The UK's British Touring Cars Championship, BTCC is probably one of the most popular race series in the UK. With thirty races from nine locations across the UK it's always action packed. Reports from each event will be published in the Gazette, below are short summaries of each event. The phrase 'to finish first, first you have to finish' now needs 'and pass scrutineering' added.

BTCC 2017 Finale, Ashley Sutton champion.

 

And so it came to pass, that the 2017 title would be decided in the last race of the 30 round season. As the cars formed on the grid for the last time the rain that had threatened all day started to fall. But would it continue, would the track dry, a dilemma for the team strategists as the wrong tyre choice could cost them the championship. A clean start for all but on lap 2 Mat Jackson returning from an off at Graham Hill bend tagged title contender Colin Turkington who was forced to retire. Game over. At the flag it was Rob Austin 1st, Jack Goff 2nd and Ash Sutton 3rd. Ashley Sutton took the title a first for him and Subaru.

BTCC Silverstone, penultimate rounds.

 

The excitement from qualifying carried over into Sundays racing. An incident in race one brought out the red flags with Tom Ingram taking the win from Pole. In race 2 it was Jack Goff on the top step. In race three it was all change as Matt Neal fought through the pack to take the win with Rob Huff, returning after a 13 year gap, siting in for an indisposed Tom Chilton in second.
Going into the finale Ash Sutton still has a slender lead over Colin Turkington but once again for 2017 the title decided could go to the last race of the season.

BTCC Rockingham. Cole on pole.

 

Heading into rounds 22, 23, 24 at the Rockingham Motor Speedway it was all to play for in the title hunt. Over the three rounds it was action all the way, with mostly clean close racing. At the close of play some went home happy, others less so. Victories went to; James Cole, Ash Sutton and a resurgent Andrew Jordan. Gordon Shedden had abad time of it. For the race gallery click on the image to the right.

 

BTCC Donington Park, rounds 4,5,6.

Aiden Moffat takes first victory of the day and his first BTCC top podium step. Matt Neal and Rob Austin took second and third respectively. Tom Ingram took victory in round 5. Round 6 will have the reverse grid and close racing action.

Gordon Shedden was first across the line in race 3 but subsequently disqualified for techincal reasons, Colin Turkington was awarded the win.

First three rounds, 2nd April Brands Hatch.

A feisty start to the season. With an incident on the start line before the first corner and the scene was set. First victory went to Tom Ingram, Toyota Avensis. In the second round there was also drama at the start, following a restart victory went to Gordon Sheeden Honda Civic Type R, a good way to defend his title. Round three was relatively sedate (for BTCC), with Andrew Jordan taking the flag in the BMW 125i.

 

British Touring Car Championship 2017 Season Launch, March.

The kick-off for the 2017 BTCC was held at Donington Park on 16th March. A large and enthusiastic crowd was able to watch the afternoon test sessions. Tom Ingram (Toyota Avensis) produced the fastest lap. The first races are at Brands Hatch on 1st/2nd April.