The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) is a series of races which take place in 9 different racetracks around the UK. Drivers compete using cars which you could easily find your neighbour driving, but with heavily-modified turbocharged engines, as they try to make their way to the podium.
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The British Touring Car Championship is based on points which drivers and teams gain from each race. A total of 3 races take place during each race weekend, of which there are 10. On Saturday of the race weekend, 2 practice sessions are held. These are then followed by a qualifying session which determine the starting positions for the first race on Sunday. The qualifying round will be 30 minutes long.
- The final positions based on the qualifying round will be the starting positions the following day.
- After the first race is done, the finishing positions will be the starting positions for the second race.
- Before the third race, a draw is made to determine which position will be chosen (from Position 6 to Position 12) to reverse the grid.
The Reverse Grid Draw
The reverse grid draw works as follows: if Position 10 is randomly picked, the driver who ended Race 2 in 10th place will start race 3 in Pole Position. The driver who finished 9th will start Race 3 in 2nd position and the driver who finished 8th will start the following race in 3rd position. The rest will follow, until 1st place. The rest of the table (from 11th place downwards) will start Race 3 in the same position as they ended Race 2.
How Many Points Are Won in Each Race?
Drivers and teams will gain points depending on the final positions in all 3 races on the day as follows:
- 1st place – 20 points
- 2nd place – 17 points
- 3rd place – 15 points
- 4th place – 13 points
- 5th place – 11 points
- 6th to 15th place – 10 points to 1 point respectively
- Fastest Lap – 1 point
- Lead A Lap – 1 point
- Pole Position after qualifying round – 1 point
The Jack Sears Trophy
TOCA, the organiser of the British Touring Car Championship, gives independent drivers the opportunity to win another trophy. The Jack Sears Trophy will be rewarded to the independent driver who managed to overtake the most positions (when comparing the starting and finishing position in a race) over all the 30 races during the season.
For example, if a driver starts the race in 16th position and ends the race 9th, then he managed to improve his position by 7 places. So he will get 7 points added to his points towards the Jack Sears Trophy. The driver with the most points at the end of the season wins the trophy.
The Goodyear Wingfoot Award
Goodyear is currently the Official Tyre Partner to the BTCC and will be giving the Wingfoot Award to the driver who managed to achieve the highest number of points from the qualifying results. For this award, points will be given in line with race points, with the driver in pole position receiving 20 points, the 2nd placed driver getting 17 points and so on until the 15th place.
Favourite Drivers To Win the 2021 Championship
After winning his second drivers' title in 2020, Ash Sutton – in his Nissan Infiniti Q50 – is one of the favourites to win the 2021 Championship. His main competitor will surely be Colin Turkington, who has managed to secure 4 titles since 2009, 2 of which came back-to-back in 2018 and 2019.
Tom Ingram will also be up for trying to battle it out for the top spots, especially after great seasons in 2017 and 2018, where he won the title of Independent Drivers' Champion consecutively.
Jake Hill is one of the drivers who made his BTCC Debut at the tender age of 19 and who has already got 17 podiums and 3 wins to his name. This year, he'll surely be aiming at increasing those numbers and giving the other favourites a worthy challenge.
Another driver worth noting – although probably not for his chances of winning the title just yet, is Nicolas Hamilton, who sits behind the wheel of his Cupra Leon. He just happens to be Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton's younger brother, who lives with cerebral palsy but still continues to push himself both on and off the track, serving as a great inspiration to many!
Race Calendar for 2021
The 2021 season consists of a total of 10 touring car races spread out in the United Kingdom. Below you may find all the race dates and locations:
|Thruxton||Thruxton, Hampshire, England||8th - 9th May 2021||2.36 miles||11|
|Snetterton||Snetterton, Norfolk, England||12th - 13th June 2021||2.97 miles||12|
|Brands Hatch Indy||West Kingsdown, Kent, England||26th – 27th June 2021||1.21 miles||10|
|Oulton Park||Little Budworth, Cheshire, England||31st July – 1st August 2021||2.23 miles||12|
|Knockhill||Fife, Scotland||14th – 15th August 2021||1.27 miles||8|
|Thruxton||Thruxton, Hampshire, England||28th – 29th August 2021||2.36 miles||11|
|Croft||Dalton-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, England||18th – 19th September 2021||2.13 miles||10|
|Silverstone National||Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England||25th – 26th September 2021||1.64 miles||6|
|Donington Park||Leicestershire, England||9th – 10th October 2021||1.98 miles||8|
|Brands Hatch GP||West Kingsdown, Kent, England||23rd – 24th October 2021||2.43 miles||11|
Race Lap Records
|Race||Race Lap Record Holder||Time||Average Speed||Year|
|Thruxton||Tom Ingram||1m 16.206s||111.29mph||2020|
|Snetterton||Dan Cammish||1m 55.682s||92.39mph||2019|
|Brands Hatch Indy||Matt Neal||48.498s||88.97mph||2011|
|Oulton Park||Tom Ingram||1m 12.026s||93.11mph||2021|
|Croft||Colin Turkington||1m 21.781s||93.54mph||2020|
|Silverstone National||Ash Sutton||57.613s||102.50mph||2021|
|Donington Park||Ash Sutton||1m 09.483s||102.58mph||2020|
|Brands Hatch GP||Colin Turkington||1m 31.372s||95.87mph||2016|
Difference Between British Touring Car Championship, NASCAR & IndyCar
The main difference between these great competitions is the car power. In NASCAR, the American sedans normally run on engines which reach up to 750bhp and an average speed of 200mph during races. IndyCar car engines also reach around a maximum of 750bhp but are totally different cars since IndyCar racing is for open-wheel vehicles (similar to Formula 1 cars).
The BTCC racetracks are similar to the ones used in Formula 1, while the NASCAR racetracks are nearly all oval ones – similar to an athletics track. In fact, the NASCAR Cup series consists of 21 oval tracks and only 2 road courses. For the IndyCar Series, tracks vary between ovals, road courses, and street circuits.
Number of Races
- BTCC hosts a total of 30 races – 3 per race weekend.
- NASCAR has a total of 36 races – 26 races in the first part of the season and 10 NASCAR playoffs races.
- IndyCar normally hosts 17 races but the 2021 season only consisted of 16.
British Touring Car Championship FAQs
❓ How many races are there in the BTCC?
There are a total of 30 races spread over 10 race weekends.
⭕ How many different circuits are there in the British Touring Car Championship?
There is a total of 9 different circuits.
🥇 Who is the most successful BTCC Driver?
The drivers with the most championship titles are Colin Turkington and Andy Rouse who are both tied on 4 championships each.
❗ What is the highest number of wins in a season?
In 1997, Alain Menu managed to win 50% of the 24 races contested, thus winning 12 races in a season. The highest number of wins from 30 races was achieved by Fabrizio Giovanardi, when he won a total of 10 races in 2007.
🏆 When is the final race for this year's championship?
The final race will take place at Brands Hatch GP on the 24th of October 2021.
ThePuntersPage Final Say
The Championship's popularity in the UK is strong and that's not surprising at all given the exciting races that fans have witnessed over the years. The fact that drivers are not limited to a particular gender also means that it is one of the few sports in which genders can compete freely. And when it comes to betting, the opportunities here are huge! With 3 races and a qualifying round per race weekend, punters will be spoilt for choice!