Britain’s biggest motor sport series, the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, is primed and ready for another memorable year with series organiser TOCA announcing a capacity 30-car entry list for 2019 at its Season Launch.
Following on from a record-breaking 60th Anniversary campaign last year, the BTCC is set to scale new heights as the best tin-top drivers in the country battle it out for the most coveted prize in UK motor sport.
Topping the entry this year are five manufacturer-backed teams with a host of Independent entries further adding to the strength-in-depth the championship consistently has year-on-year.
BMW and West Surrey Racing will bid to retain their three titles from last year by introducing the brand new 330i M Sport to the series, with reigning champion Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant and Andrew Jordan all behind the wheel and hungry for silverware.
After several decades away, Toyota makes a long-awaited return to the championship as a fully-fledged manufacturer entrant by teaming up with Speedworks Motorsport. After narrowly missing out on the crown last year, Speedworks and Tom Ingram will bid to go one better in the all-new Toyota Corolla.
Power Maxed Racing have put their faith in experience this year with Jason Plato and Rob Collard teaming together to spearhead Vauxhall’s championship charge whilst Adrian Flux Subaru Racing retain 2017 champion Ashley Sutton and gained Senna Proctor.
Following a maiden year with the new Honda Civic Type R, Halfords Yuasa Racing are expected to issue an all-out challenge for the title with Matt Neal and Dan Cammish remaining at the championship-winning squad.
Whilst it is set to be all to play for in the manufacturers, championship campaigns are set to come from the Independent ranks too. Tom Chilton and Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher came close to the crown last year and will be keen to better their performance. Motorbase Performance have added Ollie Jackson and Nicolas Hamilton to their ranks too.
A trio of Mercedes Benz A-Class’ will be on-track once more with Aiden Moffat, Adam Morgan and Daniel Rowbottom all bidding for glory. Elsewhere AMD Tuning have continued to develop over the off-season and will aid Trade Price Cars Racing in running Mark Blundell and Jake Hill in the Audi S3’s, whilst also running Sam Tordoff and Rory Butcher in Honda Civic Type Rs.
First-time race winners last year, Chris Smiley, Josh Cook and Matt Simpson will all be eyeing more success too as they hit the track in Honda Civic Type R’s – Smiley and Cook in brand new FK8’s for BTC Racing.
Team HARD meanwhile will run four Volkswagen CC’s once more with Jack Goff joining Bobby Thompson, Michael Crees and Carl Boardley after securing a last-minute deal to remain on the grid.
MG machinery has changed hands over the winter with new team Excelr8 Motorsport taking on the running of the cars. Series newcomers Sam Osborne and Rob Smith will take to the wheel as they bid to find their feet in the series.
Capping off the bumper entry list is Team Parker Racing, who have retained Stephen Jelley for a third successive season as they bid to move further up the grid with their BMW 125i M Sport.
With tweaks to the rules such as success ballast, an unprecedented 18 race winners, five champions and five rookies, as well as much more, the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is set for another vintage year of competition.
2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship – Entry List
|Car No.||Driver||Team||Car||Team / Driver Status|
|1||Colin Turkington||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||Manufacturer|
|3||Tom Chilton||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||Independent|
|4||Sam Osborne||Excelr8 Motorsport||MG6||Independent / Jack Sears Trophy|
|6||Rory Butcher||Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance||Honda Civic Type R||Independent / Jack Sears Trophy|
|8||Mark Blundell||TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||Independent / Jack Sears Trophy|
|9||Rob Collard||Stirling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||Manufacturer|
|11||Jason Plato||Stirling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||Manufacturer|
|12||Stephen Jelley||Team Parker Racing||BMW 125i M Sport||Independent|
|15||Tom Oliphant||Team BMW||BMW 330i M Sport||Manufacturer|
|16||Aiden Moffat||Laser Tools Racing||Mercedes Benz A-Class||Independent|
|18||Senna Proctor||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg||Manufacturer|
|19||Bobby Thompson||GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct||Volkswagen CC||Independent / Jack Sears Trophy|
|22||Chris Smiley||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||Independent|
|24||Jake Hill||TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3||Independent|
|25||Matt Neal||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||Manufacturer|
|27||Dan Cammish||Halfords Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||Manufacturer|
|28||Nicolas Hamilton||ROKiT Racing with Motorbase||Ford Focus RS||Independent / Jack Sears Trophy|
|31||Jack Goff||RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport||Volkswagen CC||Independent|
|32||Daniel Rowbottom||Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport||Mercedes Benz A-Class||Independent / Jack Sears Trophy|
|33||Adam Morgan||MAC Tools||Mercedes Benz A-Class||Independent|
|37||Rob Smith||Excelr8 Motorsport||MG6||Independent / Jack Sears Trophy|
|41||Carl Boardley||Team HARD. Brisky Racing||Volkswagen CC||Independent / Jack Sears Trophy|
|48||Ollie Jackson||Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher||Ford Focus RS||Independent|
|66||Josh Cook||BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||Independent|
|77||Andrew Jordan||BMW Pirtek Racing||BMW 330i M Sport||Manufacturer|
|80||Tom Ingram||Team Toyota GB with Ginsters||Toyota Corolla||Manufacturer|
|116||Ashley Sutton||Adrian Flux Subaru Racing||Subaru Levorg||Manufacturer|
|303||Matt Simpson||Simpson Racing||Honda Civic Type R||Independent|
|600||Sam Tordoff||Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance||Honda Civic Type R||Independent|
|777||Michael Crees||GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct||Volkswagen CC||Independent / Jack Sears Trophy|
The opening round of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship takes place around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on April 6/7. For more information, click here.