Six of the fastest cars from the BTCC will battle it out on the hillclimb at this year’s event
22 April 2016

The British Touring Car Championship will hold a shootout over the 1.16-mile hillclimb at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS).

The line-up will feature championship-winning cars and drivers, including reigning champions Halfords Yuasa Racing, and its drivers Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal. Jason Plato in Team BMR’s new Subaru Levorg will also race up the hill, joined by Motorbase’s Andrew Jordan. 

“For the first time in years, the BTCC and FOS don’t clash, which means we can come and join in the fun,” said 2013 champion, Jordan. “I may even have a look for some super-soft tyres, not that I’m taking it seriously”.

This year’s championship is proving to be competitive, with the top 20 cars separated by just one second in qualifying at Brands Hatch, and three different winners in the opening three rounds.

After taking victory in round 6 at Donington Park, Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal currently leads the championship with 78 points, followed by his teammate Gordon Shedden on 73 points.

Team BMR, which came within four points of the BTCC drivers' title last year, has had a difficult start to the season after replacing its Volkswagen CCs with Subaru Levorgs. The team achieved a 10th place finish in round 4 with Colin Turkington while his teammate James Cole had his race ended after his car caught fire.

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The next round is at Thruxton, the fastest circuit on the BTCC calendar, and it takes place on 7-8 May. 

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Honda Civic Type-R
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