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BTCC grid hits maximum as three teams grow for 2022

Three of the British Touring Car Championship’s leading teams are expanding their line-ups for 2022, meaning that the grid will increase to a maximum of 32 cars.

Oliphant's Australia move leaves top BMW BTCC seat open

British Touring Car Championship race winner Tom Oliphant is to take a sabbatical from racing next season in Australia, leaving a seat free at top BMW team West Surrey Racing.

What could have been: The Norris-Herta-Sutton fight that never was

Ash Sutton is now well-established as a modern great of the British Touring Car Championship, having scored three titles in the past five seasons. But plans were afoot for Sutton to stay on the single-seater ladder, which would have put him into direct confrontation with a future Formula 1 star and IndyCar talent - a tantalising prospect for many...

Tony Dron obituary: Touring car racer and journalist dies aged 75

Motor racing journalist and renowned touring car racer Tony Dron died on Tuesday at the age of 75.

Ranking the top 10 BTCC drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 BTCC drivers of 2021

A refresh in equipment and some returning faces helped contribute to a supremely competitive 2021 British Touring Car Championship campaign. Ash Sutton was crowned a three-time champion, successfully defending his 2020 title, but faced stiff competition in the final year before the switch to hybrid. Autosport picks out the best performers

King eyes surprise BTCC switch after Ford test

GP2 race winner and ex-IndyCar racer Jordan King is eyeing a surprise move to the British Touring Car Championship.

Why the BTCC's ballast increase couldn't stop champion Sutton Plus

Why the BTCC's ballast increase couldn't stop champion Sutton

Ballast will be gone from the BTCC next year as hybrid power enters the scene, but for its final season the maximum was increased from 60kg to 75kg. Despite having to carry that nearly all season, Ash Sutton was always the favourite to pocket a third title - the 27-year-old getting his reward for a season of speed tempered by savvy to nail his opportunities

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59 Plus

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59

OPINION: It's not often that a driver achieves widespread affection for their personality, as well as their on-track performances. One such individual is Gabriele Tarquini, who will soon bring the curtain down on a remarkable career that has yielded touring car titles on the European and global stage - and, famously, in Britain too

Brands Hatch BTCC: Sutton closes out season with assertive Race 3 win

Ash Sutton proved his British Touring Car Championship title-winning credentials in emphatic fashion with a commanding victory in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Sutton crowned champion as Cook wins again

Ash Sutton has become British Touring Car champion for a third time with one race to spare at the 2021 season finale at Brands Hatch.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Cook defeats Proctor as Sutton extends lead

Josh Cook claimed victory in the first race of the British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch, as Ash Sutton extended his points lead with two races remaining.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Proctor leads Honda 1-2-3-4 as Sutton heads title contenders

Senna Proctor claimed pole position to lead a Honda 1-2-3-4 in qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship title decider at Brands Hatch.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Shedden quickest in practice, Sutton ninth

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden staked his claim to be the fly in the ointment of the 2021 title fight by topping free practice for the final round at Brands Hatch.

Podcast: Previewing the BTCC's Brands Hatch showdown

The curtain will come down on the 2021 British Touring Car Championship this weekend with five drivers in with a mathematical chance of winning the title at Brands Hatch.

The making of the BTCC's newest superstar Plus

The making of the BTCC's newest superstar

Ash Sutton is on the verge of being crowned a three-time British Touring Car Champion; he seems to have it all. But life hasn't always been straightforward for this superstar of touring cars, as Marcus Simmons has been finding out

Donington Park BTCC: Turkington dominates for his 60th win

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington dominated the final race of the penultimate round at Donington Park to record his 60th win in the series.

Ingram stripped of Donington BTCC race 2 win after Shedden contact

Tom Ingram has been stripped of his win in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Donington Park.

Morgan expecting to race BTCC Donington Race 3 after earlier smash 

British Touring Car Championship race winner Adam Morgan is expecting to be on the grid for the final race of the day at Donington Park after his smash in the opener.

Donington Park BTCC: Stunning Ingram charges from 11th to win

Tom Ingram put in a stunning drive from 11th on the grid to take victory in his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Donington Park.

