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BTCC confirms record 32 car entry

Tom Howard

Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 - 4:36pm

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The British Touring Car Championship has confirmed a record 32 car full season entry for the 2016 campaign.

Britain’s premier race series unveiled its capacity line up at the season launch at Donington Park which will see five former champions and 11 manufacturers represented on the grid.

The influx of competitors has seen all 32 of the TOCA BTCC licences, similar to V8 Supercars’ Racing Entitlement Contracts, issued for the first time.

The new Subaru Levorg BTCC car

The new Subaru Levorg BTCC car

This year will see Subaru enter as a full blown manufacturer courtesy of a four car effort from Team BMR.

The Japanese manufacturer will use its Levorg wagon as the base of its NGTC BTCC entry, which will be piloted by two-time champions Jason Plato and Colin Turkington, alongside James Cole and Warren Scott.

Subaru joins Honda, MG and BMW in the battle for the Manufacturers’ championship.

Honda will field three cars for reigning champion Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal and Andy Neate, with Triple Eight fielding MG 6s for Josh Cook and Ashley Sutton.

BMW squad West Surrey Racing will also field three cars for Sam Tordoff, Rob Collard and Jack Goff.

Meanwhile, Motorbase Performance returns to the grid with its Ford Focus entries, driven by 2013 champion Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson.

Andrew Jordan's Pirtek Ford Focus pic: Peter Still

Andrew Jordan’s Pirtek Ford Focus pic: Peter Still

The BTCC has struggled to reclaim the glory of the super touring era of the 90s, but championship boss Alan Gow is convinced the series is returning to its halcyon days.

“This truly is a golden era for the BTCC and our developments in recent months further underline its strength and position as Britain’s most successful motor sport series – and by a very big margin,” said Gow.

“I’m also really pleased with the increasing amount of new talent that’s been coming into the BTCC over the last few years. Make no mistake, many will go on to become the future ‘household names’ of the BTCC and are set for great long-term careers in Britain’s biggest championship.

“Our fantastic capacity line-up for 2016 looks set to be even more competitive and enthralling than ever – I’m genuinely excited to see how the season unfolds.”

Neal put the Halfords Honda Civic on top during in the pre-season test with the three-time champion heading new MG recruit Sutton.

The 30 race championship begins at Brands Hatch from April 2-3.

British Touring Car Championship 2016 Entry List 

No  Name  Nationality  Entrant  Car  Team/driver status 
Colin Turkington  GBR Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT Manufacturer
Mat Jackson  GBR Motorbase Performance Ford Focus Independent
11  Rob Austin  GBR Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis Independent
12  Mike Epps  GBR RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis Independent/Rookie
14  Alex Martin  GBR Dextra Racing with Team Parker Ford Focus Independent
16  Aiden Moffat  GBR Laser Tools Racing Mercedes Benz A-Class Independent
17  Daniel Welch  GBR Goodestone Racing Proton Persona Independent
20  James Cole  GBR Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT Manufacturer
22  Chris Smiley  GBR TLC Racing Toyota Avensis Independent/Rookie
24  Jake Hill  GBR RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis Independent
25  Matt Neal  GBR Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R Manufacturer
30  Martin Depper  GBR Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R Independent
31  Jack Goff  GBR Team IHG Rewards Club BMW 125i M Sport Constructor
33  Adam Morgan  GBR WIX Racing Mercedes Benz A-Class Independent
38  Mark Howard  GBR BKR Volkswagen CC Independent/Rookie
39  Warren Scott  GBR Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT Manufacturer
40  Aron Smith  IRL BKR Volkswagen CC Independent
48  Ollie Jackson  GBR AmD Tuning Audi S3 Independent
52  Gordon Shedden  GBR Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R Manufacturer
54  Hunter Abbott  GBR Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze Independent
55  Jeff Smith  GBR Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R Independent
57  Andy Neate  GBR Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R Manufacturer
66  Josh Cook  GBR MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT Manufacturer
77  Andrew Jordan  GBR Motorbase Performance Ford Focus Independent
80  Tom Ingram  GBR Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis Independent
84  Kelvin Fletcher  GBR Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze Independent/Rookie
95  Stewart Lines  GBR Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus Independent
99  Jason Plato  GBR Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT Manufacturer
100  Robert Collard  GBR Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport Constructor
116  Ashley Sutton  GBR MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT Manufacturer/Rookie
303  Matt Simpson  GBR Speedworks Motorsport Honda CIvic Type R Independent/Rookie
600  Sam Tordoff  GBR Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport Constructor

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