Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship
CategoryTouring cars
CountryUnited Kingdom
Inaugural season1958
ClassesManufacturers & Independents
Drivers32 (2023)
Teams7 (2023)
ConstructorsBMW, Cupra, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Vauxhall,
Note: The constructors in bold are currently represented in the Manufacturers Championship.
Engine suppliersTurbocharged 2.0 litre I4
Tyre suppliersGoodyear
Drivers' championUnited Kingdom Ashley Sutton
Makes' championFord
Teams' championNAPA Racing UK
Current season

The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is a touring car racing series held each year in the United Kingdom, currently organised and administered by TOCA. It was established in 1958 as the British Saloon Car Championship and was renamed as the British Touring Car Championship for the 1987 season.[1] The championship, currently running Next Generation Touring Car regulations, has been run to various national and international regulations over the years including FIA Group 2, FIA Group 5, FIA Group 1, FIA Group A, FIA Super Touring and FIA Super 2000. A lower-key Group N class for production cars ran from 2000 until 2003.


Early years

The Austin A105 with which Jack Sears won the 1958 British Saloon Car Championship

The championship was initially run with a mix of classes, divided according to engine capacity, racing simultaneously. This often meant that a driver who chose the right class could win the overall championship without any chance of overall race wins, thereby devaluing the title for the spectators – for example, in the 1980s Chris Hodgetts won two overall titles in a small Toyota Corolla prepared by Hughes Of Beaconsfield, at that time a Mercedes-Benz/Toyota main dealer when most of the race wins were going to much larger cars; and while the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500s were dominating at the front of the field, Frank Sytner took a title in a Class B BMW M3 and John Cleland's first title was won in a small Class C Vauxhall Astra.

Modern era

Super Touring cars

Ford won the championship in 2000, the final year running Super Touring regulations.

In 1990, the BTCC introduced a class for cars with an engine displacement up to 2.0 litres which would later be adopted by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile and become the Super Touring regulations that were used in various championships in Europe and around the world. In their first year, these cars were run alongside a second class which continued to allow larger engines and was once again dominated by the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, however from 1991 they became the only cars eligible to compete. The new one-class system was popular with manufacturers from the beginning with six manufacturer supported teams from BMW, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall entered in the championship. During the first seasons, the cars were not fitted with aerodynamic aids such as a front splitter or a rear wing which were allowed from 1995 after Alfa Romeo caused controversy a year earlier, when they entered the 155 fitted with a rear wing – an item that was delivered with the road-going version of the 155, however unfitted in its boot. Audi joined the BTCC in 1996 with its four-wheel drive A4 Quattro, and went on to take that year's title.[2] The continuously high number of manufacturer-backed teams meant rapid development on the cars and quickly growing costs to compete which caused several manufacturers to withdraw from the championship until the 2000 season, when only Ford, Honda and Vauxhall remained in the championship. To this day, the 'super touring era' during the 1990s is still looked at as the most successful period of the BTCC. The high number of manufacturer-backed teams provided very close competition, close and hard-fought racing on track and many spectators at the circuits.[3]

BTC Touring and Super 2000 cars

Previous generation BTC Touring cars racing at Brands Hatch, April 2006
Touring Cars at a BTCC during race at Brands Hatch, April 2011

In order to reduce the costs to compete in the championship, the organisers introduced new regulations for the 2001 season. The BTC Touring regulations cut costs dramatically but both manufacturer and spectator interest was low. The Super 2000 rules were adopted for the 2007 season. The 2000s saw cheaper cars than the later Supertouring era, with fewer factory teams and fewer international drivers.

Next Generation Touring Car

Andrew Jordan in his NGTC Honda Civic during practice at Thruxton Circuit, April 2012

In 2009, the BTCC released details of its Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) specification, to be introduced from 2011. The introduction of these new technical regulations were designed to dramatically reduce the design, build and running costs of the cars and engines as well as reducing the potential for significant performance disparities between cars. The NGTC specification also aimed to cut costs by reducing reliance on WTCC/S2000 equipment, due to increasing costs/complexity and concerns as to its future sustainability and direction.[4]

Current NGTC cars

Currently, the cars used are a mix of 2.0 L saloons (sedans) such as the BMW 3-Series and Infiniti Q50, and hatchback cars such as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus, based on models from a variety of manufacturers, using NGTC regulations. S2000 cars continued running in the Jack Sears Trophy until the 2014 season.


