BTCC PREVIEW: BTCC RETURNS TO THRUXTON FOR FULL-THROTTLE WEEKEND

23 Aug 21

Thruxton Circuit is gearing up for a full-throttle weekend on 28/29 August as the all-action Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship returns to the fastest circuit in the UK.

Thruxton lifted the curtain on the 2021 season, albeit behind closed doors, back in May and since then the usual twists and turns the BTCC has become known for have had fans on the edge of their seats.

With lockdown restrictions having eased, this weekend will mark the first time in two years that spectators will be in attendance to watch the UK’s premier motorsport series do battle around the fastest circuit in the country, and a bumper crowd is expected to fill the grass bankings and grandstands.

Kicking off the second half of the season, reigning champion Ashley Sutton heads into the weekend as the man to beat - sitting atop the standings holding a 14-point advantage.

The Laser Tools Racing driver has been in superlative form this year and he already has three wins to his name, one of which was at Thruxton. Looking to extend his lead, the double champion will need to be at his best as a long list of contenders are hot on his heels.

Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Tom Ingram leads the chase ahead of multiple champions Colin Turkington and Gordon Shedden - both of whom have begun to hit their stride in recent rounds.

Next on the leaderboard are two drivers that will be eager to replicate their performances from May. Jake Hill piloted his Ford Focus to the podium in all three races whilst BTC Racing’s Josh Cook bagged a brace of race wins.

Beyond the top six, fellow Honda drivers Senna Proctor and Daniel Rowbottom, as well as Stephen Jelley, Aiden Moffat, Adam Morgan, Rory Butcher, Jason Plato and Jack Goff will all be worth keeping an eye on across Sunday’s trio of races.

PLEASE NOTE: The traditional BTCC Pit Lane Walkabout has been replaced this year at all events by the BTCC Drivers’ Parade.

 

Highlights from the previous round at Knockhill

 

Support Races

It won’t just be the BTCC that takes centre stage over the course of the weekend either, with a bumper support race programme also primed to dazzle those in attendance.

The Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup, MINI CHALLENGE Trophy, Porsche Visit Cayman Islands Sprint Challenge and F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford EcoBoost will undoubtedly deliver plenty of wheel-to-wheel moments.

 

Off Track

Away from the racing action, there will be a trade village, supercar displays, skid pan rides, food stalls, camping and live music. Plus, next years Hybrid BTCC will be on display outside the Thruxton. A chance to take a closer look at the future of BTCC racing!

 

Hybrid Car

 

Camping

A small number of camping pitches are available to purchase here

Camping pitches must be purchased in advance. Maximum of six adults per pitch (children 12 and under do not count). The cost of each camping pitch is £40. Each camping pitch is 5m x 10m and will be yours for the duration of the event, camping pitches will be allocated on arrival on a first come first serve basis. Showers, toilets, fresh water supply and waste facilities are available in the campsite.

The campsite will open at 12pm, Thursday 26 August and will remain open until 12pm Monday 30 August. The campsite is manned 24 hours a day but the latest arrival is 11pm, to avoid disruption to the other campers.

 

Provisional Timetable

To view the event timetable, click here.

 

Tickets and Programmes

Tickets and programmes will be available to purchase at the gate on both days. For more information and information on tickets, click here

 

MOBILITY SCOOTER HIRE

Unity Mobility will be providing scooter hire this weekend.
There will be a selection of manual wheelchairs and mobility scooters available to hire each day to give you the freedom to get around.

To book your scooter please email kelly.delaney@unityonline.org.uk. Availability is limited, so prebooking is advisable.

Scooter Hire - £15 per day / £25 both days
Manual Wheelchair - £8 per day / £15 both days