I have followed the BTCC for a while. I am not sure I recall a time though when the grid was this healthy. Come the end of the 2009 season things were looking bleak for the series as the last of the manufacturer teams pulled out when Vauxhall had their funding removed. This weekend though will see 23 cars take to the grid in Thruxton as the thirty round (over ten events) season gets under way.
In terms of the drivers there are some great names in the sport including Fabrizio Giovanardi who is something of a touring car expert having picked up 9 titles over 18 years. Jason Plato will be known to many as a hard racer who takes few prisoners and the whole field is full of drivers who don’t mind swapping a little paint. This season is going to be great and the only real downside is the loss of last years champion. Yes, rather sadly the champion can’t find the funds to go racing this season. Colin Turkington has long been a driver to admire being I suppose best described as a gentleman driver staying out of trouble and yet still able to pick up large numbers of wins. He will be greatly missed this season.
As usual my mother and I will be venturing to Brands Hatch in May and October with Paddy and Beth joining us as well it’ll be a fun little trip. If you have any interest in close racing and lots of overtaking then you should really consider coming with us sometime… Just don’t be like Craig and spend the whole time taking photos instead of paying attention. To get in the mood and find out just how good the BTCC is tune into ITV4 this Sunday sometime between 11 and 6.