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Marcus Simmons

Marcus Simmons is the Deputy Editor of Autosport magazine. As a child he was a regular on the chalk banks of Thruxton – hence his unhealthy obsession with 1970s Formula 2 and F3 – before he became an MSA timekeeper at the age of 17. At 19, his reporting debut for Motoring News arguably overshadowed Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal as the sporting moment of June 1986, and he joined the staff in 1990 after graduating from his degree course in Plymouth. A parallel Formula First career – which was as incident-packed as his childhood exploits in show-jumping and hunter trials – finished when he wrote off his car and put himself in hospital in 1991.

Marcus moved to Autosport in the summer of 1996. Since then he has had two stints as a freelancer and a brief spell as editor of Motor Sport magazine, during which the revered green cover was revived, before he rejoined Autosport in 2008. He lives in Teddington with his wife (who, gratifyingly, grew up within earshot of Castle Combe), daughter, stepson, dog, cat and guitars, and additionally has an adult daughter and stepson.

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Is this the most road-relevant touring car series around?

Touring car devotees have long trumpeted the discipline for its road-relevance. Now that manufacturers are increasingly going electric, how is ETCR getting on in its first season as an FIA World Cup?

Legends aces leap up Autosport National Driver Rankings

Another week and it was another strong performance from Legends drivers as Will Gibson and Miles Rudman have now become Lucky Khera's closest rivals in Autosport's National Driver Rankings.

Turkington, Lloyd okay for BTCC Croft after massive Oulton Park shunt

Colin Turkington and Dan Lloyd will be in action for this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship round at Croft despite heavy damage in their accident last time out at Oulton Park.

Hayward retakes second in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Clubmans racer Michelle Hayward has reclaimed second place in Autosport's National Driver Rankings, while a host of Legends drivers have marched up the leaderboard.

Lloyd could be forced out of rest of BTCC season after heavy smash

British Touring Car Championship ace Dan Lloyd says there is doubt over the remainder of his season following his massive crash at Oulton Park on Sunday.

BTCC Oulton Park: Jelley wins after massive multi-car first-lap shunt Oulton Park
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BTCC Oulton Park: Jelley wins after massive multi-car first-lap shunt

Stephen Jelley won the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Oulton Park as a first-lap smash knocked three of the four main title contenders out of contention.

BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram beats Sutton in Race 2 for Oulton double Oulton Park
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BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram beats Sutton in Race 2 for Oulton double

Tom Ingram made it two wins out of two on the day at Oulton Park to move into the joint lead of the British Touring Car Championship with Josh Cook.

BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram dominates Race 1 to end jinx Oulton Park
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BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram dominates Race 1 to end jinx

Tom Ingram dominated an otherwise entertaining British Touring Car Championship opening race at Oulton Park to end his jinx at the Cheshire venue.

BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram overcomes late qualifying pause to grab pole

Tom Ingram took pole position at Oulton Park on what is traditionally his jinx circuit for the fourth round of the British Touring Car Championship.

BTCC Oulton Park: Rowbottom tops free practice from Cook and Ingram

Hondas were to the fore in free practice for the Oulton Park round of the British Touring Car Championship, with Dan Rowbottom setting the quickest time across the two sessions.

Six Black wins takes Legends racer to second in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Autosport National Driver Rankings leader Lucky Khera may have added another two wins last weekend, but Stewart Black was the star of the show, taking an incredible six victories.

How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future Plus

How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

Cockell muscles his way into fifth in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Modified Fords racer Dave Cockell has stormed up to fifth place in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after his latest two victories at Donington Park last weekend.

Donington GP circuit back on BTCC calendar in 2023

The Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit will feature on the British Touring Car Championship calendar next season after an absence of 20 years.

BTCC Thruxton: Morgan beats Turkington in race three BMW 1-2 Thruxton
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BTCC Thruxton: Morgan beats Turkington in race three BMW 1-2

Adam Morgan took his first British Touring Car Championship win of the season at Thruxton after leading the reversed-grid race from start to finish.

BTCC Thruxton: Cook takes record ninth Thruxton win Thruxton
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BTCC Thruxton: Cook takes record ninth Thruxton win

New British Touring Car Championship leader Josh Cook added yet another Thruxton win to his tally in the second race of the day after a stunning move on Jake Hill on the opening lap.

BTCC Thruxton: Josh Cook takes record eighth Thruxton win Thruxton
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BTCC Thruxton: Josh Cook takes record eighth Thruxton win

Josh Cook took the lead of the British Touring Car Championship with victory in the first race of the day at Thruxton.

