The British Touring Car Championship is the premier series for tin-top racing in the UK, and most races deliver more action than you get in F1 in an entire year.
This year is already shaping up to be another exciting one: Gordon Shedden and Jason Plato are back and Jade Edwards, driving for BTC Racing this year, is the first female driver to race in the series since 2007. And this weekend, Jess Hawkins will be sitting in for Andy Neate in the Motorbase Ford Focus, making this the first time (that we know of) there will be two women on the grid.
When is the next BTCC race?
Sunday 13 June, Snetterton
Coverage starts at 11am on ITV4 and ITV.com/BTCC
It was a long wait for the BTCC season to begin in 2021 and the five-week interval between the opener at Thruxton and Snetterton has tested fans’ patience, though it was designed this way in order to allow more people to spectate in person, rather than in front of the telly.
But for those unable to get to Snetterton, ITV4 will broadcast the entire event – including support races, so you can watch all day long from the comfort of your armchair.
If you want to watch in HD, you’ll need to have Sky or Virgin, as ITV4 HD isn’t available on Freeview or Freesat, only the standard-definition version.
You can’t watch races live online, but you can watch replays on ITV’s website and highlights are shown on ITV4, which are then available on ITV Hub, usually the following Saturday.
Provisional timetable for Snetterton
11.35Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship
12.15 F4 British Championship
12.45 – 13.40 Lunch Break
13.40 Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship
14.15 BTCC Pit Lane Opens
14.30 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship
15.10 The Mini Challenge
15.45 Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Championship
16.25 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
17.05 BTCC Pit Lane Opens
17.20 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship
How to watch BTCC qualifying in 2021
Saturday 12 June from 2.30pm
The Saturday qualifying session isn’t broadcast on TV, so you’ll have to watch online. Head to ITV’s website and you can watch along with the timing information in a web browser on your PC, phone or tablet.
Qualifying typically takes place at 2.30pm on the Saturday before the Sunday races.
You can also see live timing on the official BTCC website.
BTCC calendar 2021
The championship will visit 8 different circuits, with two visits to Thruxton and the traditional two different circuit layouts at Brands Hatch – the season will end with Brands Hatch GP as usual.
Brands Hatch Indy
31 July – 1 August
Donington Park National
Brands Hatch GP
BTCC 2021 teams and drivers
There’s a full-capacity grid again this year, with Nic Hamilton taking the final 29th seat with Team Hard. Note that Matt Neal isn’t driving in 2021 and Dan Cammish has also left Team Dymanics – he made an appearance for the first round only, standing in for Michael Crees whose seat has now been taken by Senna Proctor. (Crees is now racing in the Porsche Supercup.)
Here’s the full rundown.
Halfords Team Dynamics Motorsport
Honda Civic Type R
Gordon Shedden, Daniel Rowbottom
BMW 3 Series
Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant, Stephen Jelley
Toyota Gazoo Racing UK
Rory Butcher, Sam Smelt
Laser Tools Racing
Ash Sutton, Aiden Moffat, Carl Boardley
Jack Goff, Aron Taylor-Smith, Glynn Geddie, Nicolas Hamilton
Power Maxed Racing
Jason Plato, Daniel Lloyd
Jake Hill, Ollie Jackson
Andy Neate, Sam Osbourne
Excelr8 Trade Price Cars
Hyundai i30 Fastback N
Jack Butel, Chris Smiley, Tom Ingram
BMW 3 Series
Adam Morgan, Tom Chilton
Honda Civic Type R
Jade Edwards, Josh Cook, Senna Proctor
If you want even more BTCC, then something new for 2021 is that interviews and the Tin Top Tuesday podcast will be available on Amazon Music and – by extension – Alexa. Previously, and continuing as normal, they’ll also be on the official BTCC website.
How to watch BTCC outside the UK with a VPN
If you’re not in the UK, you won’t be able to watch BTCC without a VPN. That’s because, since Brexit, not even the paid-for ITV Hub+ service is available outside the UK.
A VPN can make it appear that you’re located in the same country as the broadcaster when you connect to a server in the UK.
We recommend using NordVPN, Surfshark or CyberGhost. Last time we checked, all three successfully unblocked ITV, but also have 24/7 live chat support if you do encounter any issues.
Read our guide to the best VPN services for more information.
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