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How Schumacher escaped his Jordan deal Prime

How Schumacher escaped his Jordan deal

Michael Schumacher famously quit the Jordan team for Benetton immediately after his startling Formula 1 debut at Spa, despite potentially having committed himself for two years. This is how he did it, and why Eddie Jordan believes his team could've had Benetton's title success had one word on a contract been different.

Butcher returns to Motorbase for 2020 BTCC season

Reigning Independents Trophy champion Rory Butcher will return to the BTCC grid this season at wheel of a Motorbase Performance Ford Focus.

Injured Neal aims to return for BTCC opener

Three-time British Touring Car champion Matt Neal believes he will be fit to return to the driver's seat in time for the opening rounds of the season at Donington Park at the end of March despite suffering serious injuries in a mountain bike accident.

Chilton moves across to BTC Racing for 2020

BTCC racer Tom Chilton will partner Josh Cook at BTC Racing in 2020 at the wheel of a latest-specification Honda Civic Type R.

Jordan stays in BTCC for 2020 with WSR BMW

Andrew Jordan has secured a deal to remain on the British Touring Car Championship grid as part of an expanded three-car Team BMW squad in 2020.

WSR BMW retains Oliphant alongside Turkington

Tom Oliphant will remain with Team BMW for a second season in the British Touring Car Championship in 2020.

Turkington stays at WSR BMW for 2020 BTCC season

BTCC champion Colin Turkington will again lead the WSR works BMW line-up in 2020, and has targeted establishing a new outright record of five titles.

BTCC grid remains at 30 cars for 2020

The list of entrants' permits for the 2020 BTCC season has been revealed, with the grid set to remain stable at 30 cars.

Sutton joins expanded Infiniti BTCC squad

Ash Sutton will join Aiden Moffat in a two-car Laser Tools Racing Infiniti squad in the BTCC in 2020.

Hyundai joins 2020 BTCC field with i30 Fastback N

The Excelr8 Motorsport BTCC squad will bring two newly built Hyundai i30 Fastback N Performance machines to the grid for the 2020 season.

BTCC to trial shootout qualifying in 2020

The BTCC has announced tweaks to the sporting regulations next season, include a new qualifying system which will be trialled at Snetterton at the end of July.

BMR confirms end of Subaru BTCC deal

Team BMR has confirmed its split with Subaru, with last weekend's Brand Hatch BTCC finale marking the end of its four-year deal with the Japanese marque.

Caine replaces Hamilton at Motorbase

British GT champion Michael Caine will return to the Motorbase Performance British Touring Car Championship team for the remainder of the season taking over the Ford Focus RS vacated by Nicolas Hamilton.

Blundell considering options amid "painful" BTCC season

Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell could try an AmD Tuning Honda in the club-level Touring Car Trophy in October as he considers whether to stay in the BTCC beyond this year.

Hamilton ends BTCC campaign two rounds early

Nic Hamilton has decided to step back from the BTCC ahead of this weekend's Silverstone round and will ‘regroup’ before returning in 2020.

Tordoff to sit out remainder of BTCC season

Mike Bushell will deputise for Sam Tordoff in the AmD Tuning Honda Civic Type R for the remainder of the BTCC season as Tordoff and his family come to terms with the loss of his infant son.

Knockhill BTCC: Hill wins Race 3, disaster for Jordan

Jake Hill took a maiden BTCC victory by dominating the final race of the weekend at Knockhill in his Trade Price Cars Racing Audi.

Knockhill BTCC: Jordan closes on Turkington with Race 2 win

Andrew Jordan's race two victory in the BTCC at Knockhill has slashed teammate Colin Turkington's points lead to just four after a disaster for the sister car.

Knockhill BTCC: Butcher holds off Jordan by 0.268s

Local hero Rory Butcher took victory in the opening BTCC race at Knockhil, fending off a strong late challenge from the BMW of Andrew Jordan.

Knockhill BTCC: Butcher dominates qualifying for maiden pole

Rory Butcher took his first career BTCC pole position at Knockhill after a sensational performance in qualifying left him a quarter of a second faster than his rivals.

"Brainless" Plato penalised after Sutton clash

Jason Plato has been hit with a post-race 15-second time penalty after an ill-tempered final BTCC race at Snetterton which has dropped him from fifth position to 17th.

Infiniti returns to BTCC with Laser Tools Racing

Laser Tools Racing will swap from a Mercedes-Benz A-Class to a newly developed Infiniti Q50 for the remainder of the 2019 BTCC season.

Neal “dodged a bullet” in potential side-impact Oulton crash

Three-time British Touring Car champion Matt Neal says that he “dodged a bullet” after contact pitched him out of the final race at Oulton Park last weekend and he spun across the front of the chasing pack.

Hill penalised for Neal crash, loses maiden BTCC win

Jake Hill has lost his first ever BTCC victory after being given a 20-second penalty following contact with Matt Neal in the final race at Oulton Park.

BTCC adds Silverstone International layout to 2020 calendar

The British Touring Car Championship will feature a radically revised calendar for the 2020 season, with a new layout added to the roster for the first time in 18 years.

BTCC pegs back performance of new BMW 3 Series

BTCC technical bosses have pegged back the WSR BMW 330i M Sport cars in the series during an in-season turbo boost review.

Smith barred from practice after breaking test rules

British Touring Car Championship newcomer Rob Smith was barred from taking part in the opening free practice session at Croft as the MG6 racer was found to have broken testing rules.

Jordan parts ways with long-time sponsor Pirtek

Andrew Jordan fears this could be his last season in the BTCC after parting ways with his long-term backer Pirtek.

Racing school founder Jim Russell dies

Racing school founder and successful single-seater racer Jim Russell has died, aged 98.

