Category: British Touring Car Championship


Tony Gilham, former world BMX champion and MMA fighter, has turned successfully to motorsport in recent years (Image | MJP Media)

Tony Gilham, former world BMX champion and MMA fighter, has turned successfully to motorsport in recent years (Image | MJP Media)

This season will see Team HARD., led by former BMX world champion and professional cage-fighter Tony Gilham, attempt the unprecedented challenge of running four cars simultaneously in the British Touring Car Championship having run just one until the last round of last season, when they fielded two.

Just in case that doesn’t sound enough of a test, let me elaborate – HARD. will be running two different cars. One of those, the VW Passat CC, will be making its touring car debut. Only one of the five drivers signed thus far by the squad has previous experience of a complete BTCC season. Then there’s the sponsorship and backing for four cars to find, the logistical nightmare to sort out, the cars to finish building before the campaign starts – and yet the squad are looking at adding a fifth entry to their record-breaking endeavours.

Sounding difficult yet?

Continue reading

Yuasa Honda’s Gordon Sheddon took two wins and a third-place at Rockingham at the weekend to move ahead of teammate and reigning champion Matt Neal in the championship standings (Image | 90right.wordpress.com)

Many of you will, no doubt, have been tuned in on Sunday to the Singapore Grand Prix, and suffered with Lewis Hamilton as engine failure cost him not only points but a lot of momentum in his pursuit of drivers’ championship leader, and former McLaren teammate, Fernando Alonso.

I, however, was at a motor-racing event of a rather different nature.

Regular readers of TAP’s motorsport section may have noticed that I’m something of a British touring cars fan, and last weekend I got the chance to fulfill a lifelong (okay, year-long) ambition to go to the BTCC event at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire.

Continue reading

Jason Plato, double-BTCC champion and one of the most experienced (and controversial) drivers in the series, leads the way after three rounds in his brand-new MG. (Overdrive.com)

The 2012 British Touring Car Championship is back on our screens again and it’s been quite a start to the new season. Weather played its part in making the last round, at Thruxton last weekend, a thrilling occasion, but the curtain-raiser at Brands Hatch and second meeting at Donington Park also delivered plentifully in the entertainment stakes.

Being something of a motorsport nerd, I sorely missed whole-day BTCC coverage on ITV4 over the winter, and was somewhat saddened to have missed the first three rounds of the season due to pre-planned absense. Having now watched all of the races I missed thanks to the wonder of YouTube (thanks a lot, dmadey08), a few things are standing out so far which set this season out from last year’s unforgettable campaign.

1) The title fight will be even closer – and less hostile – than before

Continue reading