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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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The merger that levels the junior single-seater playing field Plus

The merger that levels the junior single-seater playing field

The hideous chain of decisions that led to Formula Renault competing with Formula Regional for two years has been reversed. Now one massive grid of future stars is getting ready for F1 support action

BTCC race winners get first taste of new machinery in Brands test

A gaggle of British Touring Car Championship race winners all got their hands on new machinery at Brands Hatch this week, as testing burst into life prior to the 2021 season.

Butcher confident after first Toyota BTCC test

British Touring Car Championship ace Rory Butcher says he is already confident to push at the front of the field with Speedworks Motorsport’s Toyota Corolla after his first day of testing.

Plato back on track after one-year absence

British Touring Car Championship wins record holder Jason Plato says everything “came flooding back” on his first outing behind the wheel of a BTCC car for 53 weeks.

Hamilton takes final Hard Cupra seat, completing 2021 BTCC grid

Nic Hamilton has secured the final Team Hard Cupra seat for this year’s British Touring Car Championship. 

Rowbottom joins Dynamics in BTCC as Neal takes sabbatical

Three-time British Touring Car champion Matt Neal will take a sabbatical from driving this season as Dan Rowbottom returns to the series to join Gordon Shedden at Team Dynamics.

BTCC makes further tweaks to 2021 calendar

The British Touring Car Championship will have a five-week gap between its opening two rounds in 2021 following the latest round of revisions to the schedule.

Ingram: Hyundai BTCC car “felt brilliant” on first test

British Touring Car Championship star Tom Ingram has completed his first test since his switch to Hyundai machinery and says “the car felt brilliant from the start”.

The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years Plus

The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years

It’s four decades since one of UK motorsport’s most successful teams made its debut at Silverstone in British Formula 3. Now it’s top dog in the BTCC, time to blow out some candles with boss Dick Bennetts

Why the BTCC elite should fear Shedden's return Plus

Why the BTCC elite should fear Shedden's return

OPINION: The British Touring Car Championship Lord taketh away Dan Cammish, then giveth Gordon Shedden. That means substituting what would have been a future champion with an all-time series great with a point to prove on his return

Lloyd gets full-season BTCC chance in Vauxhall

British Touring Car Championship race winner Daniel Lloyd is to make a surprise return to the series for this season with the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall team.

Shedden to make BTCC return with Dynamics Honda

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden is to return to the series this season with Team Dynamics at the wheel of a Honda Civic Type R.

Team Dynamics coy on Shedden BTCC return talk

Top British Touring Car Championship squad Team Dynamics has refused to comment on speculation that three-time series champion Gordon Shedden could replace Dan Cammish this year.

Cammish out of Dynamics BTCC driver line-up for 2021

Honda British Touring Car Championship star Dan Cammish will no longer be a part of the Team Dynamics line-up in 2021

Ferrari F1 test driver Ilott to race in GT World Challenge Europe in 2021

New Ferrari Formula 1 test driver Callum Ilott will race for the Italian manufacturer in this year's GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup with the Iron Lynx squad

The BTCC Brexit that's thrived for a decade Plus

The BTCC Brexit that's thrived for a decade

It won't be long until the current BTCC rules become the longest-lasting the series has ever had. The NGTC regulations are due to celebrate their tenth birthday this year and while not totally perfect for everyone, have been a huge success

Carlin's greatest F1 graduates ranked Plus

Carlin's greatest F1 graduates ranked

Carlin has helped guide enough drivers to Formula 1 to fill out an entire grid, plus a handful of reserves, to create a remarkable alumni list. With Yuki Tsunoda set to join that group, Autosport has ranked its graduates to grace the grand prix scene

Stephen Jelley completes West Surrey Racing BMW line-up in BTCC for 2021

Triple British Touring Car Championship race winner Stephen Jelley has returned to the West Surrey Racing BMW squad for 2021 after an 11-year absence from the team

