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Bumper BTCC entry heads to Brands Hatch this April

Tuesday, March 22 2016

A 32-car entry list has been unveiled for the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, which gets underway at Brands Hatch on 2/3 April.

The list is headed by reigning champion team Honda, now rebranded Halfords Yuasa Racing, where multiple champions Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal will be joined by Andy Neate. A strong challenge is expected from Motorbase, where Andrew Jordan will team up with Mat Jackson in the Ford Focus. Rivals Team BMR has teamed up with Subaru, and Jason Plato and Colin Turkington will be joined in the new Levorg with James Cole and team boss Warren Scott. MG and WSR (BMW) are also expected to challenge for race wins.

There are several rookies in the 2016 field, and heading these will be actor and successful racer Kelvin Fletcher. The star of Emmerdale has competed in Porsche and Super Touring racing, and will join Hunter Abbott in a Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze.

Other newcomers include Renault Clio Cup Champion Ashley Sutton at MG, Matt Simpson in a Speedworks-run Honda Civic, and a trio of Team HARD-run Toyota Avensis cars for Chris Smiley, Michael Epps and local racer Jake Hill.

Also making his BTCC debut will be former Clio racer Mark Howard for the new Team BKR outfit. With assistance from Team BMR, the new squad will run the title-challenging VW CCs with race-winner Aron Smith in their other entry.

BTCC Series Director, Alan Gow, said: "This truly is a golden era for the BTCC. Our fantastic capacity line-up for 2016 looks set to be even more competitive and enthralling than ever - I'm genuinely excited to see how the season unfolds. The anticipation amongst our enormous number of fans is also very plain to see… the off-season has been full of intrigue.

"These really are the 'good old days' that, one day in the future, we will look back on with great fondness and delight. But today is all about the 'here and now' and we're all looking forward to witnessing another classic year of the BTCC."

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship entry list
4, Colin Turkington, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT
7, Mat Jackson, Motorbase, Ford Focus
11, Rob Austin, Handy Motorsport, Toyota Avensis
12 Mike Epps, RCIB Insurance Racing, Toyota Avensis
14, Alex Martin, Dextra Racing with Team Parker, Ford Focus
16, Aiden Moffat, Laser Tools Racing, Mercedes-Benz A-Class
17, Daniel Welch, Goodestone Racing, Proton Persona
20, James Cole, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT
22, Chris Smiley, TLC Racing, Toyota Avensis
24, Jake Hill, RCIB Insurance Racing, Toyota Avensis
25, Matt Neal, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
30, Martin Depper, Eurotech Racing, Honda Civic Type R
31, Jack Goff, Team IHG Rewards Club, BMW 125i M-Sport
33, Adam Morgan, WIX Racing, Mercedes-Benz A-Class
38, Mark Howard, BKR, VW CC
39, Warren Scott, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT
40, Aron Smith, BKR, VW CC
48, Ollie Jackson, AmD Tuning, Audi S3
52, Gordon Shedden, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
54, Hunter Abbott, Power Maxed Racing, Chevrolet Cruze
55, Jeff Smith, Eurotech Racing, Honda Civic Type R
57, Andy Neate, Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
66, Josh Cook, MG Racing RCIB Insurance, MG6 GT
77, Andrew Jordan, Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus
80, Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis
84, Kelvin Fletcher, Power Maxed Racing, Chevrolet Cruze
95, Stewart Lines, Maximum Motorsport, Ford Focus
99, Jason Plato, Subaru Team BMR, Subaru Levorg GT
100, Rob Collard, Team JCT600 with GuardX, BMW 125i M-Sport
116, Ashley Sutton, MG Racing RCIB Insurance, MG6 GT
303, Matt Simpson, Speedworks Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R
600, Sam Tordoff, Team JCT600 with GuardX, BMW 125i M-Sport

Tickets for the opening rounds of the BTCC at Brands Hatch on 2/3 April are available in advance from £27, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.