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BTCC 2017: The picture so far...

Tuesday, January 24 2017

MSV circuits will host four rounds of the British Touring Car Championship in 2017 and early indications are that its shaping up to be another memorable season from the moment it kicks off at Brands Hatch on 1-2 April.

Reigning champion and Gordon Shedden and three-time champion team-mate Matt Neal will once again spearhead Honda's factory effort. These two modern day BTCC legends are famous for working together to achieve the best team result but you can expect things to get more than a little dicey with a record-equalling fourth championship crown on the line.

West Surrey Racing's de facto BMW constructor effort will be one to watch, particularly as 2013 champion Andrew Jordan joins the fold for his first taste of rear-wheel-drive touring car machinery.

Subaru's manufacturer team is yet to officially confirm any drivers, though Jason Plato is expected to continue as the team's leader, but it has been confirmed that two-time champion Colin Turkington will leave the team. Turkington took the championship to the wire in the all-new Subaru Levorg last season and is undoubtedly now the hottest property in the BTCC free agent market.

Vauxhall returns to the championship as a manufacturer this year with a Power Maxed Racing effort, led by the returning Tom Chilton, whilst Triple Eight Racing is yet to confirm either of the drivers in its works MG6s.

Outside the manufacturer ranks, Mat Jackson is the star man in a three-pronged attack from Motorbase Performance, now backed by Shredded Wheat, with Martin Depper and Luke Davenport as his team-mates.

As ever, there are plenty of other hot talents in the independent ranks, including race-winners Tom Ingram, Adam Morgan, and Jack Goff, plus fan favourite Rob Austin, and highly-rated newcomers like Ant Whorton-Eales.

Following the opening rounds on the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in April, the championship also visits Oulton Park on 20-21 May and Snetterton on 29-20 July, before returning to Kent for a finale on the legendary Brands Hatch GP circuit (30 September - 1 October).

2017 BTCC Entry List

Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, Matt Neal
Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R, Gordon Shedden
Simpson Racing, Honda Civic Type R, Matt Simpson

Pirtek Racing, BMW 125i M Sport, Andrew Jordan
West Surrey Racing, BMW 125i M Sport, TBA
West Surrey Racing, BMW 125i M Sport, TBA

Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra, Senna Proctor
Power Maxed Racing, Vauxhall Astra, Tom Chilton

Silverline Subaru BMR Racing, Subaru Levorg GT, TBA
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing, Subaru Levorg GT, TBA
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing, Subaru Levorg GT, TBA
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing, Subaru Levorg GT, TBA

Triple Eight Racing, MG6 GT, TBA
Triple Eight Racing, MG6 GT, TBA

Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus ST, Mat Jackson
Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus ST, Martin Depper
Motorbase Performance, Ford Focus ST, Luke Davenport

AmD Tuning, Audi A3 Saloon, Ant Whorton-Eales
AmD Tuning, Audi A3 Saloon, Ollie Jackson

Handy Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, Rob Austin

Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, Tom Ingram

Team HARD, Volkswagen CC, Michael Epps
Team HARD, Volkswagen CC, Will Burns
Team HARD, Volkswagen CC, TBA

Laser Tools Racing, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Aiden Moffat

WIX Racing, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Adam Morgan

BTC Norlin Racing, Chevrolet Cruze, Dave Newsham
BTC Norlin Racing, Chevrolet Cruze, Chris Smiley

Eurotech Racing, Honda Civic Type R, Jack Goff
Eurotech Racing, Honda Civic Type R, Jeff Smith

Team Parker Racing, Ford Focus ST, TBA

Maximum Motorsport, Ford Focus ST, TBA

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