BTCC returns to British Grand Prix bill

The British Touring Car Championship will return to the British Grand Prix support card after an absence of seven years in 2004. A non-championship event will be held on July 10/11 at Silverstone next year, subject to approval by Formula One Management

BTCC returns to British Grand Prix bill

The 2004 BTCC season is provisionally scheduled to begin on Easter Sunday at Thruxton and could also see the championship returning to Scotland, depending on further negotiations. These are the latest moves created by returning series director Alan Gow, who has already announced that European Touring Car Championship-spec cars will be eligible for the BTCC next season.

"Traditionally, Touring Cars supported the British Grand Prix as a non-championship event, so it would be a real coup for us to resume this for 2004 and another extremely positive step forward," said Gow. "I wanted to release a provisional calendar early to help the existing teams, and all other British motorsport championships, to firm up their plans for next season. The fantastic event schedule I've been able to propose for next year is also another compelling proposition for potential new BTCC entrants."

Gow has also left the door open to a return to Knockhill next June, but that race could instead be held at Rockingham - which holds its first ever BTCC event this weekend.


Thruxton
Brands Hatch*
Silverstone
Oulton Park
Mondello Park
Rockingham or Knockhill
British GP, Silverstone**
Croft
Brands Hatch
Snetterton
Donington Park

* - Champ Car World Series support race
** - non-championship event subject to FOM approval

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