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2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship

15 Sep 2018 - 16 Sep 2018 15 Sep 2018 09:00 16 Sep 2018 18:00 Europe/London 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Grab your ticket now for a thrilling weekend of racing – there’s an open paddock policy so you can get as close as you like to the cars. Silverstone Circuit

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The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship returns to Silverstone in 2018 for the penultimate round of the season and what’s sure to be another thrilling weekend of racing. With a packed timetable and open paddock policy, it’s a must-attend event for any motorsport fan.

BTCC utilises the short National Circuit layout to maximise the action for the fans, all of whom can enjoy grandstand seating at some of the world’s most famous corners included in their entry ticket price.

Long straights and tight corners make for several overtaking opportunities on every lap, so action is guaranteed throughout the race. Silverstone regularly plays host to some memorable touring car battles as the drivers try to eek out every last second and set themselves up in the strongest possible position going into the unpredictable season finale a few weeks later. Check out the latest BTCC standings or visit the official BTCC website.

Children aged 15 & under can attend for free on a general admission ticket!

Scroll down  for more information and ticket prices.

 

Tickets Prices

We recommend booking your tickets in advance to benefit from the cheapest prices.

General Admission inc Roving

Advance

On The Day

Adult Child* Adult Child*
Saturday £15 Free £20 Free Buy now
Sunday £29 Free £38 Free Buy now
Weekend £39 Free £46 Free Buy now

*Children aged 15 & under
Roving seating in Luffield, Woodcote B, National Pits Straight and Silverstone Six.

Reserved Seating in Copse A
or Woodcote A

Advance

On The Day

Adult Child* Adult Child*
Sunday £39 £10 Buy now
Weekend £49 £10 Buy now

Weekend tickets include reserved Sunday seat and General Admission inc Roving on Saturday

What’s included

    • FREE pit walk on Sunday (time tbc)
    • Free paddock access all weekend
    • Post race track walk
    • On track podium presentation
    • Children aged 15 and under can attend for free
    • Family friendly entertainment
    • Roving grandstand seating
    • Free car parking
    • Silverstone Radio broadcasting on 87.7FM
    • Giant viewing screens

Introduction to the British Touring Car Championship

The British Touring Car Championship is one of the best-loved, most illustrious and famous motor racing championships in the world. Only Formula 1 and America’s NASCAR stock car series have longer histories – since its inception in 1958 it has attracted and captivated millions of fans around the world.

Saloon car racing was a huge success from the very start, with the public packing into Britain’s motor sport venues to watch the top drivers of the day compete in racing versions of their road cars at simply unbelievable speeds. It’s a lasting appeal that to this day continues to deliver a punch and panache that that is the envy of every other motor sporting arena in the UK.

Traditional, great British names such as Jaguar, Austin, Ford, Mini, Lotus, Sunbeam and Triumph – often with top international stars, including Formula 1 drivers, at the wheel – were all winners in the first 20 years, each aware of the importance of using the BTCC to showcase their latest models .

By the Eighties, the BTCC was moving with the times and beginning to develop a truly international flavour. Mazda, Toyota and Alfa Romeo were the first three winners of the decade as the championship continued to be run for several classes of car, but the mighty Ford RS500 and BMW M3 – dominant as the Nineties loomed – are probably the two most evocative models of the period.

It was in the Nineties, however, that the BTCC truly boomed. The championship was already beginning to grow in stature, with regular television coverage on the BBC’s flagship sports show, Grandstand. When the decision was taken to make the BTCC exclusively for 2-litre cars, it instantly created closer racing and attracted a host of high-profile manufacturers, teams and drivers to the series. Combined with enhanced television coverage and marketing genius, this made the BTCC essential viewing for millions throughout the UK – and many millions more around the world.

Trackside crowd figures nudged the 40,000 mark as the calendar evolved into a major UK tour with events being added in Scotland and Wales. The social element of the championship quickly became important, and as is the case now, there was no substitute for ‘being there’. Few other sports have enjoyed such a rapid growth in popularity.

