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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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Brands Hatch BTCC: Cook defeats Proctor as Sutton extends lead

Josh Cook claimed victory in the first race of the British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch, as Ash Sutton extended his points lead with two races remaining.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Proctor leads Honda 1-2-3-4, Sutton heads title contenders

Senna Proctor claimed pole position to lead a Honda 1-2-3-4 in qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship title decider at Brands Hatch.

Ex-F1 driver Moreno to make Formula Ford Festival comeback

Ex-Formula 1 and Indycar driver Roberto Moreno is to race a Van Diemen RF80 at next week’s Formula Ford Festival, 41 years after he won the event in a similar car.

The making of the BTCC's newest superstar Prime

The making of the BTCC's newest superstar

Ash Sutton is on the verge of being crowned a three-time British Touring Car Champion; he seems to have it all. But life hasn't always been straightforward for this superstar of touring cars, as Marcus Simmons has been finding out

Donington Park BTCC: Turkington dominates for his 60th win

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington dominated the final race of the penultimate round at Donington Park to record his 60th win in the series.

Ingram stripped of Donington BTCC race 2 win after Shedden contact Donington
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Ingram stripped of Donington BTCC race 2 win after Shedden contact

Tom Ingram has been stripped of his win in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Donington Park.

Donington Park BTCC: Stunning Ingram charges from 11th to win

Tom Ingram put in a stunning drive from 11th on the grid to take victory in his Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 N in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Donington Park.

Donington Park BTCC: Shedden cruises to victory in first race

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden scored the first win of his comeback season in the series by leading all the way from pole at Donington Park.

Donington Park BTCC: Shedden scores first pole of 2021 by 0.033s Donington
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Donington Park BTCC: Shedden scores first pole of 2021 by 0.033s

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden grabbed pole position for the penultimate round of the 2021 series at Donington Park.

Jordan sure he has ‘moved on’ from racing in BTCC

Andrew Jordan, the 2013 British Touring Car champion, says his comeback outing at Silverstone last weekend has reiterated his belief that he has moved on from the series.

Silverstone BTCC: Hill passes Lloyd to win finale Silverstone
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Silverstone BTCC: Hill passes Lloyd to win finale

British Touring Car Championship title contender Jake Hill recovered from a disastrous qualifying and race one of the weekend to win the finale at the Silverstone round of the British Touring Car Championship.

Silverstone BTCC: Butcher doubles up with race two win Silverstone
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Silverstone BTCC: Butcher doubles up with race two win

Toyota star Rory Butcher made it two wins out of two in a gripping second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone.

Silverstone BTCC: Butcher wins Race 1 after pass on Ingram Silverstone
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Silverstone BTCC: Butcher wins Race 1 after pass on Ingram

Toyota’s Rory Butcher recovered from initially losing the lead to win the first British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone.

Silverstone BTCC: Butcher seizes pole as shootout format returns

Rory Butcher claimed his first pole position for Toyota in qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship round at Silverstone.

Half of all BTCC teams fined for bizarre tyre mix-up at Croft Croft
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Half of all BTCC teams fined for bizarre tyre mix-up at Croft

Half of the British Touring Car Championship’s 10 teams have been fined for using the series’ option tyre in the wrong race at Croft last weekend.

Croft BTCC: Turkington cruises to victory in Race 3 Croft
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Croft BTCC: Turkington cruises to victory in Race 3

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington added to his reputation as the ‘King of Croft’ by scoring his 13th BTCC win at the North Yorkshire circuit in the third race of the day.

Croft BTCC: Hill cruises to commanding Race 2 win over Moffat Croft
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Croft BTCC: Hill cruises to commanding Race 2 win over Moffat

Jake Hill broke his 2021 wins duck in style in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Croft by sailing to victory as war broke out behind him.

Croft BTCC: Moffat soaks up Hill pressure to win Race 1

Aiden Moffat soaked up massive pressure from Jake Hill at Croft to take his first British Touring Car Championship win in a rear-wheel-drive car.

Croft BTCC: Moffat sweeps to first pole, denying Hill Croft
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Croft BTCC: Moffat sweeps to first pole, denying Hill

Aiden Moffat grabbed the first British Touring Car Championship pole position of his career at the culmination of a dramatic qualifying session at Croft.