BTCC Thruxton: Circuit specialist Cook romps to pole ahead of Hill

Josh Cook maintained his reputation as the king of Thruxton by grabbing pole position for the third round of the British Touring Car Championship at the Hampshire speedbowl.

BTCC Thruxton: Cook fastest from BTC Honda team-mate Plato in practice

Thruxton maestro Josh Cook emerged fastest across two sessions of free practice for the third round of the British Touring Car Championship at the Hampshire venue.

Hayward hares up to second in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Clubmans Sports Prototype racer Michelle Hayward has stormed into second place in the Autosport National Driver Rankings after taking three more class wins at Brands Hatch last weekend.

Khera adds to win tally, Hickton into second in Autosport National Driver Rankings

A win in the British Endurance Championship for Lucky Khera improved his total at the head of the Autosport National Driver Rankings, while behind youngster Harry Hickton has become his nearest challenger

BTC team hail Cook’s Brands Hatch BTCC defensive masterclass

BTC Racing has hailed Josh Cook’s victory in the second race at Brands Hatch last weekend as one of the finest defensive performances in British Touring Car Championship history.

Top five Spanish F1 drivers ranked: Alonso, Sainz and more

As Formula 1 heads to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix, we take a look at the homegrown talent that has graced the championship over the years

BTCC Brands Hatch: Turkington dominates safety car interrupted finale

Colin Turkington dominated the final British Touring Car Championship race of a wet day at Brands Hatch to lead home a BMW 1-2.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Cook doubles up with lights-to-flag drive

Josh Cook put in an exquisite performance to make it two wins out of two in the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit round of the British Touring Car Championship after soaking up race-long pressure.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Turkington heads BMW top four, Sutton struggles

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington led a BMW top-four lockout of qualifying for the second round of the 2022 season at Brands Hatch.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Jelley heads Crees in unfamiliar practice top 10

Stephen Jelley led a shake-up of the British Touring Car Championship order by topping free practice for the second round on the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.

Hybrid rules tweaked for BTCC Brands Indy round

The British Touring Car Championship’s hybrid-deployment rules have been tweaked for this weekend’s second round at Brands Hatch.

Friday favourite: The "rollercoaster" track with a "mix of everything"

The Algarve Circuit near Portimao has added Formula 1, MotoGP and DTM to its repertoire in recent years, but hasn't yet formed part of the British Touring Car Championship calendar. But despite never racing there, BTCC ace Josh Cook is quick to choose the swooping Portuguese track as his favourite

How the BTCC's new hybrid era aced its first test

Expectations were high for the start of the British Touring Car Championship’s hybrid power era, and despite nerves and problems to solve prior to its debut the new rules gained widespread approval. Here’s how the first test at Donington Park was passed and the thorough examinations that are to follow

BTCC Donington: Hill recovers to dominate final race Donington Park
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BTCC Donington: Hill recovers to dominate final race

Jake Hill dominated the final race of the opening round of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park to complete his recovery from a disastrous start to the day.

BTCC Donington Park: Shedden pips Ingram to race two victory Donington Park
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BTCC Donington Park: Shedden pips Ingram to race two victory

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden pipped Tom Ingram to honours in the second race of the opening round of the 2022 season at Donington Park.

WSR drops appeal over Hill BTCC race one exclusion Donington Park
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WSR drops appeal over Hill BTCC race one exclusion

BMW team West Surrey Racing elected not to appeal Jake Hill’s exclusion from third place in the opening British Touring Car Championship race of the season at Donington Park.

BTCC Donington Park: Ingram wins first race of new hybrid era Donington Park
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BTCC Donington Park: Ingram wins first race of new hybrid era

Tom Ingram took victory in the first race of the British Touring Car Championship’s new hybrid era at Donington Park with his Hyundai.

TOCA engine customers given power boost

Cars using the British Touring Car Championship’s new-for-2022 TOCA customer engine have been given a boost increase for the opening Donington Park round, but some say it’s still not enough.

Motorbase confident it can repair Cammish's Ford after fire in BTCC qualifying

Motorbase Performance is confident it can repair the Ford Focus ST of Dan Cammish after it was engulfed in fire during qualifying for the opening round of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park.

BTCC Donington: Hill takes first hybrid pole, Cammish escapes fire

Jake Hill narrowly headed a BMW 1-2 in qualifying at Donington Park to make the perfect start to his maiden season in rear-wheel-drive machinery in the British Touring Car Championship.

BTCC Donington Park: Ingram’s Hyundai tops practice with lap record pace

British Touring Car Championship nearly-man Tom Ingram set a superb lap to top free practice for the opening round of the 2022 series at Donington Park.

The five BTCC plotlines to follow in 2022

The big talking point for the British Touring Car Championship during the build-up to this weekend’s Donington Park season opener has been the introduction of the new Cosworth hybrid system.