The meteoric rise of F1's first 21st century-born racer Plus

The meteoric rise of F1's first 21st century-born racer

New AlphaTauri Formula 1 recruit Yuki Tsunoda has had a sensational rise during his F2 rookie season. But what makes him so special? Autosport ask those he's worked with, and the man himself

Tom Oliphant remains with West Surrey Racing BMW in BTCC for 2021

British Touring Car Championship race winner Tom Oliphant will remain on board at the West Surrey Racing-run BMW squad for a third season this year

F3 ace Sargeant eyes sportscar switch

FIA Formula 3 Championship star Logan Sargeant is weighing up a switch to sports-prototype or GT racing because he is short of budget to continue in single-seaters

Jackson joins Hill as Ford BTCC squad reveals full driver line-up

Two-time British Touring Car Championship race winner Ollie Jackson will join Jake Hill in the MB Motorsport Ford line-up for 2021.

Extra BTCC ballast no concern as Turkington stays at West Surrey Racing BMW

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington will remain with the West Surrey Racing-run BMW team for 2021 - his 14th season under the WSR umbrella

Ex-F1 racer Merhi in frame for F2 return for 2021

Ex-Marussia Formula 1 and Mercedes DTM racer Roberto Merhi is in the frame to return to Formula 2 this season after a two-year absence

Butcher to lead two-car Toyota BTCC effort alongside Smelt for 2021

Six-time British Touring Car Championship race winner Rory Butcher will lead an expanded two-car Toyota line-up run by Speedworks Motorsport this season

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

Plato to make 2021 BTCC return with PMR Vauxhall squad

British Touring Car Championship wins record holder Jason Plato has put a stop to rumours that he would not return to the series in 2021.

Goodyear extends BTCC supply run to 24 years with new deal

Tyre giant Goodyear has extended its deal to supply the British Touring Car Championship for five more seasons to continue what will be an unbroken 24-year association

Ingram to lead Hyundai BTCC squad Excelr8 in 2021 after move from Toyota

British Touring Car Championship star Tom Ingram will line up in a Hyundai this season at the start of what has been described as a "multi-year agreement" with Excelr8 Motorsport

Team Parker's BTCC absence in 2021 will be 'short term'

Team Parker Racing says its absence from the British Touring Car Championship entry list from 2021 will be "short term" and it could build a new car when it returns

Smiley faces second season with Excelr8 Hyundai BTCC team

British Touring Car Championship race winner Chris Smiley is to remain with the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai squad for a second season in 2021

BTCC season delayed by five weeks as series issues revised calendar

The British Touring Car Championship has delayed the start of its 2021 season by five weeks in the midst of the UK's current struggle with the coronavirus pandemic

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

Toyota squad expands to two-car BTCC attack for 2021

The Speedworks Motorsport squad which fields Toyota's British Touring Car Championship entry is to expand to two cars for the 2021 season

Tony Vlassopulos obituary: F1 team boss and Ron Dennis backer dies aged 89

A significant figure in future McLaren supremo Ron Dennis's formative years as a team owner, and himself briefly the head of a Formula 1 squad, Tony Vlassopulos died recently. He was 89

Motorbase Performance taken over by rival BTCC team AmD

Leading British Touring Car Championship squad Motorbase Performance has been sold in what amounts to a merger with the rival AmD-run MB Motorsport squad

Obituary: Brian Jones - 1935-2021

A jovial, warm-hearted character who became celebrated as 'The Voice of Brands', veteran circuit commentator Brian Jones died on New Year's Day. He was 85

Ingram splits from Toyota team after seven seasons together in BTCC

British Touring Car Championship star Tom Ingram and Toyota squad Speedworks Motorsport are parting company after seven seasons together

Carlin: Tsunoda can push AlphaTauri F1 team-mate Gasly

New AlphaTauri Formula 1 recruit Yuki Tsunoda will be pushing team-mate Pierre Gasly hard within a few races next season, predicts his Formula 2 team boss Trevor Carlin

The top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020 Plus

The top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020

The 2020 British Touring Car Championship will go down as a classic in which new winners graced the top step of the podium and an unloved chassis was resurrected into a champion. But who were the year's top performers?

