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Marcus Simmons

Marcus Simmons is the Deputy Editor of Autosport magazine. As a child he was a regular on the chalk banks of Thruxton – hence his unhealthy obsession with 1970s Formula 2 and F3 – before he became an MSA timekeeper at the age of 17. At 19, his reporting debut for Motoring News arguably overshadowed Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal as the sporting moment of June 1986, and he joined the staff in 1990 after graduating from his degree course in Plymouth. A parallel Formula First career – which was as incident-packed as his childhood exploits in show-jumping and hunter trials – finished when he wrote off his car and put himself in hospital in 1991.

Marcus moved to Autosport in the summer of 1996. Since then he has had two stints as a freelancer and a brief spell as editor of Motor Sport magazine, during which the revered green cover was revived, before he rejoined Autosport in 2008. He lives in Teddington with his wife (who, gratifyingly, grew up within earshot of Castle Combe), daughter, stepson, dog, cat and guitars, and additionally has an adult daughter and stepson. 

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Shedden makes BTCC return in Team Dynamics Honda

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden is to return to the series this season with Team Dynamics at the wheel of a Honda Civic Type R.

Cammish parts ways with Honda BTCC squad

Honda British Touring Car Championship star Dan Cammish will no longer be a part of the Team Dynamics line-up in 2021.

Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates Prime

Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates

Carlin has helped guide enough drivers to Formula 1 to fill out an entire grid, plus a handful of reserves, to create a remarkable alumni list. With Yuki Tsunoda set to join that group, Motorsport.com has ranked its graduates to grace the grand prix scene...

Jelley reunites with WSR after 11-year absence

Stephen Jelley has returned to the West Surrey Racing BMW squad for the 2021 BTCC season after an 11-year absence from the team. 

The meteoric rise of F1's first 21st century-born racer Prime

The meteoric rise of F1's first 21st century-born racer

New AlphaTauri Formula 1 recruit Yuki Tsunoda has had a sensational rise during his F2 rookie season. But what makes him so special? Motorsport.com asks those he's worked with, and the man himself.

American F3 ace Logan Sargeant eyes sportscar switch

FIA Formula 3 Championship star Logan Sargeant is weighing up a switch to sports-prototype or GT racing because he is short of budget to continue in open-wheel racing.

Turkington sticks with WSR BMW for 2021 season

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington will remain with the West Surrey Racing-run BMW team for 2021, marking his 14th season under the WSR umbrella. 

Merhi in the frame for F2 return after two-year absence

Ex-Marussia Formula 1 and Mercedes DTM racer Roberto Merhi is in the frame to return to Formula 2 this season after a two-year absence.  

Butcher to lead two-car Toyota BTCC effort

Six-time British Touring Car Championship race winner Rory Butcher will lead an expanded two-car Toyota line-up run by Speedworks Motorsport this season. 

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Prime

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

Plato says he will return to BTCC after sitting out 2020 season

British Touring Car Championship wins record holder Jason Plato has put a stop to rumours that he would not return to the series in 2021. 

Ingram to lead Hyundai BTCC squad after Toyota split

British Touring Car Championship star Tom Ingram will line up in a Hyundai this season at the start of what has been described as a “multi-year agreement” with Excelr8 Motorsport. 

BTCC 2021 season delayed by five weeks

The British Touring Car Championship has delayed the start of its 2021 season by five weeks in the midst of the UK’s current struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Jade Edwards joins BTCC grid full time for 2021

Ex-Renault Clio Cup racer Jade Edwards has completed the three-strong line-up at the BTC Racing Honda squad for this season's British Touring Car Championship.

Toyota expands to two cars for 2021 BTCC season

Toyota’s British Touring Car Championship team is to expand to two cars for the 2021 season. 

F1 team boss and Ron Dennis backer Tony Vlassopulos dies

A significant figure in future McLaren supremo Ron Dennis’s formative years as a team owner, and himself briefly the head of an F1 squad, Tony Vlassopulos died recently. He was 89.

Motorbase BTCC team acquired by rival outfit

Leading British Touring Car Championship squad Motorbase Performance has been sold in what amounts to a merger with the rival AmD Tuning-run MB Motorsport team.

‘Voice of Brands Hatch’ commentator Brian Jones dies

A jovial, warm-hearted character who became celebrated as ‘The Voice of Brands’, veteran circuit commentator Brian Jones died on New Year’s Day, 2021. He was 85.

