If you’ve been following all the latest racing news, you will already have heard all about the annual launch event for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 2016 that took place at Donington Park last week, and it’s not long now until the season commences at Brands Hatch (April 2/3)
As always, the cars remain the most diverse and competitive in the world, with hundreds of thousands of fans gathering trackside to experience the thrills of this intense competition. There will be 30 races, across 10 events at 9 incredible UK venues and even if you can’t make it to see them in person,
you’ll be happy to hear that BTCC fans can catch the action live on ITV; this is thanks to the long term contract that has been secured with Dunlop and ITV, who have been broadcasting the series since 2002. This partnership is set to continue until 2022 and for this period Dunlop will remain the title sponsor and official tyre supplier.
Capacity 32-Car Entry Is Biggest To Date!
It has been announced that all TOCA BTCC Licences (TBLs), which are required to gain entry, are now in operation for a capacity 32- car entry. This year will see the biggest full-season entry in BTCC history; in fact the series organisers were forced to turn away two proposed entries.
A total of 11 marques will be represented on this entry list, with the new addition of Subaru joining the contest against Honda, BMW and MG for the constructors’ and manufacturers’ honour. Subaru is the newest manufacturer, joining with four drivers of the newly unveiled Subaru Levord; this exciting line up includes Colin Turkington and Jason Plato who are both former champions, so we should be in for quite a show!
There will also be a pretty youthful energy to this year’s event as there have never been so many graduates from the BTCC Support Series competing against former champions and proven winners.
According to the experts, this year is Mat Jackson’s best opportunity of his career to bag the winning title. However, Gordon Sheddon – who won the last race of the season in 2015 – is in a great position too, since his championship-winning Honda Civic Type R has been through rigorous testing and development recently in preparation for the championship. The three cars revealed by Honda at Donington Park were lead by a replica of the Integra Type R, the very car that won them the title back in 2006. With their distinctive black/orange livery and a history of drivers winning 4 out of 5 recent BTCC titles, this team is sure to stand out from the crowd.
Last year, we saw five former title holders battling it out for the number one spot on the final day, and according to Alan Gow (Administrator and Series Director of BTCC) ‘this season will be as hard to call as it ever has been’.
Who do you think has a fighting chance of securing the winner’s title this season? Let us know your predictions!