This is so we know who is driving for who, as im losing track of who has switched now
Matt Neal (2011 champion) & Gordon Sheddon
Ollie Jackson (selected races last year)
Adam Morgan (r) & Tony Hughes (selected races last year)
John Thorne (r) & Rob Hedley (r)
Mat Jackson, Liam Griffin & Aron Smith (selected races last year)
Rob Collard, Nick Foster & Tom Onslow-Cole
Central Group Racing
Lea Wood (selected races last year)
Dan Welch (selected races last year)
Chris James & Dave Newsham
Jason Plato & Andy Neate
Andrew Jordan & Jeff Smith
Mike Hazell & TBC
TH Motorsport will appear mid-season at the earliest now due to sponsor trouble,
some teams have yet announced there plans such as STR and TechSpeed
I expect Dynojet to run Frank Wrathall again and RobAustin to run himself and a second car.
Team AON have of course left for WTCC with Tom Chilton and James Nash
Dynojet have confirmed and entry with Frank Wrathall and Rob Austin Racing have confirmed a 2 car assault with Rob Austin as their first driver.
The TH Motorsport entry with Matt Hamilton in the Skoda is also confirmed
It’s a bit of plugging I know but I’ve put a short video up on YouTube from the test session at Oulton Park yesterday. I filmed a pit stop for one of the Motorbase Fords showing how the rear tyres on a front wheel drive car are warmed up by doing a warm up lap, coming in to swap the front and rear tyres and then going back out again. I’m sure that would be of interest to someone!
Very interesting video Rob, makes me think of the videos from the pitlane in 60s F1, people chatting amiably in the background while the mechanics get on with it. I think there’s something to be said for that style of motor racing over the modern up-tight professionalism of F1.
I guess tyre blankets etc are banned in BTCC, do they normally do this in qualifying? I’ve never seen it done before.
It’s also one of the few chances to be in an active BTCC pit lane! I agree with @George that the open fan friendly format of the BTCC is much better than the ‘them and us’ mentality of F1.
I’ve never seen a tyre blanket is the BTCC so I guess they’re banned, swapping the tyres at least warms all four tyres and makes up for the lack of heat going into the tyres without drive. Likewise on a rear wheel drive car like the BMW or Audi, swapping the tyres is the only way to heat the front tyres.