BTCC Thruxton, Tom Ingram scores double; Josh Cook breaks victory duck.

BTCC once again visits the fastest circuit in the UK, the fearsome Thruxton. The weekend would see a returning BTCC stalwart, Tom Onslow-Cole racing for Team HARD & in the following round at Silverstone. Onslow-Cole more recently has plied his trade in GT3 cars, competing with plenty of success with Ram Racing in recent times. The big driver news was fan favourite Jade Edwards. Jade has worked tirelessly for many years with plenty of success in junior formulas, but finally Jade realises her dream of becoming a BTCC driver. Jade…

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Goodyear blimp returns to Europe

The iconic Goodyear Blimp will be present in Europe once again. It will gets its debut this weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and will then fly on to the 24 hours at the Nürburgring next weekend. It’s been 35 years since it has last flown in Europe. Since then it’s primarily been present at NASCAR races, where they are the tire suppliers. It even made an appearance in the Disney movie Cars – without Goodyear branding though. The Blimp itself is made by Zeppelin and is 75…

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BTCC Knockhill, Ash Sutton claims back to back wins & Rory Butcher wins on home turf.

The fifth round of the 2020 BTCC championship sees the sole Scottish round on the championship, at the undulating Knockhill circuit. Race 1 would see Ash Sutton from pole position, the Laser Tools Infiniti working well on the undulating rollercoaster that is Knockhill. The race start saw Sutton leap away from Jake Hill’s FK2 Honda Civic Type R which qualified in second place, a fast starting Colin Turkington was able to leapfrog Hill’s Honda.  Hill was able to challenge Turkington’s BMW 330 for second position briefly, but a charging Dan…

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BTCC Oulton Park – 3 winners and a disqualification

The third round of the 2020 BTCC season fires into life at the beautiful parkland circuit of Oulton Park in Cheshire. Once again, the BTCC being held behind closed doors due to the ongoing Covid19 restrictions. The weekend also saw the return of the PMR Vauxhall Astra to the grid, PMR announcing prior to the start of the post covid season they would only contest selected events. Mike Bushell fills PMR’s sole seat for the weekend. Saturday saw a mix or wet and dry running, with Rory Butcher clinching a…

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BTCC Brands Hatch. Cammish, Turkington and Oliphant victorious in blistering brands heat.

The second round of the BTCC’s condensed schedule gets underway this weekend at the Brands Hatch GP circuit. It marks a change to proceedings, the precovid BTCC calendar would have seen round 2 taking place on the quickfire Brands Hatch indy layout; instead, the weekends racing will take place on the fast, flowing GP layout. Saturday saw Rory Butcher clinch pole position for Race 1 on Sunday, giving the new Ford Focus ST its maiden pole position and continuing to show the strong potential of Motorbase’s new chariot. Race 1,…

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BTCC Donington Park, Cammish, Turkington and Sutton triumph.

294 days, that’s how long it has been since the last BTCC race meeting. The recent, and continuing Covid19 has pushed back the start of the BTCC season by over 4 months, but finally, it’s back for the opening round at Donington Park. There was drama before the weekend began however. A late decision by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports saw fans denied the opportunity to attend the season opener. Fans were disappointed, but due to a resurgence in Covid19 cases, Toca & MSV had…

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BTCC Snetterton test & news round up, Rory Butcher fastest as a new age dawns.

The 7th and 8th of July saw the first track running for the BTCC since the Covid affected media day at Silverstone on March 16th, yes it really has been that long. It was also the dawn of a new age in the BTCC, whilst much has been made of the upcoming hybrid regulations, the two day test was the first running of the new Toyota Corolla Hybrid. Whilst the car is at the beginning of a long and exhaustive development programme, it was a historic moment being the first…

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M-Sport announced as new BTCC control engine partner.

After a long period of conjecture as to who would be selected to provide the coveted TOCA control engine in the BTCC, we finally have the answer. M-Sport, the group behind Ford’s WRC programme and Bentley’s GT3 programme have been selected to provide the TOCA control engine.  M-Sports announcement comes amid news that they will also cancel their Intercontinental GT Challenge programme with Bentley with immediate effect, this piece of news breaking shortly after the TOCA engine deal being announced. M-Sport’s new engine will compete from 2022-2026, which will also…

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Revised BTCC 2020 calendar unveiled.