Thruxton BTCC: Morgan holds off Turkington in Race 3 finale

Ciceley Motorsport BMW racer Adam Morgan held off Colin Turkington to take his second reversed-grid British Touring Car Championship victory of the season in the finale at Thruxton.

Thruxton BTCC: Sutton storms from fifth to win Race 2

Two-time British Touring Car champion and 2021 series leader Ash Sutton put in a masterclass for victory in the second race of the day at Thruxton.

Thruxton BTCC: Cook holds off Hill for Race 1 victory

Thruxton maestro Josh Cook claimed a remarkable seventh British Touring Car Championship win at the Hampshire speedbowl in the first race of the weekend.

Thruxton BTCC: Rowbottom snatches pole from Hill

Team Dynamics Honda racer Dan Rowbottom snatched the second pole position of his British Touring Car Championship career at Thruxton.

Knockhill BTCC: Ingram beats Proctor in final race Knockhill
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Knockhill BTCC: Ingram beats Proctor in final race

Tom Ingram put in a beautifully judged drive from fourth on the grid to take victory in the reversed-grid finale to the British Touring Car Championship round at Knockhill.

BTCC Knockhill: Sutton grabs last-lap win over Turkington

Ash Sutton won a thrilling battle with Colin Turkington in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Knockhill.

Knockhill BTCC: Turkington pips Proctor to claim pole

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington bounced back from two tough events to claim pole position for BMW at the Knockhill round.

Jordan to give BTCC hybrid race debut next month Silverstone
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Jordan to give BTCC hybrid race debut next month

The British Touring Car Championship’s new-for-2022 hybrid system will make an earlier-than-expected race debut at next month’s Silverstone round.

Butcher: Oulton BTCC win stems from Brands Hatch improvements Oulton Park
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Butcher: Oulton BTCC win stems from Brands Hatch improvements

Toyota British Touring Car Championship ace Rory Butcher has pinpointed his breakthrough win at Oulton Park to overnight improvements made at the previous round at Brands Hatch.

Oulton Park BTCC: Proctor wins Race 3 after Sutton collision Oulton Park
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Oulton Park BTCC: Proctor wins Race 3 after Sutton collision

Senna Proctor took victory in the reversed-grid finale to the British Touring Car Championship round at Oulton Park after a first-corner collision with Ash Sutton.

Oulton Park BTCC: Butcher claims his maiden Toyota win Oulton Park
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Oulton Park BTCC: Butcher claims his maiden Toyota win

Rory Butcher scored the first win of his relationship with the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota team in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Oulton Park.

Oulton Park BTCC: Rowbottom beats Shedden for maiden win Oulton Park
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Oulton Park BTCC: Rowbottom beats Shedden for maiden win

Dan Rowbottom scored his first British Touring Car Championship victory in a dramatic Oulton Park opener that was interrupted by a red flag for a heavy crash.

Oulton Park BTCC: Proctor beats Shedden to pole in Honda 1-2

Senna Proctor edged out Scottish brothers-in-law Gordon Shedden and Rory Butcher for pole position in an entertaining British Touring Car Championship qualifying session at Oulton Park.

Prema unites with Iron Lynx to form Italian superteam

Single-seater powerhouse Prema has moved under the control of the owners of the Iron Lynx sportscar squad to create a new Italian superteam.

Hybrid BTCC era to begin at Donington Park as 2022 calendar unveiled
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Hybrid BTCC era to begin at Donington Park as 2022 calendar unveiled

Donington Park will host the first event of the British Touring Car Championship’s new hybrid era in 2022.

BTCC Brands Hatch: Morgan gives Ciceley first BMW win Brands Hatch
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BTCC Brands Hatch: Morgan gives Ciceley first BMW win

Adam Morgan led all the way from pole position to take his and Ciceley Motorsport’s first British Touring Car Championship race win with the BMW 330i M Sport at the Brands Hatch finale.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Ingram wins thriller on last lap Brands Hatch
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Brands Hatch BTCC: Ingram wins thriller on last lap

Tom Ingram scored a thrilling last-lap win in the second British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Brands Hatch to move himself into the series lead.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Oliphant holds on to beat charging Shedden Brands Hatch
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Brands Hatch BTCC: Oliphant holds on to beat charging Shedden

BMW racer Tom Oliphant held on to secure victory from a fast-closing Gordon Shedden in the first race of the British Touring Car Championship round at Brands Hatch.