BTCC teams are a mixture of manufacturer entries (currently BMW and Toyota) and independent teams such as BTC Racing, and Motorbase Performance.

In 2010, following Vauxhall's decision to pull out of the series, there were two new works teams, : Chevrolet, run by RML; and Honda, run by Team Dynamics.[5]

In 2005, Team Dynamics became the first independent outfit to win the BTCC drivers and team championships; Matt Neal won the overall and independent drivers contests in his Team Dynamics Honda Integra. This included finishing all 30 championship races that year, something no other driver had achieved before and only equalled by Adam Morgan some 10 years later in 2015. This ended Vauxhall's run of 4 victories in the drivers and teams championships between 2001 and 2004. Neal and Dynamics were also victorious in 2006, before Vauxhall won the 2007 title with Italian Fabrizio Giovanardi. Team Dynamics also achieved the first overall independents race win in the 'Supertouring' era when Neal won a round of the 1999 BTCC at Donington Park, earning the team prize-money of £250,000.

As a result of Matt Neal's championship victories, and the fact that Team Dynamics were designing and building their own S2000 Honda Civic Type R (with unofficial support from Honda), they were no longer entered into the Independents category, and were classed as neither an "independent" or "works" team until the 2009 season, when the Manufacturers championship was renamed Manufacturers/Constructors Championship to allow both Team Aon and Team Dynamics to compete with at the time the sole works entry of Vauxhall.

Car regulations

VXRacing Vectra being checked by the scrutineers

Current regulations

As of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship, all cars are built to the same regulations:

Cost control measures

There are strict limits to the modifications which can be made to the cars, which are intended to reduce the cost of running a competitive team, which had become prohibitive in the final years of the Super Touring rules. These cost reductions saw a rise in independent entries – teams or individuals entering cars purchased from the manufacturer teams when they update their chassis.

With the introduction of the NGTC rules, all cars share a number of common components provided through a contract with RML Group. This has allowed many independent teams to enter without the need for manufacturer support, and negating the need to source ex-works cars. Teams can install an engine from their marque's broad 'family' of cars, or opt to lease an engine from TOCA, built by Swindon Engines which also helps to make the cost of entry more affordable.

To further keep costs in check, the BTCC uses a single tyre supplier, with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company the current supplier of rubber to all the teams. The following compounds are used: Hard, Medium, Soft and Wet.


The rules previously allowed for a variety of different fuels in a bid to encourage more efficient cars. In 2004 Mardi Gras Motorsport independently entered a Liquified petroleum gas powered Super 2000 Honda Civic Type-R (which was subsequently replaced by a more competitive BTC-Touring Peugeot 406 Coupé, still LPG powered), and in 2005 Tech-Speed Motorsport converted an ex-works Vauxhall Astra Coupé to run on bio-ethanol fuel. In the middle of 2006, Kartworld's owner-driver Jason Hughes converted his 4-cylinder MG ZS to run on Bio-Ethanol, soon followed by the West Surrey Racing cars of championship contender Colin Turkington and Rob Collard, and for the final event at Silverstone, Richard Marsh converted his Peugeot 307 to run on bio-ethanol fuel. Only Hughes continued on this fuel in 2007 and 2008. The regulations also permitted cars to run on diesel; attempted first in the 2007 season by Rick Kerry in a BMW 120d E87 run by Team AFM Racing. In 2008 SEAT Sport UK entered two Turbo Diesel Power SEAT Leons – the first diesel powered manufacturer entered cars. At the start of the 2010 season, it was announced that Team AON racing had converted both of their Ford Focus ST cars to run on LPG.

Under current NGTC regulations, all entrants use Carless HiperFlo 300 which is a 101/102 RON and 89/90 MON unleaded gasoline with approximately 2% oxygen content that meets the FIA 'Appendix J' gasoline specification.

Previous regulations

The following regulations have been applied to the championship:


Current circuits of the BTCC

Being a national championship, the British Touring Car Championship has visited circuits throughout the United Kingdom over its long history. Currently the series visits eight different tracks in England and Scotland over the course of ten meetings. These tracks are: Brands Hatch (Indy Layout), Donington Park, Thruxton (the fastest track ever visited by the BTCC, with an average speed of 111.31 mph, set by Andrew Jordan during qualifying in 2014), Oulton Park, Croft, Snetterton, Knockhill, and Silverstone (National and International layouts), with a return to Brands Hatch (GP Layout) at the end of the season.