Unsurprisingly, manufacturers simply could not afford to miss out on the enormous marketing value of competing in the BTCC and Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volvo were all quick to join the party. Every one of them has the BTCC to thank for being a part of their continued growth in the UK today. Honda and MG continue to reap the rewards by fielding official ‘works’ teams in today’s championship while BMW, Ford, Proton and Toyota each provide customer support to teams on the grid.

Now more than twenty years on, that same 2-litre formula continues to provide one of motor sport’s most addictive, action-packed atmospheres for an audience of millions. It is the perfect platform for teams, drivers and sponsors to raise their profiles and reputations.

BTCC Key Rules and Regulations

Technical Overview

From the 2014 season onwards all cars are built to the same NGTC regulations. First introduced in 2011, these technical regulations are designed to dramatically reduce the design, build and running costs of the cars and engines. Only NGTC cars are now eligible to compete in the BTCC.

NGTC allows independent teams to compete on a level playing field against manufacturer-backed efforts by keeping costs down whilst at the same time rewarding precise engineering and all-important split-second strategy.

The foundation for NGTC is an emphasis on some common components – turbo, wastegate, intercoolers and ECU (engine control unit), six-speed sequential gearbox, subframe, brakes, dampers and suspension – which dramatically drives down costs for teams looking to compete in one of the world’s most attractive motor sport arenas.

Teams have the option of running either TOCA’s unbranded NGTC-spec engine or, whether privateer or full manufacturer-backed entries, developing their own powerplant to the regulations, as long as it is from the same ‘family’ as their chosen model of car – all are 300+bhp 2-litre turbo-charged engines.

TOCA BTCC Licence

Entry to the BTCC requires a TOCA BTCC Licence (TBL). There are 30 permanent TBLs available to teams, and allocations are prioritised as follows:

  • Existing teams that competed in at least 50 per cent of the 2013 BTCC season with NGTC machinery had automatic entry for the same number of cars in 2014, subject to fulfilment of the pre-registration requirements by 30 November
  • Existing teams with two or more NGTC cars received priority for one additional entry subject to validation of the entry by TOCA
  • Existing cars
  • New entries

Eligible teams were then issued with a TBL which will secure each entry for a minimum of three seasons. Teams may sell, gift, lease, assign or loan their TBL to other existing teams or eligible new entries on a season-long basis only, subject to the approval of TOCA as to the integrity of both recipient and transaction.

Race Weekend Format

There are 10 events in the current season, with each event run across a weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

On Saturday there are two Free Practice sessions of 40 minutes and one Qualifying session of 30 minutes

On Sunday there are three BTCC races

The points system is 20-17-15-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 15 finishers. This method of scoring is also be applied to independent drivers’ and teams’ championship and the overall teams’ – see full regs for details. Single bonus points are awarded for the fastest qualifier, fastest laps and leading laps during races.

Dunlop Tyres

All teams in the BTCC must use Dunlop SportMaxx tyres. There are two dry compounds as well as the SportMaxx BluResponse tyre for wet conditions.

  • The medium or standard tyre is used in two of the three races per event. Teams must nominate which race they will use the soft compound tyre in before qualifying on Saturday, but this information is not released until Sunday morning
  • Teams may only use the soft tyre in each of the three races three times during the course of the season – meaning they can only use it in race three at a maximum of three events, race two at three events etc.
  • If the team chooses to use the soft tyre in a race that turns out to be wet, they have to attempt to use the soft tyre in the day’s next race. The soft tyre allocation does not carry over across race meetings

Race Grids

  • The grid for race one is decided during Saturday’s qualifying session
  • The grid for race two is based on drivers’ fastest laps from race one
  • The grid for race three is based on finishing positions, however there is also a reversed-grid element to the starting order. Cars that finished from sixth to tenth position in race two are put into a bowl, and one number is drawn at random. The corresponding car will start on pole, with the cars that finished ahead of it reversed i.e. if number six is chosen, the car that finished sixth in race two will start from pole ahead of the car that finished fifth, fourth, third etc.

