BTCC: January Review

BTCC: January Review

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A look at some of the 2017 cars and liveries from the Autosport Show
(Photo from: www.autosportinternational.com)

As the winter continues, the final pieces of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship jigsaw are being put in place with numerous drives announced throughout January, giving us a much clearer idea of who will be where this year.

The beginning of January saw the Autosport Show take place at the NEC in Birmingham, one of Europe’s biggest car motorsport shows. In the past, many drivers have taken this opportunity to reveal their plans for the coming year and this year was no different.

It started on Thursday morning when AmD Tuning confirmed that reigning Renault Clio Cup champion Ant Whorton-Eales would be joining the team for 2017, completing their two care line up alongside 2016 driver Ollie Jackson. The 22 year-old beat former AmD Tuning driver Mike Bushell for his 2016 crown and becomes the fifth Clio champion to driver for the team.

Motorbase announced that Mat Jackson would be joined by Martin Depper and Luke Davenport in the Shredded Wheat back Ford Focuses. The team expands to three cars for 2017, following Andrew Jordan’s departure to WSR.

Depper joins after switching from Eurotech having spent the last three seasons with team while Davenport joins the BTCC after previously racing in the Ginetta GT Supercup and the British GT Championship.

It was also confirmed at the show that Colin Turkington would be leaving Team BMR after two seasons with Warren Scott’s outfit. The two time champion enjoy huge success with the team, including a maiden win for Subaru in the BTCC and Oulton Park. With limited seats available, Turkington’s only options are a switch to MG or a return to his old team WSR, where he won his two titles.

Later on in January after the Autosport Show news had died down, former WSR driver Jack Goff announced his plans as he confirmed he would be joining Jeff Smith at Eurotech Racing for 2017 in a Honda Civic Type-R. The 25 year old replaces Martin Depper who left the team to join Motorbase and is confident he can challenge for wins, in a car which has won the previous two championships.

The final announcement to come in January was from Team HARD who revealed that they would be retaining the services of Jake Hill. Hill impressed fans, pundits and fellow competitors in 2016, with six top 10 finishes and a best result of fifth at Silverstone, on his way to 17th in the standings. Following a successful first full year in the championship, Hill is now hoping to improve on last season’s results and is aiming for podiums in his second full season.

Hill will once again be partnered with Mike Epps however they will be joined by rookie Will Burns, who joins the BTCC after coming second in the 2016 Ginetta GT4 Supercup. The Team HARD trio will compete in three VW CC’s with RML parts.

2017 BTCC Entry List
TEAM No. DRIVER
CONSTRUCTOR ENTRIES
 

Silverline Subaru Team BMR

 

TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
 

Honda Halfords Yuasa Racing

25 Matt Neal
52 Gordon Shedden
Simpson Racing 303 Matt Simpson
 

West Surrey Racing

77 Andrew Jordan
TBA
TBA
 

Power Maxed Racing

TBA Senna Proctor
TBA Tom Chilton
 

Triple Eight Engineering

TBA TBA
TBA TBA
INDEPENDENT ENTRIES
 

Motorbase Performance

3 Mat Jackson
30 Martin Depper
300 Luke Davenport
 

AmD Tuning

10 Ant Whorton-Eales
48 Ollie Jackson
Handy Motorsport 11 Rob Austin
Speedworks Motorsport 80 Tom Ingram
 

Team HARD

12 Michael Epps
24 Jake Hill
TBA Will Burns
Team Parker Racing TBA Stephen Jelley
Laser Tools Racing 16 Aiden Moffat
Wix Racing 33 Adam Morgan
 

BTC Norlin Racing

17 Dave Newsham
22 Chris Smiley
 

Eurotech Racing

31 Jack Goff
55 Jeff Smith
Maximum Motorsport TBA