Currently reading: BTCC 2021 season delayed until May but full calendar retained
Organiser confirms British Touring Car Championship will now start on 8 May at Thruxton, with 10 events and 30 races still planned
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14 January 2021

The organisers of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) have delayed the start of the 2021 season due to the ongoing pandemic.

A revised calendar for the race series has been issued and it delays the originally proposed start date of 3 April by five weeks. The series will now begin at Thruxton with the full three rounds on 8/9 May, with Snetterton following on 15/16 May and Brands Hatch on 12/13 June. 

The full 10-event, 30-race season will be retained, though, meaning the final race weekend on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit will take place on 23/24 October. Only 27 races were run in 2020. 

Organiser TOCA claims the decision to delay the start of the BTCC is primarily to “maximise the opportunity for spectators and guests to attend our events”.  

Prime minister Boris Johnson has warned that the current national lockdown could continue in some form until Easter, with the potential for localised tiers to return beyond that. By delaying the start of the BTCC until May, it’s more likely that the public will be allowed to attend organised sporting events by that time. 

Earlier this week, the series confirmed a full grid of 29 cars for 2021. TOCA held back issuing three additional BTCC licences (TBLs) in line with its ambition “to gradually reduce the size of the BTCC grid". 

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Symanski 14 January 2021

The current lockdowns are going to last well in to February and probably until the end of March at the earliest. After that, it will still be sports behind closed doors. Only by mid summer will we start to see light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines, and then we will still have to be careful as immunity may be short (given that people can catch COVID more than once).

 

All sports should plan that 2021 is a repeat of 2020 with tighter restrictions. And if it is not, then it is a bonus.

 

 

 

 

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