Success Ballast

Cars that are successful in the BTCC must carry ballast (additional weight) in their cars. Ballast is given to the top ten runners in the following allocations:

1st:75kg, 2nd:66kg 3rd:57kg, 4th:48kg, 5th:39kg, 6th:33kg, 7th:27kg, 8th:21kg, 9th:15kg, 10th:9kg

Between events, ballast is allocated according to championship positions and is carried in qualifying and race one. For races two and three, ballast is allocated according to the finishing positions in race one and two respectively.

Fun facts

Jason Plato is the most successful driver at Silverstone. His six wins put him two ahead of Mat Jackson around the National configuration of the track. Plato also holds the qualifying lap record of 58.210s set last year on his way to pole position.

Support Races

Supporting the 2018 British Touring Car Championship timetable we have the:

  • Porsche Carrera Cup
  • GT4 Supercup
  • F4 British Championship
  • Ginetta Juniors
  • Clio Cup UK

 

2018 Season

Date Location
07-08 April Brands Hatch (Indy)
28-29 April Donington Park
19-20 May Thruxton
09-10 June Oulton Park
23-24 June Croft
28-29 July Snetterton
11-12 August Rockingham
25-26 August Knockhill
15-16 September SILVERSTONE
29-30 September Brands Hatch GP

Camping

Our official campsite; a stone’s throw away from the circuit, quality facilities and with entertainment to suit everyone, Woodlands is the campsite to stay at when you are here for the BTCC weekend! The campsite boasts facilities including hot showers and flushing toilets, which are kept clean around the clock by a dedicated team.

The campsite will be open from Friday 14 September to Monday 17 September. Opening times will be confirmed closer to the event.

You can add camping to your order after selecting your tickets. If you have already booked your tickets and wish to add camping to your order, please speak to the team on 0844 3750 740.

Camping* Adult £30
Child** £10
Electric Hook Up £70

*only available when purchasing weekend tickets
** children classed as 15 years and under

 
 

Entertainment

MUSIC AND EVENTS OVER THE WEEKEND

 
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Post Race Track Walk: Sunday 16 September

After the last BTCC race the podium ceremony will take place on the track, so you can all celebrate with the winners. After that feel free to walk the National Circuit and miss the bulk of the traffic leaving the circuit!

The entrances* to the track will be opposite the UTC, adjacent to Woodcote B grandstand and in front of Luffield Terrace – gates will open at approximately 17:55* when the track is safe.

*subject to change

Pit Walk/Autograph Session: Sunday 16 September

There is a FREE of charge pit walk taking place on Sunday 16 September (time tbc) so you can get up close to your favourite teams and drivers!

The pit walk is available on a first come first served basis and entry points are via Race Control and Scrutineering ends of the paddock.

Getting Here

  • PARKING AT THE CIRCUIT

    Parking at the circuit is free of charge for this event, please follow signs for public car parking and take directions from our car parking stewards.

    From M1

    Exit the motorway at Junction 15A and take the A43 towards Towcester. Silverstone is signposted from there. On your approach to the circuit please follow signs for public car parking.

    From M40

    Exit at Junction 10 onto the A43 and the circuit is signposted from here. On your approach to the circuit please follow signs for public car parking.

  • TRAIN

    The nearest mainline train stations are Milton Keynes and Northampton. Please check connecting bus services in order to ensure you can connect to Silverstone at a convenient time. Alternatively taxi journey is a short ride to Silverstone from these stations. Approx 30mins.

  • Taxi

    Taxis are readily available at all train stations just a short journey to Silverstone, approximately 30 mins. We advise fans to book return Taxis from Silverstone in advance.

  • Leaving the venue

    Silverstone has made significant investment in a traffic management system for this weekend. However, as with all large events there may be some delays in exiting car parks at peaks times. Why not stay, enjoy the entertainment, and make the most of your day?