In a day wrought with motorsport announcements, some good; Formula 1 targeting a return to racing at the Red Bull Ring in July and some not so good; Audi departing DTM after 2020, leaving DTM with a calamitous situation to deal with from 2021 onwards. One of the biggest pieces of news though; Toca, organisers of the BTCC announced a revised calendar which will hopefully see the first race action for the series in 2020. The news followed shortly after the announcement that the British Grand Prix is slated to…

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Audi ends DTM commitment after 2020

After many months of speculations, it’s now official: Audi Sport will pull out of DTM following the 2020 season. It’s been on the cards since August 2018, where they aired some discomfort about the series, and put its organisation, ITR under a lot of pressure. The announcement followed Mercedes-AMG pulling out of DTM at the end of 2018, with Audi putting out the ultimatum of a third constructor had to be entered at the start of the 2020 season, or they would be gone too. R-Motorsport appeared for the 2019…

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Kubica in private BMW

Robert Kubica will be running in the DTM 2020 in a private BMW M4 DTM. The 35-year-old Polish driver will race for ART Grand Prix, entering a single car, so we get to a total of seven BMW cars this year. Kubica has most recently raced in Formula 1 for Williams F1 Team, after being out of single-seaters for almost ten years due to his series accident in a rally car. While Kubica hasn’t raced in DTM previously, he did two seasons for Formula 3 Euro Series, which was a…

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BMW signs sixth driver for DTM

BMW has signed their sixth driver for the DTM 2020 season. That will be South African racer Jonathan Aberdein, who will make the switch from Audi Sport Team WRT last year, into the BMW M4 DTM for 2020. He will race for the Bavarian car manufacturer alongside Timo Glock, Marco Wittmann, Philipp Eng, Lucas Auer and his fellow countryman Sheldon van der Linde. There were rumours about Robert Kubica getting the last seat, after he tested for BMW in December, but that won’t happen – at least not for now.…

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No changes at Audi

Audi Sport will continue unchanged in the 2020 DTM season. After several months of speculation about the team and their involvement in the series, they have confirmed that there are no changes regarding the 6 “works-seats”. It will once again be double DTM Champion Rene Rast, DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller, FIA WEC World Champion Loic Duval plus Robin Frijns, Nico Müller and Jamie Green, who will race for Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi Sport Team Phoenix and Audi Sport Abt Sportsline. In addition to that, Audi Sport Team WRT will…

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R-Motorsport pulls the plug on DTM programme

R-Motorsport has chosen to end their DTM commitment, after only a single season. The Swiss team made a very swift entry to the German series, following the departure of Mercedes-AMG pulling out at the end of 2019. R-Motorsport struck a deal with HWA, who build and ran the Mercedes cars, but since they had close ties to Aston Martin, they got an AM body shell on the Dallara chassis, so it looked like a Vantage. The team had a lot of technical issues, with only a few highlights, where they…

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Autosport international Show 2020 and the big BTCC catch up.

The Autosport international show rolled in its traditional venue of the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in the UK, once again providing fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and people behind many different championships.  There were a number of headline events for fans to enjoy, from the Live Action Arena where a huge variety of cars would complete demonstrations in one of the largest indoor areas in Europe, to driver forums and team and driver announcements ahead of the start of the 2020…

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BMW announces 5 DTM drivers

BMW Motorsport has announced five out of their six drivers for the DTM 2020. Marco Wittmann, Timo Glock, Philipp Eng and Sheldon van der Linde will all be back in a BMW M4 DTM car. Lucas Auer is the new driver at BMW, after previously racing at Mercedes in the series. He went to Japan in 2019 but will be back on the Mid-European racing tracks again, after striking a deal with BMW Motorsport boss, Jens Marquardt. Auer managed seventy-three DTM starts for the three-pointed star, but he will have…

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BMW confirms IMSA drivers

BMW Team RLL has confirmed the 8 drivers, who are going to race for them in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020. The majority of the drivers are well-known faces, but Bruno Spengler will be the new full-season driver in #25, saying goodbye to DTM after 15 seasons for BMW and Mercedes. Spengler will share BMW M8 GTE #25 with Connor De Phillippi throughout the season, with added help from Philipp Eng and Colton Herta i #25 during the Daytona 24 Hours. John Edwards and Jesse Krohn will continue working…

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Jones and Scherer to DTM

WRT Team Audi Sport has announced their two drivers for DTM 2020. Ed Jones and Fabio Scherer will be the two drivers for the Audi RS5 DTM cars. Jones has raced in NTT IndyCar Series for the previous seasons, following the same path as Pietro Fittipaldi, who did the same in 2019. Jones is born in Dubai, but by British parents, and has lived in the USA for the last few years. He did some years for smaller teams, where he did quite well and got awarded with a seat…

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BMW invites Kubica and Yelloly

BMW has invited Robert Kubica and Nick Yelloly for a 4-day test in Spain. The two drivers will test one of the BMW DTM cars, at the traditional winter test, which usually is run in November or December. Jerez will host the test. The test runs a little later this year since the teams had to make their way home from Japan, where they did the common race with the Japanese Super GT series. Yelloly won the Chinese GT Championship for FIST-Team AAI, and got the DTM test as an…

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BTCC 2020 rule tweaks announced, changes to tyres, ballast & qualifying.

In preparation for the upcoming 2020 season TOCA, the governing body for the BTCC have announced a raft of rule changes and tweaks. The biggest change for 2020 will be the change from long standing tyre partner Dunlop over to Goodyear for the 2020 season. There are further changes relating to the tyre regulations for next year, teams will be required to run all 3 tyre compounds at Snetterton like in this years edition, but this will be replicated at Croft for the 2020 season. Additional changes include changes to…

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