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2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship September

26 Sep 2020 - 27 Sep 2020 26 Sep 2020 09:00 27 Sep 2020 18:00 Europe/London 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship September 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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Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship

We’re pleased that BTCC and its support championships will be visiting Silverstone this year, maintaining the original calendar date of 26 – 27 September. The race meeting will run on the National Circuit instead of the International layout as originally planned.

It is hugely disappointing for us to let you know that we will not to be able to welcome our loyal fans trackside as we’ve made the tough decision for the event to be held behind closed doors. However, fans will be able to watch all the action at Silverstone live on ITV4 and we’ll be keeping in touch via our social media channels.

Behind the scenes we’ve been working hard to try and run the event with spectators and have left it as late as we could before making this announcement, so that if there was a change in Government policy or opportunity to run as a pilot event, for an elite motorsport, we could host our fans, but we finally had to concede that it would not be possible this year.

BTCC, as a leading UK racing series, is classified as an elite sport and the current guidelines remain that spectators cannot attend elite sport events.

Our ticket holders will have the option of transferring their tickets to the 2021 British Touring Car Championship Silverstone round on 25 – 26 September or receiving a full refund. Please check your email and read our FAQs.

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.

 
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Unfortunately this year the race will be held behind closed doors.

FAQs

  • Can I attend the event?

    Along with other motorsport events taking place in the UK during this period, this race meeting will be held ‘behind closed doors’ in line with the government’s current guidelines regarding the hosting of sporting fixtures.

    This means that, unfortunately, spectators will not be allowed to attend the race meeting.

  • I have tickets booked, what should I do?

    You are entitled to a full refund or you may choose to transfer your tickets to the 2021 confirmed BTCC race.

    Please check your email, where you’ll be given full information about your ticket options.

    Visit our FAQs page for useful information.

  • Which date is the 2021 race?

    British Touring Car Championship will return to Silverstone on the 25-26 September 2021.

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