Turkington “in right place” despite midfield start at Brands Hatch

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington has said that his 14th place in qualifying for the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit round is what he expected with success ballast.

Brands Hatch BTCC: Rowbottom takes maiden pole position

The Team Dynamics Honda squad took a 1-2 in British Touring Car Championship qualifying at Brands Hatch, with Dan Rowbottom grabbing pole position and teammate Gordon Shedden second.

Snetterton BTCC: Ingram scores first win for Hyundai in Race 3 Snetterton
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Snetterton BTCC: Ingram scores first win for Hyundai in Race 3

Tom Ingram claimed the first British Touring Car Championship win for the Excelr8 Motorsport team and the Hyundai marque in the finale at Snetterton. 

Snetterton BTCC: Sutton passes Turkington for Race 2 win Snetterton
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Snetterton BTCC: Sutton passes Turkington for Race 2 win

Reigning British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton sliced through the field to take a stunning win from 11th on the grid in the second race of the Snetterton round.

Snetterton BTCC: Turkington opens 2021 account with Race 1 win Snetterton
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Snetterton BTCC: Turkington opens 2021 account with Race 1 win

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington scored his first victory of 2021 in the opening race of the second round at Snetterton. 

Shedden excluded from qualifying, team blames ‘finger trouble’

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden has been stripped of his Snetterton pole position for a rear-wing infringement.

Snetterton BTCC: Shedden scores first pole of comeback

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden has claimed pole position for Sunday’s second round of the 2021 season at Snetterton.

Proctor fills BTC Racing Honda BTCC seat for rest of the season
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Proctor fills BTC Racing Honda BTCC seat for rest of the season

One-time British Touring Car Championship race winner Senna Proctor is to return to the series with the BTC Racing Honda squad after missing the opening round.

Dan Cammish plots BTCC return for 2022
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Dan Cammish plots BTCC return for 2022

British Touring Car Championship star Dan Cammish is hoping for a return to the grid for 2022 following his cameo outing in last weekend’s opener at Thruxton that netted a podium.

Turkington accepts blame for Sutton BTCC Thruxton clash Thruxton
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Turkington accepts blame for Sutton BTCC Thruxton clash

Colin Turkington holds his hands up to the mistake that caused him to spin Ash Sutton out of the lead of Sunday’s opening British Touring Car Championship round at Thruxton.

Thruxton BTCC: Sutton wins wild rain-affected Race 3 Thruxton
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Thruxton BTCC: Sutton wins wild rain-affected Race 3

Reigning British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton took victory in a thrilling rain-affected finale to the opening round of the 2021 season at Thruxton.

Thruxton BTCC: Cook doubles up in red-flagged race Thruxton
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Thruxton BTCC: Cook doubles up in red-flagged race

Josh Cook made it two out of two from the British Touring Car Championship’s opening round at Thruxton, and took his collection of BTCC wins at the Hampshire track to six.

Thruxton BTCC: Cook draws first blood in Race 1 opener

Thruxton maestro Josh Cook survived a crazy opening lap of the first British Touring Car Championship race of the season to take his fifth victory at the Hampshire speedbowl.

Thruxton BTCC: Sutton tops qualifying thriller

Ash Sutton kicked off his bid for a second successive British Touring Car Championship title in style by snatching pole position in a thrilling qualifying session at Thruxton.

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC Prime

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC

It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s been a lot of fat to chew elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action.

Shedden tops BTCC Silverstone test on Dynamics return

Three-time British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden made the perfect start to his return to the series by topping the official test day on the Silverstone National Circuit.

The merger that levels the junior single-seater playing field Prime

The merger that levels the junior single-seater playing field

The hideous chain of decisions that led to Formula Renault competing with Formula Regional for two years has been reversed. Now one massive grid of future stars is getting ready for F1 support action.

Hamilton takes final Hard Cupra BTCC seat

Nic Hamilton has secured the final Team Hard Cupra seat for this year’s British Touring Car Championship. 

Neal takes BTCC sabbatical as Rowbottom joins Dynamics

Three-time British Touring Car champion Matt Neal will take a sabbatical from driving this season as Dan Rowbottom returns to the series to join Gordon Shedden at Team Dynamics.

BTCC announces further tweaks to 2021 calendar

The British Touring Car Championship will have a five-week gap between its opening two rounds in 2021 following the latest round of revisions to the schedule. 

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...