Sutton to defend BTCC title with new Laser Tools-Team Hard alliance

Reigning British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton will remain at the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti squad for 2021 as part of an expanded three-car line-up.

Taylor-Smith makes BTCC return in Team Hard Cupra

Four-time British Touring Car Championship race winner Aron Taylor-Smith is to return to the series in 2021

Autosport 70: How an Australian superstar bowed out in style

When one of the most famous names in Australian motorsport began to say goodbye to competing, it gave Peter Brock a chance to reflect on his life and times in the spotlight, as Autosport reported in the 6 November 1997 issue of the magazine

National Driver Rankings: Prebble snatches top spot in final standings

Gary Prebble has snatched top spot in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after the final weekend of UK circuit racing in 2020

The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020 Plus

The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020

The Infiniti Q50 was completely redesigned, redeveloped and revamped by BMR and Laser Tools Racing for 2020. And the flamboyant brilliance of the driver behind the wheel was enough to snatch the title at the last gasp

Taylor eyes new BTCC role after BTC Racing split

Long-time British Touring Car Championship team boss Bert Taylor has said he is aiming to stay in the series after parting ways with the BTC Racing squad he founded

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

Conway and Blundell to race Double R-restored Group 2 Escort in 2021

Newly crowned World Endurance champion Mike Conway and 1992 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Mark Blundell are to team up to race a famous Group 2 Ford Escort next season

BTCC increases success ballast for 2021 season

The British Touring Car Championship has increased success ballast back to its 2015-18 levels for the 2021 season following a teams' meeting

Bahrain F2: Schumacher clinches title as Daruvala claims maiden win

Mick Schumacher wrapped up the FIA Formula 2 Championship in a spellbinding series finale on the Bahrain International Circuit's outer loop that was won by Jehan Daruvala

Bahrain F2: Tsunoda wins in thriller as Schumacher salvages sixth

Yuki Tsunoda secured the top-four position in the FIA Formula 2 Championship he needs to gain enough superlicence points for a Formula 1 graduation with victory in the Bahrain feature race

Bahrain F2: Tsunoda takes pole, Schumacher 18th after Nissany clash

Red Bull and Honda junior Yuki Tsunoda has retained his very slender chance of winning the FIA Formula 2 Championship by taking pole position for the final round in Bahrain

Sakhir F2: Tsunoda heads practice on Bahrain Outer Loop

Honda and Red Bull Junior Yuki Tsunoda gave himself a boost by topping free practice for the final round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship in Bahrain

Bahrain F2: Shwartzman streaks to sprint race win, Schumacher extends points lead

Ferrari junior Robert Shwartzman took a lights-to-flag win in Bahrain's Formula 2 sprint race, as an incident involving the main title rivals swung the advantage back in Mick Schumacher's favour

Bahrain F2: Drugovich wins opener as Ilott closes gap to Schumacher

Felipe Drugovich took a superb maiden FIA Formula 2 Championship feature-race victory at the Bahrain International Circuit, as second-placed Callum Ilott made further inroads into Mick Schumacher's points lead

Bahrain F2: Ilott claims pole, points leader Schumacher 10th

Callum Ilott cut four points from fellow Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher's FIA Formula 2 Championship advantage by claiming a clear pole position in qualifying at the Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain F2: Mazepin tops disrupted practice

Nikita Mazepin topped a stop-start free practice session for the penultimate round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship on the Bahrain International Circuit.

Turkington meets Rouse: The BTCC's greatest in conversation Plus

Turkington meets Rouse: The BTCC's greatest in conversation

The two four-time British Touring Car champions discovered they had far more in common than they realised when Autosport brought them together to discuss all things tin-top for its 70th anniversary special earlier this year

Ciceley replaces Mercedes with BMW for 2021 BTCC campaign

British Touring Car Championship loyalist Ciceley Motorsport will replace its old Mercedes A-Class machinery with new BMW 330i M Sport cars next season

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going