Tsunoda will push Gasly within a few races, predicts Carlin

New AlphaTauri Formula 1 recruit Yuki Tsunoda will be pushing teammate Pierre Gasly hard within a few races next season, predicts the man whose team ran him in Formula 2. 

Ingram splits from official Toyota BTCC team

British Touring Car Championship star Tom Ingram and Toyota squad Speedworks Motorsport are parting company after seven seasons together.

The Top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020 Prime

The Top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020

The 2020 British Touring Car Championship will go down as a classic in which new winners graced the top step of the podium and an unloved chassis was resurrected into a champion. But who were the year's top performers?

How an Australian superstar bowed out in style

When one of the most famous names in Australian motorsport began to say goodbye to competing, it gave Peter Brock a chance to reflect on his life and times in the spotlight, as Autosport reported in the 6 November 1997 issue of the magazine…

BTCC race winner Taylor-Smith returns in Cupra

Four-time British Touring Car Championship race winner Aron Taylor-Smith is to return to the series in 2021.

The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020 Prime

The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020

The Infiniti Q50 was completely redesigned, redeveloped and revamped by BMR and Laser Tools Racing for 2020. And the flamboyant brilliance of the driver behind the wheel was enough to snatch the title at the last gasp…

BTCC increases success ballast for 2021 season

The British Touring Car Championship has increased success ballast back to its 2015-18 levels for the 2021 season following a teams’ meeting. 

Sakhir F2: Schumacher crowned champion as Daruvala wins finale

Mick Schumacher wrapped up the FIA Formula 2 Championship in a spellbinding series finale on the Bahrain International Circuit’s outer loop that was won by Jehan Daruvala.

Bahrain F2: Tsunoda wins, showdown set between Schumacher, Ilott

AlphaTauri prospect Yuki Tsunoda secured victory in a thrilling Bahrain Formula 2 feature race, as Callum Ilott and Mick Schumacher were classified fifth and sixth respectively to take the title fight to Sunday's finale.

Sakhir F2: Tsunoda on pole, disaster for Schumacher

Red Bull and Honda junior Yuki Tsunoda retained a very slender chance of winning the 2020 Formula 2 title by taking pole position for the final round in Bahrain, as points leader Mick Schumacher qualified down in 18th after a collision with Roy Nissany.

Sakhir F2: Tsunoda leads Carlin 1-2 in practice

Honda and Red Bull Junior Yuki Tsunoda gave himself a boost by topping free practice for the final round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship in Bahrain. 

Bahrain F2: Shwartzman eases to win, no points for Ilott

Ferrari junior Robert Shwartzman took a lights-to-flag win in the Formula 2 sprint race in Bahrain, as an incident involving the main title rivals swung the advantage back in Mick Schumacher’s favour. 

Bahrain F2: Drugovich wins, Ilott cuts into Schumacher's lead

Felipe Drugovich took a superb maiden FIA Formula 2 Championship feature race victory at the Bahrain International Circuit, as second-placed Callum Ilott made further inroads into Mick Schumacher’s points lead. 

Bahrain F2: Ilott takes dominant pole, Schumacher only 10th

Callum Ilott cut four points from fellow Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher’s FIA Formula 2 Championship advantage by claiming a clear pole position in qualifying at the Bahrain International Circuit. 

Bahrain F2: Mazepin leads Carlin duo in stop-start practice

Nikita Mazepin topped a stop-start free practice session for the penultimate round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at the Bahrain International Circuit. 

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Prime
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How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going…

Ash Sutton’s management denies BMW ‘superteam’ talk

The management of newly crowned 2020 British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton has denied any discussions with BMW team West Surrey Racing for what would be a shock switch for next season.

Inside the Macau Grand Prix's greatest moments Prime
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Inside the Macau Grand Prix's greatest moments

Coronavirus restrictions mean this weekend's Macau GP will have a very different feel, with the usual F3 jamboree replaced by Chinese F4. But in past years, the event has provided some seminal moments in the careers of future world champions.

Brands BTCC: Ash Sutton is champion as Rory Butcher wins

Ash Sutton has become British Touring Car champion for a second time after finishing sixth in a wet final race of the season at Brands Hatch that was won by Rory Butcher.

Turkington hit by penalty before title-deciding race

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington’s bid to win a fifth crown has received a setback with a post-race time penalty following the second race at the Brands Hatch finale.

Brands BTCC: Ash Sutton extends points lead with superb win

Ash Sutton has moved into a nine-point lead with one race to go in the British Touring Car Championship by dominating the second race of the Brands Hatch finale.

