BTCC on ITV – Thruxton
The Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is set for a second visit of the season to Hampshire’s Thruxton Circuit next weekend (17/18 August), with Colin Turkington the man with the target on his back as Rounds 19, 20 and 21 approach.
Reigning champion Colin Turkington notched up another consistent performance at Snetterton to pull a further three points clear of nearest rival and stablemate Andrew Jordan, though the chasing pack – spearheaded by Josh Cook in the BTC Racing Honda – is far from out of the equation. The standings’ top six drivers sit within 70 points of one-another. With 67 points on offer at each of the four events to come, there’s plenty of scope for it all to change – and quickly.
Honda machinery has arguably proven to be the most suited to the high-speed sweepers at Britain’s fastest race track having taken victory in 13 of the last 27 rounds there – including via Cook himself back in May. That said, the BMWs were strong first time around. Jordan capitalised with a pair of victories as the outfit caught everyone on the hop out of the blocks with its trio of new-build 3 Series’ fresh out of the workshop just a week before the curtain-raising event of 2019 at Brands Hatch.
Those unable to make the trip will be able to catch the action on qualifying and race-day, live and exclusively via the championship’s long-term broadcast partners, ITV Sport, with an eight-hour programme of the best motor racing action in the country to be screened live on ITV4 next Sunday. The BTCC is in rude health, illustrated by ITV’s year-on-year live broadcast figures for the championship seeing a 14 percent rise.
The BTCC enjoys exclusive television bragging rights in 2019, as the only major motorsport series to be broadcast on a leading UK free-to-air television network. All ten race weekends are screened live on ITV4, the ITV Hub and streamed via itv.com/BTCC with six hours of programming at every race-day this season.
THRUXTON: 17/18 AUGUST
Qualifying LIVE: Saturday 17 August
ITV.com/BTCC from 1520
Raceday LIVE: Sunday 18 August
ITV4 & ITV4 HD 1130-1815
ITV Hub 1130-1815
Highlights: Saturday 24 August
ITV4 & ITV4 HD 1030-1200
ITV4 +1 1130-1300
ITV Hub Available anytime for the next 30 days
Highlights: Sunday 25 August
ITV4 & ITV4 HD 0725-0900
ITV4 +1 0825-1000
Highlights: Wednesday 28 August
ITV & ITV HD 2345-0100