In the past, the BTCC has visited Mondello Park in Ireland and Pembrey in Wales. A street race around the city of Birmingham known as the Birmingham Superprix, was held in 1989 and 1990.

Aintree, Crystal Palace, Goodwood, Ingliston, Mallory Park and Rockingham have also hosted rounds in the past.

Race format

Championship contenders Jason Plato (SEAT) and Fabrizio Giovanardi (Vauxhall) collide during a BTCC race at Snetterton in July 2007. The BTCC is known for being a high-contact series.[7]

On the Saturday of a race weekend there are two practice sessions followed by a 30-minute qualifying session which determines the starting order for the first race on the Sunday, the fastest driver lining up in pole position.

Each race typically consists of between 16 and 25 laps, depending on the length of the circuit. A race may be extended by three laps if three or more laps have been run behind a safety car.

The grid for race two is based on the finishing order of race one.[8] For race three, a draw takes place to decide at which place the grid is 'reversed'. This means drivers finishing race two in positions 6th through 12th could take pole position for race 3 depending on the outcome of the draw. For example, if ball number 7 is drawn, the driver finishing in 7th position in race two starts on pole, 6th place starts in second place, 5th place starts in third etc. Drivers finishing in 8th place and beyond would start race three in their finishing order for race two. The draw is normally conducted by a celebrity or VIP, live on TV. For 2014, this was changed so that the driver who finished Race 2 in 10th position made the draw. Fabrizio Giovanardi has twice[9][10] managed to put himself on pole position by drawing out number 10.

Before 2006, the driver finishing in 10th place in race two took pole position for race three. This initiated deliberate race 'fixing', whereby some drivers attempted to finished in 10th place during race two to gain pole position in race three. This "reverse grid" rule polarised opinion: some fans enjoy the spectacle afforded by having unlikely drivers on pole position while faster ones have to battle through the field; others feel it detracts from the purity of the racing. For example, some drivers might decide to slow down and let others pass them, thereby improving their own starting position for the "reverse grid" race, which is contrary to the spirit of motor racing – which is to try to come first in every race. It also led to some safety concerns as drivers would slow dramatically on the approach to the finish line, with cars behind forced to take evasive action to avoid collecting slower cars ahead. These factors contributed the rule change for the 2006 season.

Points system

Current points system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen drivers in each race as follows:

Current BTCC points system (2012–Present)
Race  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th  Pole Position Fastest Lap Lead A Lap
R1 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1
R2 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1
R3 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1

Previous points system

Points are awarded to the top ten drivers in each race as follows:

BTCC points system
Race  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th  Pole Position Fastest Lap Lead A Lap
R1 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1
R2 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1
R3 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1

Television coverage

The BBC screened highlights of every race from 1988 to 2001. The F1 commentator at the time, Murray Walker, commentated. From 1997, some races were screened live with Charlie Cox joining Murray Walker. After 1997 the commentary team was Charlie Cox and John Watson with Murray Walker dedicating his time to Formula 1.

In the UK, ITV covered the series from 2002, with commentary from Ben Edwards and former champion Tim Harvey, with Toby Moody replacing Edwards after he replaced Martin Brundle on the BBC's F1 coverage in 2012 and David Addison replaced Toby Moody[11] for the 2013 season. In 2006 the ITV coverage included highlights from the first and second race of the day and live coverage of the third and final race. This returned in the second half of 2007, after the first five meetings had been on ITV3 (a digital channel with fewer viewers), with a half-hour late-night highlights show. ITV also has a Sunday night show called Motorsport UK, featuring many of the supporting races. From 2008, the races were screened live on ITV4, along with the support races.

The series is screened in other countries. In Australia, Fox Sports Australia have been covering the BTCC championship since 2000. From 2009 the ITV coverage has screened on ONE HD. Speed TV screened several seasons in the USA over the winter, but this ended when the network became Fox Sports 1 in 2013. BTCC returned to the air in the US with the 2015 season, being aired on CBS Sports Network in condensed, one-hour packages like those aired on Speed. Unlike Speed's offering as the series being winter programming filling the void after the American racing season, CBSSN airs events a week or so after their actual running.

