The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is one of the best-loved, iconic and prestigious motor racing championships in the world. Spanning more than six decades, only Formula 1 and NASCAR have longer histories and as time has progressed, the series has continued to evolve.
Established in 1958 as the British Saloon Car Championship, the series was renamed the British Touring Car Championship in 1987. Since its inception, saloon car racing has proven to be a smash-hit with some of the biggest named drivers from around the world competing in racing versions of their road cars.
That theme continues today as tens of thousands of spectators flock to some of the UK’s best venues to soak up the door-to-door thrills that the BTCC produces, in cars that are recognisable under the Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) regulations where strict limits on modifications to the cars are designed to reduce costs.
Taking place across ten weekends, a total of 30 races are run during the season with grids of more than 30 cars all vying for supremacy – and edge-of-the-seat action is guaranteed as the title battle traditionally goes down to the wire.
A popular draw on the TOCA support package since 2008, the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship is one of the UK’s premier categories to offer teenage racers a genuine route into top-level motorsport.
Open to drivers aged between 14 to 17 years of age, the championship provides a smooth transition from karting in the shape of the Yorkshire manufacturer’s G40 race car whilst also offering the experience of a lifetime in front of bumper trackside audiences and millions watching on ITV4.
Producing close, exhilarating races across all ten TOCA events, the Ginetta Junior contingent are one of the must-see attractions throughout the year and is proven tool in the developmental process for all young racers that have competed.
Down the years the series has played its part in forging the careers of the some of the biggest future stars around the world including Formula 1 ace Lando Norris, amongst many more.
In addition to the main championship, Ginetta also run a Winter Series in November of each year as well as a Scholarship competition, aimed at unearthing the next generation of British talent on the track.
The MINI CHALLENGE JCW Championship is one of the county’s leading tin-top, single-make categories and in 2020 it is set to scale new heights as it forms an integral part of Britain’s biggest race weekends and joins the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship support bill.
Aligning itself with the British Automobile Racing Club as well as the BTCC, the series provides a combination of class structure, cost effectiveness, professionalism and unrivalled exposure.
Attracting capacity grids and producing ultra-competitive racing, the CHALLENGE JCW Championship caters for the latest version of MINI’s 265bhp hot hatchback and it runs on Goodyear slick racing tyres.
Having been a runaway success on the British GT Championship’s undercard, the CHALLENGE JCW Championship will feature on eight of the ten BTCC weekend’s over the course of 2020.
Billed as a unique stepping stone in the UK’s premier motorsport series; previous winners include Ant Whorton-Eales, Brett Smith, Chris Smiley and Charlie Butler-Henderson.
Bridging the gap between karting and cars, the Junior Saloon Car Championship offers aspiring racers aged between the ages of 14 to 17 with the opportunity to get behind the wheel and compete at some of the best venues around in the UK.
Running for the first time in 2014 after taking over a championship the year before, the JSCC has become the perfect platform for teenagers to forge a career in motorsport at an affordable price.
Citroen Saxo’s are the car of choice for the JSCC and the wheel-to-wheel action the championship produces can’t be denied as being anything but entertainment, allowing the skills of the next generation to be honed.
Whilst the main championship is what all drivers set their sights on, aspiring racers can also take part in the JSCC Scholarship, where a career-starting prize of £35,000 is on offer to the winner.
In addition, the championship has adopted the Motorsport UK ‘Race ’N’ Respect’ campaign where drivers, teams and supporters are asked to abide by a racing code. The code is based on strong values of respect, fair play, self-control, sincerity and good manners.
Home to some of the most iconic saloon cars that have spanned countless decades, the Classic Touring Car Championship is renowned for producing all-out action where variety is the spice of life.
Launched in 1974 by a group of amateur racing drivers who formed the Classic Touring Car Racing Club, the championship has continued to promote affordable racing with big grids remaining a constant theme year-on-year.
Continuing to evolve and expand, the category in its current guise is home to eight different championships, ensuring there is something for everyone as it tackles some of the UK’s best tracks:
Poultec – Classic Race Engines Pre ’66 Touring Cars (Cars built prior to 1966)
Shell Oil Pre 83′ Touring Car Championship (Cars built prior to 1983)
Laser Tools Pre-93 Touring Cars Championship (Cars built prior to 1993)
Simply Serviced Pre-2003 Touring Cars Championship (Cars built before 2003)
Toyo Tyres Pre-2005 Production Touring Car Championship (Cars built before 2005)
Burton Power Products Blue Oval Saloon Series (Series for all Ford cars)
Edmundson Electrical Classic Thunder Saloons Championship (Series for powerful cars built before 2011)
Formerly known as the Scrapco Metal Recycling / Avon Tyres Intermarque Championship, the Super Silhouette Championship is a series like no other.
Catering for spaceframe coupe and saloon cars that have been built to strict regulations, the championship is designed to encourage close competition and keep costs tightly under control.
Now overseen by Pickup Truck Racing Championship boss Sonny Howard, hot rod-based machines that resemble the likes of the BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK, VW Corrado, Peugeot 206 and Vauxhall Tigra will all continue to battle it out for supremacy.
As opposed to competing at Brands Hatch for a majority of the season, the Silhouette category will branch out to travel the length and breadth of the UK in 2020 as it forms part of the BTRC British Truck Racing Championship race package.
