Touring Car Championship packs grid again

32 cars entered including two new manufacturers.

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The British Touring Car Championship will feature a capacity 32-car grid for the second successive year.

Among the entry for the 2017 version of Britain’s biggest motorsport series will be five official manufacturer teams, the most in 18 years.

Higher standards

The entry list has been unveiled during the 2017 season launch event at Donington Park, and BTCC series director Alan Gow believes this year’s championship will set the bar even higher than the highly successful 2016 season.

“(We have) 16 race winners highlighting the strength in depth of the field. Furthermore, attracting two new manufacturers to the grid demonstrates the ever-growing appeal of the BTCC both on and off the track,” Gow says.

The two new manufacturers are BMW, which has invested in the successful West Surrey Racing team to promote it from constructor to manufacturer status and Vauxhall, PowerMaxed Racing running a pair of Astra cars as part of a fleet deal with the manufacturer.

They join Honda, MG and Subaru in the quest for manufacturer honours, while amongst the 32-car grid a total of 11 brands are represented.

BTCC Ford Vauxhall
New liveries for the Fords, and new cars in the shape of the Vauxhall Astra, for 2017. Photo: Andrew Charman

The 2017 season launches on the strength of a new five-year broadcast agreement with TC channel ITV4, which will broadcast more than seven hours of live coverage from every race day. Tyre supplier Dunlop has also signed a new five-year supply agreement, and is debuting a new tyre design in the 2017 series with a wider tread and revised construction.

“This truly is a golden era for the BTCC and again proves it is the only show in town in British motor sport,” Gow adds. “With so much quality amongst drivers and teams alike, unpredictability is very much the name of the game and that is what keeps the fans coming back for more – in increasingly greater numbers.”

The 2017 BTCC will be contested over 10 weekends beginning at Brands Hatch on 2nd April. The Car Expert will be reporting from every meeting through the season.

BTCC Entry List – 2017

2, Tom Chilton, Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra
3, Mat Jackson, Team Shredded Wheat, Ford Focus
4, Colin Turkington, Team BMW, BMW 125i Sport
5, Rob Collard, Team BMW, BMW 125i Sport
7, Stephen Jelley, Team Parker, Ford Focus
10, Ant Whorton-Eales,, Audi S3
11, Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport, Toyota Avensis
12, Michael Epps, Autoaid/RCIB Insurance, Volkswagen CC
16, Aiden Moffat, Laser Tools Racing, Mercedes A-Class
17, Dave Newsham, BTC Norlin Racing, Chevrolet Cruze
18, Senna Proctor, Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra
20, James Cole, Adrian Flux Subaru, Subaru Levorg
22, Chris Smiley, BTC Norlin Racing, Chevrolet Cruze
23, Daniel Lloyd, MG Racing RCIB, MG6GT
24, Jake Hill, TAG Racing, Volkswagen CC
25, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
28, Josh Price, BMR Racing Academy, Subaru Levorg
30, Martin Depper, Team Shredded Wheat , Ford Focus
31, Jack Goff, Eurotech Racing, Honda Civic Type R
33, Adam Morgan, Ciceley Motorsport, Mercedes A-Class
40, Aron Taylor-Smith, MG Racing RCIB, MG6GT
48, Ollie Jackson,, Audi S3
52, Gordon Shedden, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
55, Jeff Smith, Eurotech Racing, Honda Civic Type R
61, Will Burns, Autoaid/RCIB, Volkswagen CC
66, Josh Cook, Team Parker, Ford Focus
77, Andrew Jordan, BMW Pirtek Racing, BMW 125i M Sport
80, Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis
99, Jason Plato, Adrian Flux Subaru , Subaru Levorg
116, Ashley Sutton, Adrian Flux Subaru, Subaru Levorg
300, Luke Davenport, Team Shredded Wheat, Ford Focus
303, Matt Simpson, Simpson Racing, Honda Civic Type R

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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