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British Touring Car Championship

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The British Touring Car Championship was founded in 1958; it was originally called the British Saloon Car Championship it was renamed to The British Touring Car Championship for the 1987 season. And is much loved by racing enthusiasts from all over the world. It is a touring car racing series that is held every year in the United Kingdom, it is currently organised by TOCA.
Traditionally great British names have been involved such as Austin, Mini, Jaguar and Triumph, with top drivers behind the wheel. Each was aware of the importance of using the British Touring Car Championship to show off their latest models.
The British Touring Car Championship was beginning to grow with regular television coverage on the BBC’s sports show Grandstand. Other manufacturers involved at this time were Mazda, Toyota and Alfa Romeo, they were actually the first three winners of the decade (in the eighties) as the championship continued to be run for several classes of car, the BMW M3 and Ford RS500 were dominant as the Nineties loomed.
Trackside crowd figures reached nearly 40,000, the racing calendar quickly turned into a major UK tour with events added in Scotland and Wales. The championship soon received a huge following and it became a massive social event.
The racing tracks that are used for these race meetings are Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Silverstone Circuit, Thruxton Circuit, Oulton Park, Croft Circuit, Knockhill Racing Circuit, Rockingham Motor Speedway and Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit.
The racing will run over a weekend, on Saturday there are two practice sessions followed by a qualifying session which will determine the starting order for the race on Sunday, the fastest driver will start in pole position. Each race will normally consist of between 16 and 25 laps, depending on which circuit the race is taking place on.
Twenty years on the British Touring Car Championship has unprecedented levels of national television coverage, ITV has agreed a long term contract extension up until at least 2022, providing the perfect platform for teams, drivers and sponsors to raise their profiles and reputations.
The entrant’s permits for next year’s British Touring Car Championship (2020) have recently been revealed, with 30 issued for the 30 race contest.

Race Car On Track

Race Car On Track