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British Touring Car Championship Is Coming To Hampshire

5th April 2016 Published by

There’s nothing like being trackside with a congregation of racing fans cheering on their favourite drivers. The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) is now underway and scheduled to stop by the Thruxton Motorsport Centre in Hampshire on Saturday 7th May and Sunday 8th May. Each year the BTCC visits a number of circuits throughout the United Kingdom. The Thruxton track is a yearly fixture and currently the fastest on record, reaching an average top speed of 111.31 miles per hour.

Race Format

If you’re planning on attending the Thruxton event and haven’t followed British Touring Car Championship races in the past, best learn the rules… On Saturday 7th, racers will have two practice sessions, followed by a 30 minute qualifier which will determine the starting order for the first official race on Sunday 8th – the fastest driver takes the pole position. Each race consists of 16 to 25 laps, depending on the circuit. For the second race the grid is based on the fastest lap from the first race; while for the third race a random draw takes place – usually by a celebrity.

Points are awarded to the top 15 drivers, with the top contender reviving 20 points and the 15th reviving one point. Extra points are awarded to racers in the pole position, and those who lead a lap and/or attain the fastest lap; however, no drivers can be awarded more than one “lead a lap” point per race.

Tickets and Prices

Tickets are £11 for the qualifying event on Saturday 7th May, and £26 for race day on Sunday 8th May. Weekend tickets (must be booked in advance) are available for £38 and also include a padlock pass for both days. Grandstand tickets are also available for £5 on 7th May, and £12 on 8th May; however, they do not permit entry to the circuit. Ticket holders for the 8th May who are over 17 years of age will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a chance to wave the chequered flag at the BTCC race meeting.

If you’re unable to attend the race, ITV will be screening the event on both television and via the website, and will guarantee coverage of the final seven hours from each race day. To keep up-to-date with the latest programming schedule, visit BTCC ON TV. Alternatively, TOCA Radio will be broadcasting both days live via online audio stream.

Thruxton Motorsport Centre

The Thruxton Motorsport Centre track is 2.36 miles long and has 11 corners. It is known for being the highest ever qualifying lap record on a BTCC track – set by Andrew Jordan in 2014. After the event, if you feel like driving around the “UK’s fastest track” in your dream car, driving experiences can be booked for between £90 and £300. The fleet of cars on offer include a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, Ferrari 458 Spider and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430.

Other races in the area include the British Trucks Championship (12th and 11th June), and the British Superbike Championship (from 22nd to 24th July). To keep updated on the latest competitions, check out the Thruxton Events Calendar.


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