Brands BTCC: Cammish wins Race 1 as Sutton takes points lead

Honda’s Dan Cammish took victory in the first race of the British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch, while Ash Sutton’s second place has boosted him into the points lead. 

Brands BTCC: Ingram boosts title chances with pole for finale

Toyota ace Tom Ingram boosted his long-shot British Touring Car Championship title prospects by claiming pole position in a wet qualifying session for the final round at Brands Hatch.

Leclerc, Hauger tipped for Prema F3 seats in 2021

Ferrari protege Arthur Leclerc and Red Bull Junior Dennis Hauger appear to be homing in on seats with double FIA Formula 3 Championship-winning team Prema Racing for 2021. 

Non-elite UK racing cancelled, BTCC & British GT finales go ahead

The final round of the British Touring Car Championship will take place as scheduled at Brands Hatch on 14-15 November, despite the UK entering a new lockdown and all non-elite racing being cancelled.

Matt Neal could retire from BTCC after 2020 season

Three-time British Touring Car champion Matt Neal could hang up his helmet and retire at the end of this season. 

BTCC could expand new qualifying format

The British Touring Car Championship could adopt the experimental qualifying format used for last weekend’s penultimate round at Snetterton at more events for next season.

Ingram claims Butcher “lost his head” before last-corner clash

Rory Butcher has kept his fifth place in the final British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton following his last-corner clash with fellow title contender Tom Ingram but has been given a verbal reprimand and a ‘strike’.

Snetterton BTCC: Jackson wins R3 as title contenders clash Snetterton
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Snetterton BTCC: Jackson wins R3 as title contenders clash

Ollie Jackson fended off Adam Morgan to take his second reversed-grid British Touring Car Championship win in the finale at Snetterton, as chaos reigned behind the leading duo.

Snetterton BTCC: Turkington goes two for two Snetterton
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Snetterton BTCC: Turkington goes two for two

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington has moved into the lead of the 2020 series in his quest for a fifth title after making it two wins out of two races at Snetterton.

Snetterton BTCC: Turkington level with Sutton after Race 1 win Snetterton
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Snetterton BTCC: Turkington level with Sutton after Race 1 win

BMW star Colin Turkington moved back into the joint lead of the British Touring Car Championship by taking a lights-to-flag victory – plus fastest lap – in the first race at Snetterton. 

Snetterton BTCC: Turkington grabs last-lap pole from Hill

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington snatched pole position for the penultimate round of the season at Snetterton on the last lap of the new-format qualifying shootout. 

Concussion rules out Thompson from Snetterton BTCC round

British Touring Car Championship racer Bobby Thompson has been ruled out of this weekend's round at Snetterton due to concussion from his barrel-roll last time out at Croft.

Thompson requires medical clearance after huge Croft shunt

British Touring Car Championship Audi racer Bobby Thompson is determined to see out the remainder of the season following his spectacular barrel-roll at Croft, pending medical clearance.

W Series racer Jess Hawkins to make BTCC debut

W Series competitor Jess Hawkins will become the fifth driver to campaign the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra this season when she contests the British Touring Car Championship round at Snetterton.

Croft BTCC: Ingram holds off charging Cammish for R3 win

Toyota star Tom Ingram completed a last-to-victory recovery across the British Touring Car Championship round at Croft by winning the reversed-grid finale.

Neal stripped of Croft BTCC R2 victory, Cook takes back win

Honda veteran Matt Neal has been stripped of his win in the second race of the British Touring Car Championship round at Croft.

Croft BTCC: Neal bumps past Cook to win thriller

Honda’s Matt Neal pulled off a spectacular bump-and-run victory on the final lap of a dramatic second British Touring Car Championship race at Croft.

Croft BTCC: Cook wins, Sutton mounts comeback charge

Josh Cook fended off a race-long challenge from Jake Hill as Honda Civics claimed a 1-2 in the first British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Croft.

Croft BTCC: Ingram stripped of pole, Cook inherits P1

British Touring Car Championship title contender Tom Ingram has been stripped of his Croft pole position, with Josh Cook inheriting the spot for Sunday’s opening race.

Croft BTCC: Ingram under investigation after chaotic qualifying

Toyota ace Tom Ingram topped a chaotic qualifying wet session for the British Touring Car Championship round at Croft, but is poised to lose pole position after apparently failing the post-session ride-height check.

Silverstone BTCC: Jackson wins, Butcher escapes huge crash

British Touring Car Championship veteran Ollie Jackson took his maiden series win from a sensational Ash Sutton in the reversed-grid finale at Silverstone.