Seven former BTCC champions to contest title in 2014, as series gets ready for first race later this month

A grid of 31 cars will compete in the new British Touring Car Championship season for 2014.

For the first time all cars on the grid conform to NGTC (Next Generation Touring Car) specifications, meaning the entry list is more diverse than ever before. In total, 14 different models from 11 manufacturers including Honda, MG, Audi and Toyota will be represented in the championship.

A total of seven former BTCC champions will also be fighting on the track, with the likes of Andrew Jordan, Gordon Shedden, Jason Plato and Colin Turkington all competing. They're joined by two returning champions in the form of Alain Menu and Fabrizio Giovanardi.

BTCC series director Alan Gow said that many of the former champions "wouldn’t be here if they didn’t see that the championship is in rude health.

"Our huge entry list is a clear demonstration of the success of the championship and the NGTC regulations.

"I have no doubt that 2014 will prove to be one of the most exciting and competitive seasons in the illustrious history of the BTCC."

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Honda Civic Tourer

Practicality, an accomplished ride and a strong, clean diesel engine make a convincing case for this small family estate

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The first round of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on 29-30 March. Full race reports from each round will be available on Autocar.co.uk, alongside exclusive driver interviews and features.

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18 March 2014
Remember the last estate cars that raced - the 850s in the 90s?

They were soon withdrawn when standardised aerodynamics were brought in.

18 March 2014
I think your wrong, Volvo knew from the start that the first year was not going to be a successful one, so they put the Estate in to gain publicity, experience and knowledge, it was then they put the saloon in and that was a successful car.

 

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Our Verdict

Honda Civic Tourer

Practicality, an accomplished ride and a strong, clean diesel engine make a convincing case for this small family estate

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