Motors TV used to show all the races live, including some support races, both in the UK and across Europe.[12] In 2007 Setanta Sports showed all the races live, including the support races; this ceased when the entire day's coverage moved to ITV4.

The current coverage consists of Saturday's Qualifying Sessions and support races live on ITVX. Sunday coverage starts an hour before Race 1 and finishes after Race 3. All of Sunday's Coverage is aired on ITV4. ITV has a one-hour highlights programme on the Monday night following the race.

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TV Coverage of 2022 season
Country TV Network Language Qualifying Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Notes
United Kingdom United Kingdom[13] ITV4 / ITV4 HD English No Live Live Live Up to 7 Hours of coverage per meeting (also shows live and delayed coverage of support races). Simulcast High Definition coverage on ITV4 HD
No Highlights 90 minute highlight show of all 3 races and qualifying
ITV Sport Website English Live Live Live Live Live video stream. Highlights available to watch anytime after the race via the Race Archive
ITV / ITV HD English No Highlights 90 minute highlight show of all 3 races and qualifying. Simulcast High Definition coverage on ITV HD

Live timing

Live timing for the BTCC and its support races, as well as testing, is provided by Timing Solutions Ltd from their website. This service allows you to follow free practice and qualifying as well as race day action via a timing screen from your computer or mobile phone.

Previous champions

Main article: List of BTCC champions

Currently, five championships are awarded per season. The overall driver's championship is the driver gaining the most points overall throughout the season. Since 1992, the Independents driver championship has also been awarded to the leading non-manufacturer-backed driver. There are also awards for the best overall team, leading manufacturer and, since 2005, the top independent team. Previous championship titles were awarded to the leading "Production" (or "Class B") driver and team between 2000 and 2003. The Jack Sears Trophy was introduced for the 2013 season and was awarded to the highest scoring driver competing in S2000 machinery. For 2014, with S2000 cars no longer eligible to compete, it was awarded to the drive that had made up the most places from their grid position throughout the season. From the 2015 season the Jack Sears Trophy has been awarded to the highest placed rookie driver at the end of the season. For the 60th anniversary year in 2018, any driver who had yet to take an overall podium was eligible to contest the Jack Sears Trophy.