Donington Park BTCC: Shedden fends off Lloyd for victory

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden scored the first win of his comeback season in the series by leading all the way from pole at Donington Park.

Donington Park BTCC: Shedden secures pole position

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden grabbed pole position for the penultimate round of the 2021 series at Donington Park.

Donington Park BTCC: Plato tops practice from Smiley

British Touring Car Championship wins record holder Jason Plato topped free practice for the latest round at Donington Park with a last-ditch effort in the second session.

The green light shining for the BTCC's hybrid future Plus

The green light shining for the BTCC's hybrid future

The Cosworth Electronics-developed BTCC hybrid system made its public debut in the most recent round at Silverstone. It's simple, but could significantly change the series' technical challenges for both the drivers and the teams

Jordan sure he has ‘moved on’ from racing in BTCC

Andrew Jordan, the 2013 British Touring Car champion, says his comeback outing at Silverstone last weekend has reiterated his belief that he has moved on from the series.

The restored BSCC battler back in its family's hands after 50 years Plus

The restored BSCC battler back in its family's hands after 50 years

The Imps of George Bevan became famous in British Saloon Car Championship competition during the early 1970s. Thanks to the efforts of a small band of enthusiasts, including Bevan's grandson Jonathan, one of the ex-Bill McGovern title winners has recently returned to the race track

BTCC Silverstone: Hill passes Lloyd to win Silverstone finale

British Touring Car Championship title contender Jake Hill recovered from a disastrous qualifying and race one of the weekend to win the finale at the Silverstone round.

Silverstone BTCC: Butcher doubles up with race two win

Toyota star Rory Butcher made it two wins out of two in a gripping second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone.

Silverstone BTCC: Butcher takes race one win after pass on Ingram

Toyota’s Rory Butcher recovered from initially losing the lead to win the first British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone.

Jordan “playing it safe” with hybrid in BTCC qualifying

One-time British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan has admitted that the team behind the series’ new hybrid system was playing it safe in qualifying for its race debut at Silverstone.

Silverstone BTCC: Butcher seizes pole as shootout format returns

Rory Butcher claimed his first pole position for Toyota in qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship round at Silverstone.

Silverstone BTCC: Butcher’s Toyota dominates free practice

Toyota ace Rory Butcher was totally dominant in free practice for the British Touring Car Championship round at Silverstone.

Hill believes he can beat Sutton to BTCC title

British Touring Car Championship star Jake Hill believes that the 2021 title is very much on after taking his first win of the season last weekend at Croft.

BTCC teams fined for Croft tyre mix-up

Half of the British Touring Car Championship’s 10 teams have been fined for using the series’ option tyre in the wrong race at Croft last weekend.

Croft BTCC: Turkington cruises to 13th career win in Race 3 at Croft

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington added to his reputation as the ‘King of Croft’ by scoring his 13th BTCC win at the North Yorkshire circuit in the third race of the day.

Croft BTCC: Hill cruises to comprehensive Race 2 victory over Moffat

Jake Hill broke his 2021 wins duck in style in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Croft by sailing to victory as war broke out behind him.

Croft BTCC: Moffat soaks up Hill pressure to win Race 1

Aiden Moffat soaked up massive pressure from Jake Hill at Croft to take his first British Touring Car Championship win in a rear-wheel-drive car.

Croft BTCC: Moffat sweeps to first pole, denying Hill

Aiden Moffat grabbed the first British Touring Car Championship pole position of his career at the culmination of a dramatic qualifying session at Croft.

Croft BTCC: Proctor shades Shedden to top practice times

BTC Racing Honda driver Senna Proctor led the way at his home circuit as the British Touring Car Championship kicked off its Croft round with free practice.

How to become a motorsport technician: Skills, experience & more

We spoke to Charley Webster-Clarke to find out what a motorsport technician does, how to become one, and what skills you need for the job.

Touring car ace and Le Mans class winner Gordon Spice dies

Gordon Spice, a pacesetter in touring cars and world champion in sportscars, has died at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer.