Goff splits with Team Hard on eve of the BTCC season

Five-time British Touring Car Championship race winner Jack Goff has split with Team Hard on the eve of the 2022 season, which starts this weekend at Donington Park.

The Ford BTCC superteam combining two reigning TOCA champions Plus

The Ford BTCC superteam combining two reigning TOCA champions

Reigning BTCC champion Ash Sutton and Porsche Carrera Cup GB victor Dan Cammish form a potent line-up at the Motorbase-run NAPA Racing team as the series adopts hybrid power. With Sutton bringing the key components of his title-winning Laser Tools Racing set-up, and Cammish eager to prove a point on his return, their dynamic is set to be one of the season's major talking points

New BTCC customer engines could get power boost for 2022

Teams using the British Touring Car Championship’s new-for-2022 customer engine could be in line for an increase in boost before next week’s opening round at Donington Park.

BTCC reveals hybrid penalty figures

The British Touring Car Championship has revealed the hybrid deployment limitations that have replaced success ballast for the 2022 season.

Sutton's Ford quickest in final BTCC pre-season test

Reigning British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton led the way at Thruxton in the series’ final pre-season test before the 2022 campaign kicks off.

How fast is an F1 car compared to IndyCar, WEC, Super Formula and more

Right, time to settle some arguments. Where do the world’s and UK’s leading categories stack up on lap time? Here’s our take on it, using data from 2021

Turkington and BMW top first test of hybrid BTCC era

Four-time champion Colin Turkington topped the first pre-season British Touring Car Championship test of the hybrid era at Donington Park with his BMW.

Cook stays at BTC Racing for BTCC 2022 season, Plato tests team's Honda

Leading British Touring Car Championship contender Josh Cook is remaining at BTC Racing for 2022, and the team is also testing with two-time champion Jason Plato at Donington Park.

Edwards remains with BTC Racing Honda team for 2022 BTCC

Second-generation British Touring Car Championship racer Jade Edwards will remain with BTC Racing for her second season in the series this year.

Ex-McLaren customer chief Buxton becomes BTC team boss in BTCC

Title-contending British Touring Car Championship team BTC Racing has installed former McLaren head of customer racing Danny Buxton as its new team principal and managing director.

The hurdles that threatened young Verstappen's irrepressible rise Plus

The hurdles that threatened young Verstappen's irrepressible rise

Max Verstappen blazed a trail through karting and Formula 3, with ferocious support from his father Jos. But for all his obvious talent, which earned the future world champion a 2015 Formula 1 drive after just a single year in car racing, the ride to get him there wasn’t always an easy one

Tim Jackson obituary: Long-time head of Renault UK motorsport dies aged 68

While he didn’t have the highest of profiles, Tim Jackson, who died earlier this week aged 68, was one of the most influential figures in British motorsport for over two decades.

Smiley seeks BTCC 2022 seat as Butel confirmed in Hyundai

British Touring Car Championship race winner Chris Smiley is still working to remain in the series after Jack Butel was confirmed for the final Excelr8 Motorsport seat for 2022.

Thompson returns to BTCC in Team Hard Cupra

Tin-top racer Bobby Thompson will return to the British Touring Car Championship this season for the first time since his massive crash at Croft in 2020 cut that campaign short.

Hyundais to run bespoke engine in BTCC

Excelr8 Motorsport has revealed that it has committed to running a bespoke Hyundai engine for its four-car attack on this year’s British Touring Car Championship.

Parfitt switches to Infiniti for 2022 BTCC

Two-time British GT champion Rick Parfitt Jr has switched to Team Hard for his second season in the British Touring Car Championship.

Magazine: Who's hot and who's not in F1 2022 testing?

Formula 1 2022 burst into action at last week’s Barcelona test, and we’ve got extensive coverage of the action from the Circuit de Catalunya in this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (3 March).

Vauxhall BTCC squad signs Crees as first 2022 driver

Vauxhall team Power Maxed Racing has secured its first driver for the 2022 British Touring Car Championship season by signing Michael Crees.

Gamble lands BMW seat for BTCC debut

Ex-Porsche Carrera Cup GB ace George Gamble has secured a British Touring Car Championship seat with Ciceley Motorsport after a layoff from racing.

Butcher stays to lead Toyota BTCC line-up

British Touring Car Championship leading light Rory Butcher will remain at official Toyota squad Speedworks Motorsport for 2022 and believes he can challenge for the title.

Turkington and Jelley remain with BMW squad for 2022 BTCC season

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington will continue to lead the West Surrey Racing-run official BMW squad for the 2022 season.