FAQs

  • Where can i find out more about disabled accessibility?

    Please call 0844 3728 232 for further information or view the Accessibility & Event Mobility section of our website here.

  • When will my tickets be despatched?

    Ticket dispatch starts four – six weeks before the Event but tickets may be sent out anytime up until one week prior to the event.

    *Please note* – if you have changed your address since booking your tickets, you must inform our despatch team otherwise your tickets will be sent to the incorrect address. Please email despatch@silverstone.co.uk to inform us about any changes.

  • CAN I GET INTO THE PIT AND OR PADDOCK AREA?

    The pit garages are restricted, but you can take advantage of the open paddock to get closer to your favourite teams.

  • ARE THERE ANY PITWALKS?

    There will be a free of charge pit walk on Sunday 16 September. Details will be confirmed closer to the event (time to be confirmed, provisional and subject to change).

  • Where does my ticket entitle me to go/what are the ticket options?

    Entrance ticket price includes roving grandstand seat access, free of charge parking, pit walk (sunday only) and an open paddock access.

  • Where will the giant tv screens be located?

    Giant viewing screens will be available on Sunday of the event only, location/s to be confirmed.

  • Are there any cash machines on site?

    Yes, there will be a cash machine located in the entertainment zone and in the Pit Stop Café, see event map for details (available nearer to event). Please note that there will be a service charge to use these machines.

  • Can you purchase Silverstone merchandise at the event?
    Yes, Silverstone shops sell a variety of merchandise! The Silverstone Hub will be open during the weekend. Alternatively buy online in advance to avoid disappointment!
  • Can you purchase suncream/ batteries/ plasters/ cameras/ emergency medicines etc at the event?

    Yes, Silverstone merchandise shops sell these essential items! Please download the event map (closer to the event) to locate these shop locations.

  • Can i use my pushbike around the circuit?

    Bikes can sometimes be used at the circuit though they are not advised at this event as the circuit will be very busy.

  • CAN I LEAVE THE CIRCUIT AND RE-ENTER IN ONE DAY?

    Yes, this is possible; please ensure the staff at the gate stamp your hand as you leave the circuit. Re-entry to the site will only be permitted if the person has their hand stamped and is in possession of a valid ticket for the event. Please review the timetable (closer to the event) to check last re-entry times each day.

  • can i take photos?

    Photographic equipment, mobile telephones and other communications devices are permitted within the venue provided that they are used for personal and private non-commercial purposes.

  • I have not received my tickets by post

    Ticket dispatch starts four – six weeks before the Event, but tickets may be sent out anytime up until one week prior to the event. You will receive your tickets in advance via First Class Royal mail post. If you have not received your tickets please contact 0844 3750 740.

    *Please note* – if you have changed your address since booking your tickets, you must inform our despatch team otherwise your tickets will be sent to the incorrect address. Please email despatch@silverstone.co.uk to inform us about any changes.

     

  • WHAT IF I AM PICKING MY TICKETS UP FROM TICKET COLLECTION AT THE EVENT?

    If you have booked after the advance despatch deadline tickets will be available for collection at Ticket collection. ID is required (For example driving licence), email confirmation as well/booking reference.

    If it is not the purchaser collecting the tickets the purchaser would need to have written a letter giving the non-purchaser permission to collect the tickets to pass to us for proof.

    Please park your car in the public car park and then make your way to Ticket Collection Please check ticket collection opening times.

  • WHAT ARE THE TICKET COLLECTION OPENING TIMES

    Ticket collection opening times will be confirmed closer to the event.

  • Do children need a ticket?

    Children aged 15 years and under will need a ticket for Entry to the venue. Please ensure you select the number of child tickets you require at the time of purchasing. One adult can accompany up to a maximum of four children. If you have any questions please call the Contact Centre on 0844 3750 740.

  • What age do you have to be to be classed as a child?

    15 years and under on the day of the event is classed as a child.

