Coupé 11/20
    2004 Vauxhall Vauxhall Astra Coupé 11/30
    2005 Vauxhall Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch 8/30
    2006 SEAT SEAT León 11/30
    2007 Vauxhall Vauxhall Vectra 10/30
    2008 Vauxhall Vauxhall Vectra 8/30
    2009 Vauxhall Vauxhall Vectra 6/30
    2010 Honda Honda Civic 10/30
    2011 Honda Honda Civic 13/30
    2012 Honda Honda Civic 13/30
    2013 Honda Honda Civic 9/30
    2014 MG MG6 GT 7/30
    2015 Honda Honda Civic Type R 7/30
    2016 BMW BMW 125i M Sport 4/30
    2017 BMW BMW 125i M Sport 7/30
    2018 BMW BMW 125i M Sport 3/30
    2019 BMW BMW 330i M Sport 11/30
    2020 BMW BMW 330i M Sport 6/27

    Series sponsors

    The BTCC has had several championship sponsors over the years.

    YearSponsor
    1960SupaTura
    1972Wiggins Teape Paperchase
    1974 Castrol Anniversary
    1975Southern Organs
    1976 Keith Prowse
    1977-82Tricentrol
    1983-85Trimoco
    1987-88 Dunlop
    1989-92 Esso
    1993-2000 Auto Trader
    2001 theAA.com
    2002-04 Green Flag
    2005-07 Dunlop
    2008-09HiQ
    2010-18 Dunlop
    2019- Kwik Fit

    Manufacturer/Constructor Entries

    The BTCC features entries with the backing, funding and technical support of a motor manufacturer. This may be a motor racing team running cars on behalf of the manufacturer or cars being run directly by the factory. Below is a timeline of manufacturer/constructor entries from the beginning of the 2-litre era.

    Support races

    Each BTCC race meeting, the crowds are kept further entertained by the appearance of high-profile supporting championships, known as the TOCA Support Package, from the manufacturers Ford, Ginetta, Porsche and Renault. [19]

    TOCA support package

    A Ginetta G50 Supercup car. Ginetta G50 Cup.jpg
    A Ginetta G50 Supercup car.
    Porsche Carrera Cup GB Race at Donington Park Carrera cup field.jpg
    Porsche Carrera Cup GB Race at Donington Park

    The TOCA Support Package consists of five main support championships, which support the championship at almost every round, along with several smaller championships supporting one or two events. All the support championships are either Single Make Championships or Formula racing.

    After previously supported the BTCC in the late 1990s and then in 2013 and 2014, the British Formula Ford Championship announced that it was folding to become the MSA Formula, the FIA's Formula 4 championship in the UK for the 2015 season. Known as F4 British Championship from 2016, the championship uses Mygale carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and a Ford 1.6L EcoBoost engine as used in the more modern Formula Ford cars. [20]

    The Ginetta GT Supercup is a GT style, multi class championship. The main class is the G55 class, utilising Ginetta's G55 car. The second class, known as the G50 class, utilises the older and less powerful Ginetta G50. Most weekends in 2013 see three Supercup races with a few rounds hosting only two races. Ginetta also run a championship on the support package that caters for up and coming young talent in the form of the Ginetta Junior Championship. These 14- to 17-year-olds race in identical Ginetta G40J cars with strict regulations which help keep costs down. In 2013, the championship with run two races at all BTCC weekends.

    Out of all the current support series, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB is the longest serving support championship. Drivers compete in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997) cars which produce 450 bhp. The three tier championship splits drivers according to their racing experience. Professional drivers compete in the Pro class, with semi-professional and amateur drivers racing in either Pro-Am1 or Pro-Am2. From 2013, the Carrera Cup has held two races at each BTCC meeting.

    Finally, the Renault Clio Cup UK allows aspiring touring car drivers to showcase their talent in this single make series, utilising Clio Renaultsport 200 cars. The championship awards three different titles for drivers. Along with the overall drivers’ championship, younger rookie drivers can chase points for the Graduate Cup and older gentlemen drivers can seek points for the Masters Cup. During 2013, the Clio Cup will hold two races at all BTCC weekends except the rounds at Croft and Knockhill.

    For 2020, the Renault Clio Cup UK has been replaced by the Mini Challenge, which joins from the British GT package. The Clio Cup has joined the British GT Package instead.

    Previous support races

    A SEAT Cupra Championship race, at Croft during 2008. Jonathan Adam 2008 SEAT Cupra Croft.jpg
    A SEAT Cupra Championship race, at Croft during 2008.

    See also

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    TOCA, formally trading as BARC (TOCA) Ltd, is an organiser of motorsport events in the United Kingdom. The company organises and administers the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and the support series to the BTCC, sometimes known as the TOCA Tour[1][2] or TOCA Package.[3][4] The BTCC is the UK's biggest motor racing championship and the headline act to a host of support races covering the entire weekend.

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    2011 British Touring Car Championship

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    Lea Wood is a British auto racing driver and mechanic, employed at his father's garage based in Hereford. He has competed previously in the British Touring Car Championship.

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    Tony Gilham

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    2012 British Touring Car Championship

    The 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship was a multi-event motor racing championship for production-based touring cars held across England and Scotland. The championship features a mix of professional motor racing teams and privately funded amateur drivers competing in highly modified versions of family cars which are sold to the general public and conform to the technical regulations for the championship. It is one of the most popular domestic motor racing series in the United Kingdom, with an extensive program of support categories built up around the BTCC centrepiece. It was the 55th British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season.

    Tom Ingram

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    2013 British Touring Car Championship

    The 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship was a multi-event motor racing championship for production-based touring cars held across England and Scotland. The championship features a mix of professional motor racing teams and privately funded amateur drivers competing in highly modified versions of Family cars which are sold to the general public and conform to the technical regulations for the championship. It is one of the most popular domestic motor racing series in the United Kingdom, with an extensive program of support categories built up around the BTCC centrepiece. It was the 56th British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season.

    Tony Gilham Racing

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    Team BMR is a British motor racing team based in Buntingford, Hertfordshire and founded by Warren Scott. The team has raced in the British Touring Car Championship since 2013 after previously entering the 2004 British Superbike Championship season as BMR Racing. During the winter of 2013, Scott purchased Tony Gilham Racing's assets, including their four NGTC race cars. The team currently operates in the BTCC, the TCR championship, the Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom and the Ginetta Junior Championship.

    2017 British Touring Car Championship

    The 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship was a motor racing championship for production-based touring cars held across England and Scotland. The championship featured a mix of professional motor racing teams and privately funded amateur drivers competing in highly modified versions of family cars which are sold to the general public and conform to the technical regulations for the championship. The 2017 season was the 60th British Touring Car Championship season and the seventh season for cars conforming to the Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) technical specification.

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