BTCC launches 60th anniversary season 

Tom Howard

Wednesday 28th March, 2018 - 1:45pm

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The British Touring Car Championship will once again welcome a 32 car grid for the 2018 season

The British Touring Car Championship launched its milestone 60th anniversary season at Donington Park.

Series organisers TOCA has confirmed a capacity 32 car grid which features arguably its strongest line-up that includes 17 race winners.

This season sees four manufacturer backed teams in Subaru, BMW, Honda and Vauxhall set to do battle with a host of independent operations.

Reigning champion Ash Sutton, who tested a Walkinshaw Andretti United Commodore earlier this month, returns to defend his crown for Team BMR (Subaru).

Honda will debut the new shape Civic for Matt Neal and new signing Dan Cammish, with the model among a range of fresh variants to join the series.

Alfa Romeo will be represented on the grid for the first time since 2007, following the creation of a Giulietta NGTC car, to be run by Handy Motorsport.

Meanwhile, Motorbase Performance will run the new Ford Focus RS for Sam Tordoff, Tom Chilton and James Cole.

The grid will also be populated by models from Mercedes, MG, Volkswagen, Audi and Toyota.

To mark its 60th anniversary, the championship, which began in 1958, will host an extended showpiece 60 mile (96 km) race at Snetterton in July, featuring double points and no success ballast.

The 30-race championship will begin at Brands Hatch Indy from April 7-8.

Entry list: 2018 British Touring Car Championship

No. Driver Team/Sponsor Car
1 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT
2 Colin Turkington West Surrey Racing BMW 125i M-Sport
3 Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS
5 Rob Collard Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport
6 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning.com MG6 GT
11 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Giullietta
12 Tom Boardman AmD Tuning.com MG6 GT
14 James Nash BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R
15 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-Class
16 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes A-Class
18 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra
19 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen CC
20 James Cole Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS
21 Mike Bushell Team HARD Volkswagen CC
22 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R
23 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning.com Audi S3
24 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen CC
25 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R
27 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R
28 Josh Price Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT
31 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type-R
33 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class
39 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type-R
44 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen CC
48 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning.com Audi S3
60 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M-Sport
66 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra
77 Andrew Jordan Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport
80 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis
99 Jason Plato Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT
303 Matt Simpson Simpson Motorsport Honda Civic
600 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS

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