  • Can i buy a ticket on the gate?

    Yes you can. We highly recommended buying in advance to avoid disappointment and in order to gain the best ticket prices.

  • WHICH CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS DO YOU ACCEPT?

    We accept most major credit and debit cards with the exception of Diners Club & American Express cards.

  • Where can blue badge holders park?

    There are a number of disabled parking areas available please call 0844 3728 232 for more information.

  • My ticket confirmation has my old delivery address on it, what shall i do?

    Please forward the confirmation email to us on despatch@silverstone.co.uk detailing your new address and a daytime contact number. We will then arrange for tickets to be dispatched to the new address.

    *Please note* – if you have changed your address since booking your tickets, you must inform our despatch team otherwise your tickets will be sent to the incorrect address. Please email despatch@silverstone.co.uk to inform us about any changes.

  • WHAT TIME DO CAR PARKS OPEN?

    Car parks open up to half an hour before Circuit Gate Opening Times. Please note that this is subject to change.

  • Where can i park / travel options?

    To ensure your visit to Silverstone runs as smoothly as possible please ensure you leave plenty of time for your journey and to make the most of your day.

    Parking on site is free please follow signs for public parking and take directions form our car parking stewards.

    The nearest mainline train stations are Milton Keynes and Northampton. Please check connecting bus services in order to ensure you can connect to Silverstone at a convenient time.

    Alternatively a taxi journey is a short ride to Silverstone from these stations. Approx 30mins.

  • How much does it cost to park?

    Parking is free at Silverstone for this event.

  • Do i need a parking permit for my motorbike?

    No, you dont need a parking permit for your motorbike.

  • Where can i park overnight?

    Unfortunately Silverstone does not allow overnight parking in its car parks and public car parks will be closed overnight.

  • Where is the nearest train station?

    Silverstone is situated between three stations: Northampton, Milton Keynes and Banbury. They are all approximately 30 minutes from the circuit.

  • How can i purchase camping tickets?

    Camping is available at our official campsite, Silverstone Woodlands, over the BTCC weekend! Adults can camp for £30 and children aged 15 & under are £10.

    You can add camping to your order in the booking process.

  • What items are not allowed in the venue?

    The following items are not permitted into the venue:

    • Bags over 20L capacity
    • Glass bottles
    • BBQ’s
    • Restricted and illegal substances
    • Offensive weapons
    • No animals (excluding Assistance Dogs) will be admitted to the Venue or any car parks. All registered assistance dogs are welcome. However, before your arrival please contact the circuit on 0844 3728 251 (Mon-Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm only) so that the necessary arrangements can be made
    • Items that are deemed dangerous, offensive or unsuitable
    • Drones or remote controlled aircraft
    • Step ladders
    • Lasers
    • Fireworks/ pyrotechnics
  • Food & Drink

    We have a wide range of vendors around the circuit for all tastes. We have traditional hot snacks such as burgers, fish & chips, jacket potatoes and pies to paninis, baguettes and vegetarian food – but we’re sure you’ll find numerous other options that are very tempting indeed. There are also a number of licensed bars serving beer and other refreshments.

    Please kindly note that no glass bottles are allowed to be brought into the circuit at any time. You will be asked to leave any glass bottles at the gates if you do bring them.

  • SILVERSTONE POLICY STATEMENT ON ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES.

    Silverstone Circuits Ltd and the police have a zero tolerance policy to illegal substances. The dealing in or use of illegal drugs is not condoned by Silverstone Circuits Ltd. Drug enforcement laws are as applicable on site as anywhere else in the country. Police officers and security guards will be on site and will deal with drug offences in accordance with national guidelines. Neither anti-social nor illegal behaviour will be tolerated. You may be searched at the entrance. Any items which the organisers consider may be used in an illegal or offensive manner will be confiscated. Persons suspected of carrying out illegal and / or offensive activities onsite may be searched. If you do get caught you will be escorted off the site, and refused re-admission.

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