BTCC: Green Flag continues to fly the flag, schedule announced

Green Flag Motoring Assistance has announced its continued support of the MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) for the coming season. The leading roadside rescue and recovery provider is to continue its title sponsorship of the BTCC,...

Green Flag Motoring Assistance has announced its continued support of the MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) for the coming season. The leading roadside rescue and recovery provider is to continue its title sponsorship of the BTCC, which this season sees a number of changes to the current format including an extra race at each event, live television coverage and a new manufacturer joining favourites Vauxhall, Honda and Proton.

This season's additional race at each meeting means that there will be three points-scoring races at each event, increasing the series to a total of 30 rounds at leading UK race circuits plus Mondello Park in Ireland. The season starts on April 11 at Thruxton circuit in Hampshire and runs until September 26, when it reaches its finale at Derbyshire's Donington Park circuit.

This year also sees enhanced television coverage with many of the races televised live on ITV1 - the remainder will be screened in a one-hour highlights programme on the Sunday following each race weekend. The championship also boasts pan-European exposure on Sky's satellite channel Motors TV, which will feature live all-day race action. Green Flag will continue to sponsor the TV highlights programme.

Other hot news for the coming season is that Spanish car manufacturer SEAT will be entering two Toledo Cupras into the series driven by 2001 BTCC Champion, Jason Plato, and last year's SEAT Cupra Champion, Robert Huff. SEAT will be up against reigning champions, VX Racing, who this year will feature last year's champion, Yvan Muller alongside team mates James Thompson and new recruit Luke Hines. Green Flag Motoring Assistance's well-known brand will be visible at each of the races, on the competing cars, trackside signage and drivers' race suits.

Green Flag's managing director Chris Moat, said: "We are delighted to continue with our support of this prestigious motorsport series. With the enhanced television package and support from an increasing number of motor manufacturers, we are confident that the relationship between BTCC and Green Flag Motoring Assistance will go from strength to strength."

Alan Gow, who has been instrumental in the growth of the BTCC, has returned as series director. He commented: "With a new manufacturer joining the series and a great TV package, I believe that the BTCC is returning to the former glory it held in the 1990s. Green Flag has played its part in this resurgence and has been an ardent supporter of the championship over the past two years. Their support has helped set up a great season ahead of us with the promise of a rise in live audiences, growing numbers of TV viewers and greater interest in the series and the competing drivers."

Green Flag Motoring Assistance provides roadside vehicle rescue and recovery services to almost 5m customers across the UK and mainland Europe. Recent research placed the company ahead of its rivals in measures of speed of response and customer satisfaction.*

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