BMW joins BTCC hybrid testing programme

A hybrid-equipped BMW will hit the track next week as the British Touring Car Championship prepares for its new era in 2022.

Shedden and Edwards disagree on Thruxton BTCC crash blame

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden and series rookie Jade Edwards have disagreed on where their blame lies for their heavy shunt at Thruxton last Sunday.

Morgan keeps Thruxton BTCC win despite missing corner

Adam Morgan has kept his win from the final British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton, despite gaining an advantage by bypassing the chicane three laps from the finish.

Thruxton BTCC: Morgan holds off Turkington in Race 3 finale

Ciceley Motorsport BMW racer Adam Morgan held off Colin Turkington to take his second reversed-grid British Touring Car Championship victory of the season in the finale at Thruxton.

Thruxton BTCC: Sutton storms from fifth to win Race 2

Two-time British Touring Car champion and 2021 series leader Ash Sutton put in a masterclass for victory in the second race of the day at Thruxton.

Thruxton BTCC: Cook holds off Hill for Race 1 victory

Thruxton maestro Josh Cook claimed a remarkable seventh British Touring Car Championship win at the Hampshire speedbowl in the first race of the weekend.

Thruxton BTCC: Rowbottom snatches pole from Hill

Team Dynamics Honda racer Dan Rowbottom snatched the second pole position of his British Touring Car Championship career at Thruxton.

Thruxton BTCC: Shedden tops practice from Cook, Jelley shunts

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden stamped in the fastest time across the two free practice sessions at Thruxton.

The increasingly varied CV behind a new BTCC title challenger Plus

The increasingly varied CV behind a new BTCC title challenger

A driver with limited funds behind him, it’s been a tough road to the top of the British Touring Car Championship for Jake Hill. Now he’s a title contender, accomplished historic racer and in-demand coach. It’s a great life for this self-confessed motorsport junkie

Knockhill BTCC: Ingram heads Proctor in final race

Tom Ingram put in a beautifully judged drive from fourth on the grid to take victory in the reversed-grid finale to the British Touring Car Championship round at Knockhill.

Knockhill BTCC: Sutton grabs thrilling last-lap win over Turkington in race two

Ash Sutton won a thrilling battle with Colin Turkington in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Knockhill.

Knockhill BTCC: Turkington dominates opener to take WSR's 100th win

Colin Turkington claimed West Surrey Racing's 100th victory in the British Touring Car Championship after dominating the opening race of the Knockhill weekend.

Knockhill BTCC: Turkington pips Proctor to claim pole

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington bounced back from two tough events to claim pole position for BMW at the Knockhill round.

Knockhill BTCC: Smiley tops dry practice ahead of Cook

Chris Smiley led the way in free practice for the British Touring Car Championship round at Knockhill with a late effort just before the end of the lunchtime session.

Autosport Podcast: Magazine feature special

While Formula 1 embarks on its summer break there are still plenty of motorsport stories to sink your teeth into as evidenced by this week’s edition of Autosport magazine.

Clio ace Rivett makes BTCC return subbing for Neate

Paul Rivett will return to the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill and Thruxton in place of Andy Neate while the Motorbase Performance driver continues his recovery from COVID-19.

What could have been: A rising star's abruptly curtailed tin-top debut

The British Touring Car Championship was enjoying a boom period in 1996, and was an ideal platform for young drivers to benchmark themselves against top-earning tin-top aces. One single-seater star got as close as is possible to making his debut, only for a badly-timed high-speed shunt in a pre-event test to leave that avenue unexplored

Jordan to give BTCC hybrid race debut next month

The British Touring Car Championship’s new-for-2022 hybrid system will make an earlier-than-expected race debut at next month’s Silverstone round.

Butcher: Oulton BTCC win stems from Brands Hatch improvements

Toyota British Touring Car Championship ace Rory Butcher has pinpointed his breakthrough win at Oulton Park to overnight improvements made at the previous round at Brands Hatch.

Full BTCC crowd ‘critical’ for Knockhill, says Shedden

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden has said it was “critical” that Knockhill has been allowed a full crowd for its BTCC round next week.