Season Overall Independent Secondary Class
Drivers' Champion
Manufacturers / Makes
Teams' Champion[14] Drivers' Champion Teams' Champion Drivers' Champion Teams' Champion
1958 United Kingdom Jack Sears
(Austin A105 Westminster)
none none
1959 United Kingdom Jeff Uren
(Ford Zephyr Six)
none none
1960 United Kingdom Doc Shepherd
(Austin A40 Farina)
none none
1961 United Kingdom Sir John Whitmore
(Austin Seven)
none none
1962 Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland John Love
(Morris Cooper)
none none
1963 United Kingdom Jack Sears (2)
(Ford Galaxie & Ford Cortina Lotus)
none none
1964 United Kingdom Jim Clark
(Ford Cortina Lotus)
none none
1965 United Kingdom Roy Pierpoint
( Ford Mustang)
none Weybridge Engineering Company[15]
1966 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
( Ford Anglia)
none Team Lotus[16]
1967 Australia Frank Gardner
(Ford Falcon Sprint)
none none
1968 Australia Frank Gardner (2)
(Ford Cortina Lotus) & (Ford Escort Twin Cam)
none none
1969 Republic of Ireland Alec Poole
(Austin Cooper 970S)
none none
1970 United Kingdom Bill McGovern
(Sunbeam Imp)
none none
1971 United Kingdom Bill McGovern (2)
(Sunbeam Imp Rallye)
none none
1972 United Kingdom Bill McGovern (3)
(Sunbeam Imp)
none none
1973 Australia Frank Gardner (3)
(Chevrolet Camaro Z28)
none none
1974 United Kingdom Bernard Unett
(Hillman Avenger GT)
none none
1975 United Kingdom Andy Rouse
(Triumph Dolomite Sprint)[17]
Chevrolet Camaro [17]
Triumph Dolomite[17]
1976 United Kingdom Bernard Unett (2)
(Chrysler Avenger GT)
none none
1977 United Kingdom Bernard Unett (3)
(Chrysler Avenger GT)
none none
1978 United Kingdom Richard Longman
(BL Mini 1275GT)
none none
1979 United Kingdom Richard Longman (2)
(BL Mini 1275GT)[18]
BL Mini[18] none
1980 United Kingdom Win Percy
(Mazda RX-7)
none none
1981 United Kingdom Win Percy (2)
(Mazda RX-7)
none none
1982 United Kingdom Win Percy (3)
( Toyota Corolla)
none none
1983 United Kingdom Andy Rouse (2)
(Alfa Romeo GTV6)
none none
1984 United Kingdom Andy Rouse (3)
(Rover Vitesse)
none none
1985 United Kingdom Andy Rouse (4)
(Ford Sierra XR4Ti)
none none
1986 United Kingdom Chris Hodgetts
(Toyota Corolla GT)
none none
1987 United Kingdom Chris Hodgetts (2)
(Toyota Corolla GT)
none none
1988 United Kingdom Frank Sytner
(BMW E30 M3)
none none
1989 United Kingdom John Cleland
(Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v)
none none
1990 United Kingdom Robb Gravett
(Ford Sierra RS500)
none none
1991 United Kingdom Will Hoy
(BMW E30 M3)
BMW none
1992 United Kingdom Tim Harvey
(BMW E36 318is)
Vauxhall none United Kingdom James Kaye
1993 Germany Joachim Winkelhock
(BMW E36 318i)
BMW none United Kingdom Matt Neal
1994 Italy Gabriele Tarquini
(Alfa Romeo 155 TS)
Alfa Romeo none United Kingdom James Kaye (2)
1995 United Kingdom John Cleland (2)
Vauxhall Cavalier
Renault Vauxhall Sport United Kingdom Matt Neal (2)
1996 Germany Frank Biela
(Audi A4 Quattro)
Audi Audi Sport UK United Kingdom Lee Brookes
1997 Switzerland Alain Menu
( Renault Laguna)
Renault Williams Renault Dealer Racing United Kingdom Robb Gravett
1998 Sweden Rickard Rydell
( Volvo S40)
Nissan Vodafone Nissan Racing Norway Tommy Rustad Production Class
1999 France Laurent Aïello
(Nissan Primera)
Nissan Vodafone Nissan Racing United Kingdom Matt Neal (3) Drivers' Champion Teams' Champion
2000 Switzerland Alain Menu (2)
(Ford Mondeo)
Ford Ford Team Mondeo United Kingdom Matt Neal (4) United Kingdom Alan Morrison
2001 United Kingdom Jason Plato
(Vauxhall Astra Coupe)
Vauxhall Vauxhall Motorsport none United Kingdom Simon Harrison GR Motorsport
2002 United Kingdom James Thompson
(Vauxhall Astra Coupe)
Vauxhall Vauxhall Motorsport United Kingdom Dan Eaves United Kingdom James Kaye Synchro Motorsport
2003 France Yvan Muller
(Vauxhall Astra Coupe)
Vauxhall VX Racing United Kingdom Rob Collard United Kingdom Luke Hines Barwell Motorsport
2004 United Kingdom James Thompson (2)
(Vauxhall Astra Coupe)
Vauxhall VX Racing United Kingdom Anthony Reid
2005 United Kingdom Matt Neal
(Honda Integra)
Vauxhall Team Halfords United Kingdom Matt Neal (5) Team Halfords
2006 United Kingdom Matt Neal (2)
(Honda Integra)
SEAT Team Halfords United Kingdom Matt Neal (6) Team Halfords
2007 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi
(Vauxhall Vectra VXR)
Vauxhall SEAT Sport UK United Kingdom Colin Turkington Team RAC
2008 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi (2)
(Vauxhall Vectra VXR)
Vauxhall VX Racing United Kingdom Colin Turkington (2) Team RAC
2009 United Kingdom Colin Turkington
(BMW E90 320si)
Vauxhall (8) VX Racing United Kingdom Colin Turkington (3) Team RAC
2010 United Kingdom Jason Plato (2)
(Chevrolet Cruze)
Honda Honda Racing Team United Kingdom Tom Chilton Team Aon
2011 United Kingdom Matt Neal (3)
(Honda Civic)
Honda (2) Honda Racing Team United Kingdom James Nash Triple 8 Race Engineering Jack Sears Trophy
2012 United Kingdom Gordon Shedden
(Honda Civic)
Honda / Team Dynamics[19] Honda Yuasa Racing Team United Kingdom Andrew Jordan Pirtek Racing (Eurotech) Drivers' Champion Teams' Champion
2013 United Kingdom Andrew Jordan
(Honda Civic)
Honda / Team Dynamics[20] Honda Yuasa Racing Team United Kingdom Andrew Jordan (3) Pirtek Racing (Eurotech) United Kingdom Lea Wood Not awarded
2014 United Kingdom Colin Turkington (2)
( BMW 125i M Sport)
MG / Triple Eight[21] eBay Motors United Kingdom Colin Turkington (4) eBay Motors United Kingdom Dave Newsham
2015 United Kingdom Gordon Shedden (2)
(Honda Civic Type R)
Honda / Team Dynamics (3) [22] Team BMR RCIB Insurance United Kingdom Colin Turkington (5) Team BMR RCIB Insurance United Kingdom Josh Cook
2016 United Kingdom Gordon Shedden (3)
(Honda Civic Type R)
BMW Team JCT600 with GardX United Kingdom Andrew Jordan (3) Motorbase Performance United Kingdom Ashley Sutton
2017 United Kingdom Ashley Sutton
(Subaru Levorg GT)
BMW Team BMW United Kingdom Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport United Kingdom Senna Proctor
2018 United Kingdom Colin Turkington (3)
(BMW 125i M Sport)
BMW Team BMW United Kingdom Tom Ingram (2) Speedworks Motorsport United Kingdom Dan Cammish
2019 United Kingdom Colin Turkington (4)
( BMW 330i M Sport)
BMW Halfords Yuasa Racing United Kingdom Rory Butcher Cobra Sport AmD United Kingdom Rory Butcher
2020 United Kingdom Ashley Sutton (2)
(Infiniti Q50)
BMW Laser Tools Racing United Kingdom Ashley Sutton Laser Tools Racing United Kingdom Michael Crees
2021 United Kingdom Ashley Sutton (3)
(Infiniti Q50)
BMW Laser Tools Racing United Kingdom Ashley Sutton Laser Tools Racing United Kingdom Dan Rowbottom
2022 United Kingdom Tom Ingram
(Hyundai i30 Fastback N Performance)
BMW (9) NAPA Racing UK United Kingdom Josh Cook Rich Energy BTC Racing United Kingdom Bobby Thompson
2023 United Kingdom Ashley Sutton (4)
(Ford Focus ST)
Ford / Alliance Racing NAPA Racing UK United Kingdom Josh Cook (2) One Motorsport with Starline Racing United Kingdom Andrew Watson

