BTCC race series will kick-off with a record number of cars on track
22 March 2013

The British Touring Car Championship will have more cars on the grid than ever before, series organisers have announced.

In total 32 cars have been entered in to the Dunlop-backed championship, representing 11 different manufacturers.

The racing will be mixed up by the introduction of a new tyre compound into the race regulations. The new soft compound tyre must be used at least once during each race meeting.

BTCC Series Director Alan Gow said: “We've got a record entry, we've never had this many cars. It's quality and quantity. We've got four champions and a fantastic array of vehicles.”

The series will also be shown on ITV up to 2017, Gow revealed. Official viewing figures suggest that an estimated 1.5 million people worldwide tune in to watch each round last year.

The first meeting of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on 30/31 March.

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22 March 2013

1.5 billion viewers? Are you sure.... that's nearly a quarter of the worlds population!

I expect you mean 1.5 million.

Either way, I'll be one of them. 

EDIT: I see its been updated to 1.5 million now. Smile

22 March 2013

5x5 grids should make the starts interesting!

Otherwise I can't get very interested in BTCC because it's virtually become a one make series where all the cars are effectively the same. 

Wouldn't it be great if they brought back the old group N touring cars split into price catergories?  The racing may have been a lot slower, but it was always interesting to see how the cars you could actually buy fared on the track.  Plus it might actually encourage makers to build better cars if the series had sufficient profile.

22 March 2013

But will Alan Gow be able to resist the temptation of meddling with the boost levels of the leading cars in order to script the championship to an end of season cliffhanger (unlike last year)?

22 March 2013

It's a little known fact the only place you can see an MG6 moving is in the BTCC because I'm yet to see one on the road.

23 March 2013

Does anyone know where can I watch this in Streaming, possibly live???
I'm Italian, so I can't watch ITV, 'cause it only works in UK...

Thank you!



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