For fans of all things MG, the Lancaster Insurance MG Owners Club Championship is a haven for enthusiasts as it pits all models from a variety of decades against each other at the same time.
Considered to be one of the biggest one-make car clubs in the world with more than 35,000 members, the MG Owners Club launched the championship in 1981 and with help from the British Automobile Racing Club, it has grown exponentially.
Offering a cost effective route into motorsport, the series operates a multi-class system with the ethos that car must remain as per the production specification with only limited performance modifications permitted to ensure competitive motorsport at affordable costs.
Class A is home to the likes of the MGB, MGB GT, MG Midget and Austin Healey Sprite whilst Class B encompasses the MG Maestro Efi, MG Maestro 1600 and MG ZS 120. Elsewhere, Class F and Class Z welcomes the more modern machines from the marque such as the MGF 1.8VVC and MG ZR 160, amongst others.
Showcasing one of the most iconic cars to come out of Britain, the Mighty Minis Championship is synonymous for producing blockbuster, wheel-to-wheel thrills and spills – often with cars going three or four abreast.
Launched in 1996, the championship joined the British Automobile Racing Club ranks in 2016 and has continued to go from strength-to-strength ever since.
Running two classes, Mighty Mini and Super Mighty Mini, the only difference between the two is the level of power produced by the car, with more being found in the Super Mighty Mini class.
Recently the championship has opened the door for a new Carburetor category, which will be titled Class C. Mirroring the Mighty Mini class, the only difference that the cars competing in the new class will have is running a carburettor and distributor rather than an injection system and ECU.
Providing a low-cost method of going endurance racing, the C1 Challenge has emerged as one of the fastest growing categories in the country since launching midway through 2017.
With more than 100 cars have been built, the one-make series shows no signs of letting up as it continues to welcome more and more new faces that want to go long-distance racing on a budget.
Using the standard first generation Citroen C1s, modifications are tightly controlled with none being allowed to be made to engine or transmission. Club supplied modifications however are allowed to the suspension to reduce tyre wear.
On-track competitors reap the benefits of a diverse range of races such as two, three, four, six and 24-hour encounters, as well as short sprint races too.
Such is the popularity of the C1 Challenge, 2019 saw the category make history for the largest ever starting grid at Silverstone – 99 cars.
Open to any production BMW sold in the UK, the Kumho BMW Championship is a popular draw for fans and competitors alike with non-stop action all-but guaranteed each year.
Steeped in more than 30 years of history, the championship showcases some of the most iconic models from the German manufacturer and has proven to be an attractive proposition for those wanting to race rear-wheel-drive cars on a limited budget.
Accommodating all BMW’s, the Kumho BMW category is split into multiple classes that are defined by the engine capacity of the competitor’s vehicles. All on-track at the same time, overall victory is one aim however races within the race itself ensure that there is never a dull moment as drivers eye for class supremacy.
The class structure for the Kumho BMW Championship is as follows:
For Cars above 3000cc, Slicks, Treaded & Wets to be used. Minimum weight is dependent on “at the wheels“ BHP.
For Cars upto and including 3000cc with engine code S50B30, Slicks, Treaded & Wets to be used. Minimum weight is dependent on “at the wheels“ BHP.
For Cars between 2000cc & 3000cc with an “M“ engine code and all BMW Minis (One, Cooper, Cooper S, JCW Cooper & JCW Cooper S inc all variants of these base models), Treaded & Wets to be used. Minimum weight is dependent on “at the wheels“ BHP.
For Cars upto and including 2000cc (Treaded & Wets to be used). Minimum weight is 1100kg.
Invitation class – Any BMW or BMW Mini model at the discretion of the BMW RDC. Slicks, Treaded & Wets can be used. Max of 6 races per season.
One of the cornerstones of British motorsport with a history that spans more than 25 years, the 2CV Parts.com Classic Racing Championship is one of the most exciting single-make categories running today.
Based around the iconic Citroen 2CV, the series has garnered plenty of attraction down the years with its continuous ability to boast bumper grid sizes and deliver unrivalled thrills and spills on-track.
Holding onto the same values upon which it started with, 2CV Racing gives drivers a chance to showcase their talents are some of the biggest and best venues in Europe. Despite the relative slow speeds clocked by the cars, 2CV’s can often be found going multiple cars wide into corners.
Blending short sprint races alongside longer endurance races, including the customary Liqui Moly 24-hour race at Snetterton each year, the championship is anything but dull.
Launched in 2018 and offering something slightly different for competitors, the rationale behind the Uncle Luke’s BARC Saloon Series is to put the emphasis on having fun behind the wheel of a car whilst competing.
Providing it is a saloon car that complies with the Motorsport UK Blue Book, all cars are welcome to compete in the BARC Saloon Series.
The series run two classes, both of which have been introduced recently. Class A for cars that are over two litres and all forced induction cars, and Class B for those competing in normally aspirated machinery up to two litres.
In addition to the Uncle Luke’s BARC Saloon Series is the TDi North Honda VTEC Challenge, with the two sharing grids. Catering for any Honda wanting to be raced, the VTEC Challenge is the only standalone series for competitors wanting to go wheel-to-wheel in Japanese machinery in the UK.
Showcasing the very best Civics, Accords, Integras and more duking it out on the same piece of tarmac, the single-manufacturer has undergone a raft of different set of regulations down the years – all aimed at ensuring the racing is as competitive and cost-effective as possible.