Manufacturers'/Constructors' championship winners (1991–present)

Year Make Car Wins
1991 BMW BMW M3 8/14
1992 Vauxhall Vauxhall Cavalier 5/15
1993 BMW BMW 318i 8/17
1994 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 155 9/21
1995 Renault Renault Laguna 10/25
1996 Audi Audi A4 8/26
1997 Renault Renault Laguna 14/24
1998 Nissan Nissan Primera 9/26
1999 Nissan Nissan Primera 13/26
2000 Ford Ford Mondeo 11/24
2001 Vauxhall Vauxhall Astra Coupé 25/26
2002 Vauxhall Vauxhall Astra Coupé 15/20
2003 Vauxhall Vauxhall Astra Coupé 11/20
2004 Vauxhall Vauxhall Astra Coupé 11/30
2005 Vauxhall Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch 8/30
2006 SEAT SEAT León 11/30
2007 Vauxhall Vauxhall Vectra 10/30
2008 Vauxhall Vauxhall Vectra 8/30
2009 Vauxhall Vauxhall Vectra 6/30
2010 Honda Honda Civic 10/30
2011 Honda Honda Civic 13/30
2012 Honda Honda Civic 13/30
2013 Honda Honda Civic 9/30
2014 MG MG6 GT 7/30
2015 Honda Honda Civic Type R 7/30
2016 BMW BMW 125i M Sport 4/30
2017 BMW BMW 125i M Sport 7/30
2018 BMW BMW 125i M Sport 3/30
2019 BMW BMW 330i M Sport 11/30
2020 BMW BMW 330i M Sport 6/27
2021 BMW BMW 330i M Sport 5/30
2022 BMW BMW 330e M Sport 9/30
2023 Ford Ford Focus ST 16/30


Summary Manufacturer Wins
Germany BMW - United Kingdom Vauxhall 9
Japan Honda 5
Japan Nissan - France Renault 2
Italy Alfa- United Kingdom MG -Germany Audi Spain Seat United States Ford 1

Series sponsors

The BTCC has had several championship sponsors over the years.

