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 Quaife MINI CHALLENGE is one of the county’s leading tin-top, single-make categories and it continues to scale new heights as it forms an integral part of Britain’s biggest race weekends as part of 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 serves up bag loads of entertainment on the TOCA stage.
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 saloons that compete under the Classic Touring Car Racing Club banner, the Poultec – Classic Race Engines Pre ’66 Touring Cars
Taking fans and competitors on a spirited trip down memory lane, the Pre ’66 category is open to those competing in four-seater tin tops that were marketed before 1st January 1966.
Eligible cars are those complying with these regulations or any vehicle complying with the FIA Appendix K regulations for the current year and eligible for participation in the FIA Historic Touring Car Championship.
Popular machinery that can be found going wheel-to-wheel in the championship includes the Austin Mini Cooper, Hillman Imp, Morris Minor and Austin A40, amongst many more.
One of the cornerstones of the Classic Touring Car Racing Club, the Shell Oil Pre 83′ Touring Car Championship has proven to be a smash-hit down the years for competitors and spectators alike.
Open to those wishing to compete in Group 1 Touring Cars marketed before 1st January 1983 that have more than 5000 examples marketed in any 12-month period, the category is renowned for producing flame spitting, edge-of-the-seat entertainment.
Popular machines that can be found going wheel-to-wheel on-track include the Ford Escort Mk1, MG Metro, Triumph Dolomite Sprint and Chevrolet Camaro, amongst many more.
The Laser Tools Pre-93 Touring Cars Championship is one of the most popular categories as part of the Classic Touring Car Racing Club’s ranks.
Open to cars marketed prior to 1st January 1993, the championship caters for two-wheel drive, four-seater saloon cars that have more than 5000 examples manufactured in any 12-month period.
Popular machines that can be found going wheel-to-wheel on-track include the BMW E36 M3, Honda Integra, Ford Escort RS2000, Jaguar XJ40 and Vauxhall Astra, amongst many more.
The Laser Tools Pre-93 Touring Cars Championship will often be found amalgamating grids with the Simply Serviced Pre-2003 Touring Cars Championship.
Home to the most modern machinery that competes under the Classic Touring Car Racing Club banner, the Simply Serviced Pre-2003 Touring Cars Championship is a firm favourite year on year.
The series encompasses two-wheel-drive, four-seater saloon cars that were marketed between 1st January 1993 and 31st December 2002.
Popular machinery that can be found competing in the series includes the Honda Civic Type R, BMW E46 Compact and many more.
The Simply Serviced Pre-2003 Touring Cars Championship often amalgamates its grid with the Laser Tools Pre 93′ Touring Cars Championship.
For fans of all things Ford, the Burton Power Products Blue Oval Saloon Series is the place to be in the Classic Touring Car Racing Club.
Open to competitors participating in Saloon, Coupe, Hatchback or Estate cars manufactured by the Ford Motor Company, machines, all cars must be based on the standard production shell and to have been marketed before 1st January 2013.
Iconic models such as the Fiesta, Escort, Anglia and Mustang can be found going wheel-to-wheel during the course of the season, serving up a feast of unmissable entertainment along the way.
Home to some of the most monstrous machines in the Classic Touring Car Racing Club, the Edmundson Electrical Classic & Historic Thunder Saloons Championship delivers no-holds-barred, flame-spitting entertainment.
The Thunder Saloon Championship is for competitors participating in Saloon, Coupe, Hatchback and Estate cars based on the standard fibreglass or steel production shell and designed to carry at least four people which were marketed before 1st January 2011 and Historic Thunder Saloon Cars marketed before 1st January 1983.
Notable machines you will be able to see going wheel-to-wheel include the Ford Falcon, Mazda RX8, BMW E46 M3, Toyota Starlet and Aston Martin V8 Vantage, to name but a few.
The Edmundson Electrical Classic & Historic Thunder Saloons Championship will often be found amalgamating its grid with the Burton Power Products Blue Oval Saloon Series.
The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club have been organising racing since 1998 and their Saloon & GT Championship reflects the long and successful history that Jaguar has in racing and particularly in touring cars and sports cars.
Joining the British Automobile Racing Club ranks for 2021, the JEC will race as part of the Classic Touring Car Racing Club.
Having been a crowd favourite on the UK racing scene since the late 1990’s, the JEC was established over 21 years ago and has since become renowned for producing classic club racing with its bumper grids of XK Series machines and Saloon & GT Championship.
Boasting a wide range of cars all the way from the late 1960’s up until the early millennium, the Club runs a total of five classes, each of which showcases different states of tune.
With a wide range of cars from the late sixties, XK engine, XJ series one saloons. all the way up early millennium cars such as the S Type and XK8, the JEC Saloon & GT Champion caters for them all with five Classes. Class A being standard road cars with required safety modifications fitted, Class B, standard modified car with stage one tuning, Class C, modified cars, Class D fully modified cars and finally an invitation class, Class I.
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.