BTCC PRE-SEASON RECAP: NOVEMBER-DECEMBER
As the countdown to the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship is hotting up, we will be taking a look back at some of the major announcements that have happened so far.
We will provide you with bitesize info on each of the breaking stories that have begun to shape the upcoming season, as well as links to the full article, so that you can make sure you are up-to-date on all things BTCC!
Today, we’re looking back at the news that broke during November and December, before we turn our attention to January later this week.
Here’s a rundown of all the driver, team, car and championship info that arrived before we said goodbye to 2020…
The first big news came ahead of the 2020 Season Finale, as EXCELR8 Motorsport and Trade Price Cars Racing announced that the two squads would be teaming up to field a four-car attack on the 2021 campaign. Following this, the first of the four Hyundai drivers was then unveiled in December, as Jack Butel was confirmed for his sophomore year in the BTCC.
On the eve of Brands Hatch’s season-closing event, MB Motorsport announced the signing of Jake Hill, with the squad also retiring its pair of Honda Civic Type R FK2s after the weekend.
Ciceley Motorsport revealed it would be contesting a pair of BMW 330i M Sports following the retirement of the Mercedes-Benz A-Classes at Brands Hatch.
Team HARD Racing confirms Cupra trio
December saw Kent-based squad Team HARD Racing announce three of the four drivers getting behind the wheel of the new-for-2021 Cupras, with 2020 drivers Jack Goff and Glynn Geddie, and series returnee Aron Taylor-Smith, making up three-quarters of the line-up.
On Christmas Eve, reigning Independent Teams’ Champions, Laser Tools Racing, and Team HARD Racing announced a new partnership, which will see titleholder Ash Sutton and team-mate Aiden Moffat joined by Carl Boardley in a trio of Infiniti Q50s.
During the festive period, Speedworks Motorsport and driver Tom Ingram announced they would be embarking upon new challenges and parting ways in the 2021 BTCC, attributing the move to commercial considerations.
The final BTCC team announcement of 2020 saw BTC Racing confirm Josh Cook and Jack Sears Trophy winner Michael Crees would be sticking with the squad, marking Cook’s third and Crees’ second campaign with the Brackley-based team.
Rule changes for 2021
In addition to the above, December saw the announcement of several rule and regulation changes, including changes to ballast and the qualifying format during some events. Check out the full story here.
With numerous announcements also made during January, head back to btcc.net on Friday for the BTCC Pre-Season Recap: January, to make sure you’re up-to-date with all the major BTCC 2021 announcements so far.