Why the BTCC social media trolls have got it wrong Prime

Why the BTCC social media trolls have got it wrong

A number of drivers on this year's British Touring Car Championship grid have been called out on social media for taking other people's seats, whether they are older or drivers who are deemed to have less talent. Matt James busts the myth

Covers come off BMW's 3 Series BTCC challenger

WSR has completed the build of its three brand new BMW 330i M Sport machines in time for the BTCC's official pre-season test day at Brands Hatch on Wednesday.

Goff lands last-minute 2019 BTCC reprieve

Jack Goff has been handed a last-minute lifeline to take part in the 2019 BTCC season as he will replace Mike Bushell in the Team Hard line-up.

BTC switches to new-gen Civics for 2019 BTCC season

BTC Racing’s will field two new Honda Civic Type Rs in the BTCC this season for racers Josh Cook and Chris Smiley.

New Toyota Corolla BTCC challenger breaks cover

The new Team Toyota GB Corolla BTCC challenger broke cover at Oulton Park today as Tom Ingram ran the Speedworks Motorsport-built car for its initial shakedown.

BMW brings back 3 Series to BTCC in 2019

BMW will bring the 3 Series model back to the BTCC in 2019, with three examples to be run by the West Surrey Racing team.

Collard joins Plato at PMR Vauxhall

British Touring Car Championship stalwart Rob Collard will switch to the Power Maxed Racing team this season to line up alongside Jason Plato in the squad’s Vauxhall Astras.

"Bruised and beaten up" Plato came close to BTCC hiatus

Two-time BTCC champion Jason Plato has revealed he was on the verge of taking a sabbatical from the series.

Sutton keeps BMR Subaru BTCC seat for 2019

One-time BTCC champion Ash Sutton will remain in the series in 2019 at the wheel of a BMR Racing Subaru.

Goff misses out on 2019 BTCC drive

Jack Goff says he is assessing all options after being unable to land a spot on the 2019 BTCC grid.

Plato reunites with Vauxhall for 2019 BTCC season

Jason Plato will contest the 2019 BTCC season with the Power Maxed Racing team in a factory-backed Vauxhall Astra.

Proctor switches to BMR Subaru for 2019

Senna Proctor will switch to BMR Racing for the 2019 BTCC season and will be at the wheel of a factory-backed Subaru Levorg.

Cook joins BTC Racing for 2019 BTCC season

BTC Racing has confirmed that Josh Cook will complete its line-up for the 2019 BTCC season.

Blundell returns from retirement for BTCC campaign

Ex-Formula 1 racer Mark Blundell will join the BTCC grid this season at the wheel of a Trade Price Racing Audi S3 for his first full season in tin-tops.

Hamilton secures ROKiT backing for 2019 BTCC entry

Nic Hamilton will rejoin the British Touring Car Championship in 2019 for his first full assault on the series at the wheel of a Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS.

Turkington aims to break Rouse's BTCC title record

Reigning BTCC champion Colin Turkington is aiming to break championship records by winning the most titles in the series’ history this year.

Laser Tools moves BTCC team in-house, retains Moffat

BTCC team Laser Tools Racing will run its own independent operation to field Aiden Moffat in the 2019 competition.

Neal, Cammish stay on at Honda BTCC squad

Three-time BTCC champion Matt Neal and Dan Cammish will both stay on at the Team Dynamics Honda squad for the 2019 season.

Motorbase announces Chilton, Jackson as first 2019 drivers

Former BTCC Independents Trophy winner Tom Chilton will return to the series this year at the wheel of a Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS, alongside the team’s new recruit Ollie Jackson.

Jordan stays with WSR for third straight BTCC season

2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan will remain in the series this year at the wheel of a West Surrey Racing BMW.

Turkington to defend BTCC title with WSR

Colin Turkington will return to the BTCC in 2019 to defend his crown with the West Surrey Racing BMW team.

Tordoff makes Honda switch for 2019 BTCC season

The 2016 BTCC title runner-up Sam Tordoff has joined the AmDTuning squad for 2019, and he will line up alongside Rory Butcher in the team’s Honda Civic Type R machines.

Collard assessing options after losing WSR BTCC seat

Ousted WSR BTCC racer Rob Collard says that he is assessing his options ahead of the 2019 season after losing his seat to Tom Oliphant.

WSR reveals first 2019 BTCC signing

Tom Oliphant has been named as West Surrey Racing's first signing for the 2019 BTCC season.

HMS Alfa Romeo squad drops off BTCC grid

The HMS Racing team will sit-out the 2019 BTCC campaign, but plans to return to the category in 2020.

Toyota GB moniker returns to BTCC grid

The 'Team Toyota GB' name will return to the BTCC grid next season as Speedworks Motorsport will step up to become a manufacturer-backed entry with a new Corolla model for Tom Ingram.

Triple Eight Racing BTCC team ceases to exist

Multiple title-winning British Touring Car Championship team Triple Eight Racing no longer exists.

BTCC weight ballast reduced for 2019

The success ballast system in the British Touring Car Championship will be tweaked next season with the leading cars carrying less weight.

How the BTCC's class of 2018 ranked each other Prime

How the BTCC's class of 2018 ranked each other

The BTCC keeps getting more competitive - this season produced another new record number of winners. That made picking a final top 10 an unenviable task, so we enlisted the help of those who were in the heat of the action to decide the order.

AmD Tuning to take over Eurotech Honda Civics

The AmD Tuning BTCC team has taken over the two Honda Civic Type Rs previously used by Eurotech Racing and will field them in the series in 2019.

Eurotech Honda withdraws from BTCC

The Eurotech Racing team has confirmed that it has sold its licence to compete in the British Touring Car Championship and will not be on the 2019 grid.