BTCC 2020 prolog.

The British Touring Car Championship, BTCC, returns to UK circuits over the weekend of 28th/29th March at Donington Park. But for those who can’t wait that long there is a free entry open launch day at Silverstone on Tuesday 17th March. This is an opportunity for keen fans to see the 2020 cars and drivers in action on the International circuit, with a pit lane walkabout scheduled for the lunch break.
The 2020 title will be contested over ten weekends each with three races at circuits across the UK from Thruxton in deepest Hampshire to Knockhill in Scotland. And if previous years can be used as a guide it will be a thrilling and action packed season.
For the drivers; Colin Turkington in a WSR BMW 330i M Sport clinched the 2019 crown with in a dramatic manner in the last race of the season will be looking to add a fifth title to his impressive record. Jason Plato returns in the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra, having taken just one victory in 2019 in the last race of the season, he needs just three more wins to achieve an impressive 100 victories in the series. Another stalwart of the series Matt Neal will be piloting a Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R which will be his thirtieth season. Despite not having a top podium finish in 2019 he is as keen as ever and will be one to watch in 2020.
In other parts of the grid there has been a shuffling of some drivers and teams and a few names returning to compete in 2020, e.g. Matt Jackson who will partner Jason Plato.
On the technical side the biggest change is the move to Goodyear tyres from its sister company Dunlop. Again drivers will have three compounds; hard, medium and soft, but there will be a modification to the process for tyre choice before a race. Which will be modified further for certain venues.
Full details of all the changes in can be found on the BTCC main website at http://www.btcc.net.
One thing is for certain the 2020 series will provide dramatic, entertaining and just occasionally controversial racing. If you can’t get two a race, and I urge you to go to at least one, then ITV4 will be showing the Sunday races live.

Colin Turkington, WSR, BMW 330i M Sport.
Jason Plato, Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra
Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type-R.

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