With just under 3 months to go to the first race of 2018, we are greeted with the all new BTCC website.
First and foremost, you will see the new BTCC 60th anniversary logo, which will be used across all official championship branding throughout 2018. The design, which incorporates a wreath as per previous celebratory BTCC seasons, plus a 60th diamond detail, has been created in seven solid colours (white, black, teal, orange, purple, blue and yellow).
What’s happening in 2018?
Caine signs with Team Hard
Team HARD has today confirmed the signing of former British GT Champion Michael Caine as the final piece of its 2018 jigsaw puzzle. He takes the last of four seats in the stable ahead of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and will once again adorn #44.
Following on from the announcement that the team had re-signed Jake Hill last week, Team Principal Tony Gilham believes the experience offered up by Caine is the final ingredient required and is optimistic that it’s yet another positive step forward for the Kent outfit.
“When I took the call from the guys at Pioneer Race Events mid-December and spoke to Tony (Gilham), I thought Christmas really had come early for the Caine household,” said Caine.
BTC Norlin Racing switches to Honda
After a successful 2017 debut season, BTC Norlin Racing has announced it will switch from Chevrolet to Honda machinery for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
“The move highlights the ambitions of the BTC Norlin Racing team to continue to invest in the BTCC and progress to become a regular fixture on the podium,” said Team Director Bert Taylor.
“We wish to extend special thanks to Honda and Barry Plowman, Steve Neal and Matt Neal from Team Dynamics who gave us this unique opportunity to acquire world-class manufacturer machinery.”
Richard Irwin, co-owner of BTC Norlin Racing, added, “The Honda Civic Type R has consistently been at the front of the grid with Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal. Norlin strives to steadily challenge for the independent title in the coming seasons and therefore the switch of body shells was important to achieve this.”
Norlin Hotels and Central Fusion will continue to sponsor the cars in 2018 along with a number of new sponsors that will be announced in the coming weeks.
Stephen Symington, co-owner, concluded, “The professionalism and ambition of the BTC Norlin team surprised many in our debut season and thus has attracted the attention of a number of new sponsors and brands, some already involved in motorsports and others new to this arena. We look forward to welcoming them and their guests to a real VIP experience at each round of the 2018 season.”
Jake Hill Focussed on BTCC success
British Racing Driver’s Club ‘Rising Star’ Jake Hill says he is ‘very confident’ of challenging for success with Team HARD Brisky Racing, having today re-signed with Tony Gilham’s squad for a third successive Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
Goudhurst-Based Hill starred in his first season with the team in 2016, impressing with his pace and race craft in the team’s Toyota Avensis. He continued to put in several noteworthy performances in 2017 in the VW CC, especially during qualifying, putting the car in the top-ten on five occasions.
“Last season we had some great pace, but our results didn’t really reflect just how competitive we really were,” said the 23-year-old. “So for 2018 I am really excited to be part of Team HARD Brisky Racing again. I can’t thank Tony, Gary, Kingsley and the guys enough for the faith they have shown in me, and for the opportunity to continue our journey together.
“With Geoff (Kingston) on board and seeing the impact he has already made, implementing several fairly major technical changes to the car, I know we will be in a really strong position to regularly challenge at the front.
Click this link for the calendar of races for 2018.