A capacity grid expected for BTCC 2015

Over 30 cars could become a regular sight for BTCC events in 2015.

A capacity grid expected for BTCC 2015
Group photo
Colin Turkington, Team BMR
Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport
Matt Neal, Honda Yuasa Racing
Jeff Smith, Eurotech Racing
Dave Newsham, Power Maxed Racing
Dave Newsham, Power Maxed Racing
Sam Tordoff, Team JCT600 with GardX
Jack Goff, MG 888 Racing
Adam Morgan, Wix Racing
Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing

The 2015 British Touring Car Championship was officially unveiled to the Media day at Donington Park where a capacity grid of 32 cars is expected at some point during the season.  Cars from Honda, MG, Infiniti, VW, BMW, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Ford, Toyota, Audi and Proton will be represented on the grid while Dunlop will continue as title sponsor as they enter their second decade associated with the series.

The series will start at Brands Hatch with 29 cars expected on the grid with Motorbase duo Mat Jackson and new signing James Cole not appearing on the grid until Snetterton and  another driver, who we will get onto later, not due to appear until Croft. 29 drivers appeared at Media day with the exception of Triple World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx who was not back following his commitments of racing in the US with ex BTCC racer Paul O’Neill stepping in to test his WSR BMW 1 series.

Nic Hamilton joins the ranks of the BTCC

During the day there were many high profile car unveils including the official launch of the Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Type R, however the big news on the day came with the announcement that Nic Hamilton brother of F1 World champion Lewis will enter the BTCC from Croft onwards, not including Knockhill, in an Audi S3 last year driven by Robb Holland for AmD Tuning.com with sponsorship from Monster Energy drink.

Hamilton will enter the series as a guest driver with the aim of a full season in 2016 and will become the first disabled driver to enter the series as he suffers from Cerebral Palsy. What makes Hamilton’s drive all the more remarkable is the fact that he was told by doctors he would never be able to walk, but yet here he is now about to contest in Britain’s premiere Motorsport series.

Hamilton has previously spent two years racing in the BTCC’s feeder series, the Clio Cup and speaking upon his announcement said, “I am incredibly excited to be racing in BTCC with AmD Tuning this year. BTCC is the top national motorsport series here in the UK and having the opportunity to race at that level is the biggest challenge I’ve taken on in my career to date. Whilst I’m aiming to improve as a driver, I’m also hoping to inspire others to strive for their own personal goals, whatever their situation in life. Anyone can ‘Exceed Expectations’ in one way or another and I hope to prove that when I race alongside, not just able-bodied drivers, but the best Touring Car drivers in the UK.”

Other announcements

Other announcements on the day include WSR now competing in the Manufacturers/Constructors Championship and that the success ballast will increase and now go down to 10th place using the following format 75kgs – 66kgs – 57kgs – 48kgs – 39kgs – 33kgs – 27kgs – 21kgs – 15kgs – 9kgs.

For the third year running the format of the Jack Sears Trophy has been changed and will now be awarded to the lead rookie in 2015. Previous winners of the Trophy were Lea Wood when it was for S2000 machinery and Dave Newsham last year for Independent drivers who made up the most places during the races.

This year’s trophy will be contested between Welch Motorsport’s Andy Wilmot, Team Hard’s Kieran Gallagher, Alex Martin from Dextra Racing, Stewart Lines Houseman Racing, Infiniti Racing pair Derek Palmer and Richard Hawken and the top 2 driver from last year’s Clio Cup Championship Josh Cook for Power Maxed Racing and champion Mike Bushell for AmD Tuning.com.

Although a rookie, as a guest to the series Nic Hamilton will not be eligible for either the Jack Sears Trophy or to score outright Championship points.  

shares
comments
Hamilton's brother Nicolas to race in the BTCC
Previous article

Hamilton's brother Nicolas to race in the BTCC

Next article

BTCC ready for Brands Hatch blast off

BTCC ready for Brands Hatch blast off
Load comments
Ranking the top 10 BTCC drivers of 2021 Prime

Ranking the top 10 BTCC drivers of 2021

A refresh in equipment and some returning faces helped contribute to a supremely competitive 2021 British Touring Car Championship campaign. Ash Sutton was crowned a three-time champion, successfully defending his 2020 title, but faced stiff competition in the final year before the switch to hybrid. Motorsport.com picks out the best performers.

BTCC
Nov 17, 2021
Why the BTCC's ballast increase couldn't stop champion Sutton Prime

Why the BTCC's ballast increase couldn't stop champion Sutton

Ballast will be gone from the BTCC next year as hybrid power enters the scene, but for its final season the maximum was increased from 60kg to 75kg. Despite having to carry that nearly all season, Ash Sutton was always the favourite to pocket a third title - the 27-year-old getting his reward for a season of speed tempered by savvy to nail his opportunities

BTCC
Nov 12, 2021
The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59 Prime

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59

OPINION: It's not often that a driver achieves widespread affection for their personality, as well as their on-track performances. One such individual is Gabriele Tarquini, who will soon bring the curtain down on a remarkable career that has yielded touring car titles on the European and global stage - and, famously, in Britain too

BTCC
Nov 11, 2021
The making of the BTCC's newest superstar Prime

The making of the BTCC's newest superstar

Ash Sutton is on the verge of being crowned a three-time British Touring Car Champion; he seems to have it all. But life hasn't always been straightforward for this superstar of touring cars, as Marcus Simmons has been finding out

BTCC
Oct 21, 2021
Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC Prime

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC

It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s been a lot of fat to chew elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action.

BTCC
May 7, 2021
Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out' Prime

Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out'

After a year of enforced absence from the British Touring Car Championship grid, Jason Plato is back and hungrier than ever. Despite stellar opposition and some familiar challenges, the two-time champion still has his eyes focused on the biggest prizes.

BTCC
May 5, 2021
The Top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020 Prime

The Top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020

The 2020 British Touring Car Championship will go down as a classic in which new winners graced the top step of the podium and an unloved chassis was resurrected into a champion. But who were the year's top performers?

BTCC
Dec 24, 2020
The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020 Prime

The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020

The Infiniti Q50 was completely redesigned, redeveloped and revamped by BMR and Laser Tools Racing for 2020. And the flamboyant brilliance of the driver behind the wheel was enough to snatch the title at the last gasp…

BTCC
Dec 11, 2020