32-Car Field Confirmed For 2017 BTCC Season


A capacity 32-car grid has been confirmed for the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at its annual Media Day held at Donington Park.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden leads the capacity field which reaches 32 for a second consecutive season, featuring five manufacturers and a total of 16 BTCC race winners to boot.

Two manufacturers return to the championship in Vauxhall and BMW, doing battle with Honda, Subaru and MG for honours with 11 independent outfits joining the fight for outright Teams’ Championship spoils.

The field features a total of five BTCC champions as well as a combined total of 329 race victories, all 32 cars now running with common RML Group components as well as a new TOCA engine and Dunlop tyres.

BTCC Series Director Alan Gow said: “We are delighted to have officially launched the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship here at Donington Park.

“We believe this season will set the bar even higher, with 16 race-winners highlighting the strength in depth throughout the field. Furthermore, attracting two new manufacturers to the grid demonstrates the ever-growing appeal of the BTCC both on and off track.

“As I noted last season, this truly is a golden era for the BTCC and again proves it is the only show in town in British motor sport. With so much quality amongst drivers and teams alike, unpredictability is very much the name of the game and that is what keeps the fans coming back for more – in increasingly greater numbers.

“With the unstinting support of our title sponsor and loyal broadcaster, tyre and technical partners, the BTCC is set to deliver in spades once again and judging by today’s attendance, the level of interest is sky-high and everybody is excited to see how things shake out in the opening round at Brands Hatch. It’s going to be an absolutely stellar season.”

No/Driver/Nat/Team/Car/Engine

2 – Tom Chilton – GBR – Power Maxed Racing – Vauxhall Astra – Swindon/TOCA
3 – Mat Jackson – GBR – Motorbase Performance – Ford Focus ST – Mountune/Ford
4 – Colin Turkington – GBR – Team BMW – BMW 125i M Sport – Neil Brown/BMW
5 – Rob Collard – GBR – Team BMW – BMW 125i M Sport – Neil Brown/BMW
7 – Stephen Jelley – GBR – Team Parker Racing – Ford Focus ST – Mountune/Ford
10 – Ant Whorton-Eales – GBR – AmD Tuning – Audi S3 – Swindon/TOCA
11 – Rob Austin – GBR – Handy Motorsport – Toyota Avensis – Swindon/TOCA
12 – Michael Epps – GBR – Team HARD – Volkswagen CC – Swindon/TOCA
16 – Aiden Moffat – GBR – Aiden Moffat Racing – Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Swindon/TOCA
17 – Dave Newsham – GBR – BTC Racing – Chevrolet Cruze – Swindon/TOCA
18 – Senna Proctor – GBR – Power Maxed Racing – Vauxhall Astra – Swindon/TOCA
20 – James Cole – GBR – Subaru Team BMR – Subaru Levorg GT – Mountune/Subaru
22 – Chris Smiley – GBR – BTC Racing – Chevrolet Cruze – Swindon/TOCA
23 – Daniel Lloyd – GBR – Triple Eight Racing – MG 6 GT – Swindon/TOCA
24 – Jake Hill – GBR – Team HARD – Volkswagen CC – Swindon/TOCA
25 – Matt Neal – GBR – Team Dynamics – Honda Civic – Neil Brown/Honda
28 – Josh Price – GBR – Subaru Team BMR – Subaru Levorg GT
30 – Martin Depper – GBR – Motorbase Performance – Ford Focus ST – Mountune/Ford
31 – Jack Goff – GBR – Eurotech Racing – Honda Civic – Neil Brown/Honda
33 – Adam Morgan – GBR – Ciceley Racing – Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Swindon/TOCA
40 – Árón Taylor-Smith – IRL – Triple Eight Racing – MG 6 GT – Swindon/TOCA
48 – Ollie Jackson – GBR – AmD Tuning – Audi S3 – Swindon/TOCA
52 – Gordon Shedden – GBR – Team Dynamics – Honda Civic – Neil Brown/Honda
55 – Jeff Smith – GBR – Eurotech Racing – Honda Civic – Swindon/TOCA
61 – Will Burns – GBR – Team HARD – Volkswagen CC – Swindon/TOCA
66 – Josh Cook – GBR – Team Parker Racing – Ford Focus ST – Mountune/Ford
77 – Andrew Jordan – GBR – Team BMW – BMW 125i M Sport – Neil Brown/BMW
80 – Tom Ingram – GBR – Speedworks Motorsport – Toyota Avensis – Swindon/TOCA
99 – Jason Plato – GBR – Subaru Team BMR – Subaru Levorg GT – Mountune/Subaru
116 – Ashley Sutton – GBR – Subaru Team BMR – Subaru Levorg GT – Mountune/Subaru
300 – Luke Davenport – GBR – Motorbase Performance – Ford Focus ST – Mountune/Ford
303 – Matt Simpson – GBR – Simpson Motorsport – Honda Civic – Neil Brown/Honda