Year Sponsor
1960 SupaTura
1972 Wiggins Teape Paperchase
1974 Castrol Anniversary
1975 Southern Organs
1976 Keith Prowse
1977-82 Tricentrol
1983-85 Trimoco
1987-88 Dunlop
1989-92 Esso
1993-2000 Auto Trader
2002-04 Green Flag
2005-07 Dunlop
2008-09 HiQ
2010-18 Dunlop
2019- Kwik Fit

Manufacturer/Constructor Entries

The BTCC features entries with the backing, funding and technical support of a motor manufacturer. This may be a motor racing team running cars on behalf of the manufacturer or cars being run directly by the factory. Below is a timeline of manufacturer/constructor entries from the beginning of the 2-litre era.

Manufacturer/Constructor Entries
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Alfa Romeo
Ford Ford Ford Ford
Honda Honda Honda Honda
Nissan Nissan
Peugeot Peugeot
Toyota Toyota
Vauxhall Vauxhall
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023

Support races

Each BTCC race meeting, the crowds are kept further entertained by the appearance of high-profile supporting championships, known as the TOCA Support Package, from the manufacturers Ford, Ginetta, Porsche and Renault.[23]

TOCA support package

Further information: F4 British Championship, Ginetta GT Supercup, Ginetta Junior Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup GB, and Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom

A Ginetta G50 Supercup car.
Porsche Carrera Cup GB Race at Donington Park

The TOCA Support Package consists of five main support championships, which support the championship at almost every round, along with several smaller championships supporting one or two events. All the support championships are either Single Make Championships or Formula racing.

After previously supported the BTCC in the late 1990s and then in 2013 and 2014, the British Formula Ford Championship announced that it was folding to become the MSA Formula, the FIA's Formula 4 championship in the UK for the 2015 season. Known as F4 British Championship from 2016, the championship uses Mygale carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and a Ford 1.6L EcoBoost engine as used in the more modern Formula Ford cars.[24]

The Ginetta GT Supercup is a GT style, multi class championship. The main class is the G55 class, utilising Ginetta's G55 car. The second class, known as the G50 class, utilises the older and less powerful Ginetta G50. Most weekends in 2013 see three Supercup races with a few rounds hosting only two races. Ginetta also run a championship on the support package that caters for up and coming young talent in the form of the Ginetta Junior Championship. These 14- to 17-year-olds race in identical Ginetta G40J cars with strict regulations which help keep costs down. In 2013, the championship with run two races at all BTCC weekends.

Out of all the current support series, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB is the longest serving support championship. Drivers compete in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 997) cars which produce 450 bhp. The three tier championship splits drivers according to their racing experience. Professional drivers compete in the Pro class, with semi-professional and amateur drivers racing in either Pro-Am1 or Pro-Am2. From 2013, the Carrera Cup has held two races at each BTCC meeting.

Finally, the Renault Clio Cup UK allows aspiring touring car drivers to showcase their talent in this single make series, utilising Clio Renaultsport 200 cars. The championship awards three different titles for drivers. Along with the overall drivers' championship, younger rookie drivers can chase points for the Graduate Cup and older gentlemen drivers can seek points for the Masters Cup. During 2013, the Clio Cup will hold two races at all BTCC weekends except the rounds at Croft and Knockhill.

For 2020, the Renault Clio Cup UK has been replaced by the Mini Challenge, which joins from the British GT package. The Clio Cup has joined the British GT Package instead.

Previous support races

A SEAT Cupra Championship race, at Croft during 2008.
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See also


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  2. ^ "Anatomy of a Super Touring car 1996 Audi A4 quattro B5". DriveMycom. DriveMycom. 27 February 2018.
  3. ^ "BTCC history from 1991 to 2000". British Touring Car Championship. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Technical overview: NGTC". British Touring Car Championship. 2 June 2009. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  5. ^ A BTCC.NET Article. Archived 4 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Hudson, Neil. "BTC-spec cars get another year". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
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